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HNC Animal Management

Course title

Higher National Certificate in Animal Management (120 credits)

Campus location

Whittingham Campus

Why study this course?

The 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. Candidates completing a Higher National Certificate may progress to complete a Higher National Diploma (HND) in Animal Management.

At Halesowen College the HNC in Animal Management offers:

  • Broad range of modules relating to the animal management industry.
  • On site animal care facilities.
  • A range of assessment methods.
  • Experienced and approachable staff

Length of course

Full Time: 1 year
Part Time: 2 years

Compulsory modules

Animal Health and Welfare -15 credits

Business and the Business Environment – 15 credits

Managing a Successful Research Project – 15 credits

Optional modules

  • Animal Nutrition
  • Anatomy and Physiology
  • Animal Collection Management
  • Ecological Principles
  • Animal Behaviour in Society

All optional units 15 credits. Modules subject to change due to teaching staff specialisms.


Full Time – Two days per week attendance required at College (1 Year)

Part Time – One and a half day per week attendance required at College (2 Years)

  • Tutorial support provided by course leader
  • Access to Moodle VLE for access to learning resources
    A range of resources, including books and journals from the Learning Resource Centre on Campus, as well as online learning materials will be available 
  • In class delivery involving lectures, practicals, seminars, group discussion and independent research


Assignment work throughout the programme which may be assessed through practical assessments, seminars, presentations, dissertation and written assignments, graded a pass, merit or distinction.

How to apply

Full-time students should apply via UCAS, using the UCAS code: H421

Part-time applicants should apply via the ‘Apply’ link on the Halesowen College website.

If your qualifications are not listed, please contact Halesowen College’s Admissions Team for further guidance on 0121 602 7888.

Entry requirements

  • 48 UCAS points
  • GCSE grades A* to C (4 or above) in Maths and English Language.
  • A BTEC Level 3 qualification in Animal Management or a similar discipline;
  • An A Level profile preferably with a science focus; or
  • An Access to Higher Education Certificate preferably science-based

Mature learners may present a more varied profile of achievement that is likely to include extensive work experience and/or achievement of a range of professional qualifications within the animal industry.

Any other information an applicant would need to know at this initial stage?

It is recommended that students supplement their course with voluntary work experience to develop their own skills and experience to enhance employment opportunities.  Other costs involved will be overalls / lab coat and wellington boots for practical activities and potential costs for trips.

Start date

September 2019


Full Time: Tuesdays and Wednesdays


Full Time: 9am-4pm

Part Time: To be confirmed

Course fee (per annum)

Full Time: £4880
Part Time: £2440

Course code

Full Time: H40021A
Part Time: H70109

Study mode

Full Time or Part Time

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