The Course

This programme provides students with a sound academic and practical knowledge of the disciplines and factors that relate to animal behaviour, management, science and welfare.

Students are given a solid foundation in scientific, intellectual, investigative, management and husbandry skills, which are all essential in the animal industry. 

Our HNC Animal Management is a vocational course which develops a range of practical and knowledge-based skills related to the animal management industry. Compulsory work experience develops practical experience in the workplace.

The programme includes business and the opportunity for students to gain skills in managing a project – providing excellent transferable skills and enabling students to set up their own business.

There is a strong emphasis on applying theoretical knowledge to practical situations using our excellent animal facilities.

The content of the course is specifically designed to be appropriate to the needs of the animal management industry and to enable students to progress to the second year (level 5) of our FdSc Animal Management and Behaviour programme.

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  • What You Study

    • Animal health and welfare
    • Business and the business environment
    • Animal husbandry
    • Animal anatomy and physiology
    • Animal behaviour in society
    • Animal nutrition
    • Animal collection management
    • Managing a successful project
  • Entry Requirements

    • Applicants will have a minimum of 48 UCAS points, which may be from qualifications such as A Levels, BTEC Level 3 Extended Diplomas, Access to Higher Education Diplomas and City and Guilds Advanced Technical Diplomas, amongst others. Please use the UCAS Tariff points calculator to determine the UCAS points value of your qualification. 
    • Applicants need GCSE English Language at grade C / 4 or above, or an equivalent qualification. 
    • Applicants need an appropriate academic reference.
    • Life and / or experience of non-traditional students will be taken into account when considering applications. The successful completion of an entry task may be required when considering applications without the required formal entry qualifications.
    • If first language is not English, or a Tier 4 student visa to study is required and GCSE grade C / 4 English or equivalent is not held, English language proficiency level such as International English Language Testing System (IELTS) 6.0 overall (with a minimum 5.5 in each skill) will need evidencing.
  • Contact Time

    Approximately 16 hours a week to include lectures, seminars, work experience, practicals and tutorials. Students are also expected to carry out a significant amount of private study (approx. 25-30 hours a week) in addition to contact time. A part-time option is also available.

    Students can expect to receive their timetables during induction week.

  • Learning and Teaching Approach

    This programme is delivered with a variety of learning and teaching approaches to include all students’ learning styles and preferences. For all modules, theory lectures are delivered that aim to deliver the core content and provide the underpinning knowledge.

    To complement the theory lectures, students have group seminars / practical sessions that are used to reinforce concepts delivered theoretically. The teaching methods focus on facilitating a student centred approach to enhance the independent learning that takes place outside of the classroom.

    Students can choose to study at our Bishop Burton campus in East Yorkshire or our Riseholme campus in Lincolnshire.

  • How You’re Assessed

    Assessment includes practical reports and demonstrations, written assignments, portfolios, scientific posters and group or individual presentations. There are no formal examinations. Opportunities for feedback on assessments is available prior to the final submission to support student development and achievement.

    Staff aim to return assessed work within a 15 working day timeframe (not including holidays) in order that students can most benefit from the feedback.   

  • Progression

    Students who successfully complete the HNC can progress onto level 5 of our FdSc Animal Management and Behaviour programme.

  • Careers

    Animal rescue and rehabilitation, teaching, behaviour advisor, employment within zoos and wildlife parks, animal facility manager, kennel and cattery manager, pet store manager, wildlife ranger, conservation work.

  • Equipment Required / Additional Costs

    For your course, you will need:

    • A tablet, laptop or stationery to take notes in lectures and seminars
    • College-branded white laboratory coat
    • College-branded blue kennel coat
    • Appropriate waterproof outdoor clothing and footwear for outdoor practicals
    • Strong steel toe capped boots for practical sessions
    • The college has a strict policy of not allowing work boots inside college buildings – you will need to have alternative footwear (shoes or trainers) to attend lectures and tutorials
    • Roughly £300 to cover the costs of field trips and visits over the duration of your programme


  • How To Apply

    Application for the full-time course is through UCAS using code HCAM and application to the part-time programme is through our online application form.

    Applications for the year you wish to study open in September the year before. Whilst UCAS advertise a January deadline, we continue to accept applications through to the September you wish to start with us, provided we have spaces available and the programme remains open.

  • Programme Guide

    Download our programme guides to find out more about studying HNC Animal Management at University Centre Bishop Burton or Riseholme College.

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