This programme is available as a 2 year full-time programme (part time option may be available) and aims to provide the student with the fundamentals of animal science training, development and management, setting foundations for a successful career.

The learner will develop skills, knowledge and practical experience in animal behaviour, physiology and care, including the interaction and importance of animals in society and welfare management. Specific modules will examine the management of wildlife as well as the nutritional requirements of various dietary types.

This qualification provides an essential broad base to the theoretical knowledge and practical experience needed for working in the animal care industry and includes compulsory work experience.

Teaching and Assessment Methods

Teaching methods are tailored to the subject area and the aims and learning outcomes of the particular modules studied. These include practical, group activities, workshops, problem solving, tutorials, e-learning seminars, external visits and guest speakers.

Students will demonstrate their knowledge, skills and abilities through a range of assessment methods to enhance their learning experience and reward valuable workplace skills. Assessment methods may include laboratory reports, essays, practical observation, reflective journals, literature reviews, case studies, presentations, debates, written examinations, project work and peer review.

Indicative Content:

  • HE Academic Skills
  • Workplace Dynamics and Performance
  • Animal Husbandry and Health
  • Evolution and Conservation of Wild Species
  • Biological Molecules and Nutrition
  • Anatomy and Physiology
  • Work based Research Project
  • Animal Breeding and Genetics
  • Anthrozoology
  • Animal Collections
  • Animal Behaviour and Training
  • Animal Legislation, Welfare and Ethics

Equipment Required

  • Easton and Otley College Scrub Top
  • Trainers (for use in the Animal Care Centre

Field Trips

Please budget for field trips (such as zoo visits) allow up to £50.

Entry Requirements

  • 64 UCAS credits
  • GCSEs in Maths, English and Science at grade C or above
  • Mature students and students already employed will need a range of qualifications including or equivalent to A-Levels or Access Course 
  • Prior work and learning experiences will be taken into account, accredited and considered at interview stage

Students with English as a foreign language: Applications from students from all backgrounds are welcome. We require evidence of proficiency in English (including writing, listening, speaking and reading).

Our recognised English Language qualifications include:

  • ESOL
  • IELTS: 6 overall (minimum of 5.5 in any component)

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Graduates may seek employment in a broad spectrum in the animal science and welfare sector including veterinary

science and nursing, companion animal nutrition, applied animal behaviour and welfare, livestock production and teaching.

Prospects include working in veterinary practice, animal hospitals and rescue centres, welfare organisations, companion animal training centres, farm parks, zoos and educational establishments.

'Past graduates have been employed within nutrition companies, zoos, wildlife conservation, research organisations, laboratories, animal training, welfare and rehabilitation organisations'

Further Information

This programme is validated by the University of East Anglia.

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