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Access to Higher Education Diploma: Land-Based Studies (Animal Scienc at Brackenhurst at NTU (Nottingham Trent University)

Course description

This one-year course is a chance to learn how to care for, handle and house animals and to develop skills in science, writing and giving presentations. If you would like to study at degree level but haven’t got the usual qualifications needed, then this course could be the perfect solution.

Are you?

  • A mature student without traditional qualifications
  • Interested in animal biology
  • Passionate about practical hands-on experience with animals
  • Keen to develop your written and communications skills

Course content

Some of the things you'll study:

  • Higher Education Study Skills

You’ll develop your skills in referencing, note-taking and be encouraged to contribute to group discussions. You'll also create a presentation on a research area of your interest.

  • Science of Life

This module focuses on anatomy and physiology of the major body systems in mammals.

  • Animal Science and Welfare

You’ll learn how to describe the function of the animal body, its diseases and cures, and how to develop a plan for the handling, housing and training of animals.

  • Animal Management and Behaviour

Develop an understanding of the housing of healthy and sick animals and examine legal and ethical aspects of animal.

  • Land-based Industry Skills

Study the importance of health and safety in the land-based sector. This has one week of work experience outside of the classroom.


Entry requirements

For 2019 entry you will need:

  • GCSE Maths and English Language at grade 4 / grade C or above
  • To be aged 19 or over

Equivalent qualifications will be considered.

Applications are welcome from students aged 19 and over.

You will also be required to attend an interview.


You’ll be assessed through written assignments, presentations, class tests and two internal exams.

How you'll study:

You’ll learn in our fantastic facilities and be taught by professional and experienced tutors. You can expect the course to be split so that approximately 30% is practical work and 70% is theory work. You’ll be taught through lectures, group discussions and practical demonstrations.

You’ll need to commit to 15 hours a week of contact time during the course. You’ll also be expected to invest a similar amount of time in your personal study. Teaching will take place three days a week, usually starting at 9.30 am and finishing at 3 pm.

Financial information

The fee for this course is £5,197. Students on this course can apply for an Advanced Learner Loan. This loan is not means tested, and is written off on completion of an undergraduate degree.

Future opportunities

Next steps

On successful completion of each unit, you’ll gain credits towards your Diploma. If you pass the course, you'll be able to do degree courses such as animal and equine science, environmental science, ecology and conservation degrees based at right here at NTU’s Brackenhurst Campus.

Future jobs within the animal industry include:

  • animal carer
  • welfare assistant
  • industry sales person
  • veterinary nurse
  • laboratory assistant

Further information

Study an animal course at Brackenhurst and you’ll have access to some fantastic facilities. Our specially designed Animal Unit is home to over 150 animals from around 40 different species. These include small animals such as rabbits, cats, dogs, reptiles and birds, as well as larger animals like goats and donkeys. All our animal courses include hands-on, practical lessons at the unit. You’ll also help our technicians to care for the animals on a day-to-day basis.

As well as your subject-specific facilities, you’ll also find:

  • a library, including fully equipped computer rooms
  • modern classrooms and teaching areas
  • laboratories
  • our careers and employability service
  • a dining room and Costa Coffee
  • our student shop
  • a common room.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Brackenhurst at NTU (Nottingham Trent University) directly.

Last updated date: 18 September 2018
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