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Course summary

Throughout the course you will develop an understanding and knowledge of the husbandry, housing care and welfare needs of animals, and gain the skills required to undertake a supervisory level job related to the animal care industry. Moreover, this course will provide you with the confidence and ability to be able to work with others in the industry and provide the highest standards of care and welfare for the animals that they may be responsible for. Upon successful completion of this course, students can apply to join year 2 of the HND Animal Care course.


You will study a wide range of subjects including Small Animal Health and Disease, Animal Welfare, Small Animal Nutrition, Animal Behaviour, Companion Animal Anatomy and Physiology, Companion Animal Handling and First Aid.

How to apply

This course is not accepting applications from students requiring a Student visa. For more information, please contact the course provider.

Application codes

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Points of entry

The following entry points are available for this course:

  • Year 1

Entry requirements

Qualification requirements

Additional entry requirements


Applicants should be able to demonstrate in their personal statement a minimum of 1 weeks work experience in the industry.

English language requirements

Applicants whose native language is not English and who have not been educated previously in the English language must provide evidence of their English language ability to ensure they can cope with the demands of a course taught and assessed in English. Further information about the English Language tests that we currently accept as proof of English Language ability can be viewed on our website. English language tests should be no more than two years old on the start date of your chosen course.

Guidance on English Language requirements

Unistats information

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Fees and funding

Tuition fees

England £7000* Year 1
Northern Ireland £7000* Year 1
Wales £7000* Year 1
Channel Islands £7000* Year 1
Republic of Ireland £7000* Year 1
Scotland £1285* Year 1
EU £16000* Year 1
International £16000* Year 1

*This is a provisional fee and subject to change.

Additional fee information

Scottish students can apply to the Students Award Agency for Scotland (SAAS) to have tuition fees paid by the Scottish government. Students from the rest of the UK can apply for financial assistance, including a loan to cover the full cost of the tuition fees, from the Student Loan Company.
Animal Care at SRUC Scotland's Rural College - UCAS