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Animal Management Level 3 (Zoos)


This pathway is designed to prepare students for a career within zoos, Aquariums, farm parks or other similar establishments. The course prepares students practically for going into industry whilst also supporting alternative routes in employment through progression opportunities into a variety of Higher Education routes. The course is delivered both practically and theoretically across two years.


This course includes delivery both the college campus and though bi-weekly sessions at Flamingo Land Zoo. Learners will study modules such as zoo collections, health & welfare, exotic animal health and management, avian health and management, farm livestock, animal behaviour, aquatics, animal biology, animal training and business management.

There are lectures, talks from guest speakers, visits, and practical sessions in the Animal Unit and at Flamingo land alongside completion of 300 hours work related experience in a related workplace. Students' work is assessed continually throughout the course through submission of assignments and exams, in each year a final end of year exam and assessment is also carried out.

At the end of Year one learners can have the opportunity to switch to an alternative area of study leaving with a Level 3 Advanced Technical Diploma  in Animal Management 540.

Students studying at our Wakefield Centre will have the opportunity to use the Animal Management facilities at Askham Bryan College, York - free transport is provided from Wakefield for study days in York.

Why Choose us?

This pathway develops skills and knowledge specifically to enable students to progress directly into employment whilst still enabling progression into Higher Education across a large range of study areas. The practical elements delivered at flamingo land zoo offer students a unique opportunity to develop skills and knowledge with a much wider range of species than many other colleges, and builds on the employability of our students upon completion of the qualification.

Students applying will study this course in our new Animal Management Facility and Wildlife Conservation Park. These facilities home a range of animals inlcuding reptiles, amphibians, mammals, birds, fish and invertebrates.

Entry Requirements

4 GCSEs at grade 4 (old GCSE grade C) or above, to include 2 from English, Maths or Science with at least a grade 3 (old GCSE grade D) in the remaining subject. Alternatively a suitable Level 2 vocational qualification (Merit or above) with English, Maths and Science at Level 2.

Further Study

Upon successful completion of this course students may progress into employment or continue to study with us and continue onto our Foundation Degree in Management of Animal Collections with Conservation or pursue an alternative Degree in a related subject area.

Potential Career Pathways:

  • Pet store assistant
  • Welfare charity worker
  • Trainee veterinary nurse
  • Animal care technician
  • Animal rescue centre staff
  • Trainee zookeeper
  • Zoologist
  • Animal conservationist
  • Ornithologist
  • Research associate
  • General worker (zoo)
  • Assistant warden
  • Wildlife assistant
  • Quarantine establishment
  • Animal trainer
  • Animal welfare officer
  • Marine Biology
  • Animal Behaviourist

Askham Bryan College,
Askham Bryan,
YO23 3FR
01904 772277