Animal Management

Our courses have a strong vocational emphasis with both theoretical and practical training working to industry standards. You will work with a variety of species and develop skills that include appropriate handling/interaction and training techniques. Our courses have a strong emphasis on animal sciences such as biology, nutrition, health, anatomy, species management and genetics.

WHY CHOOSE BCA?

Over the last few years, BCA’s Animal Management Centre (AMC) has received extensive investment which has transformed it into one of the UK’s best college animal management facilities. In addition to this, the AMC has worked tirelessly creating industry links that will benefit the learning of our students and provide an experience that is invaluable for them to be able to develop their own practical skills.

The AMC houses around 1,400 individual animals consisting of 140 species. The five sections of the Animal Centre are: The Exotics House, Small Mammals & Kennels, Farm Livestock, Zoo and British Wildlife.

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Available Courses:

  • Level 1 Diploma in Land-Based Studies (Animal Care)

    About the Course

    This course provides an opportunity for those who want to work with animals to study towards a nationally recognised qualification in the subject. It will enable you to develop practical skills in animal husbandry in conjunction with gaining underpinning knowledge of animal related subjects. You will have the opportunity to work with and undertake a variety of husbandry tasks with a range of animals including small mammals, farm livestock and exotics. The course will allow you to develop your personal and social skills, preparing you for employment or progression to another course. You will also study functional skills or GCSE maths and English as part of your study programme at an appropriate level.

    Progression

    You will be supported in progressing into industry/further training (e.g. apprenticeships subject to meeting entry requirements) on completion of the course. Opportunities are also available to progress to a Level 2 course both in Animal Care and other subject areas such as agriculture. Should you wish to complete further courses you will need to meet the entry requirements for those courses e.g. GCSE criteria and successfully complete an internal assessment (applicable to those wishing to consider L2 Animal Care) and interview. Additionally references will be sought from tutors.

    GCSE/Functional Skills

    All full-time students, aged between 16-18, will study GCSE or Functional Skills in Maths and English, if they don’t already hold an A*- C level GCSE in the subject. This is an integral part of their vocational study programme at BCA. Students over 19 are also encouraged to refresh and accredit their skills alongside vocational study.

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    Entry Requirements

    There are no formal entry requirements. However, students must demonstrate enthusiasm and commitment for their chosen study programme. Applicants must also complete a successful interview and college taster day.

    Course Duration

    One Year

  • Level 2 Technical Qualification

    About the Course

    This course will provide the opportunity for those who want to work with animals in the future to study towards a nationally recognised qualification in the subject. It will enable you to develop your practical skills in animal husbandry supported by theory lessons in a variety of animal related subjects. You will also study GCSE maths and English as part of your study programme at an appropriate level.

    Progression

    Following successful completion of the Level 2 Diploma, there is the option to progress to a suitable Level 3 qualification. Eligibility depends on grades achieved, GCSE qualifications achieved and other conditions as determined by the relevant department. You may also wish to seek employment, and as a result of successful completion of the Level 2, you will be well placed to find a job in the industry.

    GCSE/Functional Skills

    All full-time students, aged between 16-18, will study GCSE or Functional Skills in Maths and English, if they don’t already hold an A*- C level GCSE in the subject. This is an integral part of their vocational study programme at BCA. Students over 19 are also encouraged to refresh and accredit their skills alongside vocational study.

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    Entry Requirements

    4 GCSEs at grade 2 or above to include science.

    Course Duration

    One Year

  • Level 3 Advanced Technical Qualification in Animal Management

    About the Course

    This course will provide the opportunity for those who want to work within the animal industry to obtain a vocational qualification by means of full-time study. It will enable you to develop your animal knowledge in both theory and practical based skills. You will also benefit from gaining transferable skills such as team work and communication. Over the two years you will complete multiple varied modules which will cover many aspects of animal management ranging from basic husbandry to advanced nutrition, biology and behaviour.

    Progression

    This qualification could allow you to progress on to a Higher Education course at university or the Foundation Degree in Animal Behaviour and Welfare here at BCA. If Higher Education is not for you, you will still be well placed to find a job in an animal related industry or undertake an apprenticeship or internship in your chosen field.

    *There are also options for learners to study a one year 60 credit subsidiary diploma or 90 credit diploma qualification.

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    Entry Requirements

    5 GCSEs at grade 4 or above, to include English, maths and science. We will also consider applicants with a Level 2 Technical Qualification or Diploma in Animal Care at an overall Merit grade to include Biology at Distinction.

    Course Duration

    Two Years*