This course will run subject to validation.
This is a broad-based programme for anyone interested in developing multi-disciplinary skills within the animal management or conservation areas. It is also for people already working 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 Principals & Habitat Management
Animal Health Forensics
Management & Conservation of Mammals
Management & Conservation of Exotics (option)
Experimental Design & Analysis
Global Conservation & Visitor Management
Evolution & Behavioural Ecology
Teaching and Assessment
Teaching methods will mainly involve a combination of coursework and reports, case studies, written examinations, oral presentations, vivas, practical assessments and in-class tests, as well as work-based learning.
On successful completion of this course learners have the opportunity to progress onto the BSc (Hons) Animal Management & Wildlife Conservation degree top-up which can be studied at University Centre Somerset, validated by the Open University or learners can choose to study further at a university of choice.
Graduates could gain employment within a variety of countryside and conservation bodies, wildlife organisations, educational roles and voluntary bodies.