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Animal Management Diploma

Cornwall College Newquay LEVEL: 3 Wildlife Conservation & Zoology

Caring for animals can be an extremely fulfilling and rewarding career. From working in kennels and catteries to pet shops, rescue centres or sanctuaries, there is a wide range of careers available on successful completion of your course. With access to animal collections on campus you will gain the practical training you need to pursue a career in this exciting industry.

We offer three options for you to start your studies in the animal management industry depending on your GCSE results. Our Level 3 course offers you the choice of university study or employment on successful completion of your course. Our Level 2 and Level 1 courses are ideal should your GCSEs not be what you expected, with the option to progress to Level 2 or Level 3.

There are one and two-year options available with this pathway and we will work with you to decide which is best for you.

Our Newquay campus has classrooms at Newquay Zoo, Blue Reef Aquarium and Tolcarne beach, designed to immerse you in the animal world and ensure you learn all you can from the expert members of staff who work there; in fact a lot of staff working at the Zoo and Blue Reef Aquarium are former Newquay students, so they can you give you the inside edge on what employers are looking for. Newquay students will also have access to the animal centres at Duchy College.


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Ideal if:

You have a passion for working with animals and would like to pursue a career as a zookeeper, animal trainer, dog groomer or animal care assistant.

You’ll need:

Five GCSEs at grade C or 4, including science, English or mathematics, or an equivalent qualification and a suitable reference.

You’ll learn:

During this course you will study animal health, feeding and nutrition, animal behaviour and communication, biology, wildlife conservation, welfare and breeding. There are one and two-year options available with this pathway and we will work with you to decide which is best for you.


Your assignments and projects to be assessed throughout the course as well as externally set exams.

You’ll love:

The opportunity to broaden your horizons with a life changing trip to Africa and field trips to zoos, wildlife parks and animal sanctuaries.

Gain valuable practical experience at all campuses with access to a wide range of animal collections.

You’ll go on to:

Employment or university study such as our FdSc Animal Health & Management, FdSc Animal Behaviour & Psychology, FdSc Animal Husbandry & Welfare, FdSc Zoological Conservation or BSc (Hons) Applied Zoology & Conservation.

Careers in this industry

  • Zookeeper
  • Animal Care Assistant
  • Dog Groomer
  • Animal trainer/behaviourist
  • Dog warden
  • Pet shop assistant



Animal Management & Veterinary Nursing
Animal Management & Veterinary Nursing
Wildlife Conservation & Zoology
Wildlife Conservation & Zoology



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Faye Archell Programme Manager - Animal Management

Faye spent some time working as an aquarist at Southend Sea Life Centre after gaining a degree in Wildlife Management before starting teaching in 2002. She has worked with cetaceans and marine turtles at a rehabilitation centre in Florida and Rhesus and Bonnet Macaques rescued from the pet trade in Goa. Faye is also a wildlife officer with the charity ORCA and regularly carries out marine mammal surveys on ferry and cruise line routes.
Wildlife Conservation & Zoology

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