Zoo Animal Management with Conservation

at South Staffordshire College - Rodbaston Site

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FdSc

Key facts

UCAS code:
1A45
Location:
South Staffordshire College - Rodbaston Site
Location:
South Staffordshire College - Rodbaston Site
Study option:
Full-time, blended learning
Study option:
Part-time, blended learning
Duration:
2 Years
Duration:
4 Years

Foundation degree

Get the knowledge and expertise you need to work today, and prepare to top-up to degree at your leisure

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

Study a foundation degree and set up your future in animal welfare and management with our FdSc in Zoo Animal Management and Conservation, delivered in partnership with South Staffordshire College.

Welcome to the zoo! If your interests lie in animal management, welfare and conservation and you want to get on the career track that follows your passions, our foundation degree is for you. This course, delivered at South Staffordshire college utilises the campus zoo which houses over 400 animal species, and has been developed to put you on the path to a degree via top-up, or to bolster your current career expertise. Our FdSc Zoo Animal Management will allow you to develop a broad range of skills and knowledge about animal behaviour and its implications in animal husbandry, conservation and wildlife management.

In this 2-year foundation degree, 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.

Welcome to the zoo! If your interests lie in animal management, welfare and conservation and you want to get on the career track that follows your passions, our foundation degree is for you. This course, delivered at South Staffordshire college utilises the campus zoo which houses over 400 animal species, and has been developed to put you on the path to a degree via top-up, or to bolster your current career expertise. Our FdSc Zoo Animal Management will allow you to develop a broad range of skills and knowledge about animal behaviour and its implications in animal husbandry, conservation and wildlife management.

In this 2-year foundation degree, 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: FdSc Zoo Animal Management with Conservation

On successful completion of study, we will issue the following award: FdSc 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 2-year foundation degree, you will develop your passions into expertise through a variety of modules.

In your first year you will discover the science behind the care and breeding of animals in our animal Husbandry, Behaviour and Welfare module, and look at the past and future of the animal kingdom in Animal Evolution and Diversity. Also, you will delve deeper into animal science and care in our Animal Inside and Out, and explore the best techniques of sustainable futures in Wildlife conservation and Environment. What’s more, you will get the chance to improve your employability profile and academic skills in our Academic and Industry Skills Development module.

Your second year will see you building on your foundational knowledge to an expert level, readying you for management in your chosen field. You’ll study modules in Zoological Management, Zoo animal Welfare and conservation, and Environmental Interpretation and Enclosure Design, as well as improving your portfolio of work and profile in our Scientific methods and Independent Project, and Professional Skills Development modules.

In our 2-year foundation degree, you will develop your passions into expertise through a variety of modules.

In your first year you will discover the science behind the care and breeding of animals in our animal Husbandry, Behaviour and Welfare module, and look at the past and future of the animal kingdom in Animal Evolution and Diversity. Also, you will delve deeper into animal science and care in our Animal Inside and Out, and explore the best techniques of sustainable futures in Wildlife conservation and Environment. What’s more, you will get the chance to improve your employability profile and academic skills in our Academic and Industry Skills Development module.

Your second year will see you building on your foundational knowledge to an expert level, readying you for management in your chosen field. You’ll study modules in Zoological Management, Zoo animal Welfare and conservation, and Environmental Interpretation and Enclosure Design, as well as improving your portfolio of work and profile in our Scientific methods and Independent Project, and Professional Skills Development modules.

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
Academic And Industry Skills Development 20 credits
Animal Diversity And Evolution 20 credits
Animal Husbandry, Behaviour And Welfare 40 credits
Animals Inside And Out 20 credits
Wildlife Conservation And Environmental Interactions 20 credits
Year 2 compulsory modules
Year 2 compulsory modules
Animal Enclosure Design And Environmental Interpretation 20 credits
Professional Skills Development 20 credits
Scientific Methods And Independent Project 20 credits
Zoo Animal Welfare And Conservation 20 credits
Zoological Management 40 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
Academic And Industry Skills Development 20 credits
Animal Husbandry, Behaviour And Welfare 40 credits
Year 2 compulsory modules
Year 2 compulsory modules
Animal Diversity And Evolution 20 credits
Animals Inside And Out 20 credits
Wildlife Conservation And Environmental Interactions 20 credits
Year 3 compulsory modules
Year 3 compulsory modules
Professional Skills Development 20 credits
Zoological Management 40 credits
Year 4 compulsory modules
Year 4 compulsory modules
Animal Enclosure Design And Environmental Interpretation 20 credits
Scientific Methods And Independent Project 20 credits
Zoo Animal Welfare And Conservation 20 credits

Entry requirements

  • 5 GCSE pass
  • A2 passes in minimum of 1 subject, 2 preferred (inc a biological science)
  • GCSE, English Language, Mathematics and Science
  • 5 GCSE pass
  • A2 passes in minimum of 1 subject, 2 preferred (inc a biological science)
  • GCSE, English Language, Mathematics and Science
 
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. 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.

Teaching and assessment

Teaching

The Foundation degree has been developed specifically to maximise the attractiveness of its candidates to employers within the sector. 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 Foundation degree has been developed specifically to maximise the attractiveness of its candidates to employers within the sector. 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 FdSc-Full-time, blended learning
Study option UK / Channel Islands
Full-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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