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Animal Management, Technical Qualification, Level 3 at Hadlow College

Course description

The animal management unit is utilised throughout your course to help develop a wide range of skills. These include practical hands-on skills looking after animals and the wider skills needed in the workplace, such as teamwork and, in your second year, supervising others. These are achieved through practical sessions during your timetable and animal duties. Work experience and duties take place outside normal College hours and will include early morning duties, holidays and weekends throughout the course.

Course content

  • Principles of health and safety
  • Work experience
  • Animal health and husbandry
  • Animal feeding and nutrition
  • Animal behaviour and communication
  • Biological system of animals
  • Animal welfare and breeding
  • Exotic animal health and husbandry
  • Small animal rehabilitation
  • Business management in the land-based sector
  • Functional skills/GCSE English and maths

Entry requirements

You will need a minimum of five GCSEs grades A*-C / 9-4 or equivalent (Level 2 Diploma), which must include GCSEs in English AND maths A*-C / 9-4 Grade. For those students who achieve four GCSEs A*-C/9-4, there is the option of a 90 credit Diploma. Achievement of this at Merit or Distinction will allow progression onto the second year


Students will attend taught sessions where they will complete both written and practical work to develop their knowledge and skills. Students will keep a portfolio of practical work and a diary of work experience and employer engagement (trips and guest speakers) which will be assessed as part of their work experience unit.

The course will be assessed by a small portfolio of assessments completed during independent study and a large synoptic assessment that will be completed under exam conditions from class notes. There will also be exams that cover some units and these will be sat during the year under exam conditions.

Future opportunities

Successful students can progress into higher education with the FdSc or BSc (Hons) programmes. Alternatively they can pursue a career in industry at a technical or supervisory level.

How to apply

You can apply for this course through UCAS Progress. Add this course to your favourites so you can start making an application.

Last updated date: 08 November 2017
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      Providing land-based education on the outskirts of London, our Mottingham campus offers full and part-time courses in a range of subjects. Comprising similar facilities to Canterbury, the animal unit provides specialist facilities for the housing of aquatics, reptiles and small mammals. Aviaries and grazing paddocks for goats and pigs complement the woodland, glasshouses and garden design area.