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.
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.