HNC in Animal Management

Start Date
Course Course
Animal Care
Hillsborough Campus

About this Course

The Pearson BTEC Level 4 HNC in Animal Management provides a specialist work-related programme of study that covers the key knowledge, understanding and practical skills required in the animal management sector and also offers specialist emphasis through the choice of specialist units. Alongside your classroom based sessions, you will also take part in enrichment opportunities. There will also be opportunities that take place further afield, for instance day trips to Yorkshire Wildlife Park or Heeley City Farm.

Key Units

Core Modules

  • Animal Health & Welfare (15 credits)
  • Business and the Business Environment (15 credits)
  • Managing a Successful Project (15 credits)
Specialist Modules
  • Animal Behaviour (15 credits)
  • Animal Husbandry (15 credits)
  • Animal Anatomy and Physiology (15 credits)
  • Animal Nutrition (15 credits)
  • Ecological Principles (15 credits)

Entry Requirements

For students who have recently been in education, the entry profile is likely to include one of the following:
  • A BTEC Level 3 qualification (Merit or above) in Animal Management or Horse/Equine Management
  • A GCSE/A Level Advanced Level profile that demonstrates strong performance in a relevant subject
  • Other related Level 3 qualifications
  • An Access to Higher Education Diploma awarded by an approved further education institution
  • Related work experience
  • An international equivalent of the above
Applicants with prior learning will be considered on an individual basis.


Methods of assessment include:

  • essays
  • research tasks
  • presentations
  • exams (open book and written)
  • practical work in work placement
  • role play

Where does this Lead

Student who successfully complete this course may progress into the second year of study so they can top up to the HND in Animal Management. 

Future Opportunities

Students who successfully complete this course may seek employment in the following areas:

  • Zoos/rescue centres
  • Veterinary work
  • Conservation
  • Environmental management
  • Animal behaviour/training 

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Further Information

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Course Handbooks
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Extra Costs

Please be aware that students are expected to cover the cost of travelling to and from their placement.

Students who progress to the HND qualification are invited to partake in a residential study trip, which will incur some fees (these will be confirmed when you start the HND course). 

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