Why choose this course? If you’re passionate about animals there’s never been a better time to prepare for your dream career with this course which covers animal behaviour, ethics and welfare. This course is part of a subject area rated 1st in the UK for student satisfaction in the Complete University Guide 2023. You will:
- *study in a subject area rated 1st in the UK for student satisfaction in the Agriculture & Forestry subject league tables, Complete University Guide 2023
- study zoological science, animal husbandry, animal learning and training, and survey skills for conservation
- take part in work placements to develop practical skills and demonstrate the knowledge and skills they have gained
- have access to a veterinary clinical suite, bespoke training area and Cruft’s standard agility course
- enjoy off-site visits to animal charities, wildlife centres and other industry-related venues
- *Subject area is ranked 1st in the UK for student satisfaction in the Agriculture & Forestry subject league tables, Complete University Guide 2022
- Develop high-level knowledge of animal behaviour, husbandry and training
- Urban and rural study environments - split your study time between the Northop campus set in stunning North Wales countryside and our Wrexham campus, on the edge of the largest town in North East Wales
- Excellent links with industry and opportunities to secure work placements which will enhance your career prospects.
- Gain experience in a range of practical situations from zoo work to training assistance dogs
- Industry-active staff with specialist academic and practical skills, and experience of working with a range of domestic and wild animals
- Top up to a full BSc (Hons) degree in Animal Behaviour, Welfare and Conservation once you’ve completed the foundation degree (further one year of study needed)
YEAR 1 (LEVEL 4) In this year you are introduced to the concepts of biology, animal behaviour and welfare that you will use throughout the rest of your course. Laboratory skills are essential to science and you will receive a foundation in these. You will develop animal husbandry skills and knowledge. You will also undertake a period of work experience so that you become familiar with the animal sector and develop practical skills necessary for the workplace. MODULES Biological Concepts: This module aims to develop students’ understanding of the key principles of animal biology, biological pathogens, laboratory skills and anatomical structure and function. The origins and classification of life will be covered together with cell and tissue structure and function. The main organs and systems of the animals’ body will also be introduced. Husbandry: This module aims to develop students’ knowledge and understanding of animal husbandry and provides the opportunity to gain practical experience with a wide range of animal species. Lectures, practical sessions and visits to local animal establishments will enable students to consolidate their practical experiences with appropriate husbandry theories. Use will be made of case study materials and guest speakers. Ethology and Anthrozoology: This module enables students to investigate the biological basis of natural behaviour, and evaluate the relationship between natural behaviour and captive animal welfare. Students will carry out a practical study of a captive animal and discuss the link between animal welfare and the captive environment. Students will also examine a range of human and animal interrelationships and the costs and benefits associated with these interactions. Ethics and Welfare: This module aims to investigate contemporary issues within animal welfare and to introduce students to a range of relevant ethical issues. A variety of contemporary welfare issues will be critiqued during the module. Students will have the opportunity to deliver their own workshops and seminars. Academic and Personal Development: This module aims to familiarise learners with higher education culture, to build on key skills (logical, mathematical and critical) necessary for successful study in higher education. Professional Practice: A range of career opportunities and associated challenges with gaining employment within animal sector will be studied in this module. Students will also have the opportunity to develop their skills, knowledge and competencies within a workplace setting of their choice. YEAR 2 (LEVEL 5) In this year you will build upon knowledge gained in your first year and develop your understanding of a variety of topics in more detail. You will learn about anatomy and physiology, survey skills for conservation, learning and training. You will also learn research skills and report writing within research methodologies. In addition, the Applied Practice module will allow you to gain further hands on experience in the workplace. MODULES Research Methodologies Applied practice Anatomy and Physiology Learning and Training Survey Skills for Conservation The information listed in this section is an overview of the academic content of the programme that will take the form of either core or option modules. Modules are designated as core or option in accordance with professional body requirements and internal academic framework review, so may be subject to change.
Teaching & Assessment The course comprises a range of modules that are assessed by theoretical and in some cases practical coursework. Types of assessment include, portfolios, posters, laboratory reports, essays, presentations, seminars, practical exams, written exams and reflective diaries. TEACHING AND LEARNING This programme includes a variety of learning and teaching methods in the class, practical settings and sessions delivered within the workplace. These include:
- Lectures and demonstrations
- Seminars and workshops
- Group and project work
- Reflective reports
- External speakers
- Educational visits and study days
- Tutor and students led sessions
- Critical appraisal
- Portfolio development
- Work placements
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
This course is not currently available to those requiring a Tier 4 visa to study in the UK.
Wrexham Glyndwr University takes into account a variety of qualifications and experience when considering applications to our programmes. If you are unsure if the qualifications you currently hold will be accepted for entry, or if you're not sure you'll achieve the required UCAS Tariff points, please contact us at [email protected] for further advice and guidance.
The student satisfaction data is from students surveyed during the Covid-19 pandemic. The number of student respondents and response rates can be important in interpreting the data – it is important to note your experience may be different from theirs. This data will be based on the subject area rather than the specific course. Read more about this data on the Discover Uni website.
Fees and funding
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