Animal Management Courses in Hertfordshire

If you are interested in working with animals, we offer a range of courses for all abilities which can prepare you for employment or university.  

You'll spend most of your time in the Habitat Centre, our animal care unit. You'll learn about the care and management of a wide range of species including exotic animals such as bearded dragons and snakes to calves, pigs, goats and alpacas.

Each year students take part in lambing on our working farm, working in shifts to make sure lambs and ewes are healthy and happy.

Aneesa Kiani Head of Land Based Industries
"I enjoy working with the teams and developing further innovative and exciting opportunities for our students. In my short space at Oaklands College I have witnessed outstanding industry led opportunities for the students here. The staff are ever so passionate about getting the best for their student’s. One of the brilliant ideas I will be driving in both areas is  “farm to fork” an idea my Co-ordinator shared upon my first day here. I will be working with my teams to support a lot more interdisciplinary activities making sure our students keep getting the best professional, industry oriented standards  developing them with future employable skills."



Aneesa Kiani

  • Working with animals based at our campus at every course level
  • Work experience available at local animal centres, such as ZSL Whipsnade Zoo
  • Many of our courses prepare students for progression directly into industry

The Habitat Centre houses over 200 animals and this is where our students gain practical experience in handling and husbandry.  Current  residents include marmosets, rabbits, aquatics, birds and reptiles. Learn more about the Habitat Centre Here

Our teaching staff have a wide range of experience, sharing best practice in veterinary surgery and nursing and animal charities with the students.

All of our full time programmes include opportunities to support and enhance your learning so that you can achieve your goals and ambitions. Students enrol on a Study Programme which individualises their education whilst enhancing their employability skills.

A Study programme is made up of four key elements which includes a main vocational qualification, the development of English and maths through the study of GCSE’s or Functional Skills, Work-related learning through work experience and Personal Development Reviews.

Find a course to suit you from the list below. If you get stuck, don’t worry, help is at hand just call us on 01727 737000 or email info@oaklands.ac.uk

  • Full TimeFull time
  • Duration1YR 1 Year
  • 2Full Level 2
  • SSt Albans Campus
  • Full TimeFull time
  • Duration2YR 2 Year
  • 3Full Level 3
  • SSt Albans Campus
  • Full TimePart TimeFull / Part Time
  • Duration1YR 1 Year
  • SSt Albans Campus
  • Full TimeFull time
  • Duration1YR 1 Year
  • SSt Albans Campus

Foundation Degrees

This is a nationally-recognised degree qualification in its own right, and can also lead onto the final year of an Honours Degree programme. At Oaklands College we deliver foundation degrees validated by University of Hertfordshire. 

  • Learning Resource Centre – open 24 hours a day, seven days a week, during term time
  • Sports Village – take advantage of excellent health, fitness and swimming facilities
  • StudyNet – a virtual learning environment providing online course materials
  • Students' Union – join a club, meet new people and enjoy a taste of university life
This foundation programme is suspended for 2019/20

Future Opportunities 

Click below for more information on what you can do with your Animal Management qualification.

Have a look through our Habitat Centre where you'll study and work with our animals. 

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