Royal Agricultural University

Degree level: Undergraduate

Animal Management and Zoology

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Course summary

This Foundation Degree focuses on particular strengths of both partners and the special locations of both institutions and aims to create or develop animal management professionals with a broad understanding of holistic approaches to the management of a diverse animal collection using modern, naturalistic enclosures in accordance with best practice. Students will acquire advanced practical animal management skills whilst furthering business and enterprise skills needed to manage animal and zoological collections including enriching the welfare of animals in captivity, designing enclosures and educating the public with regards to conservation and issues associated with captivity. Additionally students will be debating the ethical stance of the use of animals globally, conduct breeding programme and understand how to conduct animal encounters that reach beyond the boundaries of the collection. Students will travel internationally in their 2nd year and work on an animal conservation project. Numerous trips are organised for students to further understand how the theory taught is implemented in the animal industry allowing students to get behind the scenes access at zoos, organised educational talks by professionals in the animal industry ranging from exotic vets, to herpetologists and many more. Students also have the opportunity to go on placements within the animal industry in accordance to their interest (i.e. zoological collections, rehabilitation centres etc.) both nationally and internationally. Upon successful completion of this course, students have the opportunity to progress onto an appropriate Top Up degree course or start immediate employment within the animal industry. Completing this Foundation Degree gives all students the tools to become an animal manager of a collection of animals, work within rehabilitation/conservation, zoological collections or even start their own animal business. This course is taught at Capel Manor College, Enfield campus. For part-time study, please contact the Admissions Office for more information.

Course details


Year 1 (Level 4) - Animal Husbandry, Health and Nutrition; Industry Experience; Animal Disease and Immunology; Ethology and Training; Comparative Anatomy and Physiology; Animal Collection Design; Avian Science; Herpetological Management; Professional Business Practice. Year 2 (Level 5) - Research Project; Conservation Biology; Collections Management; Animal Nutrition; Advanced Industry Experience; Management of Reproduction and Breeding; Animal Welfare and Ethics; Veterinary Skills

Assessment method

A wide range of assessment techniques will be applied throughout the programme to confirm learning outcomes. These will include: Reports and illustrated reports; Oral and visual presentations; Practical assessments; Research projects; Portfolios / appraisals, Case studies; Business plans; Peer and self-assessment; Time constrained tests.

How to apply

Application deadlines

If your application is completed by the following date, it’s guaranteed to be considered:

15 January

*If you apply after this deadline, universities or colleges don’t have to consider your application if they’ve filled their spaces, so the sooner you apply, the better!

Application codes

You will need these codes when you add a choice to your application.

Course code103Z
Institution code R54
Campus nameCapel Manor College, Enfield Campus
Campus codeC

Points of entry

The following entry points are available for this course:

  • Year 1
  • Year 2

International applicants

The Royal Agricultural University is unable to sponsor a Tier 4 Student Visa for this course owing to UKVI regulations.

Entry requirements

Qualification requirements

QualificationOfferFurther information
UCAS Tariff 64 points minimum one A2 subject
A level CC Example of possible offer
Pearson BTEC Level 3 National Extended Diploma (first teaching from September 2016) MPP
Access to HE Diploma 45 credits at Level 3
Scottish Higher BCC 3 subjects at Higher level
AS Acceptable when combined with other qualifications
Pearson BTEC Level 3 National Diploma (first teaching from September 2016) MM
International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme 24 points
Leaving Certificate - Higher Level (Ireland) (first awarded in 2017) H3, H3, H4 3 Subjects at Higher Level
GCSE/National 4/National 5 Essential: Three GCSE subjects at Grade C/4 including mathematics and English Language

Each applicant is assessed on individual merit and offers can vary. All qualifications that you have already studied or still working towards, will be considered when reviewing your application. The entry requirements listed above represent typical offers for some of the most popular qualifications taken by applicants. If you cannot find the qualifications that you are studying (or have previously studied) please contact our Admissions Office Tel: 01285 889912; or Email: [email protected] for advice.

Additional entry requirements


may be required

English language requirements

TestGradeAdditional details
IELTS (Academic)6none of the four elements below 5.5

Fees and funding

Tuition fees

EU £6000 Year 1
England £6000 Year 1
Northern Ireland £6000 Year 1
Scotland £6000 Year 1
Wales £6000 Year 1
Channel Islands £6000 Year 1
International £11185 Year 1

Additional fee information

Year 1 - 1) The Living Rainforest £15 (Unit Herpetological Management); 2) London Zoo £12 (Unit Animal Collections Design: Includes an educational Session); 3) Colchester Zoo, £10 (includes a module session). (Unit Animal Collections Design); 4) Presentation of birds of prey and interaction (Kala Dowsett) £7 a student (At Enfield). (Unit Animal Husbandry, Health and Nutrition); 5) Royal Veterinary College (Museum Tour) (free entry) (Comparative Anatomy and Physiology); 6) Yearly annual field trip (Previously the trips have been to South Africa at an Animal Reserve where students volunteered on the reserve) the cost will be up to £2,500 per student for 2 weeks approximately. Year 2 - 1) Paradise Wildlife Zoo £15 (Unit Welfare and Ethics); 2) Colchester Zoo, £10 (includes a module session). (Unit Collections Management/ Conservation Biology); 3) Animal Heathrow Reception Centre £10 approximately does depend on what will be covered though (Unit Collections Management); 4) Yearly annual field trip (Previously the trips have been to South Africa at an Animal Reserve where students volunteered on the reserve) the cost will be up to £2,500 per student for 2 weeks approximately; 5) South Essex Wildlife Hospital (Guided tour and talk with the manager of the hospital) £11 a student (Unit Conservation Biology); 6) Field Trip promoting conservation (No more than £500 including flights/stay/accommodation-possibly Tenerife visiting the Atlantic Whale Foundation) (Unit Conservation Biology ); 7) British Wildlife Trust £11.50; 8) Visit the Royal Agricultural University: Approximately £70 each for 5 days (include transportation/food/accommodation) (Unit Conservation Biology).
Animal Management and Zoology at Royal Agricultural University - UCAS