Higher National Diploma in Animal Management

Subject Area: Course code: Course Type:
Animal Welfare & Science AC164A01/23/2 Higher Education

Course Information

Kingston Maurward is pleased to be working with Pearson BTEC to offer a Higher National Diploma (HND) in Animal Management. The course is highly industry focused with great opportunity to develop practical as well as academic skills. The objectives of the Higher National Diploma in Animal Management are:

To equip students with Animal Management skills, knowledge and the understanding necessary to achieve high performance in the global Animal Management environment.

To provide education and training for a range of careers in Animal Management, including Animal Behaviour and Welfare, Animal Science, Veterinary Practice Management and Equine Management.

To provide insight and understanding into the diversity of roles within Animal Management, recognising the importance of collaboration at all levels.

To provide opportunities for students to enter or progress in employment in Animal Management, or progress to higher education qualifications such as an Honours degree in Animal Behaviour and Welfare, Animal Science, Equine Science or a related area


  • Higher National Diploma in Animal Management
Course Content
  • The course has eight units in the first year
    Animal Health and Welfare
    Business and Business Environment
    Animal Anatomy and Physiology
    Animal Husbandry
    Ecological Principles
    Animal Behaviour in Society
    Animal Nutrition
    Managing a Successful Project

    These develop core skills and knowledge in Animal Behaviour, Welfare, Ecology and Husbandry.

    In the second year, students may elect to choose option units on pathways aimed at progression into Companion Animal Management or Animal Conservation.
    Core modules
    Research Project (30 credits)
    Biological Processes
    Animal Breeding and Genetics
    Work Experience

    Option Modules (choose 2 modules)
    Behavioural approaches to Animal Management
    Therapy and Rehabilitation
    Wildlife Conservation
    Conservation and Biodiversity
    Aquaculture and Fish Keeping
Entry Requirements
  • Entrants will need Level 3 qualifications. This could include
    Level 3 Extended Diploma in Animal Management (1080) - City and Guilds or BTEC - grade PPP or above, or MP for the 720 credit Extended Diploma.
    A Levels to a combination of 48 UCAS points - key subjects Biology, Psychology

    Applicants should have GCSEs in English and maths at grade 4 or above.

    Mature students may want to discuss qualifications and experience before applying, but are not exempt from the course if they do not have specific entry qualifications.

    International students can apply but should have achieved IELTS at 5.5 or above.
Next Steps
  • External applicants should apply through UCAS as with other university level applications.

    Internal applicants progressing from Kingston Maurward can apply through myKMC.
Career Opportunities
  • The course will provide routes into employment in the Animal Management industry or progression to BSc Top Up programmes at Kingston Maurward or other Universities and Colleges in the UK.

    Roles include Animal Care Assistants in Veterinary Surgeries, Animal Rehabilitation, Animal Physical Therapists, Independent Animal Trainers and others roles in animal collections and zoos, environmental education and conservation organisations.

Dates & Fees

Dates & Times
Start date: End date: Start time: End time:
25-Sep-2023 (Already Started) 31-Jul-2025 9:00am 16:00
Mode of attendance
Full Time
Day of the week Number of sessions
Mon, Tues, Wed
Course Fees
Fee (HE International Student Fee) £9500.00
Fee (HE Full Fee) £6500.00

Students on this course are normally eligible for a student loan depending on their circumstances.
Fees shown are per year.

There may be additional cost for ensuring students have adequate PPE, costs of transport to the college and offsite trips may require additional costs such as entrance fees. Study Tours will have additional costs depending on the tour offered.

Materials Required

Learners will have practical sessions and should ensure they have correct PPE. This includes suitable clothing, steel toe boots, water proofs. Learners will also find it useful to have their own devices (laptops, tablets) to bring to college for classwork and to access learning materials.

What's next?

Applications for this course are now closed. If you'd like to know when there will be another or need more information we are happy to answer any questions.