This Programme is suited to students wishing to pursue a career in wildlife rehabilitation or conservation. The Foundation Degree is a vocational qualification which allows students to combine theoretical learning and work experience. Students undertake a series of specialist animal science modules combined with research and work-based modules.

Students are given the excellent opportunity to travel to South Africa in the second year for a two week field course which focuses on wildlife management and species conservation.

Students have access to the Animal Unit facilities at Otley Campus where they will get hands-on experience with farm animals, small mammals, companion animals, exotics and aquatics. Zoo Animal Management is delivered at Colchester Zoo, and other modules feature a variety of industry specialists as guest speakers.’

Students have exclusive access to the HE Centre at Otley Campuswhich includes a study room, wireless internet access, a common room with kitchen facilities, as well as classrooms equipped with the latest technology. 

There are a range of opportunities for graduates from this course in the animal care sector, which includes research and welfare assessment for wildlife conservation, zoos and animal trade. There is also the opportunity to progress to BA (Hons) Professional Studies.

Taught through a combination of formal lectures, tutorials, active student learning, practical sessions and visits to sites of interest and through expert guest speakers. students will be provided with the oppurtunity to expand and enhance their study and IT skills through a programme of core modules and skills gained during study of these modules can be applied in subject specific modules. Taught over two days (full-time) and one day (part-time) the programme allows students ample time to undertake volunteer work or gain paid employment with a relevant employer.

Students will be assessed through the use of scientific reports, presentations, practical assessment and examinations. Underpinning the programme modules are compulsory 200 hours minimum per year of work-based experience through either direct employment with a releveant organisation or through volunteer programmes.

Year One Modules

  • HE Academic Skills
  • Work Based Dynamics and Performance
  • Core Biology
  • Animal Anatomy and Physiology
  • Introduction to Ecology
  • Diversity, evolution and Conservation
  • Learning Development and Study Skills (Drop in)

Year Two Modules

  • Research and Statistics for the Life Sciences
  • Zoo Animal Management
  • Wildlife Management and Conservation
  • Work Based Skills
  • Principles of Animal Genetics (Optional)*
  • Biochemistry and Microbiology (Optional)*
  • Animal Behaviour (Optional)*
  • Animal Nursing and Rehabilitation (Optional)*
  • Learning development and study skills (Drop in)
  • (*these modules will run if there is a cohort of 5 or more applicants)

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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Progression is possible onto the Otley Campus Wildlife Management and Conservation BSc (hons) or at another university or college that offers a Top Up degree pertinient to this specialism.

Further Information

This programme is validated by the University of East Anglia.

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