BSc (Hons) Animal Management and Wildlife Conservation Top-up

Course Details

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

    This is an ideal programme for graduates of an animal or conservation based foundation degree or HND wishing to further their study to gain a full honours degree. This course concentrates on aspects of animal psychology, wildlife conservation and habitat monitoring. In addition, you will also undertake research in an area of your interest. This qualification provides graduates with the potential for employment in a range of animal management and conservation professions and aims to develop management skills and knowledge, alongside research techniques and evaluative thinking.

    What will I study?

    Modules could include:


    • Dissertation
    • Psychology of Animals: Captive, Companion and Wild
    • Wildlife Conservation and Environmental Surveying
    • British Wildlife and Rehabilitation of Animals
    • Behavioural Management: Domestic and Zoological Animals (Option)
    • Sustainability and Habitat Project Management (Option)

    What makes this course special?

    The programme is delivered by experienced teaching staff with a wide range of industry experience at Bridgwater and Taunton College’s Cannington Campus. This qualification provides graduates with the potential for employment in a range of animal or countryside or conservation professions. It aims to develop management skills and knowledge, alongside research methods, practical techniques and evaluative thinking. In addition there are a range of facilities available to support academic studies such as an extensive animal collection, and local environmental habitats such as Steart Marshes (WWT), which one of the UK’s largest wetland habitats. Importantly you will be able to develop a wide range of practical skills such as environmental surveying and behavioural modification in order that you may be able to contribute to a range of management and conservation situations.
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  • Teaching and Assessment

    The modules are either assessed via 100% coursework or a combination of coursework and formal examination.

    Coursework could comprise of:

    • written/practical reports;
    • in-class tests;
    • case studies;
    • essays;
    • viva’s ;
    • oral presentations;
    • posters;
    • dissertation: which allows independent research in a topic of interest, developed with staff on the programme.
  • Progression Opportunities

     The course could help learners gain employment as a within an animal establishment, zoological collection, wildlife organisation or conservation body. In addition, upon successful completion of the BSc (Hons) Top-up, a Master’s Degree or PhD could be an option. Graduates could progress to a MSc in Animal Behaviour or Primate/Wildlife/Zoo Conservation or Countryside Management.

  • Career Progression

    Graduates of previous animal management and conservation programmes have gained employment within a variety of zoological institutions, wildlife rehabilitation centres, local wildlife sanctuaries and conservation organisations. Additionally, some individuals have gained employment as research technicians or as lecturers in animal/conservation-based subjects.

  • Entry Requirements

    A complete level 5 qualification with all modules at a pass or above e.g. FdSc or HND in a relevant topic.


    5 GCSE’s including English language, mathematics and science to a minimum of Grade C (or 9 to 4) are required.

  • Costs

    Are there any additional costs for the course?

    • PPE is required for practical’s: Steel toe-capped boots or wellingtons plus blue overalls are needed. They can be obtained from agricultural stores.
    • Waterproof clothing, sensible walking boots, binoculars and high visibility jackets maybe required for working in external environments.
    • Text books will be recommended to support learning at the start of each module.
    • Optional trips and visits offered will incur additional costs.


  • Who to contact with your questions

    • For application enquiries please contact our Course Enquiries Team on 01278 441234 or email
  • Meet your lecturers

    • If you wish to gain more information about the programme, please contact the Course Leader Rachel Legg-Wilde on