BTEC Level 3 National Extended Certificate Animal Management (Block C)

Agriculture, Horticulture and Animal Care

Agriculture, Horticulture and Animal Care
Agriculture, Horticulture and Animal Care

What will you be working towards?

Qualification Type National Award (BTEC)
Qualification Level Level 3
Course type Full Time


An engaging qualification to support learners who want to pursue a career in an animal-related industry. It is intended as a Tech Level qualification and is equivalent in size to one A Level. It prepares learners for an Apprenticeship in animal management.

Student Profile 

The ability to:

- Learn independently

- Research actively and methodically

- Give presentations and be active

group members.

- Manage your time and work


- Be adaptable and resilient

- Read technical texts

- Write effectively


Composed of 5 compulsory units:

- Animal Welfare and Ethics 

- Practical Animal Husbandry 

- Animal Behaviour 

- Animal Health and Diseases 

- Work Experience in the Animal Sector 

How will it be delivered?

External Assessment: Unit 3.

Set task – After a period of preparation using set information learners take the assessment during a defined window and demonstrate

understanding through completion of a vocational task.

Internal Assessments: Units 4-7.

Learners are given opportunities to:

- Demonstrate practical and

technical skills using appropriate

equipment and processes

- Complete realistic tasks to meet

specific briefs or particular


- Write up the findings of their own


- Use case studies to explore

complex or unfamiliar situations

- Carry out projects for which they

have choice over the direction and


Including 75 hours of work experience with an employer in the sector

Entry requirements

English Literature or Language Grade 4 or above

Your next steps...

This qualification is primarily designed to support progression to employment. Learners completing

this qualification could access entry-level roles in areas such as:

- Kennel or cattery assistant

- Animal care assistant in animal

businesses, charities or wildlife


- Retail assistant in pet or animal-

related retail establishments

- Assistant to an animal trainer, e.g.

trainer of assistance dogs for the


- Animal technician in animal


- Inspector for animal charities such


Taken alongside A Levels in Biology and Chemistry, or BTEC Applied Science, it could lead to a degree programme:

- BSc (Hons) in Animal Management

and Welfare

- BSc (Hons) in Applied Animal


- BSc (Hons) in Zoology