Study Type
Full Time
Study Level
Level 3
Start Date:
72 weeks

Course Sheets

Entry requirements
Who the course is for
The level 3 course is designed as specialist qualifications for students who have a clear view of their future career or are seeking progression to higher education. They are equivalent to ‘A’ levels and are highly valued by universities, further education colleges and employers alike.
What the interview will involve
All students called for interview will have a PowerPoint overview of the area given to them by a senior member of the Land Based team, normally the Curriculum Manager. When this is completed all parents and students are welcome to ask questions to gain a better understanding of their course and life at the Isle of Wight College. Once all students are happy, each student is individually called for a 15 minute interview to enable staff and student to make an informed choice as to the suitability of the course and college life for them. All students are given an answer as to whether or not they are able to join their preferred choice though some provisos are put in place to ensure the required entry standard is reached before joining their course; this ensures all students are challenged and capable of completing their qualification to a good standard to help them have a wider range of choices when they join the world of employment. Please bring a pen with you to the interview, a school report/record of achievement with you (for school leavers) and a piece of research work as requested.
What you will learn

Mandatory Units 

  • Animal Biology 
  • Animal Behaviour 
  • Animal Health and Diseases 
  • Animal Welfare and Ethics 
  • Investigative Research Project 
  • Practical Animal Husbandry 
  • Work Experience in the Animal Sector 
  • Animal Breeding and Genetics (Extended Diploma only) 


  • Seven extra units which may vary from year to year (for Extended Diploma) 
  • Three extra units which may vary from year to year (for Diploma) 

All Study Programmes for 16-19 year olds at The Isle of Wight College are designed to include: 

  • Work experience which is effective, relevant, and includes careers fairs, site visits, guest speakers and introduces you to the expectations of the real demands of work 
  • Extended work experience/industry placement for Level 3 learners Over the course of your Level 3 study programme you may be expected to do between 36 – 415 hours of industry placement depending on the course you have chosen. All learners are expected, and encouraged, to do their best to find their own relevant, purposeful work experience which supports their career progression. 
  • English and maths, where students have not yet achieved a GCSE grade A* - C (9 - 4 using the new grades) in these subjects by age 16 
  • Non-qualification activity, such as tutorials and work-related learning, to help further develop the personal skills relevant to your progression goals 
  • A vocational experience which will form the substantial part of the programme 

These four elements of the programme should combine to provide stretch and challenge for you helping to prepare you for progression to employment or further study. 

How you will learn
You will learn through a combination of assignments, projects, synoptic tests, examinations and practical activities based around your theoretical knowledge. Particularly important will be the development of key employment skills relevant to work in this area. To assist with this you will undertake a mandatory work experience placement which is usually one day per week. The qualification after two years is a total of 18 units for Extended Diploma, 12 units for Diploma, giving the full qualification. You will also be expected to allow around two days a week for personal study and assessment completion.

BTEC Level 3 courses are highly valued by employers and universities.? Students may take up employment opportunities in: 

  • Veterinary practices 
  • Animal charities 
  • Zoos 
  • Kennels/catteries 
  • Animal technician 
  • Voluntary organisations 

There may be a cost for purchasing equipment or uniform for this course. Find out about financial support available.

Qualifications you will get

BTEC Level 3 Animal Management


Level 3 Extended Diploma equivalent to 3 GCE A levels 

Level 3 Diploma equivalent to 2 GCE A levels 

Level 3 Foundation Diploma equivalent to 1 GCE A level 

*When you successfully complete your level 3 course you will be awarded UCAS points. The points awarded vary depending on the final grade achieved the range is from PPP to D*D*D* (Ext, Dip), PP to D*D* (Dip) and P to D* (F. Dip)

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