Study Type
Full Time
Study Level
Level 3
Start Date:
2 years

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Entry requirements

View The Isle of Wight College's standard entry requirements for full-time college courses (depending on the level of the course to be studied).

BTEC or C &?G First Diploma in a related subject with a qualification grade of distinction?and?to include a distinction in the ‘Introduction to Biology’ unit. 

You will also need Maths, Science, and English at GCSE grade 4 (C) or above, or be working to upgrade to this level. 

For those students progressing from other courses at The College, Functional Skills must have been achieved to at least level 2, where applicable. 

At least 5 GCSEs at grade 4?(C) to include English, Maths and Science. 

To progress to University you may also need Maths GCSE at higher levels than grade 4 (C) – it is important to check University entry requirements at this early stage 

In addition you need to have a strong desire to study different specialist areas of Animal Management. 

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) 
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. 

Work placement
Alongside the main qualification, you will be required to take part in various additional activities throughout the two?years. These are often related to employment, interview skills, or to career progression, personal development or health and safety skills. They provide a rounded CV for you which will help with your employment at the end of the course.

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 

Our level 2 courses are free *(if you are 19-24 years old you must have a full level 2 qualification already to be eligible for free funding. More eligibility criteria apply). Contact us if you need more information on funding.

Failure to complete the course will incur an admin cost.

Qualifications you will get
BTEC Level 3 in Animal Management
Additional information

What are the Level 3 course equivalents and UCAS* points?

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) . 

Alternatively, email with the subject title of your chosen course, followed by ‘info’ to receive further information. i.e. ‘Science T Level info’.

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