Foundation Degree Animal Management and Wildlife Conservation

Course Details

  • Start Date
    September 2019
  • Duration
    2 years
  • Attendance
    Full Time
  • Awarding Body
    The Open University
  • Cost
    TBC
  • Centre Location
    Cannington
  • Course Description

    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. 

  • Progression Opportunities

    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.

  • Career Progression

    Graduates could gain employment within a variety of countryside and conservation bodies, wildlife organisations, educational roles and voluntary bodies.

  • Entry Requirements

    You will require a minimum of 64 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.