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HNC in Animal Management

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Course Description

This course is for those who want an advanced qualification in animal management which will enable you to manage the care of animals rather than undertake that care yourself. When undertaking practical assessments you are expected to perform to an industry expected standard, use initiative and work independently. You will also be responsible for the welfare of animals on the college animal care unit, with particular emphasis on those animals in our Blue Cross Rehoming Centre, Day Boarding Dog Kennels and livestock production farm.

You will be in college 3 days a week with 1 hour timetabled e-learning, 2 hours independent e-learning and a one hour tutorial once a week. You will also undertake industrial experience placement one day a week.

SEPTEMBER 2017: The cost for this course is £6,000 for the year. Funding support is available from Student Finance.




AWARD: BTEC HNC in Animal Management (QCF )

Entry Requirements

Normally you would be expected to have one of the following:

  • Level 3 Extended Diploma in Animal Management (Pass/Merit/Merit)
  • Level 3 Diploma in Animal Management (Merit/Merit)
  • 4 GCSEs grade C or above which must include English Language and Maths

It is highly recommended that you have also achieved Double Science at grade C or above due to the scientific content of some of the units.

If you have undertaken BTEC Applied Science instead of GCSE, you should have achieved an overall Merit.


This is a full-time course over one year. Each unit is internally assessed, and the course involves extensive theory work. You will also be assessed via presentations, creation of public information resources, written scientific reports and through practical observations when managing the care of animals and supervising those carrying out various animal husbandry procedures.

The course is made up of both compulsory units, which all learners undertake, and specialist units that enable you to study particular areas in depth.

Compulsory Units

  • Business environment
  • Animal husbandry management
  • Animal health and welfare
  • Research project

Specialist Units

  • Anatomy and physiology
  • Production animal management
  • Exotics and the pet trade
  • Plan and manage

Work Experience

Work experience is a part of this course and there are many ways to fulfil this requirement. More details can be provided by course staff by enquiries, on Open Days and when the course begins.


Employment in a range of animal industries, progression onto the Higher National Diploma in Animal Management or degree programme.

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