Life Sciences

Including Animal Management, Equine Management and Vet Nursing

Our Life Sciences courses aim to prepare students for further study or employment within their relevant industry. Our Science course is designed to combine an in-depth study of biology, chemistry and physics, allowing you to develop your skills and knowledge in all three disciplines.

The Animal and Equine courses that we offer at Eccles Sixth Form College are well established with an extensive curriculum delivery that is underpinned by our outstanding facilities. We have one of the country’s most outstanding animal management centres over 250 different species. Those studying equine studies will spend some of their time taught by British Horse Society instructors at the renowned Ryders Farm Equestrian Centre, which has an indoor riding arena, cross country course and over 50 horses.  

Ms Fitzsimons 
Head of Department, Life Sciences

An experienced educational manager and teacher with over 25 years of experience working in Further Education, Ms Fitzsimons has a passion for supporting students to achieve and progress on their educational journey and make the most out of their valuable time at Eccles Sixth Form College. 

 Ms Acton 
Teacher of Applied Science

A teacher with over 20 years of experience, Ms Acton is an examiner in both Biology and Chemistry. She is passionate about encouraging more females into Science and has recently took part in a Women in Science International Day at the University of Manchester.

Ms Candela-Alfonso 
Curriculum Leader for Life Sciences

A former Zoo Keeper, Ms Candela-Alfonso joined the Life Sciences Team at Eccles Sixth Form College when we began teaching Animal Management 13 years ago.  Having completed conservation wok in Madagascar Ms Candela-Alfonso enjoys sharing her experience with her students. 

Ms Dalton 
Teacher of Veterinary Nursing

A registered Equine Veterinary Nurse with a BSc in Equine Science, Ms Dalton teachers on our Veterinary Nursing qualification at Eccles. She has a PGCE and a Masters in Professional Practice in Education. Outside of College she enjoys training her rescue Labrador ‘Tia’.

Ms Hughes 
Teacher of Animal Management & Applied Science

With over 11 years of teaching experience, Ms Hughes has a BSc(Hons) in Psychology Biology, having studied animal behaviour and horse enrichment. Previously, Ms Hughes has worked at Knowsley Safari Park teaching visitors in the ‘Safari School’ about conservation. 

Ms Kenny 
Curriculum Leader for Life Sciences

Qualified as a BHSAI with a BSc(Hons) in Equine Science and a PGCE, Mrs Kenny has a huge passion for animals and horses, having grow up around horses from a very young age. Outside of work, Ms Kenny enjoys spending her time taking care of her horse. 


Ms Kilburn 
Teacher of Animal Management

After completing a BSc(Hons) in Animal Behaviour and Welfare, Ms Kilburn began a career teaching at Eccles Sixth Form College. She has worked with a wide range of animals and enjoys passing on her knowledge and experience to her students.  

Ms Magari 
Teacher of Animal Management & Equine Management

Qualified as a BHSAI with BA(Hons) in Equine Management, Ms Magari completed her degree while undertaking her BHS Stage exams. She later completed her PGCE with the University Centre at Salford City College before joining the Life Sciences Department at Eccles Sixth Form. 

Ms McCarthy 
Teacher of Animal Management 

Ms McCarthy has a BSc in Biology and a passion for everything animal or farm related. she has a keen interest in genetics, especially inheritance of coat colours and markings that she enjoys sharing with her students. In her spare time, she takes care of her horses and dog ‘Elsie’.

Ms Morgan 
Teacher of Animal Management

Prior to Teaching, Ms Morgan worked at Eccles Sixth Form college as an Animal Keeper after competing her degree in Equine Science. Ms Morgan has a wealth of knowledge and experience that she enjoys sharing with her students.


Ms Niven 
Teacher of Animal Management & Veterinary Nursing

Ms Niven registered as a Veterinary Nurse in 1998; she has worked in small and mixed animal practice. Ms Niven completed her degree in Biology in 2010 and is currently studying with Edinburgh University towards an MSc in Veterinary Anesthesia.

Mr Smith 
Teacher of Animal Management

Before teaching, Mr Smith worked at Chester zoo delivering conservation talks to the public. He studied at MMU, receiving a BSc in Biology and a MSc in Animal Behaviour. Mr Smith’s expertise focuses on the behaviour of Primates and Big cats. He has also conducted field research in Tanzania.

Ms Warren 
Curriculum Leader for Life Sciences

A former Zoo Keeper with a BSc in Zoology, Ms Warren completed her PGCE before entering a career in teaching. Her primary interests include the conservation of the European hedgehog and reducing the impact of the ornamental aquatics trade on marine life.  

Ms Wilcox-Wood 
Teacher of Veterinary Nursing

Ms Wilcox-Wood registered as a Veterinary Nurse in 2003 a; she has worked in Small animal practices across Manchester. In 2017 she achieved BA(Hons) in Education and is currently working towards a Masters in Education with The University of Huddersfield.