Have a passion for animals, animal rights and animal welfare?
Underpinning theory is delivered in the classroom. Industrial experience, assessed through the professional development module over two years, will be undertaken in a related field and will give you invaluable experience in your specialism with 200 hours to be undertaken each year at a relevant employer ideally with domestic species.
Additional costs include:
Optional trips e.g South Africa, Borneo, Jersey depending on your chosen Research Project and will include travel and accommodation. Additional printing over and above the £ allowance provided by the college, cost of books that you might wish to purchase. We strongly recommend purchasing a laptop for your course.
You must have an interest in pursuing a career with companion and domestic animals. The programme is ideal if you have previous animal experience or if you have achieved a Level 3 related animal course, however this is not compulsory.
- New exciting Animal Management Centre including state-of-the-art facilities such as a desert biome, tropical biome and nocturnal room.
- Over 130 different animal species including meerkats, coatis, hornbills and red squirrels.
- Industry experience provides an invaluable opportunity to work in a variety of settings to support your chosen career path.
- Friendly learning environment with small class sizes and excellent student support.
- Merrist Wood College is highly regarded in the animal industry as the leading animal education establishment in Surrey.
- Taught by expert, passionate tutors with industry experience.
- You will have the opportunity to take part in one of our optional residential study tours which currently run in South Africa and Jersey.
Home/EU* Fee for September 2022 entry: £8,000 per year
Please note: Tuition fees are published for the first year of entry only and may increase in subsequent years both for new and continuing students in line with an inflationary amount determined by the Office for Students.
*Fee information for European Union (EU) students: If your course starts on or after the 1st August 2021, you will no longer be eligible for financial support from Student Finance England unless you meet one of the following criteria:
- you are able to benefit from the citizens’ rights agreements
- you are an Irish national living in the UK or Republic of Ireland – benefits of Irish nationals under Common Travel Area guidance arrangement will continue
If you need any further information or guidance, please contact us at HE@activatelearning.ac.uk
What you'll learn
Year 1: professional development in the work environment 1 (30 credits), animal behaviour (30 credits), animal health, welfare and nutrition (30 credits), practical projects, enrichment and training (30 credits). Total 120 credits.
Year 2: professional development in the work environment 2 (30 credits); research methods (30 credits); problem behaviour management (30 credits); business and events management (30 credits). Total 120 credits.
All students are supported with academic development and you will have access to a personal tutor.
How you'll learn and be assessed
A range of theory, practical and work placements.
Progress in to employment or on to a one-year Top-up degree in Animal Behaviour and Welfare BSc (Hons) or Animal Management BSc (Hons) at Merrist Wood College.
This programme is focused at learners who wish to work with companion and domestic species such as cats and dogs, e.g. behaviour and training roles, or rescue and rehoming centres. Or set up their own business within the animal industry offering services such as dog walking and pet sitting, in addition to behaviour services.
The minimum entry qualifications for the programme are:
From A levels: 64 UCAS points normally in science based subjects
BTEC: 64 UCAS points normally in science based subjects
Access Diploma: Pass
Plus:?English and maths GCSE Grade c/4 and it is advantageous to have a science (biology) or psychology.
A minimum IELTS score of 6, TOEFL equivalent is required for those for whom English is not their first language.
These entry requirements are subject to change.
You are advised to ensure that anti-tetanus protection via a course of injections or booster is up to date prior to the commencement of the course. You should also ensure that you have adequate clothing for outdoor work in inclement weather. Fees shown are per year. Please contact the College if you require further information.
The academic regulations for this programme can be found on Kingston University’s website
Terms and conditions for enrolment can be found on our website
Applicants should apply through the UCAS (the Universities and Colleges Admissions Service) website. This includes students already at Merrist Wood College. All courses will be listed under Activate Learning on the UCAS website.
How to apply
Applicants should apply through the UCAS (the Universities and Colleges Admissions Service) website. All courses will be listed under Activate Learning on the UCAS website.