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BTEC Level 5 Higher National Diploma (HND) in Animal Management (2 Years)

The Higher National Diploma (HND) in Animal Management has been developed for individuals who have a passion for animals and are keen to further develop their knowledge of animal health, welfare and biology. It has been designed to allow students to master essential study skills, husbandry techniques and knowledge to help further their career options. The first year of this nationally recognised course allows learners to achieve a Level 4 Higher National Certificate (HNC) in Animal Management, after which they progress directly on to the second year, achieving a Level 5 Higher National Diploma in Animal Management.

Entry Requirements

Along with a passion for animal management, you will ideally have the following to enrol on this Level 5 HND course:

  • GCSE English and Maths at Grade C or above

and one of the following:

  • 3 GCE A Levels
  • BTEC Level 3 Extended Diploma in Animal Management, with a minimum overall grade of MPP
  • BTEC Level 3 Diploma in Animal Management, with a minimum overall grade of MM
  • Access to Higher Education Certificate
  • Or equivalent animal management experience

All applicants will require an interview with a member of the lecturing team.

If you currently do not hold any of the above qualifications, the College may be able to offer you an alternative full-time course or Apprenticeship, to support future progression onto this HND programme.

Course Content

As a South Downs College HND student studying animal management you will have the opportunity to study a broad range of inspiring and thought-provoking units, which will stretch your understanding of this exciting field of study. You will have access to the college’s animal unit, along with links to employers within the animal industry.

The HND in Animal Management comprises of the following core and specialist course units:

 HNC Units (Year 1)

HNC Core Units (Year 1):

  • Animal Husbandry Management
  • Animal Health and Welfare
  • Business Environment
  • Research Project

HNC Specialist Units (Year 1):

  • Exotics and the Pet Trade
  • Principles of Ecology
  • Plan and Manage the Health and Welfare of Animals
  • Research Methods for Land-based Industries

Following successful completion of the Level 4 HNC (Year 1), you can then progress onto the Level 5 HND (Year 2) in Animal Management.

HND Units (Year 2)

The HND in Animal Management comprises of the following core and specialist course units:

HND Core Units (Year 2):

  • Animal Nutrition

HND Specialist Units (Year 2):

  • Animal Behaviour
  • Animal Laws and Ethics
  • Animal Industry and Trade
  • Human Animal Interactions
  • Animal Adaptations
  • Natural History of Exotic Animals
  • Environmental Education and Interpretation
How will I be taught?

You will be taught via a mixture of lectures, tutorials, workshops and independent research. Every student will have a dedicated tutor to help support their studies throughout each year.

The course will be taught with an approach that offers:

  • Animal husbandry and knowledge development
  • An inspiring lecturing team who have a range of experience from within the animal management industry
  • Links with industry employers, including the use of guest speakers and trips




How will I be assessed?

You will be assessed in ways that encourage a deeper understanding and allow you to develop your skills through tasks such as:

  • Reports
  • Essays
  • Projects
  • Presentations
  • Practical demonstrations

Each unit is graded a Pass, Merit or Distinction, which contributes towards an overall final grade for the qualification.

Will I need any extra equipment?


What qualifications will I get?

BTEC Level 5 HND in Animal Management.

What will it allow me to do in the future?

The HND in Animal Management is a two-year Higher Education course – the first year is called HNC.

It can then be advanced to a full degree (Level 6) by undertaking a second or third year degree (or honours degree) at university, depending on the match of the HND units to the degree course and each institution’s entry criteria.

Alternatively, students can enter directly into employment following completion of the HND. Suitable employment would include areas such as:

  • Animal welfare
  • Animal behaviour
  • Exotic pet management
  • Assistance animals
  • Environmental education
  • Population management
Course Information

Formed in 1974, South Downs College has a long heritage in delivering specialist animal management programmes to over 150 full-time students per year.

We pride ourselves on providing a first class learning experience and the HND in Animal Management is an exciting opportunity for students to benefit from our experienced and dedicated lecturing team; to utilise our excellent animal unit facilities; and to make a positive difference to their future career prospects.

The College has no residential student accommodation and students normally make their own arrangements as regards where they live.

This course information is accurate at the time of printing but is subject to change.

Further Information

If you would like further information, advice and guidance, please contact the College on 023 9279 7979

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