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Animal Care and Management – T Level

T Level


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Animal Care and Management - T Level AF-ANMATL-D(0000)000

Alton Campus

Type of study

Academic Year 2023-24 (2 years)

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This course is designed to provide you with a very wide range of specialist technical practical skills and detailed knowledge and understanding, which will equip you to seek a diverse range of employment opportunities, such as working in the pet industry, zoo-keeping, wildlife or working with dogs.

You will gain extensive hands-on experience with a range of animals over the two years of the qualification, such as large animals, companions, rodents, and exotic animals. You will work with animals on and offsite and undertake 150 hours of work experience over the two years of the course.

You will spend time in both the classroom, learning basic principles and theory, and in the animal unit, where you will learn a range of practical processes and skills. You will also spend a minimum of 45 days on an industrial placement where you will work closely with a leading employer either every week or on a block placement to help you develop the right knowledge, technical skills and behaviours for working in this exciting sector.

This course ensures you can rival all students with a unique blend of both academic and industry experience with a work  placement giving you the real-world skills you require for future employment.

Grade 4 or above in English Language, Mathematics and Science GCSEs and two additional GCSEs at grade 4 or above.

In Year 1 you will develop an understandingof a broad range of issues relevant to the sector, including:

  • Sustainability, including environmental legislation, sustainable development and the health and welfare of animals
  • Employment rights and responsibilities and progression opportunities within the sector 
  • Ethical principles and the principles of animal welfare
  • Health and Safety to support optimising animal environments
  • Business management in the animal care industry, enterprise skills and project management
  • Communication skills

In Year 2, students will learn how to:

  • Optimise health and welfare of animals including health checks, animal biology and animal husbandry
  • Monitoring animal environments including accommodation and environmental conditions
  • Understand animal behaviour and how to create animal enrichment to maximise animal welfare
  • Apply techniques to influence positive animal behaviour including signs of stress and natural motivators and how to assess and monitor health and safety risks to animals
  • Understand the principles of animal welfare and conservation including freedoms, needs and domains and how to ensure best practice in the industry

You will be taught on campus three days a week with a full-time programme of lessons in our specialist classrooms, animal laboratory and animal unit which includes outside space offering aviaries, animal enclosures, chicken coops and specialist herptile and mammal areas. We provide the specialist knowledge and industry expertise to prepare you for employment with some of the best local and regional animal care and management companies and employers. Each week you will also work with one of our partner employers, who are leaders in this industry, and they will help you apply the theory and skills learnt in college to real industry applications.

You will be assessed through an exam, industrial placement, work-based project and synoptic assessment.

On completion of this T Level, you could secure jobs such as zookeeper, dog handler or animal care worker/manager.

"I am delighted with my results and am really looking forward to studying Law at Oxford University. I really enjoyed my time at HSDC Alton and I really appreciate all the help and support from my fantastic teachers, without whom I wouldn't have got my place at Oxford."

Catherine Goldie, HSDC Alton A Level Student

The teaching and support was really great, the quality was really great, all the teachers really care about your education as well as your wellbeing, they take everything into consideration and they’re great.

Katie Whittingham, A Level student

I’m very, very happy, I didn’t expect to do so well. The College has been helpful and supportive. I loved my courses, and the teachers were really good – every single one of them. The facilities are great, but it’s the staff that really make this place.

Matthew Randell, A Level student