Animal Management with Science

Level 3, BTEC Extended

Duration: Two Year Course

Location: Benfleet

Course Description

Animal Management with Science is an ideal course if you want to work in the animal industry as a Zoo Keeper, Veterinary Nurse, Animal Health and Welfare Officer or even a Feed Scientist.

You must have a keen interest in Science as this forms the bulk of the course.

You will study units covering animal studies and a range of science based units including: Animal Biology, Animal Breeding and Genetics, Animal Welfare and Ethics and Animal Behaviour.

You will also have the opportunity to focus on specific elements of animal science. As part of the course you will complete work experience in a relevant setting and take part in off-site visits. The opportunity to undertake an independent research project forms part of the course.



  • Animal Breeding and Genetics
  • Animal Biology 
  • Animal Welfare and Ethics 
  • Practical Animal Husbandry
  • Animal Behaviour
  • Animal Metabolism
  • Advanced Animal Nutrition


  • Principles of Animal Nursing
  • Zoological Animal Heath and Husbandry 
  • Aquatic Animal Health and Husbandry

How Will I Be Taught and Assessed?

This is a theory based course with practical elements and assessments built into it. You will learn to understand the science and theory behind everything you do relating to Animal Management and care. Assessment will be through external examinations, as well as continuous assignments taught through: lectures, practical laboratory work, presentations, animal handling demonstrations, trips and guest speakers.

You will complete three exams throughout this course and the workload is substantial, so good organisational and time management skills are essential. As part of the course you will complete work experience in a relevant setting and take part in off-site visits. You will also be expected to undertake an independent research project.

Why Should I Choose Seevic College?

  • A mixture of theory and practical work allowing you to put into practice what you learn in the classroom
  • Visits to a variety of animal collections offering you the chance to see a range of animal handling techniques
  • 300 hours’ worth of work experience over the two year programme – allowing you to develop excellent employability skills
  • Unrivalled support and help sessions run throughout the year by your Tutors.

What Could I Do Next?

Students may progress onto related Higher and Further education courses which could potentially include veterinary nursing, or seek relevant employment such as in a zoo, pet shop or kennels. 

General Entry Requirements

Five GCSEs (minimum) Grade C/4 or above including English Language or Maths. If your English Language is a D/3, your Maths must be at least a C/4 and vice versa.


A Level 2 BTEC Diploma or above and GCSE English Language or Maths at grade C/4 or above.

Specific Entry Requirements

  • Grade C/4 or above in any GCSE Science (or equivalent)
  • Grade C/4 or above in GCSE Maths
  • Grade C/4 or above in GCSE English Language.

Additional Costs

  • You will need water proof footwear and a coat, as you’ll be working outdoors with animals.
  • There will be a number of trips to a variety of animal collections, which are essential for building up your animal handling experience.

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