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.
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
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
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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!
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|Campus name||Capel Manor College, Enfield Campus|
Points of entry
The following entry points are available for this course:
- Year 1
- Year 2
The Royal Agricultural University is unable to sponsor a Tier 4 Student Visa for this course owing to UKVI regulations.
|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
|IELTS (Academic)||6||none of the four elements below 5.5|
Fees and funding
|Northern Ireland||£6000||Year 1|
|Channel Islands||£6000||Year 1|