The Animal Management sector is evolving and expanding constantly and therefore requires an adaptable and knowledgeable workforce to meet these changes. This course will provide you with a solid in-depth introduction to animal welfare and management, to meet employer demands in such a competitive industry.


  • HNC Full time: 1 year
  • HNC Part time: 2 years
  • HND Full time: 2 years
  • HND Part time 4 years

Contact Time (per week) 

  • Full time: 2 days
  • Part time: 1 day


Entry Requirements:
• 96 UCAS points typically from A Levels or a Level 3 Diploma in Animal Studies, although students from other subject specialisms are encouraged to apply
• Mature students who may not have formal qualifications are encouraged to apply for an interview where you will be considered on your experience, enthusiasm and commitment

Course Content:

Year 1:

  • Animal Health and Welfare (Core)
  • Business and the Business Environment (Core)
  • Managing a Successful Project (Core)
  • Animal Behaviour in Society (Specialist)
  • Animal Husbandry (Specialist)
  • Animal Anatomy and Physiology (Specialist)
  • Animal Nutrition (Optional)
  • Management of Exotic Species (Optional)

Year 2:

  • Biological Principles (Core)
  • Research Project (Core)
  • Anthrozoology (Specialist)
  • Evolution and Adaptations(Specialist)
  • Animal Breeding and Genetics (Optional)
  • Wildlife Conservation (Optional)
  • Work Experience (Optional)

You will learn through lectures, seminars, practical demonstrations, independent research, visits, field work and through work-related experiences on the programme. An in-depth, independent research project will also form a large part of your second year of study in which you will need to investigate, analyse and report on a set theme relating to animal behaviour and welfare.

A range of assessment methods will be used including reports, presentations, practical demonstrations, essays, academic posters, journal articles, laboratory practicals, and research projects.

Upon successful completion of this course you could apply for the final year ‘top-up’ full degree e.g. Bachelor’s Degree in Animal Management, Animal Biology or Animal Behaviour.

Acceptance on to these courses is at the discretion of the institution offering the top-up.

Former students are now employed in the animal care industry in a number of roles including, Wildlife Rehabilitators, Canine Hydrotherapists, Animal Technicians, Aviculturists, Kennels and Cattery Workers, Zoo Keepers and Conservationalists.

You will have access to a range of species housed in the on-site Animal Studies Unit and develop necessary skills in animal management and husbandry. The Animal Studies Unit has recently undergone significant development to provide facilities which exceed current animal welfare standards and now includes a range of small mammals, reptiles, amphibians, fish and invertebrates, as well as a bespoke nocturnal room, grooming facilities and a large outside area housing rabbits, guinea pigs, ferrets, birds, marmosets and meerkats.

The centre also works closely with a local farm which houses a range of livestock including sheep, cattle, goats, horses, pigs and poultry, providing a number of invaluable practical and research opportunities. Additionally, the unit also benefits from a large practical classroom which is used for demonstrations, laboratory practicals, animal health assessments and animal training tutorials.

You will also have access to an Academic Support Tutor to assist you with your studies and careers advisors to help you with your future employment.

You will have the opportunity to be involved in regular trips to wildlife parks, zoos, animal shelters, natural history museums and an opportunity to train with Safari Guides in South Africa (subject to costs). Throughout the course you will meet industry specialists including Reptile Specialists, Zoo Keepers, Boarding Establishment Owners, Ecologists and Vets.

You will be required to complete at least 80 hours work experience where you will learn essential industry skills to strengthen your employability. UCS also has links with local vets, kennels, pet shops, animal shelters and zoos to support your progression in to employment.

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For Admission

Department : Animal Studies
Level : Level 4/5
Awarding Body: Pearson Edexcel
Starts : 09 September, 2019
Duration : 1- 4 Years
NCS UCAS Code: N33
Course Code: HCANMAP
UCAS Code: D300
Fees : £6500 per year (part-time £3250). Uniform: £40. Trips and Visits: £50. Optional residential: £2,200 approx (South Africa).

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