Animal Care - HNC


26 Aug 2024


13 Jun 2025

You will study topics including Animal Behaviour and Welfare, Companion Animal Anatomy and Physiology, Companion Animal Handling and First Aid, Small Animal Health and Disease, and Small Animal Nutrition. In practical classes you will undertake routine health care, feeding and handling techniques with a range of small animals.Core Skills for working in the land-based industry may be a timetabled part of this course.Please read the Important Notice at

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HNC in Animal Care at SCQF Level 7


Full-time 36 week course, 2 days per week in College , 1 or 2 days per week on placement ,


Newtown St Boswells Campus

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Entry requirements

Internal applicants: Must have excelled in NC Animal Care, and demonstrate a strong passion for Animal Care and an ability to study at SCQF level 7. External applicants: Two Highers (or equivalent) in 'academic' subjects at grade C or above (ideally one science subject). Applicants with an NC from another college will be subject to an Animal Care skills test.

Progression opportunities

Successful students showing a high degree of motivation may apply to higher education to study veterinary nursing or zoology. Examples of possible employment opportunities include careers with SSPCA, boarding establishments, managing animal related businesses or working in a veterinary practice.


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