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Animal Care and Management

Our most popular career path! If you are looking for a rewarding and fulfilling career in Animal Care, Animal Management, or other related industries, our department is well equipped to prepare you for many different careers, from pet stores and grooming parlours, to zoos and conservation.

We deliver nationally-recognised qualifications in Animal Care and Management from entry level all the way up to level 6. You will develop excellent hands-on practical skills through working on our Rodbaston Animal Zone and obtain invaluable knowledge through industry placement.



Professional teaching

Passionate teachers with up-to-date industry experience.

Excellent facilities

On-site zoo with exotic, agricultural & domestic animals.

Industry head start

All students do work experience as part of their programme.


Opportunity to progress to a degree or employment.

Key information

The Animal Care and Management courses we offer are full-time study programmes made up of:​

  • Main qualification (animal modules covered via theory and practical).​
  • Industry-related work experience (hours vary depending on course level).​
  • English and maths (if you have not achieved a grade 4 or are aged 19+ and opt out).

The courses offered contain a good mix of theory, task-based learning, tutorials and practical workshops at college, combined with field visits and work experience in the animal care industry. You’ll explore all aspects of animal husbandry along with an introduction to animal biology which will equip you for many jobs in the land based industry.

Assessment methods include practical assessment​s, coursework​, portfolios​, exams and presentations.

You can become a…
  • Zookeeper / Animal Keeper
  • Animal Technician
  • Lecturer / Instructor
  • Animal Health and Welfare Advisor
  • Animal Behaviourist
  • Veterinary Nurse
  • Pet Shop Manager
  • Animal Care or Farm Park Assistant
  • Animal or Wildlife Conservationist
  • Dog Walker

Take the next step with a career in Animal Care and Management

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At Rodbaston College, we offer a two-year Foundation Degree in Zoo Animal Management with Conservation, which is accredited by Staffordshire University, and can be topped up to a full Bachelor of Science – BSc (Hons) Degree in a third year.

If you would like to study a degree qualification but don’t have the qualifications you need, then our Access to Higher Education (HE) Diploma in Land Based Studies could give you the entry requirements needed within one year.

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Why SSC?

At South Staffordshire College our students come first, and everything we do is aimed at helping you to realise your full potential. We are about careers not courses and our expert staff will make sure you have the skills and knowledge needed to give you that competitive edge for when you start your career within your chosen industry.

As a school leaver, you will be treated as an adult, within a friendly and supportive environment. You’ll enjoy more freedom and independence, and you’ll make many new friends, all with the same passion and journey ahead as you. As an adult, we understand you may feel uneasy about returning to education, but there is no need to be. We have smaller class sizes and supportive tutors to make you feel very welcome.

#CreateYourCareer with us.


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