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Animal Management - Level 5 HND

Start Date: 13th September 2021
Code: PHFN01017

  • Higher Education
  • Full-time
  • Newtownabbey
  • Course Information
  • We are currently not accepting applications for this course. To make an enquiry or register your interest please email the course contact below. Applications for 2022/23 will open in January 2022.
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Duration: 2 Years Full-time
Start date: 13th September 2021
End date: 2nd June 2023

Fee for 2021/2022 Academic Year:


The Pearson BTEC Level 5 HND in Animal Management course is a university level qualification which has been designed to develop your knowledge and understanding in factors related to animal behaviour, welfare and veterinary science. The course is aimed at learners who want to further progress their careers within the animal sector and includes a strong emphasis on veterinary science, veterinary nursing and veterinary practice management.

The course is taught by qualified veterinary and animal care staff with the knowledge and skill base to guide you through your studies. Academic and practical skills will be developed through detailed informative lectures, guest speakers and research development tasks. You will also have access to the animal care unit at NRC where you gain invaluable experience in animal handling and welfare.

Examples of subjects may study include:

  • Animal Health and Welfare
  • Animal Anatomy and Physiology
  • Animal Nursing
  • Business and the business environment
  • Managing a Successful Project

The animal industry is an important sector in Northern Ireland with many career progression opportunities available to HND in Animal Management graduates. The aim of the college is to provide you with the knowledge and skills to apply to animal related degree programmes at university or to progress to fulltime employment in the animal industry.

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Subject to Awarding Body Approval

At least 4 GCSEs at grade C (4) or above including English and Maths (or equivalent level 2 qualifications) plus one or more of the following:

  • A-level - A minimum of 80 UCAS points including at minimum, one A Level pass preferably in an appropriate subject (e.g. Biology)
  • Level 3 qualifications - Level 3 Extended Diploma in Animal Management or Applied Science MMP (80 UCAS Points)  
  • Other related Level 3 qualification (Please contact the course coordinator for details)

In circumstances where there are more applications for the course than there are places available, the College reserves the right to select candidates from those achieving the highest grades

The Pearson BTEC Level 5 Higher National Diploma is recognised by Higher Education providers as meeting admission requirements to many relevant Animal related university courses, for example:

  • Veterinary Science
  • Veterinary Nursing
  • Animal Behaviour and Welfare
  • Animal Management
  • Applied Animal Science

On completion of this qualification graduates can also progress directly into employment such as:

  • Veterinary care assistant
  • Animal Nutritionist
  • Animal Science Lecturer
  • Animal Instructor
  • Animal Centre Manager
  • Pet Store Manager
  • Kennel and Cattery Manager
  • Veterinary Practice Manager

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David Egan