This course will run subject to validation.
This is a broad-based programme for anyone interested in developing multidisciplinary skills within the animal management or conservation areas. It is also for people already working the industry who wish to enhance their career prospects.
The course concentrates on aspects of animal management and wildlife conservation associated with the habitats, behaviour, welfare and conservation issues connected to a wide range of animals in captive and natural environments. The programme is delivered by experienced teaching staff with a wide range of industry experience at University Centre Somerset’s Cannington campus.
In addition there are a range of facilities available to support studies such as an extensive animal collection, college farm, equestrian centre and local environmental habitats such as Steart, one of the UK’s largest wetland habitats. Importantly you will be able to develop a wide range of practical skills such as behavioural monitoring, environmental/species surveying and captive enclosure management in order that you may be able to contribute to a range of management and conservation situations.
Example modules include:
Ecological Principals & Habitat Management
Experimental Design & Analysis
Enclosure and Enrichment Design
Global Conservation & Visitor Management
Evolution & Behavioural Ecology
Psychology of Captive and Wild Animals
Teaching and Assessment
Teaching methods will mainly involve a combination of coursework and reports, case studies, written examinations, oral presentations and dissertation.
The course could help learners gain employment within an animal welfare establishment, zoological collection, wildlife organisation or animal production facility. In addition, upon completion of the BSc (Hons), a Master's Degree or PhD could be an option. Graduates could progress to an MSc in Animal Behaviour or Zoo/Primate Conservation.
Previous graduates have gained employment within a variety of zoological institutions, wildlife rehabilitation centres, local wildlife sanctuaries and animal production facilities. Additionally, some individuals have gained employment as research technicians or as lecturers in animal-based subjects.
You will require a minimum of 80 UCAS tariff points from a full Level 3 qualification in a relevant subject area (including Access to Higher Education qualifications), and at least five GCSEs at grades A* - C, or Grade 4 including Maths and English. Mature applicants with relevant experience who do not have the stated entry requirements are encouraged to apply.