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Animal Management, Ecology and Conservation BSc (Hons)

Course Overview

This programme explores the interconnectedness between animals and their environment through theoretical and practical competencies, 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 habitat 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.

Ecological techniques relevant to monitoring species and their habitats are also undertaken.

The programme is delivered by teaching staff with a wide range of industry and research experience at University Centre Somerset’s Cannington campus. 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).

As part of your degree you will be required to undertake 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:

  • Management of Captive Animals
  • Animal Health
  • Enclosure and Enrichment Design
  • Evolution and Behavioural Ecology
  • Field and Behavioural Monitoring Techniques
  • Ecological Monitoring and Habitat Management
  • Animal Psychology.

You will be equipped with a range of skills securely underpinned by fundamental principles and theories of animal management/conservation with a clear application to industry and research. Enabling you to progress to the workplace and/or higher study, with access to an excellent range of facilities to support your learning and progression to the workplace and/or higher level studies/research.

You will have a support network that includes 1:1 and group tutorials for personal progress and an academic development programme for transferable skills at every level of study. Induction programmes and introductory coursework will provide upskilling and formative feedback on the academic standards reached.

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

Course Overview

Course Overview

This programme explores the interconnectedness between animals and their environment through theoretical and practical competencies, 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 habitat 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.

Ecological techniques relevant to monitoring species and their habitats are also undertaken.

The programme is delivered by teaching staff with a wide range of industry and research experience at University Centre Somerset’s Cannington campus. 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).

As part of your degree you will be required to undertake 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:

  • Management of Captive Animals
  • Animal Health
  • Enclosure and Enrichment Design
  • Evolution and Behavioural Ecology
  • Field and Behavioural Monitoring Techniques
  • Ecological Monitoring and Habitat Management
  • Animal Psychology.

You will be equipped with a range of skills securely underpinned by fundamental principles and theories of animal management/conservation with a clear application to industry and research. Enabling you to progress to the workplace and/or higher study, with access to an excellent range of facilities to support your learning and progression to the workplace and/or higher level studies/research.

You will have a support network that includes 1:1 and group tutorials for personal progress and an academic development programme for transferable skills at every level of study. Induction programmes and introductory coursework will provide upskilling and formative feedback on the academic standards reached.

Student Spotlight

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

The Animal Management Centre is great. It’s really well equipped and has loads of different species for us to learn about.

Assessment

Assessment Methods

The modules are either assessed via 100% coursework or a combination of coursework and time constrained essays. 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

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

Entry Requirements

Typically entrants will possess a minimum of 80 UCAS points from a full Level 3 qualification. Five GCSEs including English language, maths 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. Resources such as textbooks or statistical software will be recommended to support learning at the start of each module. Optional trips and visits offered will incur additional costs.

Policies and Regulations

April Open Evening – Cannington Campus

24th April 2024