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HND Animal Management (Animal Behaviour and Welfare) (full-time)

Key course information

Agriculture, Animals and Land Based


2 years

University Level


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Course Overview

This course is designed to help students secure the knowledge and skills needed to pursue a career within the animal industries.This course offers the opportunity to develop professional standards alongside underpinning knowledge as well as covering a wide scope of topics that will support a range of careers within the industry.The course would also be suitable for applicants interested in a wide range of potential careers e.g. Animal Health, Welfare Officers, Rehoming and Rescue Centres, Technicians, Zookeepers etc.The awarding body for this course is Pearson and click on the link below to find out more information about Higher National qualifications:

What will I learn?

Modules covered are likely to include:

Year One

Anatomy and Physiology
Animal Behaviour in Society
Animal Health and Welfare
Animal Husbandry
Animal Nursing
Animal Nutrition
Business and the Business Environment
Managing a Successful Project

Year Two

Applied Animal Behaviour
Biological Principles
Breeding and Genetics
Companion Animal and Human Interactions
Evolution and Adaption
Research Project
Work Experience
Wildlife Conservation

Please note:

Modules and course content are subject to change and minimum numbers.

Entry Requirements

At least 4 GCSEs at grade C (4) or above including English and Maths (or equivalent level 2 qualifications) plus one or more of the following:

48 UCAS Tariff Points from an appropriate level 3 vocational programme (e.g. BTEC National Diploma) or GCE AS / A Level or a 6 unit Vocational A Level.

Success in an Access to Higher Education course.

Formally assessed outcomes acquired through APEL.

Applications from mature candidates are welcomed and considered on an individual basis.

Where English is not the applicant's first language, an IELTS score of 6.0 or equivalent qualification will normally be required.

Applicants without the qualifications specified above will be considered on the basis of their ability to study the subject at the required level.

Study, Assessment and Qualifications

Assessment across the course includes written assignments e.g. posters, reports and case studies, presentations and seminars.

The emphasis is on assessment coursework but you may have to complete short in class tests / exams to support the completion of criteria and test your understaning within classes.

On successful completion of this course, you will achieve an HND in Animal Management (Behaviour and Welfare), awarded by Pearson.

Additional Costs and Information

You may be required to attend an interview and you can apply for this programme via UCAS.

The cost of this programme is £6,125 per year (£11,500 for international students).
The UCAS institution code for this programme is W74.
The UCAS course code for this programme is AM01.

There may be additional costs for educational trips and visits, but these are still to be confirmed.

You may be required to purchase additional books as identified by your individual lecturers.

The Office for Students (OfS), the new independent regulator for Higher Education in England, has confirmed that Wiltshire College is successfully registered as a provider for Higher Education and that students are eligible for funding and student support from Student Finance England. Please visit for more information.

What Could I Do Next?

On completion of your course you may choose to progress onto these following courses

Agriculture, Animals and Land Based

Career Opportunities

  • Stock Person
  • Dairy Person
  • Zookeeper

  • Veterinary Nurse
  • Groom
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