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Animal Management, Ecology and Conservation Foundation Degree

Course Overview

This broad-based programme investigates management, ecology and conservation of animal species and their habitats using 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 ecological impacts.

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

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 of Captive Animals
  • Applied Animal Welfare and Ethics
  • Ecological Principles and Habitats
  • Enclosure and Enrichment Design
  • Evolution and Behavioural Ecology.

You will be equipped with a range of skills securely underpinned by fundamental principles and theories of animal management, ecology and 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.

Apply for Animal Management, Ecology and Conservation Foundation Degree via UCAS

Course Overview

Course Overview

This broad-based programme investigates management, ecology and conservation of animal species and their habitats using 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 ecological impacts.

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

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 of Captive Animals
  • Applied Animal Welfare and Ethics
  • Ecological Principles and Habitats
  • Enclosure and Enrichment Design
  • Evolution and Behavioural Ecology.

You will be equipped with a range of skills securely underpinned by fundamental principles and theories of animal management, ecology and 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.

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

Entry Requirements and Progression

Progression

On successful completion, learners have the opportunity to progress on to the BSc (Hons) Animal Management and Wildlife Conservation Top-up, which can be studied at University Centre Somerset, validated by The Open University, or to 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 
  • Resources such as text books 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