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Course Length

2 years


£6,750 per annum

Awarded By

Pearson Education Ltd

UCAS codes

  • Course Code: AM23
  • Institution Code: N34
  • Campus Code: N

HND Animal Management

About the course

NB. Please note that this course is subject to validation. You can still apply for the course whilst it is being validated.

This course enables you to continue your education through applied learning of a wide range of units in the field of Animal Management. It provides a high quality professional and technical education pathway for those who wish to advance their skills prior to specialist further studies or employment.

You will study a variety of units, covering a wide range of subject areas and animal species, such as health, welfare, husbandry, anatomy, business, nutrition and ecology.

YEAR 1 Modules include:

  • Health and Welfare
  • Business and the Business Environment
  • Managing a Successful Project
  • Animal Behaviour in Society
  • Animal Husbandry
  • Animal Anatomy and Physiology
  • Animal Nutrition
  • Ecological Principles

YEAR 2 Modules include:

  • Biological Principles
  • Research Project

Students will also study 5 modules from the following list:

  • Anthrozoology
  • Evolution and Adaptations
  • Wildlife Conservation
  • Ethics and Consultation
  • Work Experience
  • Behavioural Approaches to Animal Management
  • Humanisation of Companion Animals

Teaching takes place through practical and theoretical classes, lectures, seminars, workshops, data analysis sessions, discussions, tutorials, industry and community visits. Teaching is linked directly with professional practice and research, both of which directly inform and enhance course content and delivery.

You will also take part in trips, for example to Cotswold Wildlife Park, local pet stores and animal businesses. Talks will also be given by industry guest speakers. In addition, you will carry out practical tasks, working with the wide range of animal species in the College Animal Centre, for example carrying out husbandry tasks such as health checking and maintaining accommodation, as well as diet plan design and implementation.

Entry requirements

GCSE English and Maths, 9 - 4 (A* - C) plus a minimum of 64 tariff points from one of the following:

  • A Levels – to include Biology, Chemistry, Human Biology or Applied Science
  • Vocational qualification in an Animal or Science-related subject: BTEC Level 3 National Diploma (grades MPP); C&G Level 3 Technical Advanced Extended Diploma (grades MPP)

For mature students over 18, suitable work experience may be taken into consideration instead of formal academic studies.

Where next?

On completion, you can enter or continue employment, or link with an appropriate professional body e.g. The Association of Pet Behaviour Counsellors (APBC). They can also progress to university e.g. top up to BSc (Hons) in Animal Science, Canine Behaviour Management, Zoo Animal Management and Conservation, or Animal Management with possible specialisms such as Rehabilitation, Welfare or Wildlife Conservation.

Example of employment opportunities include; Animal Keeper, Animal Health Officer, Animal Trainer, Pet Store Manager, Wildlife Technician, Behaviour Consultant and Rescue Centre Manager.

Work experience and employability

As well as practical skills, you will gain a wide range of useful transferable skills. These include: cognitive skills, through effective communication and digital literacy when making presentations; intra-personal skills, such as self-management and reflection through meeting course deadlines and acting on feedback. Interpersonal skills, such as team work and cultural awareness will also be developed by discussion forums and peer reviews.

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Student finance information

Find Student Finance Information on the Government website.

Students enrolling on this course can apply for the Higher Education Scholarship.


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