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Animal Studies

Our animal programmes are designed for those who have a real passion for the natural world. Whether you are driven towards a career as a veterinary nurse, a zookeeper, a nutritionist or a wildlife officer, we’ve got qualifications that will challenge and inspire you!

Our students benefit from an industry-focused curriculum, a passionate and experienced curriculum team, practical experience with a broad range of species, valuable industry connections and a supportive learning environment at Craven College. Students will develop their skills and confidence, preparing themselves for a rewarding and impactful career in the animal industry.

Work experience is a mandatory element on Level 2 and Level 3 Animal Studies programmes. By integrating real-world exposure into your education, you will have the opportunity to further develop your practical skills and your understanding of the industry. Based in the heart of the Yorkshire Dales, we have a rich and diverse range of local animal businesses and charities that are keen to work with students. Work Experience will not only enhance your employment prospects but will also allow you to develop confidence, build your networking connections, and increase your passion for working with animals. We highly recommend you start looking for a placement as soon as possible.

There are so many exciting opportunities that the animal industry offers. By enrolling on one of our animal studies programmes, you can embark on a dream vocation that combines your career aspirations with your passion for animals with your professional ambitions!

Aireville Campus
Study Location
1-3 Years
depending on Level
How your qualification is made up

Entry Requirements

  • Level 3 – 5 GCSEs grade 9-4 or equivalent including English & maths GCSEs grade 9-4
  • Level 2 – 4 GCSEs grade 9-3 or equivalent including English & maths GCSEs grade 9-3
  • Level 1 – 3 GCSEs 9-1 including English & maths

What you will study

  • Assist with Maintaining the Health & Well Being of Small Animals
  • Animals in the Wild & their Main Features
  • Uses & Domestication of Animals
  • Assist with the Preparation & Maintenance of Animal Accommodation
  • Safe & Effective Working Practices in Land-based Industries
  • Preparing to Work in Land-based Industries
  • Introduction to Wildlife & Conservation
  • Practical Animal Health
  • Animal Biology & Health
  • Work Placement
  • Animal Welfare
  • Behaviour and Handling
  • Feeding, Accommodating and Moving Animals
  • Animal Biology
  • Animal Welfare & Ethics
  • Practical Animal Husbandry
  • Animal Behaviour
  • Animal Health & Diseases
  • Work Experience
  • Wildlife Ecology and Conservation Management
  • Animal Breeding and Genetics
  • Investigative Research Project
  • Principles of Animal Nursing
  • Aquatic Animal Health and Husbandry
  • Human and Animal Interaction
  • Exotic Animal Husbandry
  • Zoological Animal Health & Husbandry
  • Advanced Animal Nutrition

What's Next?

Further Study

Degree / HNC in Animal Management


  • Veterinary Nurse
  • Animal Trainer
  • Animal technician
  • Welfare Officer
  • Zookeeper
  • Nutritionist
  • Research associate
Select your preferred study programme (subject). You can make 2 choices now and make a final decision in June. We will give you a conditional offer based on your predicted/actual GCSEs.
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