Foundation Degree in Animal Management (Behaviour and Welfare)
Full-time: 1 year
The course features:
- Member of British & Irish Association of Zoos and Aquariums (BIAZA)
- Purpose-built animal management training centre with £3 million upgrade
- Students will have the opportunity to engage in overseas field courses to a range of localities including southern Africa, South America and Europe
- Centre houses over 1,000 animals and 125 species including:
- Mammals: serval , tapirs, ring-tailed lemurs, porcupines, tamarins, otters, capybara, meerkats, and wallabies, among others
- Birds: birds of prey, chickens, ducks, finches, cockatiels, cockatoos, and budgerigars, among others.
- Reptiles: snakes, bearded dragons, tortoises and chameleons, among others
- Fish: a range of freshwater and marine fish.
- Invertebrates: tarantula, scorpions and insects Amphibians: frogs, toads and newts, among others.
- Foundation Degree in Animal Management (Behaviour and Welfare)
What will I study?
This course is designed for students who wish to enhance their academic/vocational study beyond the scope of a foundation degree (or equivalent), to include highly specialized learning specific to Animal Management with a behaviour and welfare focus, developing subject specialisms and skills applicable to industry.
As a student studying the animal management top-up, you will have access to the zoo-licensed animal centre facilities on campus, in which to undertake ad-hoc practical and research activities.
Additionally, students can expect an interactive and personable learning experience that draws upon the expertise of our team of dedicated staff, with whom students can engage in study through the use of our first class facilities on campus.
Students are expected to study and complete 120 credits, comprising five modules of study at this level. This will include a 40 credit Dissertation module, designed for students to showcase their skills through independent research, but also a diverse range of mandatory and optional modules to enable highly specialist, industry specific skills and knowledge to be developed.
At this level, students will both engage with and apply research-informed study concerning a range of disciplines associated with the successful captive management of exotic species. This will include themes in specialist realms of animal behaviour and intelligence, behavioural & physical rehabilitation zoo research and education, and advanced animal husbandry practices.
BSc (Hons) Top-Up, modules include:
Year 1 (Level 6)
- Animal Cognition
- Animal Social Behaviour
- Applications of Animal Behaviour for Conservation*1
- Animal Parasitology*1
- Scientific Communication & Zoo Education*1
- Animal Rehabilitation Therapies*2
- Behavioural Enrichment & Training*2
* Denotes optional modules. The number corresponds to the combination for selection.
† Dissertation is a double-weighted module, worth 40 credits. Therefore, only five modules are selected for study on this programme.
- Foundation Degree in Animal Management (Behaviour and Welfare).
- Postgraduate study or professional qualifications.
- Animal management
- Animal behaviour
- Rescue centre animal care
- Scientific research
- Animal welfare
- Zoo keeping
As a Higher Education student you will have two main costs to meet; your tuition fees and living costs.
Our full-time tuition fees for UK and EU students, entering University, can be found on the student finance page. These fees are charged for each academic year of a course and are set by the college annually.
If you are an international student or for the latest information on tuition fees visit the student finance page on our website.
Practical’s utilising the animal-based facilities on campus are largely restricted to ad-hoc activities associated with modules and the collection of data for the dissertation. As such, additional costs may include the purchase of Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) in order to undertake practical activities on the zoo, farm and other facilities. These should include at least one pair of overalls (preferably blue/green) and a pair of steel toe-capped work boots/wellington boots. Additionally, students may wish to purchase other suitable outdoor wear in preparation for bad weather (i.e. waterproof/windproof coat). The above items can be purchased either independently or through the College online shop. Please note that the purchasing of PPE should be undertaken in advance of enrolment onto the programme, as practical sessions may be facilitated from the start of the programme.
You may also have the opportunity to attend day trips or study tours within the UK and overseas. These trips vary each year and costs would be confirmed prior to booking. Examples of tours include 3 day visit to Edinburgh Zoo and Scottish National Museum costing £200 (not including personal expenses) in 2019.
Students may also wish to purchase their own personal copies of recommended set-texts to assist them with their studies. A full list of recommended text’s is made available prior to enrolment, however, our campus library boasts sufficient stocks of all major texts to support student learning, and the purchasing of texts is therefore not enforced.
- Boiler suit: £20-£30 OR UCR Polo shirt (£12)/UCR Sweatshirt (£16) + work trousers (£15-£20)
- Steel toe capped boots: from £30
- Lab coat: £13-£20
- USB drive: from £5
Prices of equipment are subject to change dependent on retailer.
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