BSc (Hons) Animal Management and Wildlife Conservation

Course Details

  • Start Date
    September 2019
  • Duration
    3 years
  • Attendance
    Full Time
  • Awarding Body
    The Open University
  • Cost
    £ 7800.00 per year
  • Centre Location
  • Course Description

    This is a broad-based programme for anyone interested in developing multidisciplinary skills within the animal management or conservation areas. It is also for people already working in the industry who wish to enhance their career prospects.

    The course concentrates on aspects of animal management and wildlife conservation associated with the habitats, behaviour, welfare and conservation issues connected to a wide range of animals in captive and natural environments. The programme is delivered by experienced teaching staff with a wide range of industry experience at University Centre Somerset’s Cannington campus.

    In addition there are a range of facilities available to support studies such as an extensive animal collection, college farm, equestrian centre and local environmental habitats such as Steart, one of the UK’s largest wetland habitats. 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.

    Example modules include:

    Ecological Principles & Habitat Management

    Experimental Design & Analysis

    Enclosure and Enrichment Design

    Global Conservation & Visitor Management

    Evolution & Behavioural Ecology


    Psychology of Captive and Wild Animals

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  • Teaching and Assessment

    Teaching methods will mainly involve a combination of coursework and reports, case studies, written examinations, oral presentations and dissertation. 

  • Career Progression

    The course could help learners gain employment within an animal welfare establishment, zoological collection, wildlife organisation or animal production facility. In addition, upon completion of the BSc (Hons), a Master's Degree or PhD could be an option. Graduates could progress to an MSc in Animal Behaviour or Zoo/Primate Conservation.

    Previous graduates have gained employment within a variety of zoological institutions, wildlife rehabilitation centres, local wildlife sanctuaries and animal production facilities. Additionally, some individuals have gained employment as research technicians or as lecturers in animal-based subjects.

  • Entry Requirements

    You will require a minimum of 80 UCAS tariff points from a full Level 3 qualification in a relevant subject area (including Access to Higher Education qualifications), and at least five GCSEs at grades A* - C, or Grade 4 including Maths and English. Mature applicants with relevant experience who do not have the stated entry requirements are encouraged to apply. 

  • Costs

    • PPE is required for practical's: steel toe-capped boots or wellingtons plus blue overalls are needed. They can be obtained from agricultural stores.
    • Text books will be recommended to support learning at the start of each module.
    • Optional trips and visits offered will incur additional costs.