This course provides a comprehensive understanding of animal management and will equip you with the necessary knowledge to assess the welfare needs of animals, enable you to acquire practical animal management skills and devise management strategies pertinent to the animal sector. You may be able to move onto the HND at the College providing there are sufficient students.
Subject to validation
Once the College has finalised its proposals for 2021/22 Tuition Fees more information will be published. Any proposals will be in line with the Consumer Price Index and the College’s Fee Policy. Please note Higher National Certificates (HNC) are qualifications in their own right and students progressing from a HNC to a Higher National Diploma are subject to a new fee.
The College’s new state of the art £1.6m Animal Management Centre, completed in June 2018, has extended our high-quality provision for Animal Management HNC students. The new facilities include a reception area with a large display tank, specialist rooms for fish, invertebrates, rabbits, guinea pigs, reptiles, amphibians, plus nocturnal, quarantine and isolation rooms.
The course provides a comprehensive understanding of animal management and will equip you with the necessary knowledge to assess the welfare needs of animals, enable you to acquire practical animal management skills and devise management strategies pertinent to the animal sector.
The Craven College Animal Management team has excellent links with a wide range of employers. The course will be taught using well-integrated practical and theoretical sessions, providing an opportunity for you to experience real-life situations.
You will have the opportunity to take part in external visits to businesses involved in animal behaviour and welfare. These visits may be optional but may involve extra costs. You will also be encouraged to shadow industry professionals to gain experience of work opportunities in the sector.
You will be taught through a combination of lectures, guest speakers, visits and seminar sessions, which will be supported through group discussion and activities. Alongside course contact hours, you will be expected to undertake 10-12 hours independent study each week, such as reading journal articles and books, undertaking research from academic and technical texts and preparing for assessments, presentations or examinations. Your independent study is supported by the excellent Moodle, an online electronic resource platform managed by your module tutors, alongside the excellent Learning Hub at the Aireville Campus and the College’s Specialist Support Centre. The average class size for this course is 10-12.
You will receive feedback on your formal assessments within four working weeks of the submission date. You must receive a pass or above in all units to achieve the HNC. Your overall grade for the course and your HNC classification are based on the grades obtained for all unit. More information can be found in the Higher Education Assessment and Progression Regulations for Higher National courses awarded by Pearson (Edexcel).
The full-time course is studied over 1 year, normally two days per week.
HNC (Level 4 Units)
- Animal Health & Welfare
- Business & The Business Environment
- Managing a Successful Project
- Animal Behaviour in Society
- Animal Husbandry
- Animal Anatomy & Physiology
Plus two optional units from the list below:
- Animal Nutrition
- Management of Exotic Animal Species
- Ecological Principles
- Teaching in a Specialist Subject
HND (Level 5 Units)
- Biological Principles
- Research Project
- Evolution & Adaptations
Plus three units from the options below:
- Ethics and Consultation
- Sustainable Practices
- Animal Breeding & Genetics
- Wildlife Conservation
- Work Experience
- 48 UCAS tariff points (formerly 120 UCAS points)
- English & Maths GCSEs grade 9-4 (A*-C) or equivalent
- Students without necessary qualifications but with relevant work experience are encouraged to apply for an interview
- If you have a relevant Level 4 qualification you may be able to transfer onto the HND course, if there are sufficient students
Your choices may include:
- Animal Keeper
- Animal Controls Officer
- Animal Health Officer
- Animal Trainer
- Wildlife Technician
- Retail Supervisor
- Animal Instructor
- Animal Behaviour Consultant
- Pet Store Manager
- Animal Rescue Centre Manager
- Animal Lecturer
Your choices may include:
Following the completion of an HND, your academic choices may include a Top-up Year (Level 6) in animal-related subjects, such as:
- Veterinary Science
- Animal Behaviour
- Animal Welfare
- Animal Science