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Animal Management and Wildlife Conservation Foundation Degree

Course Overview

This broad-based programme investigates management and conservation of animal species in relation to theoretical knowledge, background research and industry-recognised skills. Modules explore the interconnectedness between animal behaviour, habitats and human impact at local, national and international levels, developing a rounded awareness of industry perspectives and impacts.

Experienced staff support your studies with the use of the extensive animal management collection at the Cannington campus alongside visits to external environments such Steart Marshes (WWT).

In addition, links with industry are maintained through work-based learning placements and projects. 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.

The modules studied may include:

  • Management and Conservation of Mammals
  • Ecological Principles and Habitat Management
  • Enclosure and Enrichment Design
  • Evolution and Behavioural Ecology
  • Applied Animal Welfare and Ethics

Apply for Animal Management and Wildlife Conservation Foundation Degree via UCAS

Course Overview

Course Overview

This broad-based programme investigates management and conservation of animal species in relation to theoretical knowledge, background research and industry-recognised skills. Modules explore the interconnectedness between animal behaviour, habitats and human impact at local, national and international levels, developing a rounded awareness of industry perspectives and impacts.

Experienced staff support your studies with the use of the extensive animal management collection at the Cannington campus alongside visits to external environments such Steart Marshes (WWT).

In addition, links with industry are maintained through work-based learning placements and projects. 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.

The modules studied may include:

  • Management and Conservation of Mammals
  • Ecological Principles and Habitat Management
  • Enclosure and Enrichment Design
  • Evolution and Behavioural Ecology
  • Applied Animal Welfare and Ethics

Student Spotlight

Nic Martin, Animal Management and Wildlife ConservationFoundation Degree

I want to be a zookeeper when I finish my training, and I’m getting all the input I need to realise that ambition. A work-experience placement at Tropiquaria Zoo has really helped build my practical skills.

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 which allows independent research in a topic of interest, developed with staff on the programme.

Entry Requirements and Progression

Progression

On successful completion of this course learners have the opportunity to progress on to the Animal Management and Wildlife Conservation BSc (Hons) Top-up, which can be studied at University Centre Somerset, validated by The Open University, or undertake further study elsewhere.

Entry Requirements

Typically entrants will possess:

  • A minimum of 64 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.

Fees

The fee for 2021/22 entry to this course is £7,800* per academic year of study

The fee for 2022/23 entry to this course will be set during Spring 2022.

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

Additonal costs:

  • PPE is required for practicals on the animal unit: steel toe-capped boots or wellingtons plus blue overalls. These can be obtained from agricultural stores
  • Waterproof clothing, sensible walking boots and high visibility jackets may be required for working in external environments
  • Textbooks will be recommended to support learning at the start of each module
  • Optional trips and visits.
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