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UCP HND Animal Management (Animal Behaviour and Welfare)

HND Animal Management (Animal Behaviour and Welfare)

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course overview

The Animal Management sector is evolving and expanding constantly and therefore requires an adaptable and knowledgeable workforce to meet these changes.

This course will provide you with a solid in-depth introduction to animal welfare and management, to meet employer demands in such a competitive industry.

You will learn through lectures, seminars, practical demonstrations, independent research, visits, field work and through work-related experiences on the programme.

An in-depth, independent research project will form 25% of your final year of study in which you will need to investigate, analyse and report on a set theme relating to animal behaviour and welfare.

You will have the opportunity to be involved in trips to zoos, wildlife parks, animal shelters, natural history museums and an opportunity to visit South Africa (subject to additional costs).

The optional trip to South Africa in the second year* will give students the opportunity to visit and take part in field studies monitoring populations of animals in reserves such as lions, wild dogs, buffalo and rhino.

Throughout the course you will meet industry specialists including Reptile Specialists, Aviculturists, Zoo Keepers, Boarding Establishment Owners, Ecologists and Vets.

At the Stamford campus, you will have access to a range of species housed in the on-site Animal Studies Unit and develop necessary skills in animal management and husbandry. The Animal Studies Unit includes a range of small mammals, reptiles, amphibians, fish and invertebrates, as well as a bespoke nocturnal room and a large outside area housing rabbits, guinea pigs, ferrets, birds, marmosets and meerkats.

The courses at University Centre Peterborough are studied in smaller class sizes compared with other universities, a typical class size is under 30 students.

If you are applying to start in September 2022, you must meet the following entry requirements:

64 UCAS points with at least one qualification in an animal studies or science related subject:

A-levels (DDE or CC)
Cambridge Technicals (MPP)
Access to HE (45 credits)
Mature students or students who do not have the above qualifications can contact our admissions team on 01733 214466 or to discuss equivalent qualifications or relevant work experience.

You must have GCSE English language and mathematics at a minimum of grade C or grade 4.

If English is not your first language you will require a recognised Level 2 English language qualification or an IELTS score of 6.0 (with 5.5 minimum in each skill) or an equivalent English Language qualification.

An interview may be required before an offer can be made.


We can accept a wide range of overseas qualifications and use UK NARIC to compare qualifications. For advice about overseas qualification conversion call the Admissions Office on 01733 214466 or email


To find out more about UCAS tariff points and how they work, visit

We accept a wide range of qualifications such as A-levels (you must have grades for at least two A-levels), BTEC, Cambridge Technicals, International Baccalaureate (IB), NVQ Level 3, Access to Higher Education and Scottish Advanced Highers.

The tariff points for qualifications can be added and combined together (e.g. A-levels plus BTECs).

The UCAS points for A-level General Studies, AS-levels and the EQP (Extended Project Qualification) are accepted when combined with other full qualifications.


APCL relates to learning completed through an earlier course of study. If you have previously completed a course which is relevant to your proposed course you should make this clear when you apply. For this to be eligible for consideration you must be able to provide certification, which shows your success in a final assessment for that course. Learning must be completed in the last five years or further evidence of updating will be required. Simple participation in a course or an attendance certificate is not sufficient.


We offer students flexibility in their studies, by recognising learning they may have completed elsewhere before they apply. The Accreditation of Prior Learning process ensures that we can take this into account when determining the modules you must study. It is important that you identify any relevant prior learning when you apply. If your previous study specifically relates to modules on the course you wish to undertake we may approve a reduced programme of study, thus shortening the time it takes to obtain your award. Where this relates to learning completed through an earlier course of study, this is called Prior Certificated Learning, and where learning has been achieved through relevant work or experience, this is referred to as Prior Experiential Learning. Claims must be approved before you commence a course.


