BTEC Animal Management

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As anyone who has paid a visit to us will know, the Animal Management Centre at Bede's is both an incredible institution and a singular opportunity for young people to engage with the natural world.

We are one of only five Animal Management centers in Great Britain, and the only one not situated at an Agricultural or Horticultural College. This makes our course and facilities one-of-a-kind.

The Animal Management course at Bede's is a genuine alternative to A Levels. Open to Sixth Formers only, it is sometimes incorrectly seen as a 'soft option', but in reality the course is rigorous, hands-on, practical and accessible to anyone willing to work hard.

Our bespoke provision prepares pupils to become highly proficient, practical vets, and I say this as an ex-Zoo Manager with years of experience in the industry.

We cover the fundamentals of animal biology, farm livestock health and husbandry, exotic animal management, aquatics and aquarium management and zoo management too.

Twice a week Animal Management pupils also visit Drusillas Animal Wildlife Park, working with zoo directors and managers both theoretically and practically and taking on responsibilities for the direct care of many of the animals there.

Additionally, in lessons and as part of the Zoological Society, Bede's pupils takes a lead role in a diverse range of conservation efforts, working in partnership with Natural England, the Zoological Society of London, the People's Trust for Endangered Species, Bristol, Paignton and Chester zoos and the Sussex Wildlife Trust amongst others, breeding and caring for endangered species on the school site.

I do what I do because I believe that we all have an obligation as custodians of our environment to pass on a sense of responsibility for and connection to the natural world to the next generation.

Aside from this, making our pupils highly employable, with over half of our Animal Management alumni working in the field after they leave us, gives me an enormous sense of personal pride.

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Paul Juniper
I love enabling young people and helping them grow into themselves. The goal is to get them to a place where they can do whatever they want to with their lives.

Paul Juniper, Dorms Housemaster and Head of Animal Management

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    It’s very special to be at a school where I feel like I’m listened to. I wouldn't change a thing about it.

    Tilly Atherton, First Year Interviewed in 2016
  • Edmund Cudlipp, Lower Sixth

    People need to know that this is the future of independent schooling. It’s quite a unique place.

    Edmund Cudlipp, Lower Sixth Interviewed in 2014
  • Felicity Collins, Lower Fifth

    I want A and A* grades in every subject, so balancing my Academic passions with Riding can be very hard.

    Felicity Collins, Lower Fifth Interviewed in 2013
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BTEC Animal Management staff

I love enabling young people and helping them grow into themselves. The goal is to get them to a place where they can do whatever they want to with their lives.

Paul Juniper, Dorms Housemaster and Head of Animal Management

Teaching at Bede's allows me to share my lifelong interest in animals of all sorts. I am one of the privileged few whose hobby is also their job.

Peter Jones, Stud Housemaster and Teacher of Animal Management and Science