Animal Management (RQF)

BTEC Higher Nationals in Animal Management (RQF)

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BTEC Higher Nationals in Animal Management are an ideal choice for anyone wanting to start their career in the animal sector, fast-track their existing career or learn more about the realities of managing and operating veterinary practices or equine businesses, progressing to become a competition rider, science researcher or working within the animal and equine ancillary services supporting this broad industry. 

Through exploring the multi-faceted aspects of animals, from biology, animal science, reproduction and genetics to business and supervisory management disciplines, you will be gaining invaluable insight into the world of work while developing fundamental skills required to succeed in this sector.

Pathways within this qualification

This qualification has been developed in collaboration with industry experts, universities, colleges and students to ensure that it is a programme that meets the needs of industry, as well as what you would expect to achieve throughout your course. To help our you develop in your chosen specialism, there are a number of pathways, some of which are listed below:

  • Animal Behaviour and Welfare
  • Animal Science
  • Veterinary Practice Management
  • Equine Management

Please note this is a combination of pathways at both BTEC HNC and HND level. Colleges we work with may choose to deliver a selection of pathways which is why we suggest that you consult with your local college regarding exact options available to you.

Careers after a BTEC Higher National in Animal Management

Some typical jobs after completing the HNC*

Some typical jobs after completing the HND*

Animal Keeper, Animal Controls Officer, Animal Health Officer, Animal Trainer, Wildlife Technician, Retail Supervisor, Animal Instructor, Laboratory Technician, Research Officer, Sales Representative, Horse Riding Instructor, Freelance Events Organiser, Horse Breeder, Horse Trainer, Head Groom. Animal Behaviour Consultant, Pet Store Manager, Animal Rescue Centre Manager, Animal Lecturer, Animal Nutritionist, Medical Sales Representative, Veterinary Practice Manager, Animal Centre Manager, Kennel and Cattery Manager, Equine Yard Manager, Professional Horse Rider, Equine Activity Centre Manager.
*These are suggestions of the typical job roles related to this qualification at this level. Pearson does not guarantee employment upon completion, and you will have a responsibility to make sure that you meet the employer’s requirements. 

Industry support and recognition

For years, employers have valued the skills and knowledge that BTEC Higher National students bring to the world of work. That is why students choose to study our programmes. We are proud to have developed our Pearson BTEC Higher National in Animal Management with experts from organisations, including: The National Farmers' Union and the Veterinary Practice Management Association.

Progression to university

We work with universities in the UK and around the world, explaining the content, structure and purpose of BTEC Higher National qualifications, so that the universities recognise your value and accept applications from you as a BTEC Higher National holder onto a degree programme. We currently have agreements to top-up HNs to over 1200 degrees worldwide and we continue our work to grow this number.

Visit our Pearson Degree Finder to find all the current articulations.

Where to study HNs in Animal Management?

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