Zoo Animal Management with Conservation (Top-up)

at South Staffordshire College - Rodbaston Site

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BSc (Hons)

Key facts

Location:
South Staffordshire College - Rodbaston Site
Location:
South Staffordshire College - Rodbaston Site
Study option:
Full-time, top-up, blended learning
Study option:
Part-time, top-up, blended learning
Duration:
1 Year
Duration:
2 Years

Top-up degree

Top-up your foundation degree to an full BSc (Hons) and improve your expertise in your field

Practical learning

Learn and work in our campus zoo, imitating your future working environment

Network while you study

Gain links to industry with our connections with animal welfare and management organisations

Top up your foundation degree to a BSc (Hons) degree qualification and set up your future in animal welfare and management with our BSc (Hons) in Zoo Animal Management and Conservation (Top-up), delivered in partnership with South Staffordshire College.

Does your passion lie in animal management, welfare and conservation? If it does and you want to further your existing foundation qualification then the Zoo Animal Management with Conservation Degree is for you. This course, delivered at South Staffordshire college, utilises the campus zoo and has been developed to improve you expertise, and launch you into a senior position within a zoo management environment or a more advanced postgraduate education.

In this 1-year top-up course,you will investigate animal welfare, animal nutrition and animal breeding and how all of these have direct and indirect effects on animal behaviour. What's more, you'll explore all aspects of animal anatomy and physiology and how animals have adapted to meet the pressures of survival, while examining 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 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.

Does your passion lie in animal management, welfare and conservation? If it does and you want to further your existing foundation qualification then the Zoo Animal Management with Conservation Degree is for you. This course, delivered at South Staffordshire college, utilises the campus zoo and has been developed to improve you expertise, and launch you into a senior position within a zoo management environment or a more advanced postgraduate education.

In this 1-year top-up course,you will investigate animal welfare, animal nutrition and animal breeding and how all of these have direct and indirect effects on animal behaviour. What's more, you'll explore all aspects of animal anatomy and physiology and how animals have adapted to meet the pressures of survival, while examining 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 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: BSc (Hons) Zoo Animal Management with Conservation

On successful completion of study, we will issue the following award: BSc (Hons) Zoo Animal Management with Conservation

Work placements

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

Course content

In our top-up course you will gain the expertise you need to gain a degree-level qualification in zoo animal management and conservation. This intense 1-year course is the equivalent to the final year of the standard degree, and contains modules that will enhance your foundational knowledge.

In our course you will study 5 core modules to develop your expertise. Advancing Animal Husbandry will allow you to explore advanced methods of care and breeding, while you’ll further your skills in animal behaviour in Animal training and Enrichment. You’ll also look at the broader aspects of animal management in our module on Global Wildlife Conservation and Zoo Education and Research, and your studies will culminate in a negotiated project in our Life Sciences Research Project module.

In our top-up course you will gain the expertise you need to gain a degree-level qualification in zoo animal management and conservation. This intense 1-year course is the equivalent to the final year of the standard degree, and contains modules that will enhance your foundational knowledge.

In our course you will study 5 core modules to develop your expertise. Advancing Animal Husbandry will allow you to explore advanced methods of care and breeding, while you’ll further your skills in animal behaviour in Animal training and Enrichment. You’ll also look at the broader aspects of animal management in our module on Global Wildlife Conservation and Zoo Education and Research, and your studies will culminate in a negotiated project in our Life Sciences Research Project module.

Modules

The tables provide an indicative list of the modules that make up the course for the current academic year. Each module is worth a specified number of credits. Our teaching is informed by research, and modules change periodically to reflect developments in the discipline. We aim to ensure that all modules run as scheduled. If for any reason a module cannot be run we will advise you as soon as possible and will provide guidance on selecting an appropriate alternative module.

Year 1 compulsory modules
Year 1 compulsory modules
Advancing Animal Husbandry 20 credits
Animal Training And Enrichment 20 credits
Global Wildlife Conservation 20 credits
Life Science Research Project 40 credits
Zoo Education And Research 20 credits

Modules

The tables provide an indicative list of the modules that make up the course for the current academic year. Each module is worth a specified number of credits. Our teaching is informed by research, and modules change periodically to reflect developments in the discipline. We aim to ensure that all modules run as scheduled. If for any reason a module cannot be run we will advise you as soon as possible and will provide guidance on selecting an appropriate alternative module.

Year 1 compulsory modules
Year 1 compulsory modules
Animal Training And Enrichment 20 credits
Global Wildlife Conservation 20 credits
Zoo Education And Research 20 credits
Year 2 compulsory modules
Year 2 compulsory modules
Advancing Animal Husbandry 20 credits
Life Science Research Project 40 credits

Entry requirements

  • FdSc in an animal science based subject
  • FdSc in an animal science based subject
 
Careers

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. Graduating with a full degree will also allow you to further your passion in academic research or teaching via higher degrees such as a PGCE, Master's degree or a Doctorate.

Teaching and assessment

Teaching

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 that may be even be able to be linked to an overseas study tour. 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.

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 that may be even be able to be linked to an overseas study tour. 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.

Assessment

Assessment will be through a variety of methods such as assignment work and essays where you will be asked to research a subject and produce appropriate evidence, portfolios of evidence of practical tasks, verbal presentations, written formal exams, reflective diaries or scientific posters. These employability 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.

Assessment will be through a variety of methods such as assignment work and essays where you will be asked to research a subject and produce appropriate evidence, portfolios of evidence of practical tasks, verbal presentations, written formal exams, reflective diaries or scientific posters. These employability 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.

Learning support

Your course tutors will provide lots of support. But you can also take advantage of the University's Academic Skills team, who can help you with: Study skills (including reading, note-taking and presentation skills), Written English (including punctuation, grammar), Academic writing (including how to reference), Research skills, Critical thinking and Revision, assessment and exam skills (including time management).

Additional support

The university disability service is available to support learners with additional support needs. Following declaration of need, an assessment will be made, and a Learning Support Statement produced.

Feedback

You will be given feedback on your progress through tutorials and draft work review. You will normally receive feedback on coursework assessments within 20 working days following the date of submission. Examination feedback may take a variety of formats. However, as a minimum, generic feedback will be made available to all students who take written examinations.

You will be given feedback on your progress through tutorials and draft work review. You will normally receive feedback on coursework assessments within 20 working days following the date of submission. Examination feedback may take a variety of formats. However, as a minimum, generic feedback will be made available to all students who take written examinations.

This course follows standard Staffordshire University course requirements. Each 20 credit module represents 200 hours study, the breakdown of this study between direct tuition and guided indepedent learning varies due to the nature of the module and is detailed in the module handbook..

This course follows standard Staffordshire University course requirements. Each 20 credit module represents 200 hours study, the breakdown of this study between direct tuition and guided indepedent learning varies due to the nature of the module and is detailed in the module handbook..

Fees

For the course starting on 19 September 2022 the tuition fees are:

Tuition fees for BSc (Hons)-Full-time, top-up, blended learning
Study option UK / Channel Islands
Full-time £5,950 per year of study

For the course starting on 19 September 2022 the tuition fees are:

Tuition fees for BSc (Hons) Part-time, top-up, blended learning
Study option UK / Channel Islands
Part-time 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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