It is important to understand that the APEL process does not award academic credit for experience alone, but for learning which can be shown to have been achieved through that experience. Students are required to prepare an individual case for the credit arising from their learning experiences. This normally means that a student receives support in the preparation of a portfolio, which evidences their claimed exemptions for entry. This portfolio of evidence is then submitted for assessment and the possible award of academic credit. Alternative methods of assessment of evidence may be available but needs to be discussed with the Admissions team or Course Leader.

You must take modules worth 120 credits at each level of the course. Each module is worth a specified number of credits.

Year one for full-time students (Level 4)

  • Animal Health and Welfare (15 credits)
  • Business and the Business Environment (15 credits)
  • Managing a Successful Project (15 credits)
  • Animal Behaviour in Society (15 credits)
  • Animal Husbandry (15 credits)
  • Animal Anatomy and Physiology (15 credits)
  • Animal Nutrition (15 credits)
  • Management of Exotic Species (15 credits)

Year two for full-time students (Level 5)

  • Research Project (30 credits)
  • Biological Principles (15 credits)
  • Anthrozoology (15 credits)
  • Evolution and Adaptations (15 credits)
  • Animal Breeding and Genetics (15 credits)
  • Wildlife Conservation (15 credits)
  • Work Experience (15 credits)

A typical 15 credit module is 150 hours which includes 36 hours of tutor led delivery and 114 hours of recommended independent study. A typical 30 credit module is 300 hours which includes 72 hours of tutor led delivery and 228 hours of recommended independent study. A full-time student should expect to undertake 30 additional hours per week during term-time.

When studying this course we will timetable your lectures into one of two full days a week over two semesters per year (see Duration and delivery for exact details). We are able to offer this convenient timetabling to our students as we are a smaller institution so we can timetable our staff and resources more efficiently.

There are two semesters per year and each semester is up to 15 weeks which includes up to 12 teaching weeks and 3 assessment weeks.

If studying full-time you will be in classes, seminars and tutorials for approximately 15 hours per week and will spend the rest of your time in independent study and extra-curricular activities including work placement if not embedded in your course. We recommend that full-time students allow an additional 30 hours per week for additional study.

Timetables are available at least one month before registration and you can refer to the academic calendar for examination weeks and resit periods.

The days of the week you study may change each year and in some circumstances one of the full days might have to be split into two half days, but we aim to keep these as full days where possible.

Throughout the duration of your course you will be assessed by the following methods:

Year one for full-time students (Level 4)

95% Coursework
5% Practical Exams
Year two for full-time students (Level 5)

75% Coursework
25% Research Project
We will provide, by the beginning of the first week of each semester, a current module guide with all the information you need for each module, including details of assessment tasks, the deadlines for these tasks, the required format and any relevant guidance.

In the Work Experience module in the final year, all students will have the opportunity to complete at least 80 hours of work experience with an employer in the Animal Management sector. We have strong links with local vets, kennels, pet shops, animal shelters and zoos.

As the course is timetabled as full days during the week when studied full-time, this also gives you the flexibility to find a work placement, internship or volunteering opportunity which will improve your employability after you graduate. All students are encouraged to identify work experience in addition to their work placement to aid their career development.

John-Paul Oldham

“I am the Course Leader for the Higher National Diploma in Animal Management (Animal Behaviour and Welfare) at University Centre Peterborough (Stamford Campus) and have been managing this provision at the Stamford Campus since 2012.

I am proud to offer an applied vocational programme which offers students the opportunity to not only develop their academic practice and professionalism, but enhance their employability through the development of practical animal management skills, deemed invaluable in the animal industry.

I have been lecturing on animal management programmes at the Stamford College campus since 2008 where I have been instrumental in the curriculum design and provision. Before this I taught at Nottingham Trent University as an Animal Science Lecturer teaching undergraduate zoo biology and animal biology students.

Before embarking on a career in teaching I worked as a Laboratory Manager and HACCP (Hygiene Analysis and Critical Control Points) Coordinator at a leading pet food manufacturer, analysing pet food ingredients to meet quality standards for leading brands such as Nestle, Hills and Mars Pet Care. I have also worked in a number of areas of the animal industry including boarding kennels, pet shops, aquatics centres, livery yards and as a wildlife watch leader for Notts Wildlife Trust.

