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HNC Animal Management (Behaviour and Welfare)

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Animal Sciences


HNC (Level 4)

Study Mode



1 year full-time/2 years part-time

Start Date

September 2024

The course

This course will provide you with sound academic and practical knowledge of the disciplines and factors that relate to animal management and welfare. It has been designed to give you the opportunity to acquire knowledge of animal husbandry, anatomy and physiology, animal behaviour, animal nutrition and business.

There is an increasing demand for people with a combination of both academic and practical competence within the animal management sector, therefore, the programme is vocational, with an applied nature of both practical and theoretical aspects fundamental for a career within this area.

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Course Information

  • Enable you to identify and discuss the anatomical and physiological systems, including cellular structure and metabolic processes essential for life, in a range of animals
  • Develop your skills to handle, observe behaviour and maintain health and husbandry practices by monitoring as appropriate of both wild and domesticated species, in appropriate environments
  • Allow you to conduct experiments in both laboratory environments and field conditions, using a range of specialist technology and equipment in a safe manner
  • Ensure you can recognise and discuss techniques and practices of the feeding and nutrition of animals and evaluate how these relate to the animal industry
  • Able you to communicate effectively to a range of audiences in a variety of formats
  • Develop your ability to reflect on your own personal strengths and weaknesses and formulate strategies for improvement
  • Ensure that you can demonstrate the skills required for employment or further 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

You will need:

A minimum of 48 UCAS points


A relevant BTEC Level 3 and significant industrial experience


GCSE English 4 or above or equivalent

A suitable reference

UCAS points may be from qualifications such as T Levels, 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 qualifications.

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 an applicants first language is not English, or a Tier 4 student visa to study is required and GCSE English at grade 4/C or equivalent is not held, they will need to evidence their English language proficiency level, such as International English Language Testing System (IELTS) 6.0 overall (with a minimum 5.5 in each skill).

Advanced entry may be possible due to prior experience or certificated learning; applicants will be invited to complete the recognition of prior learning approval process.

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, you will 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.

The full-time route includes approximately up to 16 hours contact time per week. This encompasses lectures, seminars, practicals and tutorials.

You are also expected to carry out a significant amount of independent study in addition to contact time (approximately 25-30 hours a week). Independent study forms an essential part of your learning journey. It includes reading around the subject, preparing for tutorials and seminars, preparing for, and completing, module assessments.

A part-time option is also available.

You can expect to receive your timetable during induction week.

Relevant extra-curricular activity and/or work experience is encouraged to enhance your learning.
You will be assessed in a variety of ways, including written assignments, presentations, practical demonstrations and project work. There are no formal examinations. Opportunities for feedback on assessments are available prior to the final submission to support your development and achievement. Staff aim to return assessed work within a 20 working day timeframe (not including holidays) so that you can most benefit from the feedback.
  • 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.
  • On successful completion of the programme, you will have the opportunity to graduate at a ceremony wearing formal dress. The hire of the formal dress is an additional cost.
Upon successful completion of the HNC, you will be able to progress to level 5 of our FdSc Animal Management and Behaviour programme.
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.

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