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Pearson BTEC HNC in Animal Management

The purpose of Pearson BTEC Higher Nationals in Animal Management is to develop students as professional, self-reflecting individuals able to meet the demands of employers in the Animal Management sector and adapt to a constantly changing world. The qualifications aim to widen access to higher education and enhance the career prospects of those who undertake them
Bangor, Lisburn
1 Year
Level 4

Course Structure

The HNC is made up of 8 units in total. Modules will include:

Mandatory Modules

Unit 1 Animal Health and Welfare

Unit 2 Business and the Business Environment

Unit 3 Managing a Successful Project (Pearson set)

Optional Modules

Unit 4 Animal Behaviour in Society

Unit 6 Animal Anatomy and Physiology

Unit 8 Ecological Principles

Unit 14 Management of Exotic Animal Species

Unit 15: Animal Collection Management


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Contact Hours

Contact Hours per week:

16.75 hours contact time to include practical classes, lectures, workshops or tutorials.

Mandatory Additional Study Maximum of 3 hours per week average over the academic year.

Personal Study 22 hours maximum studying and preparing assessments in your own time per week, including use of online materials.

Entry Requirements

GCSE English

GCSE English Language Grade C or above OR Pass in Level 2 Essential Skills Literacy

GCSE Maths

GCSE Mathematics Grade C or above OR Pass in Level 2 Essential Skills Numeracy

Other GCSE

Four passes at Grade C or above, 2 of which to include English (or equivalent) and Maths (or equivalent)


A minimum of 96 UCAS points including:

At least one A Level pass preferably in an appropriate subject (e.g. Biology) OR

Level 3 Extended Diploma in Animal Management or Applied Science (MMM = 96 UCAS Points)  

Access Diploma

Access Diploma in Foundation Studies with an overall average of 65% + and with one science module at a minimum of 65%  

International Requirements

Common European Framework of Reference (CEFR) level B2 PTE 51 IELTS 6.0 (minimum of 5.5 in all skills) Or equivalent (Examples of equivalent qualifications would be a GCSE in English, Level 3 Programmes, Essential Skills in Literacy – Level 2, ESOL Level 2 or another qualifications gained at an Institution within the UK).    


Successful completion of the admissions process  


Provide evidence of ability to undertake the programme by meeting the requirements for the accreditation of prior experiential learning.  Further details on APEL can be found in the admissions section

How will I be assessed and given feedback?

Students are assessed using a range of different methods. These include time constrained assignments, coursework, Project Based Learning, presentations, practical, posters, leaflets, role-play, and case studies.  This is dependent on the requirements of each unit of study.  Oral, written and online feedback will be provided during your course to help improve and monitor performance

Where will it take me?

Successful completion of the HNC in Animal Management prepares you for employment in the animal industry and may provide you with the opportunity to complete a further year leading to the Level 5 HND in Animal Management .Successful completion of the HNC may also enable you to progress to further study on the first year of a Degree course.

How will it make me more employable?

The HNC in Animal Management provides a Nationally Recognised Qualification offering career progression and professional development for those already in employment and provides opportunities to progress to Higher Education.  Along with the vocational skills you will also develop employability skills through workshops such as teamwork, innovation and problem solving. You are encouraged to take up work experience in a relevant animal related workplace. It is the responsibility of the student to organise this work experience.

Additional Costs

As part of the course you will be expected to participate in a field trip which will incur a maximum cost of (£100) 


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Terms & Conditions

Students will be required to comply with SERC's Terms & Conditions of study.

While we endeavour to run all our courses on the advertised day, SERC reserves the right to change the day of week on which the course runs.

In addition to the above Terms & Conditions students must also adhere to the following:
 Provide evidence of up to date Tetanus Injection or a Medical exemption certificate

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