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Level 3 Diploma in Work-Based Animal Care

18-24 months
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18-24 months
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September 2024 See details
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Level 3 Diploma in Work-Based Animal Care

This full-time or part-time City & Guilds Level 3 Work-based Animal Care course is ideal if you've worked in animal care for some time or are working in or towards a supervisory role or have previously completed a level 2. You want to show that you have the skills you need to do your job well, perhaps as part of your professional development or to prepare for higher-level training.

Upcoming start dates

1 start date available

September 2024

  • Classroom
  • Chelmsford
  • English

Suitability - Who should attend?

The following information provides students with the entry requirements for this particular course.

  • GCSEs in Maths and English at Grade 4 or higher, plus ideally GCSE Science at grade 4 or higher
  • Level 2 in animal related qualification and/or significant experience within the industry
  • Employment part-time or apprenticeship or voluntary placement within the animal industry
  • Candidates must be in a supervisory role or working towards
  • Provide a suitable reference from the workplace

Training Course Content

Learners will gain practical skills, develop sound working practices, and essential industry knowledge.

Example of Units Taught

  • Manage the work of volunteers
  • Plan, supervise and control the movement of animals
  • Promote, monitor and maintain health, safety and security of the workplace
  • Plan, monitor and evaluate the accommodation of animals

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.


  • Per year: £2,277
  • Total cost: £4,554

Continuing Studies


You may wish to progress onto further learning within Higher Education. You could study courses such as:

  • Certificate or Diploma of Higher Education in Animal Studies/Management/Science
  • BSc (Hons) in Animal Science
  • BSc (Hons) in Animal Management


On completion, it is likely that you will enter the industry by working within an animal welfare organisation, a veterinary practice, a wildlife park or perhaps a business such as a pet store, feed company or dog grooming salon. As you will have gained a breadth and depth of skills and knowledge over a wide range of units, you could progress within work to the following roles:

  • Animal Centre/Unit Manager
  • Pet Store Manager
  • Kennel & Cattery Supervisor/Manger
  • Trainee zoo keeper
  • Student Veterinary Nurse

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CM1 3RR Chelmsford Essex

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