Animal Science With Animal Behaviour FdSc

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Location South Staffordshire College - Rodbaston Site
Duration 4 Years
Course start September
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Course outline

The part-time Foundation Degree in Animal Science with Animal Behaviour is a programme of study validated by Staffordshire University but delivered at South Staffordshire College, Rodbaston Campus. There is also the opportunity to study the course as a two year full time one.

Topics studied include:

  • Animal husbandry management
  • Animal health and welfare
  • Animal Nutrition
  • Principles of behaviour
  • Principles of ecology
  • Behavioural ecology
  • Research project
  • Work-based experience
    Assessment will be through a variety of methods but mainly assignment work where you will be asked to research a subject and produce appropriate evidence, this may be in the form of written work, a presentation, practical tasks, reflective diary or video.

Part-time Foundation Degree in Animal Science with Animal Behaviour delivered at South Staffordshire College, Rodbaston Campus

Course content

The  Foundation degree in Animal Science with Animal Behaviour has been developed specifically to maximise the attractiveness of its candidates to employers within the sector.

The course aims to allow you to develop a broad range of skills and knowledge about animal behaviour and its implications in animal husbandry, conservation and wildlife management. Throughout the course, the emphasis will be on how to use rigorous scientific method to investigate all aspects of animal science and to apply an evidencebased approach to making observations and evaluating their meaning.

You will be encouraged to investigate and explore all aspects of animal anatomy and physiology and how animals have adapted to meet the pressures of survival. You will examine the behaviour of animals, both in captivity and the wild, and the wider implications and importance of understanding and unravelling their ethology. As well as the scientific method you will also be encouraged to explore the morals and ethics of human animal interactions within the industry and the wider community.

You will investigate animal welfare, animal nutrition and animal breeding and how all of these have direct and indirect effects on animal behaviour. As well as the importance of strong subject knowledge, we recognise that practical skills and industry experience are highly prized by potential employers and therefore this course also offers an opportunity to develop your transferable skills and develop industry links during our animal management and industrial experience modules.

These modules will be assessed using practical assessment methods and portfolio based assignments to ensure the skills you gain are genuinely transferable and useful in your future professions. The course content will be delivered using a variety of innovative and exciting teaching and learning methods.

You will benefit from a range of guest speakers, subject specialist teaching staff with a large diversity of industry experience and several trips and visits to a number of relevant organisations, businesses and industries. During your second year you will have the opportunity to focus and apply your scientific skills to an individual research project and there may be an opportunity to go on an optional overseas study tour (additional costs are associated with this option). This ability to apply the scientific method to animal research and gain useful, evidence based insights into animal science and behaviour will be a vital and invaluable in all careers within the sector and beyond.

Entry requirements

The philosophy behind the Foundation Degree is broadening access to higher education. Consequently, the aim is to offer places to anyone capable of demonstrating the ability and commitment necessary to undertake the course.

This will be assessed on an individual basis, but the normal entry requirements are as follows:

  • Three passes at GCSE Level (grades A, B or C) and one pass at GCE Advanced Level, or equivalent
  • A Level 2 qualification in Maths and English, e.g. GCSE Grade C or above, Key Skills Level 2 or Adult Numeracy Level 2, Adult Literacy Level 2.

Candidates who can evidence a satisfactory work experience portfolio would be favourably considered. If you do not have these qualifications but are over 21 years and have relevant work experience, then each applicant will be considered individually based on their qualifications, experience and suitable supporting statement.

Employment opportunities

This course offers an excellent foundation for further study in the animal sciences and will allow you to progress into a third year should you wish to top-up your foundation degree to a full Bachelor's degree. However, if you wish to seek employment following your two years, the experience and knowledge gained on the degree will make you very attractive to potential employers. The course has been designed to offer you a range of experiences and challenges and to allow you to gain a large number of transferable skills to enable you to be a highly employable individual upon completion. Candidates that successfully complete this course will be suitable for employment in a large range of careers within the animal industry. The ability to interpret and investigate animal behaviour and give sound scientific advice will allow candidates to look for employment with organisations such as zoological gardens, aquaria and animal rescue centres. It will allow you to be employable in the armed forces or public services, both of whom work with a number of animal species. The ability to apply scientific method coupled with a firm knowledge base will make you attractive to the animal care and nutrition industry as well as organisations involved with animal pharmaceuticals. Graduates from this course may also wish to pursue careers with welfare organisations such as the RSPCA, Dogs Trust or PDSA. Other areas that may be attractive to successful candidates include, but are not limited to Natural England, The RSPB, DEFRA, WWF, Veterinary laboratories and Customs and Excise. Students that go on to top up their foundation degree to a Bachelor's degree may then wish to go into academic research or teaching via higher degrees such as a PGCE, Master's degree or a Doctorate.

Graduate destinations

Throughout the course you will have the opportunity to undertake practical work in the Rodbaston Animal Zone, which is an established animal collection and small zoo. In addition you will undertake work experience within industry all of which will provide you with a range of essential skills vital in gaining employment after graduation. Progression from this course could be onto a top up year to gain a BSc Degree (also accredited by Staffordshire University), into work in zoos, animal charities, local government, education or perhaps even start your own business.


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