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HND Animal Management

Course title

Higher National Diploma in Animal Management (240 credits)

Campus location

Whittingham Campus

Why study this course?

The HND in Animal Management provides a specialist work-related programme of study which 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.  A respected qualification in its own right.

The course 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

Students who achieve the Level 5 HND may progress to top up to Level 6 should they wish at another HE institution.

Length of course

Full Time: One year

Compulsory modules
(with credit values)

  • Animal Health and Welfare -15 credits
  • Business and The Business Environment – 15 credits
  • Managing a Successful Research Project – 15 credits
  • Research Project – 30 credits
  • Biological Principles – 15 credits

Optional modules

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

  • Animal Nutrition
  • Anatomy and Physiology
  • Animal Collection Management
  • Managing Exotic Species
  • Animal Behaviour in Society
  • Anthrozoology
  • Ethics and Consultation
  • Animal Breeding and Genetics
  • Wildlife Conservation
  • Behavioural Approaches to Animal Management


How many days do I need to be at College?
Full Time: two days per week

What support do I receive?

  • Regular tutorial support by the course’s leader
  • Online Moodle virtual learning environment 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
  • 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 Apply, using the UCAS code: H414

If your qualification(s) are not listed, please contact Halesowen College’s Admissions Team for further guidance on 0121 602 7607.

Entry requirements

Students must have successfully completed the Level 4 Higher National Certificate in Animal Management.

  • 48 UCAS points
  • GCSE grades A* to C (9 – 4) in Maths and English Language
    and either:
  • A BTEC Level 3 qualification in Animal Management or a similar discipline
  • an A Level profile preferably with a science focus
  • an Access to Higher Education Certificate (preferably science-based)

Mature students 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 2024


September 2024 course timetable to be confirmed.


September 2024 course timetable to be confirmed.

Course fee 

Full time: £5,995

HE Loan available to eligible applicants.

Should any applicants have questions or queries concerning finance, please contact Admissions for further guidance:

Phone: 0121 602 7607

Or via the live chat facility on the College’s website

Course code

Full Time: H40014

Study mode

Full Time available for Autumn 2024 entry

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