Reasons to choose this course:
- Our Animal Unit facility has a wide variety of domestic and exotic species to study.
- Develop practical skills and knowledge for a career in the animal sector.
- Successful students can progress onto the relevant degree programmes at NTU.
- Suitable for progression to careers in Vet Nursing, Zoology and Animal Sciences.
The care and welfare of domestic and exotic animals in captivity has become a major growth industry in the UK. With this growth comes a requirement for well-trained and skilled staff who are capable of caring for a wide range of species in a variety of contexts. This course provides practical and theoretical training relevant to a career in the animal welfare industry. Upon completion, you would be well-placed for direct entry into a variety of careers working with animals, or, if you wish, to pursue higher education in a related area. The qualification obtained is the Extended Diploma in Animal Management.
The Extended Diploma is a course of further education that aims to provide students with the skills and knowledge that match the needs of potential employers. Topics studied at Extended Diploma level are frequently those that are not available at A-level and typically involve a higher proportion of practical and applied work.
Students are taught using a variety of methods, including formal lectures, group discussion and practical demonstrations. A number of guest lecturers can be brought in to teach students about specialist topics, for example, the work of the R.S.P.C.A. In addition, there are visits scheduled in each year where students are taken to places of interest within the animal industry, such as the dogs' show, Crufts.
Tour the Animal Unit and Veterinary Nursing Centre on an open day
What do you study?
The course is studied over two years and certain units offer students the chance to develop the practical skills needed for a career in the animal care industry. Additional modules provide the theory required for a good understanding of animal biology and care.
Each module is assessed using a variety of methods, including written assignments, oral presentations and class tests. Students are not required to sit formal exams.
Place of study
Brackenhurst is a campus of Nottingham Trent University. The rural campus is set on a 200 hectare estate and features a brand-new animal unit containing representatives from all five vertebrate groups. Included in this are larger animals such as donkeys and goats, as well as cats, dogs, rabbits, a variety of rodents, fish, birds and reptiles. Students spend a considerable amount of time on the unit, learning how to handle, feed and care for all of the species held. Additional resources include a well-stocked library, IT suites, a shop, student cafeteria and bar.
Year One course modules include:
- Animal Health
- Animal Biology
- Animal Welfare and Breed Development
- Animal Nutrition
- Exotic Animal Management
- Practical Animal Handling and Husbandry
- Wildlife Rehabilitation.
- Land-based Estate Construction, Repair and Maintenance Skills
- Work-related Experience in the Animal Management Sector.
Year Two course modules:
- Animal Nursing
- Animal Behaviour
- Animal Anatomy and Physiology
- Biochemistry and Microbiology in Animal Management or Aquatics Management
- Animal Breeding and Genetics
- Farm Livestock Management
- Kennel and Cattery Management
- Animal Collection Management
- Investigative Project in the Animal Management Sector.
Your future career
93%of our graduates are employed or engaged in further study six months after leaving (Latest DLHE Survey Undergraduate results 2011/12).
The Extended Diploma in Animal Management prepares students for a variety of posts working 'hands on' with animals. These include working as:
- an animal carer
- trainee veterinary nurse
- laboratory assistant
- welfare assistant
- retail supervisor.
Alternatively, should you wish to continue your studies, you may qualify for entry onto the University’s Foundation Degree in Animal Studies or Bachelor of Science degree in Animal Biology.
This course does not currently offer placements.
- Four GCSEs including Maths, English and a Science at Grade C or above
- Equivalent qualifications will be considered
Please see the how to apply section for full entry requirement details.
Four GCSEs including Maths, English and a Science at Grade C or above
Equivalent qualifications will be considered
Applications are welcome from mature and international students
How to apply in four easy steps
1) Choose your course. Use our Open Days, course brochures and website information to make an informed choice.
2) Request an application form - call our admissions team on +44 (0)1636 817099.
3) Complete your application form, asking a parent / guardian to sign it if you are under 18 and return to us at:
School of Animal, Rural and Environmental Sciences
Nottingham Trent University
4) We will then process your application and if you meet the criteria for the course, will invite you for an interview at our Brackenhurst campus to discuss your application in more detail with the course tutor.
If you have any questions or concerns when completing your application form, contact our Admissions Team at any time.
Confirming your place
Please let us know your GCSE results as soon as you receive them by calling +44 (0)1636 817099.
We can then confirm your place on the course and send you the relevant induction materials and start dates.
If you want to speak to us about this course, open days or how to apply then get in touch using the following details:
Telephone: +44 (0)1636 817099 (Brackenhurst)
View the latest fees and funding information for this course.
This bursary is means tested and awarded on a sliding scale depending on parent or guardian's income. You need to be holding a firm offer before applying for this and it does not cover the total cost of accommodation. Find out more about the residential bursary.
Katie studied our BTEC Extended Diploma in Animal Management and progressed onto our BSc (Hons) Zoo Biology course.
Why I chose this course
“I love animals and I love science, so the option to study animal management and animal science was perfect!
Strengths and highlights of the course
“One of the main strengths of this course is the range of diverse subjects covered. We explored exotic animal management, kennel and cattery management, animal nursing, animal handling and biochemistry to name a few. Eighteen different subjects were covered in total during the course.
A key highlight of the animal management course is that a lot of animal handling is carried out to assist learning and duties are also compulsory on the animal unit (as part of the course) which allows students more time working with animals and experience working within an animal related environment.
Work experience placements
“Work experience was required as part of one of the modules, I completed a weeks work experience on the animal unit at Brackenhurst and three weeks work experience in two veterinary practices. There is also the option to go on a field trip for two weeks in Mauritius to volunteer on continued research projects NTU is involved in on the island of Ill Aux Aigrettes. I went on this trip during my first year on the BSc (Hons) Zoo Biology degree and found it beneficial for learning about field research and conservation. Students are given a certificate in endangered species recovery after completion of the field trip.
Outside of college and university I volunteered with the Orangutan Foundation for just over six weeks in Borneo. I have also done some volunteering in the BUGS (biodiversity underpinning global survival) department at ZSL London Zoo and helped out on one of their ‘Friendly Spider Programmes’ for the day. Additionally I went to Peru for two months to conduct research on dung beetles in the Peruvian Amazon and this data was used for my dissertation project.
Lecturers have been really supportive
“Our lecturers have been brilliant and are always more than willing to support and help us with all aspects of our courses. Should students require assistance non-course related then lecturer’s will point them to the relevant staff/departments.
I would recommend the course to others
“I would definitely recommend both the courses that I have done at Brackenhurst to others; I have really enjoyed studying at Nottingham Trent University. If you are willing to put the work and effort in then go for it!
“I have always been interested in becoming a teacher/lecturer and this was confirmed when I was studying the animal management BTEC – I wanted to teach animal science and still do!
I applied for and have been offered a place on the PGCE post-compulsory (post graduate certificate in education) course at Nottingham Trent University."
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