Course: Animal Management Level 3

Study Level

Level 3


Great Yarmouth Campus


2 Years



"At UmPhafa, the students are exposed to life on a game reserve from various perspectives by actually working alongside those that work here on a daily basis. Over the course of the trip, the students are exposed to many different game reserve areas to give them an idea of conservation through an educational experience. We were delighted to have East Coast College join us as it gave us the chance to educate and show the students interested in the field of conservation the practicalities of running a game reserve."

UmPhafa Nature Reserve

Amanda Warren, Reserve Manager

This course will provide you with the knowledge and skills needed to succeed in the animal care sector. You will gain theoretical and practical hands-on experience, and this will be accompanied by a greater understanding on key themes such as animal health and welfare, feeding and accommodation, exotics, science and British habitats.

You will help the animal care team in the daily care and maintenance of our own on-site animals, including rabbits, guinea pigs, rats, a leopard gecko, bearded dragon and snakes. You will be taught by experts in the animal care industry, including a veterinary nurse, experts in exotics, animal behaviour and ecology.

On Level 3, you will have the opportunity to study a range of fascinating subjects including animal behaviour and communication, veterinary nursing, wildlife management and rehabilitation, animal biology and nutrition.

You will also have the opportunity to participate in a work placement in a local animal care setting and previous students experienced a two-week trip to South Africa as part of the Turing Scheme where they took part in game counts, night drives and animal management with rangers on a wildlife reserve.

Why study with us:

  • We offer a curriculum designed in partnership with industry professionals including trips to zoos and nature reserves both in the UK and abroad. These experiences will assist you to achieve your qualification and future career connections.
  • We have excellent collaboration and placement opportunities across Norfolk and Suffolk, including Africa Alive, Colchester Zoo, RSPB Minsmere, Sea Life Great Yarmouth and the UmPhafa Nature Reserve in South Africa.
  • You will benefit from experience looking after our on-site animals where you will be responsible for health checking, monitoring behaviour and general feeding and care.


You need to have achieved 5 or more GCSEs at Grade 4 or above, including English, maths and a science, or have completed Animal Care Level 2.

You will need to have a passion for animals and be keen to understand the development of  animals and the essentials for their care needs. The course is heavily science based and so an interest in science is also required.


You will be assessed through essays, case studies, presentation, field work and poster work. You will be mainly completing classroom-based work, with theory topics as well as practical work carried out for each unit. There are three exams in total across the two years of study.


Animal Care is an excellent course if you want to go on to study a degree in subjects such as veterinary nursing, animal rehabilitation, ecology, conservation or animal welfare. You can progress to study FdSc Wildlife Conservation And Animal Management through the University of Suffolk at East Coast College, or other universities.

You can also progress into an apprenticeship or employment in careers such as dog grooming, zoo keeping or animal training.

Related Study Programmes

FdSc Conservation Science and Animal Management (Wildlife and Zoo)

  • Two Years

  • Level 5

  • Full-time

FdSc Conservation Science and Animal Management (Wildlife and Zoo): View Course

Animal Care Level 2

  • 1 Year

  • Level 2

  • Full-time

Animal Care Level 2: View Course

Introduction to Animal Care Level 1

  • 1 Year

  • Level 1

  • Full-time

Introduction to Animal Care Level 1: View Course