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Animal Management

Access to Higher Education Diploma in Animal Health and Welfare (Veterinary Studies)

Full Time

Course Overview

This course has been designed specifically for mature students who do not have the relevant qualifications for entry to higher education.

You will attend college four days a week between 9.30 and 3.30.

You will be assigned a personal tutor who will support you with studies and personal development.

Good time-management skills are necessary as assessment of the course is on an on-going basis.

The curriculum is structured so that core units are delivered together with the cohorts of the other Access courses in the college. The specialist animal science units are delivered to the veterinary nursing students separately. There are weekly tutorials where one to ones take place and you set your own targets for the development of specific skills and knowledge, including completion of the UCAS process. All resources, assignments are available on the Google Classrooms for your use and specific resources for eLearning sessions are updated weekly

Course Content

In addition to the core study skills units the course will give you experience of animal science and animal management including some practical animal husbandry in the college Animal Discovery Centre. The course will also offer you a foundation in both biology and chemistry to enable applications to a range of related degree courses.

The course units will include:

Animal Science

Animal Behaviour

Animal Management

Animal Health

Animal Nutrition


Cell Biology

Inheritance, Evolution and Ecology

Pathogens and Disease

Applied Science

Exploring Science

Entry Requirement

You should have a minimum of GCSE English and Maths at grade C or above. You will also be invited for an Advice & Guidance interview with the tutor.

If you do not meet the entry requirements, we would advise you to consider enrolling on our Pre-Access to Higher Education course and GCSE English and maths


This course is assessed in a variety of ways including: presentations, discussions, tests, projects, animal husbandry, essays, diagrams. 

Where does this course lead to

This course can lead on to a range of University degree courses, for example:

  • BSc Veterinary Nursing
  • BSc Veterinary Studies
  • BSc Animal Management
  • BSc Animal Science
  • BSc Zoology
  • BSc Ecology and Wildlife Conservation

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Course Outline

Course Code: HF50
Study Mode: Full Time
Location: Basingstoke
Start Date: 05/09/2018
Duration: 1 Year
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