Foundation Degree Applied Animal Management

Course Details

  • Start Date
    September 2018
  • Duration
    2 years
  • Attendance
    Full Time
  • Awarding Body
    Oxford Brookes University
  • Cost
  • Centre Location
  • Who is this course for?

    This is a broad-based programme for anyone interested in working within the animal management or science professions. It is also for people already working the industry who wish to enhance their career prospects. The course concentrates on aspects of animal management such as behaviour, health and welfare in domestic, production or zoological animal collections.

  • Course Description

    This higher level programme develops academic knowledge in conjunction with practical skills within the field of animal management. Studies will be supported with the use of the extensive animal management collection at the Cannington Centre. In addition, links with industry are maintained through work-based learning placements and projects. Each year there is the opportunity to explore the animal industry and zoological institutions by participating in various day trips and/or an overnight study tour. 

    Each year learners will study six core modules and one optional module:

    Modules in year 1 include:

    • Animal anatomy and physiology
    • Applied animal management
    • Animal husbandry and nutrition
    • Animal health and welfare
    • Laboratory and veterinary analytical techniques
    • Business in the workplace including WBL
    • Practical conservation skills (option)
    • Applied field studies (option)

    Modules in year 2 include:

    • Genetics, reproduction and breeding
    • Animals in society
    • Habitat and environmental enrichment
    • Experimental design and analysis
    • Academic and professional development
    • Research project
    • Behavioural ecology (option)
    • Wetland and coastal management (option)

    Placements/Work Placements

    The animal management industry requires people that have a range of practical skills. These are partially gained through a work based learning placement and can contribute to your employability post-course.

    In the first year learners will need to undertake 240 hours work based learning in a relevant animal-based organisation. Students will be expected to find their own placements but guidance will be provided at the start of the course. Past students have gained work based learning at local zoological organisations, rehabilitation centres and placements abroad.

  • Teaching and Assessment

    The modules are either assessed via 100% coursework or a combination of coursework and formal examination. Coursework comprises written/practical reports, in-class tests, case studies, essays, viva's oral presentations and posters. A second year project allows independent research in a topic of interest.

    Learners will attend college two days for 30 weeks full time or one day for 30 weeks part time per academic year. Additional self-study outside of college hours is expected. In the first year of the programme it is recommended that learners allow an additional day in order to complete work based learning hours

  • Progression Opportunities

    On successful completion of this course learners have the opportunity to progress onto the BSc (Hons) Applied Animal Management top-up which can be studied at University Centre Somerset, validated by Oxford Brookes University or undertake further study at a university of choice.

    Previous graduates have progressed internally to the BSc (Hons) top up programmes or have gained employment within a variety of zoological institutions, wildlife rehabilitation centres, local wildlife sanctuaries and animal production facilities.

  • Entry Requirements

    • Minimum of 48 UCAS points (or 120 on the old system) from a full level 3 qualification in a relevant subject area.
    • Plus at least 4 GCSE's at A* to C or 9 - 4 range including Maths, English and Science or level 2 equivalent.
    • Mature students with relevant experience are encouraged to apply.
  • Costs

    £7,000 per annum

    Additional Costs
    • PPE is required for practical's: Steel toe-capped boots or wellingtons plus blue overalls are needed. They can be obtained from agricultural stores.
    • Text books will be recommended to support learning at the start of each module.
    • Optional trips and visits offered will incur additional costs.