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Subsidiary Diploma in Animal Management Level 3

In Ponteland ()

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The recommended entry requirements are: A level 2 Diploma in Animal Care or 4 GCSEs grade C or above to include English, Maths and Science. You will benefit from excellent facilities that are of industry standard so you'll be prepared for your future career.At Northumberland College you will be treated as an individual and given opportunities to study subjects you may not have tried before, as well as opportunities to grow and develop so that you are prepared for your next steps, whether this is university or starting out in the first stage of your career.

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Course programme

Who is the course for?

The course is for students who have achieved average grades in their GCSEs particularly in Science, Maths and English and who have a dedicated interest in the care and welfare of animals. Over the two years the course is equivalent to two A Levels and is ideal for those wishing to gain employment within the Animal Management sector or entry into Higher Education at Kirkley Hall or higher education providers.

Do I need any formal qualifications?

The recommended entry requirements are: A level 2 Diploma in Animal Care or 4 GCSEs grade C or above to include English, Maths and Science.

What will I study on the course?

You will cover a variety of exciting units including: - Animal Health - Animal Biology - Management of Exotics - Animal Welfare and Breed Development - Animal Handling - Animal Feeding and Accommodation. You will be expected to complete one day every three weeks of engaging industrial experience at the expanding College zoo, this can be included within the total of 150 hours of actual work experience each year needed for the course, some of which can be carried out on an external placement.

How is the course organised

The course runs for 3 days per week over 1 Year. However you will be expected to study and complete assignment work on your two none college days.

How will my progress be assessed?

Your progress will be assessed by a range of stimulating methods including written assignments, practical assessments/ observations, presentations, group work and identification tests.

Can I gain any extra qualifications while on the course?

You may also have the opportunity to complement your studies with other qualifications that will help you gain employment, including additionality e.g. employability skills.

What final qualification will I get if I am successful?

NPTC Subsidiary Diploma in Animal Management (QCF) Level 3

Next Steps

After completing the course you could study a HND/Foundation Degree at Kirkley Hall or progress onto University to study BSc (Hons) in Zoology/Animal Behaviour/Conservation/Animal Science/ Animal Management for example. This qualification carries 40 to 140 UCAS points (depending on the grade achieved). See the following link: Or alternatively find employment in animal management/welfare organisations or in research: - Assistant Zoo Keeper - Assistant Kennel/Cattery Worker - Dog Groomer/Assistant Dog Groomer - Animal Care Technician - Animal Nutritionist - Vet Care Assistant

Can I receive any financial support whilst I am studying?

Many of our learners study for free with a "Fee Waiver" when they are in receipt of qualifying benefits or studying a first full Level 2 or Level 3 qualification and meet age restrictions or are aged between 16-18. If you are not entitled to a "Fee Waiver" you may be entitled to receive Learner Support Funds to help with paying your course fees, or if you are aged over 23 and planning to study at Level 3 or 4 you will be able to apply for a 24+ Loan that cover all of your course costs. Higher Education learners are entitled to apply for HE Loans that cover the cost of tuition. In addition, depending on your chosen course of study and individual circumstances, you may be entitled to a maintenance loan.

Please note, from September 2016, anyone over 19 years of age can apply for a loan to cover all course fees for qualifying courses.

All learners can also apply for help with the cost of travel to college and the college may be able to help with the costs of childcare, travel, books, equipment and meals.

Please note for full cost courses funding may not be available.

For more information our Help Hub team is available on 01670 841 200 or email

How can I apply for this course?

Apply online by clicking here, alternatively please contact our Help Hub on 01670 330 660, email or drop in to one of our open events – dates are listed here

Alternatively, if this is the course for you please click Book and Enrol Now – please note this option is only available to certain courses.

Where can I get any further information about the course?

You may find further information within this website including within case studies and our media gallery. You may also come along to an open event – dates of college events are listed here

Download/Print Course Details Northumberland College has two main campuses at Ashington and Kirkley Hall and centres at Hexham and Berwick. We offer hundreds of full-time and part-time courses, work with students aged 14-18, mature students, higher education students and employers from numerous industry sectors.Our Ashington campus was opened in 1957 and is home to a wide range of subjects - all housed in specialist facilities including those for art and design, construction, engineering, sport, hospitality and beauty therapy. Our Kirkley Hall campus, in Ponteland, has a long established history as the main provider of land-based education and training in the region, stretching back more than 50 years. So if you want to study animal care, agriculture or horticulture, this campus will provide the perfect environment for you. Life at Northumberland College is about more than just studying; it's about meeting new people, enjoying new experiences, developing new skills and spending time with friends.

Subsidiary Diploma in Animal Management Level 3

Price on request