Course type:

Level 3 National Extended Diploma Animal Management (Science)

This Diploma will give you the knowledge, skills and understanding you need to progress on to further veterinary and animal science study and pursue your dreams. We offer you excellent practical hands-on learning opportunities with our large and varied animal collection of exotic and domestic species.

Our full-time two-year Animal Science Diploma is the equivalent of 3 A-levels and great for you if you want to pursue careers or further study in:

What will you study?

The units listed below reflect the subjects you will cover on this course but are subject to change:

  • Animal Breeding and Genetics
  • Animal Biology
  • Animal Welfare and Ethics
  • Practical Animal Husbandry
  • Animal Behaviour
  • Animal Health and Diseases
  • Work Experience in the Animal Sector
  • Investigative Research Project
  • Practical Skills in Animal Science
  • Animal Metabolism
  • Advanced Animal Nutrition
  • Business Management in the Animal Sector
  • Animal Nursing
  • Farm Livestock Husbandry
  • Zoological Animal Health and Husbandry

This course will include a range of different assessment methods, including written exams.

Industry experience

During this programme, you will be expected to undertake a block of work experience allowing you to gain valuable knowledge in practical industry live situations.

Career and education opportunities

On successful completion of this course and a suitable reference from a tutor, you will be able to progress on to a Foundation degree or Honours degree (subject to entry requirements).

Why you should study this programme

  • Hartpury College is currently working with a leading Vet School to ensure that students are offered a guaranteed interview to study veterinary medicine with them subject to achievement of the required grades at GCSE and in specific units
  • You will complete a wide range of units of study ranging from animal sciences through to practical application and animal handling
  • Almost 50% of our Animal Science Diploma graduates pursue their dreams of becoming a vet, progressing onto veterinary medicine degrees at the Royal Veterinary College, the University of Nottingham and the University of Bristol (Hartpury 2019). Many love Hartpury so much that they choose to move into veterinary nursing and animal science degrees at Hartpury University.
How to apply for this course

Course Duration

2 Year
2 Year course
Course type:
Full Time

Entry Requirements

6 GCSEs at grade 6 or above to include English Language, Mathematics and a Science)

Why study Animal at Hartpury College?

If you want to work with animals, then Hartpury offers a dedicated environment to provide you with the practical skills, qualifications and experience employers are looking for to succeed in this thriving industry.

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How to apply

Apply online

To apply for a diploma course or A-levels at Hartpury College please complete an online application

What happens next?

Once we receive your application, we will write and invite you to attend an interview and written assessment with a member of staff on your chosen course. The interview is an opportunity to discuss the course content, ask any questions you may have and go on a tour of the campus.


If you are unable to complete an online application please contact

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