Recent news reports suggested that vocational qualifications are excellent for those who have a keen idea of the career or profession they wish to pursue after completing some form of further or higher education. And this is undoubtedly the case in qualifications like the Animal Management HND, new for September 2018.
As with all Pearson Higher National Diplomas, the qualification was developed alongside leading bodies and organisations within the sector. The resulting course was created with input from the National Farmers Union (NFU), the Royal College of Veterinary Surgeons (RCVS) and Hartpury College (an associate faculty of the University of the West of England (UWE)). Additionally, students were included in the creation of the course to ensure the final qualification meets the needs of students today and in the years to come.
The skills learnt during the Animal Management HND reflect the industry needs directly indicated by the collaborative partners mentioned above. Alongside the industry-specific skills, students also gain the transferable skills that are necessary for modern professional environments. The flexibility of the course allows students to follow a variety of focused, vocational routes upon graduation, including studying a level 6 qualification or going directly into work.
Due to the flexibility of the course, students can choose to graduate with one of the five following diplomas:
– Pearson BTEC Level 5 Higher National Diploma in Animal Management (Animal Behaviour and Welfare)
– Pearson BTEC Level 5 Higher National Diploma in Animal Management (Animal Science)
– Pearson BTEC Level 5 Higher National Diploma in Animal Management (Veterinary Practice Management)
– Pearson BTEC Level 5 Higher National Diploma in Animal Management (Equine Management)
– Pearson BTEC Level 5 Higher National Diploma in Animal Management (General)
Potential career paths for graduates include animal management (including animal behaviour and welfare), animal science, veterinary practice management and equine management. Alternatively, graduates can progress through to higher levels of academia with a bachelor’s degree top-up course in Animal Behaviour and Welfare or Animal Science.
The qualification places importance on applied learning and the practical application of skills, and it is particularly useful for those who are somewhat undecided on their next professional steps. This is because HNDs give students the option to either move directly into the workforce (often on a path towards a management role), or to continue their studies onto level 6 and beyond. Potential career paths following the successful graduation of the HND include animal behaviour consultant, wildlife technician, veterinary care assistant and animal care manager.
Pearson set no formal entry requirements for admission to the Animal Management HND; this responsibility falls on the course centre. Be sure to directly contact your local higher education provider for information regarding access to the course. Often, students must have a level 3 qualification in a related subject or be able to demonstrate they have relevant work experience.
Over the two year qualification, students will complete a total of 1,140 guided learning hours and will need a minimum of 240 credits to graduate (split between 120 per year). Not every centre will offer all five potential pathways, so if you are particularly interested in following a particular specialisation, it is worth contacting the HE provider before applying. Each unit is worth 15 credits; a total of 16 units will be studied over the course.
In a bid to make HNDs beneficial to local communities, Pearson has given HE providers the option of importing units from another Higher National qualification as part of their meeting local needs initiative.
In addition to the classroom-based learning students undertake, their centre of study will also include employer engagement activities such as field trips to relevant professional settings, alongside guest lecturers.
Interested in studying Animal Management? Contact HND Insider today to find a local provider.