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Course Mode
Start Date
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9:00am - 5:00pm
2 Years
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Animal Care

With 54 million pets in the UK, we’re a nation of animal lovers.

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Course Overview

The HNC/HND offers students the opportunity to study the behaviour & welfare of a wide range of species, including exotic, companion & agricultural animals. You will carry out both classroom based sessions & practical work within our RSPCA approved wildlife rehabilitation centre. This houses a collection of exotic & common household pet animals as well as offering rehabilitation facilities for injured & orphaned British wildlife. The centre has a veterinary surgeon & operating facilities on-site. You will be taught by tutors & animal care technicians from a range of industry backgrounds including veterinary practice, zoological collections, aquariums, wildlife rehabilitation & field guiding.

During your first year you will study the Level 4 Higher National Certificate in Animal Management (this can be achieved over 2 years on a part-time basis). Students will gain a solid grounding in animal management which can be built on should students decide to progress their studies to the next level. During the second year you will study the Level 5 Higher National Diploma in Animal Management (again this can be achieved over 2 years on a part time basis). This will allow students to specialise in specific career paths or progress to degree-level study.

You will study a variety of core, specialist & optional modules including:
- Animal Health & Welfare
- Animal Behaviour in Society
- Animal Husbandry
- Animal Anatomy & Physiology
- Biological Principles
- Evolution & Adaptations
- Wildlife Conservation

Modules will be delivered by a mixture of classroom based sessions, practical work, trips & workshops. Modules will be assessed by a variety of measures, including written work, presentations, portfolios & exams. Students will have the opportunity to take part in an optional study trip to South Africa.

Entry Requirements

64 UCAS points from;
A BTEC Level 3 qualification in Animal Management
A levels in relevant subjects, for example Biology or Chemistry.

Other candidates will be considered on an individual basis, subject to initial assessment & interview.

After Your Course

Successful completion of the Level 5 Higher National Diploma can lead students into a wide variety of careers within the Animal Care industry including:
- Animal Keeper
- Animal Health Officer
- Animal Trainer
- Wildlife Technician
- Pet Store Manager
- Animal Instructor
- Animal Behaviour Consultant
- Animal Rescue Centre Manager
- Animal Lecturer

The Level 5 Diploma is also recognised by Higher Education establishments as meeting the entry requirements for many related courses including:
- BSc (Hons) Animal Behaviour & Welfare
- BSc (Hons) Animal Management
- BSc (Hons) Applied Animal Science

Students should always check the entry requirements of specific degree programmes.



Course fees are per year for full-time & degree-level courses, and per course for part-time ones. The current full-time & degree-level fee information is related to the 2019/20 academic year and is subject to change before the start of the course. Fees for 2020/21 will be updated in the Spring Term. There may also be additional costs associated with the course.

This course is funded by the government and may be free if you are:

  • Aged 16-18 on 31/08/19
  • Aged 19-23 on an Entry Level or Level 1 course with intent to progress to a Level 2 course
  • Aged 19-23 on your first full Level 2 or Level 3 course
  • Aged 19-23 on your first Level 4 course (if you haven’t already got a Level 3 qualification)
  • Aged 19+ on Functions Skills or GCSE English or Maths
  • Unemployed and in receipt of JSA/ESA(WRAG)/Universal Credit or another eligible state benefit on an Entry Level, Level 1 or Level 2 course
  • Member of a low income household & in financial hardship on an Entry Level, Level 1 or Level 2 course

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