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BTEC National Foundation Diploma in Animal Management at Solihull College & University Centre

Course description

This course is ideal for you if you are interested in Animal Management or if you would like a career in the animal care industry. This course could lead to work with the RSPCA, working with Guide Dogs for the blind, Pet Shop management and Veterinary Nursing. On completion, this course provides the opportunity to top up to an Extended Diploma which will provide UCAS points and possible entry into Higher Education.

Course content

Throughout your studies, you will cover 7 Units from the following list:

Animal Biology (Mandatory Unit)
Animal Welfare and Ethics (Mandatory Unit)
Practical Animal Husbandry (Mandatory Unit)
Animal Behaviour (Mandatory Unit)
Animal Health and Diseases (Mandatory Unit)
Work Experience in the Animal Sector (Mandatory Unit)
Farm Livestock Husbandry
Human and Animal Interaction
Practical Estate Planning, Construction and Maintenance
Wildlife Ecology and Conservation Management
Business Management in the Animal Sector
Animal Management in a Retail Environment
Animals in Boarding Establishments
Developing an Enterprise in the Animal Sector
Principles of Animal Nursing
Aquatic Animal Health and Husbandry
Exotic Animal Husbandry
Zoological Animal Health & Husbandry
Animal Grooming

Entry requirements

Minimum qualifications for this course are:
- Four GCSE passes at Grade A*/9 - C/4 including English Language, Science and Maths OR A Level 2 Diploma in Animal Care at Distinction with a Grade C or above in English and Maths

In addition to the above qualifications you will need:
- a suitable character or tutor reference,
- a copy of your latest school report (if applicable) and
- a successful college interview.


Assessment is continual over the year mainly by the completion of assignments, but there are a range of assessment methods including: external assessments, presentations and group work and students are also assessed practically on the Animal Care Centre and in the work place.

You will be given the opportunity to gain a Pass, Merit or Distinction in each subject.

Further information

You will need to purchase a pair of steel toe cap boots, a College boiler suit and a work placement polo shirt.
There may also be various trips throughout the year.
The price of these will become available upon application.
A good standard of English and Maths are essential for success in your course, your chosen vocation and life.

Throughout your course you will continue to develop your English and Maths skills in your vocational classes.

In order to study the Animal Management Foundation Diploma it is essential that students have a Grade A*/9- C/4 in Maths and English.
If you have a Learning Difficulty or Disability please let us know when you apply. You will be offered support in your interview. If you need help completing your application we can help with this too.

Solihull College is an inclusive and diverse learning environment offering full- time and part time courses to people from anywhere in the UK.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Solihull College & University Centre directly.

Last updated date: 22 March 2017
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