72 UCAS points
Full-time: 4 years
Throughout your first year of study, you will cover a range of topics such as an introduction to environmental science and animal form and function, along with enhancing your numeracy skills through practical data handling and analysis. Through hands-on sessions in our licensed zoo, you will explore key principles in animal husbandry, including animal health and welfare, enclosure design, nutrition and feeding.
You will also study vital scientific principles in the animal sciences such as cell types, genetic principles and inheritance, working in our dedicated science laboratories. Your second, third and fourth years will cover the same modules as the BSc (Hons) Wildlife Conservation and Ecology.
The course features:
- Ready access to a diverse rural green space across the campus, which boasts a convergent mix of habitat and native wildlife species with which to study.
- Opportunities to engage in meaningful conservation project work within the local community.
- Opportunities to engage in overseas field courses to a range of localities including Southern Africa, South America and Europe.
Please note: Students are based at Reaseheath for the duration of this course. For students wishing to live in, you will live in Halls of Residence at Reaseheath College during your first year.
What will I study?
- Academic Skills for the Animal Sciences
- Introduction to Environmental Science
- Introduction to Data Handling & Analysis
- Practical Skills in Animal Husbandry
- Scientific Principles in the Animal Sciences
- Animal Form & Function
- A minimum of 72 tariff points from A & AS levels (a Science subject is preferred)
- Pearson BTEC Level 3 National Extended Diploma (first teaching from September 2016) –A minimum of grade MMP in Applied Science or Animal Care/Management
- Pearson BTEC Level 3 National Diploma (first teaching from September 2016) – A minimum grade DM in Applied Science or Animal Care/Management
- City & Guilds Level 3 Technical Advanced Extended Diploma (1080 – first awarded in 2019) – a minimum of grade MMP in Applied Science or Animal Care/Management
- City & Guilds Level 3 Advanced Technical Extended Diploma (720 – first awarded in 2019) – a minimum of grade DM in Applied Science or Animal Care/Management
- Access to HE – a minimum of 72 tariff points
- Mature students (aged 21+) will be considered on an individual basis on their prior knowledge and experience. This may be assessed by interview, completion of coursework/essay or other methods. There may be a requirement for a formal qualification to be completed first e.g. Access to HE course
- MSc Wildlife Conservation or other postgraduate study or professional qualifications.
- Native species management
- Wildlife management
- Wildlife trusts
- Wildlife rehabilitation
- Wildlife research.
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.
Additional costs may include the purchase of suitable outdoor wear for practical activities, both on our Animal Centre/Zoo and out around the wider campus. This may include overalls and steel toe-capped work boots, walking boots, wellington boots, waterproof/windproof coat, waterproof trousers. Additionally, students may wish to purchase a pair of binoculars to assist them with species identification whilst undertaking practicals. A full suggested kit list is available upon request.
Students will be offered the chance to engage in both domestic and overseas learning opportunities with which to enhance their classroom-based learning experience. Here, students will have the option to undertake overseas study for academic credit in year 2 of the programme, or simply participate for experiential purposes. These may include opportunities to study zoological collections in Europe, but also undertaking conservation field courses within locations such as Southern Africa, South America and the UK.
The main emphasis placed on these field courses is the development of professional, industry relevant skills and the application of students’ knowledge in a novel, stimulating, yet challenging environment. Costs associated with the field courses range from £500 – £1200 (UK), and between £2,200 – £3,000 (South America & Southern Africa). Please note that precise pricing of all field courses is subject to change, pending availability and recruitment.
- 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.
Despite the hard work needed to complete my degree, it was some of the best years of my life.
Katie Adams BSc (Hons) in Wildlife Conservation and Ecology
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