The Course

Access to Higher Education programmes are designed to prepare students aged 19+ for a Foundation Degree programme.

This programme is for students with a passion for animals. It allows students to select specialist modules, such as Animal Management and Behaviour, based on their individual passions. The programme makes full use of the college’s facilities, including the Animal Management Unit.

  • What You Study

    • Introduction to business
    • Higher Education study skills
    • Organisations, people and products
    • Land-based skills
    • Introduction to science
    • Science of life
    • Bioscience
    • Chemistry
    • Research project
    • Specialist Animal Management modules covering animal science and welfare, management and behaviour.
  • Entry Requirements

    You will need GCSEs in Maths, English and Science at grade 4 or above or equivalent qualifications, as well as relevant industry experience. You can study English/Maths alongside your course if you don't have these grades.

  • Duration

    One year, usually three days per week in college.

  • Work Experience

    Practical hours are covered on the animal unit and students are encouraged to take part in external work experience as supplimentary activities.

  • How You're Assessed

    Students are assessed through a practical assessment, lab experiments and reports, assignments and presentations / professional discussion.

  • Progression

    On completion of this course students can progress to a Foundation Degree in Animal Management and Behaviour.

  • Careers

    Work in a wide range of exciting and diverse careers working with animals, including in zoos, animal sanctuaries, with charities and many more.

  • Equipment Required


    • Stationery, paper, pens and pencils
    • Folder to organise theory work


    Practical sessions:

    • College-branded white laboratory coat
    • College-branded blue kennel coat
    • Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) – including steel toe capped footwear (boots, shoes, or wellies)
    • Waterproof outdoor clothing and footwear (for work experience)
  • Financial Support

    Advanced Learner Loans are available to help students cover the Tuition Fees for this course. Visit our Further Education Financial Support page for more information.

    Please note, if you are applying for your first level 3 course (including Access to Higher Education) and you are aged between 19 and 23, then your course is free, so you don’t need a loan!‚Äč

  • How To Apply

    Application is through our online application form.

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