Animal Management

This course is open for applications.

About this course

Entry year:
Course code:
Tariff points:
University Centre Hartpury
University Centre Weston
Two years full-time; three years part-time
Full-time; part-time
Programme leader:
Mark Barnett
Key fact:
This unique course integrates good knowledge of business management with specialist subject knowledge within animal management.

Page last updated 5 July 2018


Taught in partnership with Hartpury, this unique course integrates good knowledge of business management with specialist subject knowledge within animal management. 

You will be offered personal, professional and academic development for advancement in your chosen career and enabled to make potential industry contacts.

Further information about this course can be found via University Centre Weston.



In recent years, there has been considerable growth in the animal industry and an increasing need for well-qualified employees to work in this sector.

This degree level course aims to provide the personal, academic and technical skills necessary for such a career. Its vocational focus will enable you to engage in work-based learning throughout your studies.

The following modules are indicative of the course structure:

Year one

You will study the following compulsory modules:

  • Animal Behaviour
  • Animal Genetics
  • Animal Nutrition
  • Anatomy and Physiology
  • Animal Practice (includes work experience)
  • Business Studies
  • Introduction to Veterinary Science
  • Introduction to Animal Biology (subject to previous qualifications).

Year two

You will study the following compulsory modules:

  • Animal Management (to include 220 hours of work experience)
  • Business Principles
  • Ethics and Welfare
  • Field Ecology
  • Statistics and Research Methods.

Please note this structure is for the full-time course delivery only. For part-time delivery, the same modules will be studied over a longer period and the structure will differ.

The University continually enhances our offer by responding to feedback from our students and other stakeholders, ensuring the curriculum is kept up to date and our graduates are equipped with the knowledge and skills they need for the real world. This may result in changes to the course. If changes to your course are approved, we will inform you.

Learning and Teaching

Taught sessions will involve:

  • formal lectures
  • group seminars
  • practical sessions
  • workshops
  • work-based learning.

Study time

Full-time: two days a week

Part-time: one day a week


You will be assessed through a variety of methods including:

  • assignments
  • examinations
  • practical performance
  • presentations
  • projects
  • work-based learning
  • reflective practice
  • portfolios.



If you are a full-time student, you will have the option to engage in a one-year period of work experience between year one and Year two.


Careers / Further study

On successful completion of this course, you will have the opportunity to continue your studies for a further year to complete an Honours Degree at Hartpury College in Animal Management or progress to specialist areas such as animal behaviour, nutrition or veterinary nursing.

Alternatively, this course will prepare you for a variety of careers in the animal industry, including employment by animal welfare and wildlife organisations, zoological work and supervisory posts in animal retail organisations or animal product sales.


Students starting this course in September 2018 should follow this link to view their joining instructions.

For more information about joining the University, please see our New Students pages.

Typical offers

  • Tariff points: 64
  • GCSE: For all applicants, Grade C or above, or Grade 4 under newly reformed GCSE grading, in English Language and Mathematics, or equivalent.
  • A-level subjects: A-Levels or vocational A-Levels, including in a related subject, preferably a Biological Science.

    Points from A-Level General Studies and AS-Level subjects (not taken onto full A-Level) can be included towards overall tariff. You must have a minimum of one A Level, or equivalent.

  • EDEXCEL (BTEC) Diploma: BTEC National Diploma/Certificate/Award in a related area; Advanced Diploma in a related area.
  • Access: Achievement of the Access to HE Diploma; no specific subjects required.

How to apply

Read more about undergraduate applications.

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