Course information

Study type Study Tier Start Date Duration Course Contact

Full Time

  • Advanced
31 August 2020TBCRob Mew

Entry Requirements

The Isle of Wight College has standard entry requirements for full-time college courses, depending on the level of the course to be studied.

There may be additional entry requirements for a small number of specialist courses. If this course is one of these specialist courses, additional entry requirements will be stated below.


  • BTEC or C & G First Diploma in a related subject with a qualification grade of distinction and to include a distinction in the ‘Introduction to Biology’ unit.
  • You will also need Maths, Science, and English at GCSE grade 4 (C) or above, or be working to upgrade to this level.
  • For those students progressing from other courses at The College, Functional Skills must have been achieved to at least level 2, where applicable.
  • At least 5 GCSEs at grade 4  (C) to include English, Maths and Science.
  • To progress to University you may also need Maths GCSE at higher levels than grade 4 (C) – it is important to check University entry requirements at this early stage
  • In addition you need to have a strong desire to study different specialist areas of Animal Management.


Two Years Full Time or Part Time (for over 19’s).


All students called for interview will have a power point overview of the area given to them by a senior member of the Land Based team, normally the Curriculum Manager. When this is completed all parents and students are welcome to ask questions to gain a better understanding of their course and life at the Isle of Wight College.

Once all students are happy, each student is individually called for a 15 minute interview to enable staff and student to make an informed choice as to the suitability of the course and college life for them.

All students are given an answer as to whether or not they are able to join their preferred choice though some provisos are put in place to ensure the required entry standard is reached before joining their course; this ensures all students are challenged and capable of completing their qualification to a good standard to help them have a wider range of choices when they join the world of employment.

Please bring a pen with you to the interview, a school report/record of achievement with you (for school leavers) and a piece of research work as requested.


The level 3 course is designed as specialist qualifications for students who have a clear view of their future career or are seeking progression to higher education. They are equivalent to ‘A’ levels and are highly valued by universities, further education colleges and employers alike.


Level 3 Extended Diploma equivalent to 3 GCE A levels

Level 3 Diploma equivalent to 2 GCE A levels

*When you successfully complete your level 3 course you will be awarded UCAS points. The points awarded vary depending on the final grade achieved the range is from PPP to DDD.


Mandatory Units

  • Understand and promote animal health
  • Understand the principles of animal biology
  • Undertake animal handling and safe working
  • Plan and monitor animal feeding and manage animal accommodation
  • Undertake and review work experience in the land-based industries
  • Undertake an investigative project in the land-based sector
  • Understand animal anatomy and physiology


  • Eleven extra units which may vary from year to year (for Extended Diploma)
  • Five  extra units which may vary from year to year (for Diploma)


Alongside the main qualification, you will be required to take part in various additional activities throughout the two years. These are often related to employment, interview skills, or to career progression, personal development or health and safety skills. They provide a rounded CV for you which will help with your employment at the end of the course.


You will learn through a combination of assignments, projects, synoptic tests and practical activities based around your theoretical knowledge. Particularly important will be the development of key employment skills relevant to work in this area. To assist with this you will undertake a mandatory work experience placement which is usually one day per week. The qualification after two years is a total of 18 units for Extended Diploma, 12 units for Diploma, giving the full qualification.

You will also be expected to allow around two days a week for personal study and assessment completion.


The units are graded P (Pass), M (Merit) and D (Distinction). You must achieve a minimum of a pass grade in each unit to qualify for a qualification grade. A qualification grade of Pass, Merit, Distinction or Distinction* will be stated on the certificate. A Pass is not seen as having progressed from Level 2


BTEC Level 3 courses are highly valued by employers and universities.  Students may take up employment opportunities in:

  • Veterinary practices
  • Animal charities
  • Zoos
  • Kennels/catteries
  • Animal technician
  • Voluntary organisations


Study Programmes

All Study Programmes for 16-19 year olds at The Isle of Wight College are designed to include:

  • Work experience which is effective, relevant, and includes careers fairs, site visits, guest speakers and introduces you to the expectations of the real demands of work
  • Extended work experience/industry placement for Level 3 learners Over the course of your Level 3 study programme you may be expected to do between 36 – 415 hours of industry placement depending on the course you have chosen. All learners are expected, and encouraged, to do their best to find their own relevant, purposeful work experience which supports their career progression.
  • English and maths, where students have not yet achieved a GCSE grade A* - C (9 - 4 using the new grades) in these subjects by age 16
  • Non-qualification activity, such as tutorials and work-related learning, to help further develop the personal skills relevant to your progression goals
  • A vocational experience which will form the substantial part of the programme

These four elements of the programme should combine to provide stretch and challenge for you helping to prepare you for progression to employment or further study.

Please refer to the 16 to 19 study programme document to learn more.

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