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Landbased, Environmental and Animal Care

Study at a specialised land-based campus, and gain expert skills and practical knowledge on our unique courses.

Animal management students with buzzard

EKC Canterbury Spring Lane

Our campus on Spring Lane, located to the East of EKC Canterbury College, gives you opportunites you can’t get anywhere else.

Our facilities include:

  • Animal Management Unit
  • Greenhouse
  • Polytunnel
  • Orchard
  • Wildlife areas
  • Pond

Industry Links

Through our fantastic links with local employers, you can develop the knowledge and skills employers look for while on industry placements and social action projects.

Examples include Howletts Animal Park and UK Owl and Raptor Centre, who visited and gave our Animal Management students the fantastic opportunity to handle birds of prey, including hawks, eagles and owls.

Animal management's goat

Wide range of animals

At EKC Canterbury College, we have over 400 animals including reptiles, amphibians, fish, invertebrates, and small and large mammals in fully equipped, purpose-built animal centres.

Animal management student picking apples
Animal management students

Your Academic Journey

Throughout your studies in Land-based, Environmental and Animal Care, you can progress to a wide range of courses.

You can start with us aged 14 at our specialist EKC Canterbury Junior College, then take part in Further Education at 16-18, before moving onto University Level courses such as a BSc at 19+.

If you study Higher Education with us, you can gain access to a unique range of opportunities such as going on Safari in South Africa.

How you apply for a course at Canterbury College

Step 1 – Find a subject you’re interested in

Whether its Landbased, Environmental or Animal Care courses you are looking at, explore your options and find the one that is right for you.

Step 2 – Apply

Apply via our website and online application portal.

Step 3 – Come to an interview

Be interviewed for your course at EKC Canterbury College by our dedicated team, who will find opportunites that are right for you.

Career prospects

Conservation professionals
Annual pay
Annual pay is per year, based on full-time employment and on the South East region.
Role description
Conservation professionals are responsible for ensuring that landscapes, habitats and species are protected and enhanced via appropriate management and conservation. They promote public understanding and awareness of the natural environment and help to develop and implement appropriate policies to achieve these objectives.
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Ellen Tribley holding award from the U18 National Championships

The support from my tutors has been amazing, helping me succeed at my academic goals and my personal goals too.

Junior College student, upon winning the U18 Girls 2023 Lexus Wheelchair Tennis
Animal management Mia Giles with a ferret

I get to work with so many different animals on my course and the facilities are really good. We have a lot more independence compared to school and have really supportive tutors.

Animal Management student

We’re part of six community-based colleges

Our mission is to play a leading role for East Kent in developing the economic and social prosperity of the diverse communities we serve.