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University of Greenwich

Zoo Husbandry and Management

UCAS Code: C300

Foundation Degree in Science - FdSc

Entry requirements


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64

About this course


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Course option

2.0years

Full-time | 2021

Other options

4.0 years | Part-time | 2021

Subject

Animal science

The Animal Management Unit has now developed a range of diverse 170 species and 1000 animals which fit the larger zoo industry. More complex zoo related species have been added to the collection such as mongooses, otters, rhea, cusimanse, pancake tortoises, marmosets and cuscus. The department has also developed breeding of species with angelfish, clown fish and hornbills being successfully bred on the Animal Management Unit. Investment in Higher Education has continued with a specific study room in the AMU as well as an HE research room now available for practical investigations and ZIMs use.

Other key developments which will be used within the course is the membership and use of Zoo Information Management System (ZIMS) which is a software gateway which facilitates international collaboration in the collection and sharing of knowledge on animals and their environments for animal collections. Students also use PMx software to investigate studbook use and therefore will be engaged directly with industry appropriate technology.

The programme is delivered by a team of dedicated and highly experience teaching staff who have a wide range of expertise within the animal collection field. The programme is primarily delivered at Hadlow College, in a multi-million pound, state-of-the-art Animal Management Centre, as well as the surrounding estate of the college. The programme also provides numerous opportunities for external visits to zoological collections, animal-related businesses, and local wildlife reserves. Furthermore, students will have the opportunity to gain experience on an international study tour as part of their programme, which currently runs to Jersey and South Africa.

Modules

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Assessment methods

The development of knowledge and understanding is covered in the full range of courses at HE levels 4 and 5, and enhanced by group work, discussion and presentations from industry. The application of this knowledge to real-life situations in animal management is covered particularly in courses such as the Animal Husbandry linked modules and work based learning elements.

Each course is assessed by a combination of coursework, practical assessments and end of course examinations and assessments. The nature of the coursework is appropriate to the subject area and learning outcomes outlined in the course specification forms. Coursework, individual and group oral and PowerPoint presentations, research reports, case studies and assignments, and closed book examinations will all be used in combination with industry relevant context specific assessments utilising technologies where appropriate. Use of the VLE, new e-portfolios, websites is encouraged to embed technology into the programme for assessment.

Students will be involved in individual seminars demonstrating animal management techniques and principles, biological understanding, and research methods, assignments involving industry specifically designed to develop problem solving skills, academic tutorials designed to develop understanding of concepts and paradigms, and (particularly at HE level 5) preparatory exercises for progression onto HE level 6.

Each course will involve discussion of key issues, practice in applying concepts both orally and in writing, analysis and interpretation of material, and individual feedback sessions for learners on work produced. In combination with the independent research required for the planned coursework, these activities will all develop the intellectual skills specified.

Tuition fees

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Channel Islands
£6,165
per year
England
£6,165
per year
EU
£6,165
per year
Northern Ireland
£6,165
per year
Scotland
£6,165
per year
Wales
£6,165
per year

The Uni


Course location:

University Centre Hadlow

Department:

Hadlow College

TEF rating:
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What students say


How do students rate their degree experience?

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Who studies this subject and how do they get on?

99%
UK students
1%
International students
24%
Male students
76%
Female students
53%
2:1 or above
15%
Drop out rate

Most popular A-Levels studied (and grade achieved)

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C
A

After graduation


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Animal science

What are graduates doing after six months?

This is what graduates told us they were doing (and earning), shortly after completing their course. We've crunched the numbers to show you if these immediate prospects are high, medium or low, compared to those studying this subject/s at other universities.

£15,000
low
Average annual salary
92%
low
Employed or in further education
50%
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Employed in a role where degree was essential or beneficial

Top job areas of graduates

24%
Animal care and control services
12%
Other elementary services occupations
9%
Agricultural and related trades

These stats refer to the prospects for graduates from both general animal studies courses and those for particular animals (such as equine science). Graduates don't generally get jobs as vets when they graduate; much the most common jobs tend to be roles caring for animals, such as veterinary nurses. Some of these jobs are not currently classified as professional level occupations, but in reality, you need a degree to get these jobs (and probably always have done), and graduates in them report that they got the jobs that they wanted. So the stats you see might not completely represent just how useful these degrees are for getting into animal care careers.

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Looking further ahead, below is a rough guide for what graduates went on to earn.

Animal science

The graph shows median earnings of graduates who achieved a degree in this subject area one, three and five years after graduating from here.

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