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Animal Management (Animal) Higher National Diploma


Do you want to learn the latest animal management skills that employers are looking for now, while working on your personal development and setting yourself up to get a degree in the future?

The HND in Animal Management is a challenging course that aims to produce students who will quickly aspire to managerial positions within the animal management industry. If you are over the age of 18 and wishing to prepare for a career in the animal management and welfare sector or progress onto the final year of an honours degree then this course is for you.

The course comprises of 15 modules with typical modules including:

Year One

– animal health and welfare

– animal husbandry

– animal behaviour

– animal nutrition

– anatomy and physiology

– business environment

Year Two

– biological principles

– breeding and genetics

– evolution and adaptations

– wildlife conservation

– research project

– work experience

Students on this course will have the opportunity to work on the fully equipped animal centre and make use of the on-site laboratory facilities. You will be taught by nurturing and experts lecturers through a variety of assessment methods to include group and individual assignments, presentations, practical assessments and case studies. You will also have access to HE development session to build your skills and realise your potential.

Special features of this programme include:

– Small group sizes ensure you get the support you need to succeed

– Excellent practical opportunities with a variety of species in our animal centre

– Learning the skills required to enter competitive areas such as zoo keeping or to specialise further on a related top up degree.

The options for top up include Animal Management, Animal Behaviour or Animal Welfare.

In the second year students have the opportunity to attend an overseas study trip, last year this was to Botswana to view game and learn about conservation.

At the end of the course, you will have the opportunity to celebrate your achievement with a full graduation ceremony at Chichester Cathedral.


You will need to have a combination of GCE A levels (including a science discipline), or BTEC Level 3 Extended Diplomas at Merit or equivalent qualifications. GCSE Mathematics and English Language at grade C/4. Applicants need to demonstrate a sound academic background in Maths and English.

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Financial support

The applicable fees for this course, including any available discounts, will be listed in the information above.

How to apply

Once you have created an account, you can easily apply to your chosen course and track the status of your application at any time.


Step 1

Set Up Your Account

You’ll be prompted to create an account which will allow you to log in to our Application Tracker website whenever you wish. This will provide you with important information and you can also track the progress of your application.

Step 2


Complete each step of the application form and then submit your completed form. We’ll let you know when we’ve safely received it with an acknowledgement email.

Step 3

Application Review Meeting

Before offering you a place at college, we’ll meet with you (either in person, by telephone or online). We’ll send you a link to our booking page where you can select a time that’s convenient for you.

Step 4

Accept Your Place

Offers will be sent to you via the email address you have provided. The offer will be conditional, based on predicted GCSE grades. You’ll need to accept your offer within 14 days to secure your place.

Step 5

What next?

Once you receive your GCSE results, you’ll need to get in touch with the college to inform us of them and start your enrolment process.


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