Course Details

How long is the course?

This two year full-time course commences in September.

What will I study?

Year 1

Business Management

This unit will provide you with an understanding of different organisations, the influence of stakeholders and the relationship between businesses and the local, national and global environments. 

Animal Husbandry Management

In this unit you will have the opportunity to apply your practical skills in direct handling and management of animals and to understand the relationship between husbandry and disease prevention in a range of routine and non-routine situations. 

Animal Health and Welfare

You will explore the factors which can affect the health of animals, the causal agents of animal disease and disease transmission and the measures which can be adopted to minimise the risks of disease and/or injury.

Research Project

This unit aims to develop your skills of independent enquiry and critical analysis through undertaking a sustained research investigation of direct relevance to your higher education programme and professional development. You will conduct an in-depth investigation into an aspect of your study which is of particular interest to you. 

Horse Husbandry

This unit aims to develop your understanding of the daily needs of horses in relation to their comfort, health and welfare. You will develop the ability to manage important regular routines and the application of welfare standards.

Anatomy and Physiology

You will learn about physical support and movement in animals, body transport systems, the acquisition of materials and removal of waste and animal reproduction.

Management of Animal Collections

You will develop the skills and understanding required to effectively manage an animal collection in a supervisory or managerial role. You will explore legislative aspects as well as husbandry, nutrition and health management of animals held in a collection. You will also cover the importance of visitors and their requirements. 

Manage Animals in Education and Entertainment

The use of performing animals in education and entertainment is increasingly popular. This unit explores the management of animals within this field. You will develop the ability to assess the behaviour of animals and identify abnormal behaviours that may compromise animal performance or demonstrate stress to animals.

Year 2


The unit aims to develop your understanding of the nutritional needs of a variety of animal species and factors that are important in designing appropriate feeding regimes. You will develop the practical skills needed to determine appropriate animal feeding regimes. 

Principles of Ecology

The aim of this unit is to develop your understanding of environmental work, from the commercial exploitation of individual species to the management of whole habitats. The mechanisms of evolution and the implications of this are considered and applied throughout delivery of the unit. 

Animal Behaviour

This unit aims to develop your understanding of the relationship between environmental and evolutionary pressures on behaviours in a variety of contexts eg animal collections, production livestock and conservation programmes. The unit will include a historical overview of a range of controlled behavioural studies enabling you to differentiate and recognise the relationship between ethology and behavioural physiology and provide an applied basis for animal training. 

Genetics and their Application

Genetics is one of the fastest developing areas of science. The associated emerging techniques and technologies continue to offer benefits but are not without potential risk. In this unit you will gain a fundamental understanding of the principles behind genetics and the application of a range of genetic manipulation techniques. 

Fish Game and Wildlife Management

This unit will develop your understanding of the range of wildlife resources that are managed and exploited in Britain and the systems and dominant practices used. You will develop understanding of wildlife resource management and plan management of fish, game and wildlife to meet animal welfare and objectives.

Aquatics and Fishkeeping

The unit focuses on the work involved at an aquarium, aquatic centre, specialist pet centre or similar. This unit aims to develop understanding of fish biology, aquatic invertebrates and aquatic management, as well as your practical skills in maintaining aquatic species in appropriate conditions.

Animal Adaptations

Animals have been able to occupy and thrive in a wide range of environments from oceans to deserts. In order to survive in these environments an exceptional range of physiological, anatomical and biochemical adaptations has evolved. You will gain an understanding of how a range of animals have adapted to specific problems they have encountered within a range of differing environments. 

Exotics and the Pet Trade

In this unit you will develop understanding of a range of exotic species available through the pet trade. You will research comparative biology and husbandry of commonly encountered exotic groups and review wider issues of conservation in relation to the exotic pet trade.

Educational visits and trips

Educational visit to Chester Zoo with talk on conservation.

Educational visit to Yorkshire Wildlife Park to view a different type of animal collection.

Educational visit to The Deep

Optional educational visit to London Natural History Museum.

Where will I study?

Study is based mainly at the Wigfield Centre, Haverlands Lane, Worsbrough, Barnsley S70 5NQ

What equipment will I need?

All learners on Land Based programmes are required to wear standard uniform and also PPE for practical work in the form of steel toe capped boots and overalls.  

How will I be assessed?

Assessment is by a series of EDEXCEL assignments and tests. There is no formal end examination. 

What can I do next?

There are several opportunities available, one of which is to carry on studying for a top-up degree (Level 6) in an animal related subject.

Beyond college, there are many job opportunities such as groomer, RSPCA, vet Nurse, Army dog handler, customs dog handler, equine or stable work, animal behaviourist, zoo keeper, animal nutritionist, animal technician. 

How do I apply?

Apply directly via UCAS.

How much does the course cost?

Course fees: £5,995 per year 

Student Finance

As a Higher Education student living in England you may be eligible for the non-means tested Tuition Fee Loan from the Government. See the Fees and Finance page for further information.

Disability and Dyslexia Service

Our Disability and Dyslexia Service can provide you with the support you need.

Further information

For further information please contact our friendly Information Team on +44 (0)1226 216 165 or email

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