Animal Management (Animal Behaviour and Welfare) HND

Animal Management (Animal Behaviour and Welfare) HND

This course will enable you to continue your education through applied learning of a wide range of units in the field of Animal Management. This qualification will provide a high quality professional and technical education pathway for those who wish to advance their skills, prior to specialist further studies or employment. This course is designed to help students secure knowledge, skills and confidence needed to succeed in the workplace or progress further in your education. You will build on a core of learning in your first year to more specialist areas of study in your second year.  Students 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.   

Seminars and tutorials make up a supportive network, which is complimented by the virtual learning centre. Whether at home or on campus, help is not far away. On successful completion of the programme students will be able to demonstrate the ability to:  

  • Produce written work with appropriate scholarly conventions  

  • Use information and communication retrieval skills involving the ability to gather, sift, synthesise and organise material independently  

  • Set realistic targets, identify own goals, plan appropriately, and how to reflect and evaluate your own performance  

  • Demonstrate how to develop and adapt own work ethics to fit in with specific restrictions  

  • Construct and present arguments  

  • Communicate using a variety of visual, oral and performance media  

In addition to classroom activities, students will 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.   

Students will also 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.   


YEAR 1 Titles of Modules: 

  • Core unit: 1 Animal Health and Welfare   

  • Core unit: 2 Business and the Business Environment   

  • Core unit: 3 Managing a Successful Project (Pearson-set)   

  • Specialist unit: Animal Behaviour in Society  

  • Specialist unit: Animal Husbandry   

  • Specialist unit: Animal Anatomy and Physiology   

  • Optional unit: Animal Nutrition   

  • Optional unit: Ecological Principles   

YEAR 2 Titles of Modules: 

  • Core unit: Biological Principles   

  • Core unit: Research Project (Pearson-set)      

  • Specialist unit: Anthrozoology 

  • Specialist unit: Evolution and Adaptations 

Plus 3 Optional Units from the following 

  • Wildlife Conservation   

  • Ethics and Consultation   

  • Work Experience   

  • Behavioural Approaches to Animal Management   

  • Humanisation of Companion Animals

Note: The range of units available and the content of any individual module may change.

Entry requirements
  • 3 A Level’s (Preferred A Level’s would be Biology, Chemistry, Human Biology or Applied Science) at grade CDD or above 

  • Pearson BTEC Level 3 National Extended Diploma in an animal or science related subject grade MMP 

  • C&G Level 3 Advanced Technical Extended Diploma in an animal or science related subject grade MM.

Along with GCSE English Language and Maths at grade 4 or above.

Mature applicants without formal qualifications, but with evidence of sufficient, relevant industry experience will be considered on an individual basis 

If your first language is not English, we accept IELTS (Academic) at grade 6 overall with a minimum score of 5.5 in each component (Reading, Writing, Listening and Speaking) 

We require evidence of international qualifications at point of application. Unfortunately, we are currently unable to consider applicants that require a Student Visa to study in the UK.

Future career and study opportunities

On successful completion of this course, students can develop their careers in the Animal Management sector through entering employment. Below are some examples of job roles:

Animal Keeper, Animal Controls Officer, Animal Health Officer, Animal Trainer, Wildlife Technician and Retail Supervisor, Animal Instructor, Animal Behaviour Consultant, Pet Store Manager, Animal Rescue Centre Manager and Animal Lecturer.


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