Do you want to explore a career with captive domestic or exotic animals that aspires to the highest standards of welfare and behavioural diversity? Students have regular access to the zoo-licensed animal centre facilities at University Centre Reaseheath, which boasts a range of exotic zoo species, in addition to domestic species. Additionally, you can expect an interactive and personable learning experience that draws upon the expertise of our team of industry experienced staff. As part of this course, you will develop a range of academic and professional skills, related to the behaviour and welfare of captive animals. Through practical husbandry sessions, ethical debates and behavioural observations, you will gain a greater appreciation for the goals and challenges of managing animals in a captive situation. This knowledge can be applied to a diversity of careers, with transferable skills working with animals in large or small-scale collections. Course Features
- Ethical debates on animal welfare, including guest speakers from a range of backgrounds
- Opportunities to specialise in domestic or exotic species
- Access to our on-campus zoo, which houses over 1,000 animals and 125 species including ring-tailed lemurs, porcupines, raccoon dogs, otters, tapir, capybaras, owls, hawks, bearded dragons, kingsnakes, dart frogs, marine fish and much more
- Opportunity to engage in overseas field courses to a range of localities in Africa and Europe
- Animal welfare officers
- Animal behaviourists
- Animal therapy and rehabilitation
- Rescue centre animal care
- Scientific research
- Zoo-based husbandry and research
Level 4 • Introduction to Scientific Communication • Animal Husbandry and Handling • Animal Welfare Issues • Animal Anatomy and Physiology • Evolution and Adaptation • Introduction to Animal Behaviour Level 5 • Experiential Learning • Research Methods • Animal Nutrition • Welfare: Evaluation and Impact • Behavioural Ecology* • Animal Health and Disease* • Domestic Animal Husbandry and Welfare* • Exotic Animal Husbandry and Management*
- Denotes optional modules
Assessments are designed to encourage both academic skills and skills valued in the workplace. They include a combination of coursework and time-restrained assessments. Coursework may take many forms including essays, reports, data processing, presentations, academic posters, seminar discussions, interviews, critical reviews, portfolios of evidence and practical competency assessments. The timed online assessments vary, depending on the nature of the module, but may take the form of multiple-choice papers, essays, practical assessments, data handling questions, short answer quizzes, and in class examinations.
How to apply
This is the deadline for applications to be completed and sent for this course. If the university or college still has places available you can apply after this date, but your application is not guaranteed to be considered.
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Points of entry
The following entry points are available for this course:
- Year 1
- Year 2
Mature students (aged 21+) will be considered on an individual basis on their prior knowledge and experience. This may be assessed by interview, completion of coursework/essay or other methods. There may be a requirement for a formal qualification to be completed first e.g. Access to HE course.
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Fees and funding
|Northern Ireland||£9250||Year 1|
|Channel Islands||£9250||Year 1|