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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. There may also be additional costs associated with the course (please see the course overview).

Student Finance
Whether you qualify for student finance depends on specific criteria. The main student finance package for full-time students includes a tuition fee loan and maintenance loan for living costs. Part-time students can access a tuition fee loan to pay for your course.

Generally, you will only get student finance if you’re doing your first degree-level qualification. This is true even if your previous course was self-funded.

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Access to Learning Fund
The Access to Learning Fund is a non-repayable discretionary fund that gives students facing hardship extra financial support to access and remain in higher education. This can is accessed via the college. Contact Student Services for more information: / 01539 814700