The Level 5 Higher Nationals Diploma (HND) is a two year course. During your first year you will study a Level 4 Higher Nationals Certificate (HNC). Upon successful completion of the first year, you will progress onto the second year to study the Level 5 HND which will then enable you to progress onto Level 6 Degree Top-Up programme in UK .

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Full-time 5 pm to 8 pm + autonomous study.


Level 4 and level 5 (240 credits)


18 to 24 month

The courses are open all year round and students can register in any month, as soon as there is a place. 


€420,00 per month.  

Tuition fees exclude registration fees  €490.00 


Classroom and project classes. It also includes online classes.


1 Month in USA 

1 Month in Brazil 

Degree in Animal Management


This diploma offers high-quality, broad-based training in animal management, providing a solid understanding of applied animal sciences and opening up numerous career paths.

The Level 5 HND in Animal Management course will develop your knowledge and understanding of factors related to animal behavior and welfare. The course is aimed at learners who want to further progress their careers within the animal sector. You will benefit from small groups and high levels of support whilst studying on this programme.

The animal industry is a growing industry with lots of career opportunities within the sector such as working in zoos in Portugal, the UK, and abroad, links to conservation, supporting animal welfare such as working within a veterinary practice. This course will provide you with the skills to develop your career aspirations.

The animal management industry across the UK employs 78,000 people and contributes £1 billion to the British economy. Our courses provide a comprehensive introduction to all aspects of animal care, with students benefiting from a mix of theory combined with a large degree of practical work at our custom-built animal management unit.

You will learn about the structure and function of the animal body, animal welfare, animal health and nursing. Throughout the courses, you will be required to complete work experience to develop your practical skills, both on the animal unit and externally.

Studying and learning in a hands-on environment, you will have the opportunity to work directly with fish, insects, small animals such as rabbits, guinea pigs and ferrets, and reptiles such as snakes and small lizards. Our animal management centre will help you develop skills and knowledge in a realistic and professional environment.

The programmes equip you with the practical and technical skills needed for rewarding careers in the animal industry, and you will be able to undertake work experience placements at local animal care and management organisations.

Why choose Animal Management?

If you are a self-confessed 'animal person', a career in animal management might be perfect for you.

You will learn about:

Animal welfare and health; principles of behaviour; feeding and care; basic animal biology; breeding programmes. 

The Higher National Diploma in Animal Management provides its learner with realistic and appropriate career-related opportunities worldwide for 21st-century employment markets.

Did you know 47% of the UK's population has a pet, meaning there are over 24 million pets in the UK? With a qualification in animal management, you will be spoilt for choice when considering your next steps!

Develop a range of skills in Animal Management?

In Animal Management students are encouraged to develop a range of important skills which are transferable to any walk of life.

The course is designed to replicate the Animal Management working environment, therefore you will; Gain a broad understanding of business and be able to study selected areas in more depth. Develop skills, knowledge and understanding in Animal Management. Have an opportunity to apply learning in a practical and realistic way. Follow a programme of study which enables progression to both higher education and employment within the business. Develop personal, learning and thinking skills, which are highly valued by employers and universities. Gain confidence through developing independent learning skills.

The qualification places importance on applied learning and the practical application of skills, and it is particularly useful for those who are somewhat undecided on their next professional steps. This is because HNDs give students the option to either move directly into the workforce (often on a path towards a management role), or to continue their studies onto level 6 and beyond. Potential career paths following the successful graduation of the HND include animal behaviour consultant, wildlife technician, veterinary care assistant and animal care manager.


Higher National Diploma in Animal Management

The Level 5 HND in Animal Management requires two years’ study with the College. Throughout the course, you will be required to complete 15 core, optional and specialised modules (eight in year 1 and seven in year 2).

To achieve the qualification, a student must have completed units equivalent to 120 credits at level 4 and 120 credits at level 5 and scored at least a pass in 105 credits at level 4 and 105 credits at level 5, amounting to 210 + credits.

You will study the following units:

YEAR 1 - Level 4 HNC

Unit 1: Business Core  (15 credits)

Unit 2: Animal Husbandry Management (Core)  (15 credits) 

Unit 3: Animal Health and Welfare (Core) (15 credits)

Unit 4: Work-based Experience (15 credits)

Unit 5: Biological Principles (15 credits) 

Unit 6: Anatomy and Physiology (15 credits)

Unit 7: Animal Behaviour (15 credits)

Unit 8 : Animal nutrition ( 15 credits) 

YEAR 2 - Level 5 HND

Unit 8: Human Animal Interactions (15 credits)

Unit 9: Research Project (30 credits) 

Unit 10: Animal Nutrition (Core) (15 credits) 

Unit 11: Principles of Ecology (15 credits) 

Unit 12: Animal Law and Ethics (15 credits)

Unit 13: Management of Animal Collections (15 credits)

Unit 14: Animal Nursing (15 credits)

Unit 15: Plan, Monitor and Evaluate the Nutrition of Animals (15 credits) 

Total Credits: 210+

Undergraduate Courses

Undergraduate Courses (Level 4/5/6)

Level 4 courses in Animal Management come in the form of 1st year of a bachelors programme or HNC (Higher National Certificate). Depending on the type of associate degree a student may be able to start their 2nd year of bachelors (The course must be the same as the one they are applying for).

Level 5 courses come in the form of the 2nd year of a bachelor's programme or an HND (Higher National Diploma). Depending on the type of associate degree a student may be able to start their 3rd year of bachelors (The course must be the same as the one they are applying for).  

Why study abroad in the Graduate Course

Graduate Course (Level 6)

Level 6 courses are the final component of a bachelor’s degree.

For most students, this time may be the only opportunity they ever get to travel abroad for a long period of time. Eventually, you will find a job and career, and the opportunity to study abroad may turn out to be a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity.

Take this opportunity to travel the world with no commitments but to study and learn about new cultures. Studying abroad is an experience unlike any other.

Students who successfully completed Higher National Diploma in Animal Management qualification can progress onto Degree Top-Up programme at many universities such as the University of Hertfordshire, Buckinghamshire New University, Teesside University, University of Sunderland, Buckinghamshire New University, University of Huddersfield, London Metropolitan University, Oxford Brookes University, University of Gloucestershire, University of Worcester, University of South Wales, etc.

Intellectual Skills

By the end of the programme you will be able to:

  • Analyze, synthesize and summarise information critically.

  • Think independently, solve problems and devise innovative solutions

  • Design, plan, conduct, and report on investigations.

  • Use your knowledge, understanding, and skills to evaluate and formulate evidence-based arguments critically and identify solutions to clearly defined problems of a general routine nature.

  • Carry out an independent inquiry and critical analysis by undertaking a sustained research investigation of direct relevance to your area of specialist knowledge or interest.

  • Evaluate the provisions and effectiveness of current laws relating to the broad topic of animal management.

Covid Update

Please note: 

Due to social distancing measures required in educational settings some parts of this course may be delivered online.

Draw on two years of practical work experience in one or more roles within the animal management industry

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