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.
1-2 Years, full-time
The following are examples of some of the topics
students can expect to study within the course:
• 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
Students continuing into year two will chose options that are aligned to their chosen higher education or career
route, streams available are:
• Animal management (Hadlow, Mottingham and Canterbury)
• Zoo management (Hadlow only)
• Wildlife and conservation (Mottingham and Canterbury)
• Animal science (Hadlow only)
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.
SPECIALIST EQUIPMENT NEEDED
In addition to standard College equipment, students will
need steel toe-capped boots, waterproof clothing, black
cargo trousers and a Hadlow College jacket and t-shirt.
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.
Students can progress onto one of our many Higher
Education courses or directly into employment.
Initially, upon finishing my GCSEs I enrolled straight into my school sixth-form to study A-Levels. However, after a year and since I’d always known that I wanted at some point to work with animals, I decided that sixth-form wasn’t for me. Instead, I chose to join Hadlow and study animal management. The course is a great starting point for any career within the animal industry. I’m still not 100% sure what specific career I want so, by getting a good broad understanding, the course is acting as a useful stepping stone to a degree or some other form of further training. At the moment I am thinking of specialising in either animal behaviour or marine animals, but, to do the latter I will need to find some work experience in aquariums so that I have some knowledge when I come to apply for jobs.
- Multi-million pound animal management home to a range of species
- Small mammals, invertebrates, reptiles, amphibians, aquatics and grazing animals
- Extensive paddock facilities
- 6 custom built aviaries for exotic birds
- Commercial dog grooming salon
- Fully functioning veterinary nursing training suite equipped for teaching purposes
Animal rescue centres, animal charities, zoos and wildlife parks, as well as educational institutions and retail outlets.
Students benefit from close ties with a number of different organisations including the Wildlife Heritage Foundation, the Kent Wildlife Trust as well as local zoos, wildlife parks and rare breed centres.
Please note that all programme specifications and course modules are subject to annual change.