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Animal Management and Wildlife Conservation BSc (Hons)

Course Overview

This programme explores the interconnectedness between animals and their environment through theoretical and practical competences, related to both research and industry settings. It is a broad-based programme that investigates the diverse relationships between captive or wild animal situations in relation to a range of management and conservation strategies. Being able to develop ecosystems or environments that monitor biodiversity or enrich an animal’s wellbeing is key knowledge that is examined at a national and international level to give a global perspective.

The programme is delivered by teaching staff with a wide range of industry and research experience at University Centre Somerset’s Cannington campus. In addition, there are a range of facilities available to further support academic studies, such as an extensive animal collection and access to local environments such as the UK’s largest wetland habitat, Steart Marshes (WWT).

In addition, there are a range of facilities available to support academic studies such as an extensive animal collection, and local environmental habitats such as Steart Marshes (WWT), which is one of the UK’s largest wetland habitats.

As part of your course, you will be required to undertake a minimum of 150 hours’ work experience in the first year in an industry-related business. In addition, a variety of optional visits to external organisations aid the development of existing skill sets.

The modules studied may include:

  • Field and Behavioural Monitoring Techniques
  • Animal Health Diagnostics
  • Psychology of Animals: Captive, Companion and Wild
  • Enclosure and Enrichment Design
  • Wildlife Conservation and Environmental Surveying
  • British Wildlife and Rehabilitation of Animals
  • Dissertation

Apply for Animal Management and Wildlife Conservation BSc (Hons) via UCAS

Course Overview

Course Overview

This programme explores the interconnectedness between animals and their environment through theoretical and practical competences, related to both research and industry settings. It is a broad-based programme that investigates the diverse relationships between captive or wild animal situations in relation to a range of management and conservation strategies. Being able to develop ecosystems or environments that monitor biodiversity or enrich an animal’s wellbeing is key knowledge that is examined at a national and international level to give a global perspective.

The programme is delivered by teaching staff with a wide range of industry and research experience at University Centre Somerset’s Cannington campus. In addition, there are a range of facilities available to further support academic studies, such as an extensive animal collection and access to local environments such as the UK’s largest wetland habitat, Steart Marshes (WWT).

In addition, there are a range of facilities available to support academic studies such as an extensive animal collection, and local environmental habitats such as Steart Marshes (WWT), which is one of the UK’s largest wetland habitats.

As part of your course, you will be required to undertake a minimum of 150 hours’ work experience in the first year in an industry-related business. In addition, a variety of optional visits to external organisations aid the development of existing skill sets.

The modules studied may include:

  • Field and Behavioural Monitoring Techniques
  • Animal Health Diagnostics
  • Psychology of Animals: Captive, Companion and Wild
  • Enclosure and Enrichment Design
  • Wildlife Conservation and Environmental Surveying
  • British Wildlife and Rehabilitation of Animals
  • Dissertation

Student Spotlight

Ben Bidmead, Animal Management and Wildlife Conservation BSc (Hons)

After working full-time in hospitality, I decided to follow my passion for conservation and wildlife and study at UCS. The course is preparing me brilliantly for a career in this sector.

Assessment

Assessment Methods

The modules are either assessed via 100% coursework or a combination of coursework and formal examination. Coursework could include written/practical reports, case studies, essays, oral presentations, posters or a project (Level 5) and dissertation (Level 6) both of which allow independent research in a topic of interest, developed with staff on the programme.

Entry Requirements and Progression

Progression

The course could help learners gain employment within an animal establishment, zoological collection, wildlife organisation or conservation body. In addition, upon completion of the BSc (Hons), a Masters Degree or PhD could be an option. Graduates could progress to an MSc in Animal Behaviour or Primate/Wildlife/Zoo Conservation or Countryside Management.

Entry Requirements

Typically entrants will possess:

  • A minimum of 80 UCAS points from a full Level 3 qualification
  • Five GCSEs including English language, mathematics and science at grade 4 and above, or recognised equivalent.

Additional Equipment Required

  • PPE is required for practicals on the animal unit: steel toe-capped boots or wellingtons plus blue overalls are needed. They can be obtained from agricultural stores
  • Waterproof clothing, sensible walking boots and high visibility jackets may be 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.

There may be the opportunity to study our full-time courses on a part-time basis, please contact us to discuss.

Fees

The current fee for 2020/21 entry to this course is £7,800* per academic year of study.

The fee for 2021/22 entry to this course will be set during Spring 2021.

For more information regarding course fees, please read our ‘Fees and Funding’ page.

*Fees are subject to review annually. The fees for existing students may be increased annually in line with the Retail Price Index.

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Bridgwater Graduation 2020

12th March 2021