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Applied Animal Science

University Centre Sparsholt

UCAS Code: D320 | Bachelor of Science (with Honours) - BSc (Hons)

Entry requirements


A level

C,C,E

3 'A' level passes - including 2 at grade C or above, one of which should be in a life science.

Access to HE Diploma

M:45

A Merit profile in a relevant Access course with 45 credits at Level 3, with Science units at Merit.

International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme

24

With HL Biology at 4

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

DMM

We also accept the following City & Guilds Diploma: • C&G Advanced Technical Extended Diploma (1080) - DMM in relevant pathway; • C&G Extended Diploma - Merit with 6 units at Distinction or above to include 3 from: Chemistry for Biology; Inheritance & Genetics; Biochemistry & Microbiology; Anatomy & Physiology; Fundamentals of Science; Animal Nutrition; Ecology & Conservation; Animal Biology

UCAS Tariff

96-168

3 'A' level passes - including 2 at grade C or above, one of which should be in a life science.

About this course


Course option

3.0years

Full-time | 2021

Subjects

Animal management

Animal science

**WHY CHOOSE THIS DEGREE?**
- Benefit from a diverse and exciting collection of animals in our BIAZA-member centre

- Develop strong scientific knowledge in key biological sciences, biochemistry, vertebrate anatomy and physiology

- Gain robust data analysis and research skills needed for employment through project work and assessments

- Build vital experience through practical handling skills, extensive work placements and strong links with industry

- Research opportunities throughout the programme, University Centre Sparsholt actively submits student work to outside symposia, giving you the opportunity to present your work to the wider world.

**What will I learn?**
The programme is designed to combine knowledge and research techniques in aspects of animal welfare and behaviour, animal collections management and wildlife management. Work placements are a key feature and benefit from the College’s strong links with a variety of management organisations. Some students choose to do their work experience overseas, with recent placements including Shamwari Conservation experience in South Africa and working in Turtle Conservation in Costa Rica. More locally, students have learnt from Colchester Zoo, Marwell Wildlife, Dogs Trust, Bird World, Wild Futures, Welsh Mountain Zoo, Beale Park, HART Wildlife rescue, Paradise Park, RSPCA and Living Forest. Employability is a focus of the final year, with the opportunity to research, investigate, explore, and then gain experience in, a specific career area of your choice.

**How will I be assessed?**
Assessment at Level 4 and 5 is primarily by exams and coursework which includes practical portfolios, laboratory reports, seminars and essays. Work placements offer opportunities to gather data for the dissertation project which is submitted at Level six.

There are research opportunities throughout the programme, and University Centre Sparsholt actively submits student work to outside symposia, giving you the opportunity to present your work to the wider world.

**Where can I go from here?**
You can progress to the MSc in Applied Zoo Biology at University Centre Sparsholt; alternatively there are many MSc and PhD programmes available at other universities. Sparsholt graduates now work in zoological collections, animal charities and conservation both in the UK and overseas.

Modules

Each year includes an assessed work placement unit or a period of work placement.
YEAR 1
• Animal Management 1
• Analytical Techniques
• Industry Skills
• Principles of Biology
• Work Placement
• Academic Skills
• Anatomy and Physiology
YEAR 2
• Population Biology
• Data Analysis
• Nutrition
• Ethology and Ethics
• Work Placement
• Animal Management 2
• Personal and Professional Development
YEAR 3
• Dissertation
• Data Analysis
• Applied Animal Behaviour and Welfare
• Applied Animal Health
• Species Manipulation and Monitoring
• Professional Industrial Development
• Animal Industry and Trade

Assessment methods

Assessment in Years 1 and 2 is primarily by exams and coursework which includes practical portfolios, laboratory reports, seminars and essays. Work placements offer opportunities to gather data for the dissertation project which is submitted in Year 3.

There are research opportunities throughout the programme, and University Centre Sparsholt actively submits student work to outside symposia, giving you the opportunity to present your work to the wider world.

Tuition fees

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

Channel Islands
£9,800
per year
England
£9,250
per year
EU
£9,250
per year
International
£9,800
per year
Northern Ireland
£9,250
per year
Scotland
£9,250
per year
Wales
£9,250
per year

Extra funding

Sparsholt offers a College Bursary of up to £750 per annum to all eligible students and an Aim Higher Bursary to £1200 to all students progressing from a Sparsholt Level 3 course to a FdSc or BSc.

Degree students can also apply for a grant to help cover non-travel costs associated with dissertations/ research projects, and subscriptions.

For further details please see our website https://www.sparsholt.ac.uk/university-centre/fees-and-funding/.

The Uni


Course location:

University Centre Sparsholt

Department:

Animal Management and Zoo Biology

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92%
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Animal management

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Feedback on work has been timely
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Good advice available when making study choices

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Library resources
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IT resources
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