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Zoo Management

University Centre Reaseheath

UCAS Code: D328 | Foundation Degree in Science - FdSc

Entry requirements


A minimum of 64 tariff points from A and AS levels to include either Biology, Chemistry, Human Biology or Applied Science

A minimum of 64 tariff points

International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme

24

including 4 in HL Biology

Pearson BTEC Level 3 National Extended Diploma (first teaching from September 2016)

MPP

in an Animal or Science related subject

UCAS Tariff

64

About this course


Course option

2.0years

Full-time | 2022

Subjects

Animal behaviour

Animal science

Animal health

Animal nutrition

Animal management

The programme provides a unique combination of academic study with hands-on training and experience in the management of zoo animals. The course includes specialist modules and practical experience with a range of exotic species – mammals, amphibians, invertebrates, reptiles and birds of prey. Students are taught throughout the programme utilising the zoo licensed facilities on campus. Work in the field will expand your knowledge of wild animal and captive behaviour and conservation.

The course features:
- Member of British & Irish Association of Zoos and Aquariums (BIAZA)

- Purpose-built animal management training centre with £3 million upgrade

- Student will have the opportunity to engage in overseas field courses to a range of localities including southern Africa, South America and Europe

- Centre houses over 1,000 animals and 125 species inc:

- Mammals: serval cats, tapirs, ring-tailed lemurs, porcupines, tamarin monkeys, otters, capybara, meerkats, mara and wallabies, among others

- Birds: birds of prey, chickens, ducks, finches, cockatiels, cockatoos, and budgerigars

- Reptiles: snakes, bearded dragons, tortoises and chameleons

- Fish: a range of freshwater and marine fish Invertebrates: tarantulas, scorpions and insects Amphibians: frogs, toads and newts.

The Foundation Degree in Zoo Management can be followed on by the one year BSc (Hons) Zoo Management Top-Up to gain a full honours degree.

Modules

Level 4
• Scientific Data Collection and Analysis
• Animal Husbandry and Handling
• Zoos and Conservation
• Animal Anatomy and Physiology
• Evolution and Adaptation
• Introduction to Animal Behaviour

Level 5
• Work Based Learning for the Land Based Industries*
• Experiential Learning*
• Research Methods
• Zoo Animal Nutrition
• Captive Breeding and Record Keeping
• Zoo Animal Behaviour*
• Zoo Animal Training*
• Zoo Animal Welfare*
• Animal Health and Disease*
* Denotes optional modules.

Assessment methods

Assessments are designed to encourage both academic skills and skills valued in the workplace. They include a combination of coursework and examinations. Coursework may take many forms including: essays, reports, data processing, presentations, academic posters, seminar discussions, interviews, critical reviews, portfolios of evidence and practical competency assessments. The examinations vary, depending on the nature of the module, but may take the form of multiple-choice papers, essays, practical assessments, data handling questions, short answer quizzes, and in class examinations.

The balance of assessment by examination and assessment by coursework depends to some extent on the optional modules you choose. The approximate percentage of the course assessed by coursework is as follows:

Year 1
55% coursework
50% written exams

Year 2
70% coursework
30% written exams

Tuition fees

Select where you currently live to see what you'll pay:

Channel Islands
£9,250
per year
England
£9,250
per year
EU
£9,250
per year
International
£12,000
per year
Northern Ireland
£9,250
per year
Scotland
£9,250
per year
Wales
£9,250
per year

The Uni


Course location:

University Centre Reaseheath

Department:

Animal Science

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What students say


We've crunched the numbers to see if overall student satisfaction here is high, medium or low compared to students studying this subject(s) at other universities.

38%
low
Animal behaviour
38%
low
Animal science
38%
low
Animal health
38%
low
Animal nutrition

How do students rate their degree experience?

The stats below relate to the general subject area/s at this university, not this specific course. We show this where there isn’t enough data about the course, or where this is the most detailed info available to us.

Animal science

Teaching and learning

71%
Staff make the subject interesting
90%
Staff are good at explaining things
33%
Ideas and concepts are explored in-depth
43%
Opportunities to apply what I've learned

Assessment and feedback

Feedback on work has been timely
Feedback on work has been helpful
Staff are contactable when needed
Good advice available when making study choices

Resources and organisation

48%
Library resources
67%
IT resources
52%
Course specific equipment and facilities
0%
Course is well organised and has run smoothly

Student voice

Staff value students' opinions
Feel part of a community on my course

Animal management

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