Animal Care & Horticulture

Choose to be

  • Animal Welfare Worker
  • Conservationist
  • Dog Groomer
  • Dog Handler
  • Kennel/Cattery Worker
  • Veterinary Nurse
  • Zoo Keeper

Wirral Met College’s Twelve Quays Campus is home to a number of animals, including dwarf rabbits, guinea pigs, dwarf and Syrian hamsters, mice, budgies, terrapins, snakes, a python, lizards, geckos, a horned frog, fire bellied toads, stick insects and more.

You will develop practical skills working with a range of animals. Wirral Met College students are offered good work placements at a range of employers across the Wirral, to prepare you for the world of work.

Programmes delivered at the Twelve Quays Campus include:

Course Level Code
BTEC Animal Care and Horticulture Diploma 1 S119
BTEC Animal Care First Diploma 2 S102
BTEC Animal Management 90 credit Diploma 3 S122
Animal Care and Horticulture E3 S207
Introduction to Vocational Studies E3 K073

Where next?

You can progress from level 3 to the Higher National Certificate (HNC) and/or Higher National Diploma (HND) in Animal Management at Wirral Met College.

Career Opportunities

These courses equip students with the skills and knowledge to progress onto occupations including:

Veterinary nurses earn around £14,000 per year and Zoo Keepers’ salaries start at around £13,000 per year. Experienced farm managers may earn between £25,000 and £30,000. Source:

Where are they now?

 Joanne Hagan

Joanne successfully completed the Level 3 Extended Diploma in Animal Management with distinction at Wirral Met. Joanne has also been working part-time during her studies and has been a positive role model for other members of her class. She achieved a personal achievement award at the college's Further Education Awards Ceremony.


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