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Animal Management Access to Higher Education Advanced (Level 3)

This pathway enables you to develop your knowledge of a range of animal related subjects for progression to higher education degree-level courses. The animal unit 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.

Entry requirements

This is a one year intensive course aimed at mature students (19+) without the standard qualifications to enter higher education.

GCSE English and maths is desirable; however, we may consider candidates without these qualifications, depending on an English and maths entry test, where you will need to demonstrate English and maths skills at Level 2, in addition to interviewing successfully. Additionally, if your first language is not English will need an IELTS score of 5.5 or higher.

It is very important to research the entry criteria of the universities you would eventually like to apply to. You will often need a minimum of GCSE English and maths, in addition to your Access qualification, for entry onto degree-level courses. We currently offer GCSE part-time courses, which you can 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

The course will cover a range of animal science and animal management units. 

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; and nutritional values and properties of food.

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

  • Animal behaviour
  • Maintaining animal health and welfare
  • Recognising good and ill health and common diseases.

During the course you will study the following units:

  • Maths
  • English
  • Research Project
  • Animal Science
  • Principles of Biology
  • Inheritance, Evolution and Ecology
  • Conservation
  • Animal Behaviour
  • Animal Management
  • Animal Health and Welfare
  • Animal Nutrition

Assessment methods

Assessment will be continuous throughout the course and will involve a variety of methods such as essays, presentations, projects and examinations.


Access to HE Diploma

Further study and career options

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

Additional information

There may be opportunities to attend trips to local animal establishments and these will be discussed during the course.

To enable you to be successful on the course you will need to be able to to produce essays, reports, presentations and statistical data electronically.

You will be required to attend College for three days a week (timetable to be confirmed) and you will also be expected to study for approximately 15 hours a week outside of College. You may need to purchase books relating to 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.

Funding information

If you are aged 16-18, this course is not funded and costs £5,197. Alternatively we offer BTEC Level 2 and Level 3 courses that may be funded for 16-18 year olds. 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 of this course more affordable. Find out more about your payment options and how your loan could be written off at

Course information & how to book

To apply online, select the 'Apply' button below. You will need to register an account and then you can follow the instructions on screen.

Please declare if you have English and maths GCSEs and/or Functional Skills qualifications – this information is required (please note: you will need to provide evidence prior to enrolment).

LengthStart DateFeesLocationCourse Code
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Additional Learning Support
If you have a specific learning difficulty or disability, problems with English and Maths, are deaf or hearing impaired, or missing the essential skills needed to complete your course, our Additional Learning Support team are on hand to give you assistance whenever you need it.  Find out more.

Autism & Asperger’s Syndrome Support
At Bedford College, we are committed to developing the provision for students on the autistic spectrum, including Asperger’s Syndrome.  Find out more.

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

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