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Level 3 Certificate in Practical Animal Care Skills

1 year
2,176 GBP excl. VAT
Next course start
September 2024 See details
Course delivery
1 year
2,176 GBP excl. VAT
Next course start
September 2024 See details
Course delivery
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Course description

Learn more about animal care, handling and management with our accredited Level 3 Certificate in Practical Animal Care Skills at Writtle College.

You might already be working in the animal care sector and looking to further your knowledge and skills. Or you might be interested in gaining a recognised qualification and starting your career. Our course will give you all the practical experience and insights you need.

As a student at Writtle College you’ll use our animal studies centre, with its aquatic, reptile and companion animal rooms. you’ll also gain valuable experience with a work placement of at least one day per week.

You should be aged 19+ to study this course.

Upcoming start dates

1 start date available

September 2024

  • Classroom
  • Writtle
  • English

Suitability - Who should attend?

  • 5 GCSEs at Grade 9-4 or A*-C, to include English, Maths and Science
  • Satisfactory references from most recent school, college or employer
  • Alternative qualifications or experience will be considered on application.

Important additional notes

Our published entry requirements are a guide only and our decision will be based on your overall suitability for the course as well as whether you meet the minimum entry requirements.

Training Course Content

Mandatory unit

  • Promote and Maintain the Health and Wellbeing of Animals

Selected specialist units

  • Promote, Monitor and Maintain Health, Safety and Security in the Workplace
  • Plan the Accommodation of Animals
  • Plan Diets and Feeding Regimes for Animals
  • Plan the Handling and Restraint of Animals
  • Recognise and Interpret the Behaviour of Animals
  • Provide Information on how to Maintain the Behaviour, Health and Welfare of Animals

Course delivery details

This course includes one mandatory unit and a range of specialist units. The mandatory unit offers a broad introduction to promoting and maintaining the health and wellbeing of animals, including identification of abnormal signs, monitoring, and maintaining accurate records.

Units are subject to change and availability.


Units will be assessed internally, and moderated both internally and externally, through a learner's portfolio and related evidence.

Why choose Writtle University College

Ranked Top University-Sector Institution in East Anglia for overall student satisfaction!

*Based on NSS 2022 Based on Taught Data

Beautiful rural campus situated close to the city of Chelmsford, 40 minutes from London and the coast.


Fee: £2,176 Students over 19 starting 2023/24

Continuing Studies

Careers and educational progression

By completing our Level 3 Certificate, you’ll gain practical skills, a good understanding of working practices and essential industry knowledge. You’ll be well-prepared to start (or further) a career in the animal care sector.

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Writtle University College, Lordship Road
CM1 3RR Chelmsford Essex

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