Animal Management

Working with ANIMALS provides a wealth of opportunity and experiences locally, nationally and internationally. In this broad thriving sector worth £1billion to the UK, there are over 13,000 businesses and 78,000 employees. (Source Lantra)

Our courses have a strong vocational emphasis with a balance of theoretical and practical training working to industry standards. You will work with a variety of species and develop skills to include handling 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 past few years, BCA’s Animal Management Centre (AMC) has received a large amount of investment which has transformed it into one of the UK’s best college animal management facilities. In addition to the upgrade in facilities and resources, the AMC has worked hard in 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 AMC is broken down into five different sections so that students get the best opportunity to study an array of different species, many of which are more familiar to a zoo setting.
The five sections of the animal centre are:

  • The Exotics House
  • Small Mammals and Kennels
  • Farm Livestock
  • Zoo
  • 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 in the future to study towards a nationally recognised qualification in the subject. It enables you to develop your 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 the next course.

    Progression

    Students are able to progress to the Level 2 in Animal Care following successful completion of the Level 1 course and progression made with English and maths, along with any other necessary individual conditions being met.

    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

    A minimum of 3 GCSEs F-E grade or above to include maths and English OR an Entry 3 qualification.

    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.

    Progression

    Following successful completion of the Level 2, there is the option to progress to a suitable Level 3 Animal Management or Agriculture qualification. Eligibility depends on grades achieved, GCSE qualifications and other conditions as determined by the 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.

    Click here to read more about what BCA offers as part of your Study Programme.

    Entry Requirements

    A minimum of 4 GCSEs or equivalent at grade D or above to include maths, English and science.

    Course Duration

    One Year

  • Level 3 Advanced Technical Qualification

    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 useful practical skills, reinforced by the study of relevant theory modules. You will also benefit from gaining transferable skills such as team work and communication skills.

    Over the two years you will complete 19 modules which will include core modules and option modules.

    The first year consists of core modules, allowing streamlined options to be undertaken in the second year with reference to your preferred career choice.

    Progression

    This course could allow you to progress on to a Higher Education course at university and our own Foundation Degree in Animal Behaviour and Welfare.

    If Higher Education is not for you then after this course you would be well placed to find a job in an animal related industry, undertake an apprenticeship or internship or progress on to further courses in your chosen field.

    *There are options for learners to study a 1 year 60 credit subsidiary diploma or 90 credit diploma qualification.

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    Entry Requirements

    A minimum of 5 GCSEs or equivalent at C grade or above to include maths, English and science OR Level 2 at a merit to include biology at a Distinction.

    Course Duration

    Two Years*