Animal Management

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  • Level(s) of study: Further education
  • Study mode(s): Full-time
  • Location: Brackenhurst campus
  • Starting: September
  • Course duration: Two years full-time
  • Entry requirements: More information

This course looks at the welfare of domestic and exotic animals in captivity and  allows you to develop theoretical knowledge and practical skills needed to work in the animal industry. You’ll gain a good understanding of animal biology, breeding and nutrition.

What's the course all about?

The care and welfare of domestic and exotic animals in captivity has become a major growth area in the UK. With this comes the need for well-trained, skilled staff who are capable of caring for a wide range of species in a variety of contexts. You'll learn about animal related topics such as biology, health, behaviour, reproduction and breeding while also developing practical skills for handling and caring.

The course is well equipped to help you gain the knowledge and skills needed to ensure you can pursue your dream career.

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Key course facts

You will have access to:

  • a fantastic range of animals to study and learn about
  • lots of practical hands-on learning – you get to work with animals throughout your studies
  • world-class facilities that you get to use
  • excellent employment rates after completion of the course
  • industry with our links – zoos, wildlife parks and veterinary surgeries.

You will also develop practical skills and knowledge for a career in the animal sector.

You'll get to meet various guest lecturers when they come in to talk about specialist topics such as the work of the RSPCA and there's even visits to events such as Crufts.

Find out more about our Animal Unit.

What you'll study

What will I study?

The course is studied over two years and offers you the chance to develop the practical skills needed for a fulfilling career in the animal care industry. Additional modules will provide you with the theory needed to gain a good understanding of animal biology and care. As part of your practical work you'll get lots of hands-on experience with the animals, from handling through to everyday care.

  • Year One

    • Animal Health
    • Animal Biology
    • Animal Welfare and Breed Development
    • Animal Nutrition
    • Exotic Animal Management
    • Practical Animal Handling and Husbandry
    • Wildlife Rehabilitation
    • Work-related Experience in the Animal Management Sector
  • Year Two

    • Animal Nursing
    • Animal Behaviour
    • Animal Anatomy and Physiology
    • Biochemistry and Microbiology in Animal Management or Aquatics Management
    • Animal Breeding and Genetics
    • Kennel and Cattery Management
    • Animal Collection Management
    • Investigative Project in the Animal Management Sector

How you’re taught

You'll learn through a variety of engaging and informative methods such as lectures, group discussion and practical demonstrations. Throughout the course guest speakers will bring their own knowledge and experience into your learning by providing an insight into specialist areas of the industry.

You'll be assessed through written assignments, verbal presentations and class tests.

Careers and employability

What's next?

After completing this course there are a number of options and routes that you can take. You could choose to continue your studies and go onto a higher education course such as NTU's FdSc Animal Science, BSc (Hons) Animal Biology or our BSc (Hons) Zoo Biology degree.

You may also choose to go on and pursue a fulfilling career as:

  • an animal carer
  • trainee veterinary nurse
  • laboratory assistant
  • welfare assistant
  • industry sales person
  • dog groomer
  • cattery / kennel owner.

Placement opportunities

Placement opportunities are a great way to broaden your knowledge and skills and during your course you'll be able to take part in work experience in a range of different animal related sectors.

You'll get to experience what life is like working in the industry and gain valuable skills that you can apply to your studies.

With our great links with industry you'll have the opportunity to work in areas such as:

  • veterinary centres
  • boarding kennels
  • rescue centres
  • catteries
  • zoos.

Entry requirements

For 2017 entry you will need:

  • 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.

Getting in touch

If you need any more help or information, please email our FE Team or call on +44 (0)115 848 5299.

We welcome applications from international students. Please email our FE Team or call on +44 (0)115 848 5299 to discuss how your qualifications match our course requirements.

How to apply

Ready to join us? Apply online via UCAS Progress. You can apply for this course throughout the year.

Please note the following important information for applicants:

  • When you register, please ensure you tick that you are currently in Year 11 (even if you are not) otherwise you will not be able to make an application to us via UCAS Progress.
  • You need to ensure you demonstrate your passion and commitment to your chosen subject in your personal statement.
  • Please ensure you provide contact details for two referees - usually one academic from your current School or College and one character reference which could refer to any relevant volunteering, work experience or hobbies you may have (i.e. Sea Scouts, sports clubs etc.). Alternatively, this can be a long standing family friend or neighbour.

If you meet the criteria for the course, we'll offer you a place. Depending on the course and your qualifications we may need to invite you in for an interview before we can offer you a place. Don't worry, we'll keep you updated at each stage.

Getting in touch

If you need any more help or information, please email our FE Team or call on +44 (0)115 848 5299.

Please read our notes on the University's commitment to delivering the educational services advertised.

Please email our FE Team or call on +44 (0)115 848 5299 for more information on how to apply.

Please read our notes on the University's commitment to delivering the educational services advertised.

Fees and funding

View the latest fees and funding information for this course.

Please email our FE Team or call on +44 (0)115 848 5299 for more information on fees and funding.

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