I am currently in the process of completing the final stages of my MSc in Endangered Species Recovery and Conservation at Nottingham Trent Universities School of Animal Rural and Environmental Sciences. My thesis will be looking into mitigation strategies for human wildlife conflict in the Limpopo province of South Africa, assessing the impact of carnivore predation on livestock and strategies to promote coexistence.

I graduated from Nottingham Trent University with a BSc (Hons) in Animal Science, where, for my dissertation, I studied the impact of perching enrichment on chickens to improve flock welfare and encourage the implementation of perches into modern commercial systems. Prior to this I studied the BTEC National Diploma in Animal Care at Brackenhurst College.

My key research interests are in conservation and species recovers, ecology, anthrozoology, animal behaviour and welfare.

I look forward to working with you all on the HE Animal Management course at the Stamford Campus.”


MSc Endangered Species Recovery and Conservation (currently studying)
BSc (Hons) Animal Science
BTEC National Diploma in Animal Care
PGCE (Post Graduate Certificate in Education) in Post Compulsory Education

Just some of the future careers for graduates after completing the course include:

Wildlife Rehabilitation
Canine Hydrotherapists
Animal Technicians
Kennels and Cattery Workers
Zoo Keepers
Animal Welfare Assistant
Pet Store Manager
Animal Trainer / Behaviourist


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Full-time: 2 years (2 full days a week over two semesters per year)

Part-time: 4 years (1 full day a week over two semesters per year)

The tuition fees for full-time undergraduate students starting in 2023/24 will be:


Full-time: £7,500 per year

Part-time: £3,750 per year

There may be additional costs for this course which are not covered by the tuition fee.

In this prospectus we will give you clear and accurate information so you can make the best choice for a successful future

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Course Modules

You must take modules worth 120 credits at each level of the course. Each module is worth a specified number of credits.

Year 1
Level 4
  • Animal Health and Welfare (15 credits)
  • Business and the Business Environment (15 credits)
  • Managing a Successful Project (15 credits)
  • Animal Behaviour in Society (15 credits)
  • Animal Husbandry (15 credits)
  • Animal Anatomy and Physiology (15 credits)
  • Animal Nutrition (15 credits )
  • Management of Exotic Species (15 credits )
Year 2
Level 5
  • Research Project (30 credits)
  • Biological Principles (15 credits)
  • Anthrozoology (15 credits)
  • Evolution and Adaptations (15 credits)
  • Animal Breeding and Genetics (15 credits)
  • Wildlife Conservation (15 credits)
  • Work Experience (15 credits)
See What our Students Have to say
University Centre Peterborough Case Studies

HND Animal Management

I knew from a young age that I wanted to work in conservation and joined Stamford College to study Level 3 Animal Studies and then progressed to the HND Animal Management course at UCP.

Nathan Scott, Former student

BSc Crime Scene and Investigative Studies

I couldn’t have picked a better degree to prepare me for the role! University Centre Peterborough provided me with support during the application process, plus, the class sizes were small, so I got plenty of one-to-one support.

Bethany Reynolds, Former Student

BA (Hons) English Literature (Creative Writing)

Being Poet Laureate, for me, means a bigger platform and a louder voice to do the things I am passionate about.

Kat Beeton, Poet Laureate 2022

BA (Hons) Performing Arts

From the very beginning to the end of my degree I have learnt, experienced and gained so much knowledge, skill and passion for my subject.

Emily Stack-Humphrey, Former student

BSc (Hons) Computing and Information Systems

After I presented my final year project at the UCP Computing Conference, which is attended by employers from the IT industry, I was invited to an interview at HIVE Learning who were impressed with my work. That has now led to me getting my dream job in London working on the development of learning technologies.

Maciej Kazimierek, Former Student

University Centre Peterborough currently has around 700 students on over 30 different degree level programmes.


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