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University of Wolverhampton

Animal Behaviour and Wildlife Conservation

UCAS Code: 69C5

Higher National Diploma - HND

Entry requirements


A level

E,E

To include at least one science subject, preferably Biology

Access to HE Diploma 60 credits, at least 45 of which are at Level 3, 18 level 3 credits must be in science and achieved with a minimum pass

UCAS Tariff

32

About this course


Course option

2.0years

Full-time | 2020

Subject

Animal behaviour

The HND Animal Behaviour and Wildlife Conservation is designed to develop your interest, knowledge and understanding of the behaviour of animals and the issues that affect their conservation. The course focuses on animals in their natural environments. Whichever elements of the course you prefer, at the end of your studies you will be able to use the knowledge of the behaviour and biology of animals in order to contribute effectively to their protection and conservation.

Importantly, you will have lots of opportunities to develop your practical skills in behavioural observation, species survey and wildlife conservation. The emphasis will be on wildlife species and their conservation in the UK, with field visits and residential fieldwork integral to the course, however there is a distinct international perspective to your studies as we draw on examples from around the world. You will use subject-specific IT, including geographical information systems, digital media, Global Positioning Systems and animal tracking technologies.

The species you will encounter cover the entire range from the animals found in your immediate environment, such as garden birds and butterflies, through to the large, charismatic mammals such as wolves, tigers and elephants.

The mix of field-based information collection and recording, practical activity and class-based work you will do is unmatched in most other subject areas. The degree will allow you to pursue your passion for animals and give you a head-start in securing your ideal career, as well as giving you experiences that will last a lifetime.

Tuition fees

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England
£8,400
per year
Northern Ireland
£8,400
per year
Scotland
£8,400
per year
Wales
£8,400
per year

The Uni


Course location:

University of Wolverhampton

Department:

Wolverhampton School of Sciences

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Animal science

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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.

86%
low
Employed or in further education
96%
med
Employed in a role where degree was essential or beneficial

Top job areas of graduates

29%
Agricultural and related trades
13%
Conservation and environment professionals
8%
Managers and proprietors in agriculture related services

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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