Foundation Degree Animal Conservation

Course Details

  • Start Date
    September 2018
  • Duration
    2 years
  • Attendance
    Full Time
  • Awarding Body
    Oxford Brookes University
  • Cost
    £ 7000.00 per year
  • Centre Location
    Cannington
  • Who is this course for?

    This is a broad-based programme for anyone interested in working within an animal conservation profession. It is also for people already working the industry who wish to enhance their career prospects.

    Learners will be expected to have an interest in specific animal populations.

  • Course Description

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

    Facilities at the College include the extensive Animal Management CentreRodway Farm and the College estate. The qualification has been designed in collaboration with industry ensuring that you will develop the necessary skills and knowledge for employment.

    The course initially concentrates on aspects of animal conservation such as animal surveying, ecology and habitats at local, national and international levels. In addition it explores the possible conflict between man and animals through areas such as ecotourism, legislation and environmental strategies. 

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

     Modules in year 1 include:

    • Ecological principles
    • Applied animal management
    • Introduction to habitats
    • Global biodiversity and conservation
    • Applied field studies
    • Business in the workplace including WBL
    • Practical conservation skills (option)
    • Biological classification and evolution (option) 

    Modules in year 2 include:

    • Conservation and tourism
    • Behavioural ecology
    • Animal conservation; legislation and ethics
    • Experimental design and analysis
    • Academic and professional development
    • Research project
    • Habitat and environmental enrichment (option)
    • Environmental science (option)

    Placements/Work Placements

    The animal conservation 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 conservation-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 conservation organisations, wildlife rehabilitation centres and placements abroad.


  • Teaching and Assessment

    Learners will attend 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 one day a week in order to complete work based learning hours.

    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.


  • Progression Opportunities

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

  • Career Progression

    Graduates could gain employment within a variety of countryside and conservation bodies, wildlife organisations, educational roles and voluntary bodies.

  • 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 maybe needed. They can be obtained from agricultural stores.
    • Waterproof clothing, sensible walking boots, binoculars and high visibility jackets maybe required for working in external environments.
    • Text books will be recommended to support learning at the start of each module. 
    • Optional trips and visits offered will incur additional costs.