BTEC Level 3 Extended Diploma in Animal Management

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The 180-credit BTEC Level 3 Extended Diploma extends and deepens the specialist work related focus from the BTEC Level 3 Diploma. On successful completion of the qualification, learners are prepared for appropriate direct employment in the vocational sector and it is suitable for those who have decided that they clearly wish to enter a particular specialist area of work. It is broadly equivalent to three GCE A Level.

The Level 3 Extended Diploma is designed to provide a work-related qualification in a range of animal related sectors. They prepare the individual for employment and provide career development for those already in work. It provides opportunity for learners to…

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General information

The 180-credit BTEC Level 3 Extended Diploma extends and deepens the specialist work related focus from the BTEC Level 3 Diploma. On successful completion of the qualification, learners are prepared for appropriate direct employment in the vocational sector and it is suitable for those who have decided that they clearly wish to enter a particular specialist area of work. It is broadly equivalent to three GCE A Level.

The Level 3 Extended Diploma is designed to provide a work-related qualification in a range of animal related sectors. They prepare the individual for employment and provide career development for those already in work. It provides opportunity for learners to gain a nationally recognised vocational qualification that can also allow them to progress onto higher education with additional credits and qualifications and study courses at degree such as Animal Science, Zoology or Animal Behaviour.

Course content

  • Qualification credit value: a minimum of 180 credits
  • Minimum credit to be achieved at, or above, the level of the qualification: 135 credits
  • Mandatory (core) unit credit: 70 credits
  • Optional unit credit: 110 credits
  • A maximum of 25 optional credits can come from pother QCF BTEC units to meet local needs
  • There are 16 contact hours of teaching per week over three days. There is additionally one study day and one day set aside for industry placement of your choice.

Core units are:

  • Understand and Promote Animal Health
  • Understand the Principles of Animal Biology
  • Understand Animal Anatomy and Physiology
  • Undertake Animal Handling and Safe Working
  • Plan and Monitor Animal Feeding
  • Manage Animal Accommodation
  • Undertake an Investigative Project in the Land-based Sector
  • Undertake and Review Work Related Experience in the Land-based Industries

Some specialist units are:

  • Business Management in the Land based Sector
  • Understand the Principles of Animal Nutrition
  • Understand and Interpret Animal Behaviour and Communication
  • Understand Animal Welfare and Breed Development

Teaching and assessment

All units are assessed and graded against specified criteria and then an overall grade for the qualification is awarded. Methods include; presentations, leaflets, assignments, essays, experiment write ups, posters, information sheets, question sheets, work sheets, quizzes and tests, practical observations and more. The methods employed will include: written essays, presentations, practical demonstrations, husbandry with the animals, work sheets, mini assessments and together these combine a portfolio of evidence.

All students will study functional skills in personal development classes. These are assessed as a free standing qualification but embedded into a course. As such they will gain separate recognition for this.

Entry requirements

4 GCSEs A*-C, including English, maths and science or a BTEC Full Level 2 Diploma in Animal Care (Merit).

Interview and assessment to assess suitability for study of this challenging course

Additional course costs

  • Due to the nature of the course ALL animal care students are required to pay £52 (subject to change) for personal protective equipment, which includes steel toe cap boots, lab coat, a Bromley College Animal Care t shirt and waterproof jacket. Please note that boots do not need to be purchased through the College and this will result in a reduction in the above cost.
  • 'Bromley College Animal Care' hooded tops may also be purchased at an addition cost of £20, but this is not compulsory.
  • Lockers are available for a deposit of £5, which is refunded once the locker key is returned.
  • There may also be additional charges for educational visits but these can be paid through installments.

Progression

Types of work include: Veterinary nursing, Zoo keeping, Animal rehabilitation, Animal behaviour, Carry out research, Teaching. Alternatively students may wish to study an HNC/HND or degree in a related subject. For example; Zoology, Marine Biology and Animal Behaviour.

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