Who is this course for?
This is an ideal programme for graduates of an animal based foundation degree or HND wishing to further their study to gain a full honours degree. This course concentrates on aspects of animal psychology, health and welfare in domestic, production or zoological animal collections. In addition, learners will also undertake research in an area of their interest. This qualification provides graduates with the potential for employment in a range of animal management professions and aims to develop management skills and knowledge, alongside research techniques and evaluative thinking.
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 can be maintained through student led dissertation topics. Each year there is the opportunity to explore the animal industry and zoological institutions by participating in various optional day trips and/or an overnight study tour.
During the programme learners will study five core modules and one optional module:
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 dissertation allows independent research in a topic of interest, developed with staff on the programme.
Learners will attend college two days a week.
Additional self-study outside of college hours is expected. It is recommended that learners allow an additional day in order to complete dissertation research.
The course could help learners gain employment as a within an animal welfare establishment, zoological collection, wildlife organisation or animal production facility. In addition, upon completion of the BSc (Hons) top-up, 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.
A foundation degree or HND in a related subject, 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.