Foundation Degree in Animal Management (Zoo Management)
Full-time: 1 year
The course features:
- British & Irish Association of Zoos and Aquariums (BIAZA) Zoo
- Purpose-built Animal Management Training Centre with £3 million upgrade, housing over 1,000 animals and 125 species including:
- Mammals: serval, civet, tapir, ring-tailed lemurs, porcupines, tamarins, otters, capybara, meerkats, and wallabies, among others
- Birds: owls, hawks, ducks, finches, parrots, and budgerigars and more
- Reptiles: snakes, bearded dragons, tortoises, and turtles and more
- Amphibians: dart frogs, tree frogs and newts
- Fish: a range of freshwater and marine fish
- Invertebrates: tarantulas, beetles, and millipedes and more
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 wildlife conservation and zoo management, developing expertise and professional skills for industry application.
As a student studying the zoo 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 personal 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, but also via overseas study opportunities.
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 conservation management, zoo research and education, and advanced animal husbandry practices.
BSc (Hons) Top-Up, modules include:
Year 1 (Level 6)
- Zoo Animal Enclosure Design
- Behavioural Enrichment & Training
- Conservation Education*
- Environmental Sustainability & Natural Resource Management
- Biology & Conservation of Mammals*
- Biology & Conservation of Birds*
- Biology & Conservation of Herpetofauna*
* Denotes optional modules.
† Dissertation is a double-weighted module, worth 40 credits. Therefore, only five modules are selected for study on this programme.
- Successful completion of an FdSc programme (or equivalent qualification) in Zoo Management or closely related subject
- Postgraduate study or professional qualifications.
- This course is designed for students aspiring to a career working with exotic species
- Zoological collections
- Wildlife management
- Conservation and ecology
- Scientific research
- Conservation education
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.
You may 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 texts is made available prior to enrolment, however, our campus library boasts sufficient stocks of all major texts to support student learning, frequently in e-book format, and the purchasing of texts is therefore not enforced.
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- Steel toe capped boots: from £30
- Lab coat: £13-£20
- USB drive: from £5
Prices of equipment are subject to change dependent on retailer.
The support system at University Centre Reaseheath is fantastic. The lecturers never stop caring, always want you to excel and take the time to support you with your assignments. That support added most to my experience.
Charlotte Daniels BSc (Hons) Zoo Management
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