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Animal Science with Animal Behaviour
at South Staffordshire College - Rodbaston Site

FdSc

On-campus zoo

With over 400 species of animals

Commercially managed mixed livestock and arable farm

With prize winning pedigree Hereford cattle herd

Extensive grounds

Including new and ancient woodlands, ponds and lakes and wildlife sensitive areas

UCAS code:
1A44
Location:
South Staffordshire College - Rodbaston Site
Study option:
Full-time
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Duration:
2 Years
Start date:
20 September 2021
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The Foundation Degree in Animal Science with Animal Behaviour is a two year full time programme of study validated by Staffordshire University but delivered at South Staffordshire College, Rodbaston Campus.

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 evidence based 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.

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 evidence based 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.

On successful completion of study, we will issue the following award: FdSc Animal Science with Animal Behaviour

On successful completion of study, we will issue the following award: FdSc Animal Science with Animal Behaviour

Course content

Topics studied include:

  • Animal health and husbandry
  • Animal evolution and diversity
  • Animal Nutrition
  • Animal Behaviour
  • Animal Anatomy and Physiology
  • Behavioural Ecology
  • Research project/Study Tour
  • Work-based experience

Topics studied include:

  • Animal health and husbandry
  • Animal evolution and diversity
  • Animal Nutrition
  • Animal Behaviour
  • Animal Anatomy and Physiology
  • Behavioural Ecology
  • Research project/Study Tour
  • Work-based experience

Modules

Year 1

Anatomy and Physiology
Summary of the module content is ideally required here.

  • Diversity and Evolution
  • Animal Behaviour
  • Animal health and husbandry
  • Animal industry, welfare and ethics

Year 2

  • Animal Nutrition and Breeding
  • Work-based learning
  • Animal Adaptation
  • Professional Project or Study Tour
  • Behavioural Ecology

Location

You will study at South Staffordshire College - Rodbaston Campus but receive a qualification from Staffordshire University.

South Staffordshire College's Rodbaston campus remains the go-to place for the AgriSTEM sector. The AgriSTEM Academy boasts some of the finest industry standard facilities for landbased, engineering, construction and motorsport courses in the country and will provide you with real-life practical skills to become successful within the expanding Agri-tech and STEM sectors.

South Staffordshire College - Rodbaston Campus website

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:

The typical UCAS tariff would be 64 UCAS Tariff points.

IELTS Score of 6

For admission to the FdSc degree programme, candidates should have obtained GCSE pass grades (grade C or above) in a minimum of five subjects including English Language, Mathematics and Science. In addition candidates should have obtained A2 passes in a minimum of one subject (2 subjects are preferred), including a Biological Science, or MM in a relevant Subsidiary Diploma, or MPP grades in a relevant Extended Diploma. 

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.

Need to know how many UCAS points your qualifications are worth? You can find out by using the UCAS Tariff points calculator.

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:

The typical UCAS tariff would be 64 UCAS Tariff points.

IELTS Score of 6

For admission to the FdSc degree programme, candidates should have obtained GCSE pass grades (grade C or above) in a minimum of five subjects including English Language, Mathematics and Science. In addition candidates should have obtained A2 passes in a minimum of one subject (2 subjects are preferred), including a Biological Science, or MM in a relevant Subsidiary Diploma, or MPP grades in a relevant Extended Diploma. 

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.

Need to know how many UCAS points your qualifications are worth? You can find out by using the UCAS Tariff points calculator.

Careers

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. 

Teaching and assessment

Teaching

We know that our students learn in different ways. To help everyone get the most out of their studies, we teach through a combination of lectures, workshops, and practical sessions. In addition, you will have timetabled meetings with your personal tutor (or equivalent) at least twice a year to help support you in your studies. You will be taught in high-quality learning spaces throughout your course, and of course will have access to virtual learning environments to enhance your learning opportunities. Many of our courses are accredited or recognised by professional, statutory or regulatory bodies.

We know that our students learn in different ways. To help everyone get the most out of their studies, we teach through a combination of lectures, workshops, and practical sessions. In addition, you will have timetabled meetings with your personal tutor (or equivalent) at least twice a year to help support you in your studies. You will be taught in high-quality learning spaces throughout your course, and of course will have access to virtual learning environments to enhance your learning opportunities. Many of our courses are accredited or recognised by professional, statutory or regulatory bodies.

Assessment

Your course will provide you with opportunities to test your understanding of your subject informally before you complete the formal assessments that count towards your final mark. Each module will give you a variety of opportunities to receive informal feedback from your tutor. These may include classroom discussions, discussions in the virtual learning environment, presentations, milestone assessments, and practice assessments. Informal feedback is developmental and any grades you may receive for these do not count towards your module mark. There is a formal or ‘summative’ assessment at the end of each module. This includes a range of coursework assessments, such as essays, reports, portfolios, performance, presentations, final year, independent project and written examinations. The grades from formal assessments count towards your module mark.

Your course will provide you with opportunities to test your understanding of your subject informally before you complete the formal assessments that count towards your final mark. Each module will give you a variety of opportunities to receive informal feedback from your tutor. These may include classroom discussions, discussions in the virtual learning environment, presentations, milestone assessments, and practice assessments. Informal feedback is developmental and any grades you may receive for these do not count towards your module mark. There is a formal or ‘summative’ assessment at the end of each module. This includes a range of coursework assessments, such as essays, reports, portfolios, performance, presentations, final year, independent project and written examinations. The grades from formal assessments count towards your module mark.

Feedback

You will normally receive feedback on formal coursework assessments within 20 working days following the date of submission. Examination feedback may take a variety of formats, including one-to-one discussions with your tutor. However, as a minimum, generic feedback will be made available to all students who take written examinations.

You will normally receive feedback on formal coursework assessments within 20 working days following the date of submission. Examination feedback may take a variety of formats, including one-to-one discussions with your tutor. However, as a minimum, generic feedback will be made available to all students who take written examinations.

Fees

For the course starting on 20 September 2021 the tuition fees are:

Study option
Full-time
UK / Channel Islands
To be confirmed

For the course starting on 20 September 2021 the tuition fees are:

Study option
Part-time
UK / Channel Islands
To be confirmed

UK and Channel Island students: This tuition fee is agreed subject to UK government policy and parliamentary regulation. If the UK government passes appropriate legislation, the fee for subsequent years of study may increase in each academic year. But this increase will not exceed the rate of inflation as measured by RPIX**. Any change in fees will apply to both new and continuing students. The University will notify students of any change as early as possible. Further information about fee changes would be posted on the University’s website once this becomes available.

**RPIX is a measure of inflation equivalent to all the items in the Retail Price Index (RPI) excluding mortgage interest payments.

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South Staffordshire College - Rodbaston Site
FdSc
Full-time
20 September 2021

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