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Access to Higher Education - Animal Management

Access to Higher Education - Animal Management


Animal Management Access to Higher Education Advanced (Level 3)

This is a one-year Level 3 intensive course aimed at mature students (19+) without the standard qualifications to enter higher education. The course enables you to develop your knowledge of a range of animal related subjects for progression to higher education degree-level courses. The Zoological Education Centre at Shuttleworth houses a wide range of species from around the world. There will be opportunities to gain practical experience working with these animals to enhance your experience on the course.

Available Courses
Shuttleworth College
Starts: 13/09/2023
Type: Full Time
Length: 1 year
Day(s): Wednesday, Friday
Time(s): 9:15am - 4:45pm
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Fees: 16-18 Yrs: N/A 19+ Yrs: For more information call us on 0345 658 8990 or use the Livechat below.

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Entry requirements

You must be aged 19 or over to apply and will need to have English Language and maths GCSE at grade 4 (GCSE Grade C) or above or equivalent Level 2 qualifications. Applicants may be accepted on the Access Diploma with one of these, subject to a successful interview and entry test to show you are working at level 2. You will have to gain the other level 2 during the same year to progress to university. If your first language is not English will need an IELTS score of 5.5 or higher. You will also need to have good IT skills as all of your assignments will be carried out using either Word, Excel or PowerPoint. You can undertake IT Skills classes at our Learning Centres. It is very important to research the entry criteria of the universities you would like to apply to.

You will need a minimum of GCSE English and maths, in addition to your Access qualification, for entry onto degree-level courses. We currently offer GCSE and Functional Skills part-time courses, which you may be able to enrol on alongside your Access course to gain these qualifications. Many university courses can be very competitive and it’s important to understand and fulfil the entry requirements prior to applying.

Course content

On this course you will study a variety of units including:

Science units will cover a range of topics including:

  • The structure and function of biological systems in animals
  • The role of cells and cell division
  • Nutritional values and properties of food

Animal Management units include opportunities to study animals at the centre through topics such as:

  • Animal behaviour
  • Promote animal health

During the course you will study the following units:

  • Animal Science
  • Principles of Biology
  • Evolution and Ecology
  • Inheritance, Evolution and Breeding
  • Conservation
  • Animal Behaviour
  • Animal Management
  • Promote Health
  • Animal Nutrition

Core Units

  • Study skills
  • Maths
  • English
  • Research Project

NB units are subject to change.

You will develop self confidence in your ability to learn and develop the necessary academic skills such as essay writing and research skills to prepare you for university.

Assessment methods

Assessment will be continuous throughout the course and will involve a variety of methods such as essays, presentations, projects and examinations. To enable you to be successful on the course you will need to be able to use IT to produce essays, reports, presentations and statistical data.


You will gain:

  • Access to Higher Education Diploma in Animal Management
Further study and career options

On completion of this course you could progress on to an Animal Management Foundation Degree at Shuttleworth College with a top up year to BSc available through the University of Bedfordshire.

Additional information

You will be required to attend College for two days a week on a Wednesday, and Friday and you will also be expected to study for approximately 15 hours a week outside of college some of which will be online learning. There may be opportunities to attend trips to local animal establishments and these will be discussed during the course.

Please declare if you have English and maths GCSEs and/or Functional Skills qualifications – this information is required (note: you will need to provide evidence prior to enrolment). Once we’ve processed your application you will be contacted by email. Pay by instalments

The College offers an instalment plan for Further Education and Higher Education courses to students where the total amount payable at the point of enrolment is £200 or more. Within the scheme there is an ability to pay up to 6 instalments, depending on the length of the courses and the final payment must be paid at least a month before the end of the course.

Funding information

If you are aged 19 or over, you may qualify for an Advanced Learner Loan to help you pay the tuition fees for this course. Alternatively, you can pay by instalments to help make the cost more affordable. Find out more about your payment options here

If you complete one of our Access to Higher Education courses and use an Advanced Learner Loan to pay for your tuition fee, the Student Loans Company will write off the balance on the Advanced Learner Loan if you then go on to complete an undergraduate course.

Additional Learning Support

If you have a specific learning difficulty or disability, are deaf or hearing impaired, our Additional Learning Support team are on hand to give you assistance whenever you need it.


Any questions?

If you would like to find out more about this or other courses, please use our Livechat below, email or call us on 0345 658 8990.


We have access arrangements in place to help students with disabilities or any other particular needs. Call us on 01234 291000 or 01536 413123 for more information.


Additional formats

Course information sheets are also available in large print and audio formats. Call us on 01234 291000 to order your copy.