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Facilities and Resources

  • Our Animal Management Centre (AMC) is one of the UK’s best college animal management facilities
  • Our AMC houses around 1,400 animals and 140 species
  • The AMC consists of: The Exotics House, Small Mammals & Kennels, Farm Livestock, Zoo and British Wildlife
  • We have excellent industry links


As part of this course you will gain employability skills in the following areas –

  • Animal Care and Welfare Knowledge
  • Practical Handling Skills
  • Observation and Monitoring
  • Teamwork
  • Communication Skills
  • Problem-Solving
  • Time Management
  • Compassion and Empathy
  • Business and Administrative Skills
  • Adaptability

Why study an Animal Management course?

Our Animal Management 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.

Over the last few years, our 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.

Learning Environment

Berkshire’s only agricultural college set on a 400-acre site and with our own commercial zoo.


We have a whole range of different animals that you can gain experience with, including crocodiles, meerkats, porcupines, armadillos and domestic animals.


We offer students the unique opportunity working with the public in our zoo and developing the appropriate skills to do this.


All members of staff are incredibly knowledgeable with a range of skills and backgrounds, including research, animal husbandry and livestock.

Success stories

“When I first came to BCA, my aspirations were to become a zookeeper, but now that I have spent time here, I would love to become a technician and help students as they come through and teach them.”

Level 3 Animal Management