University Centre Sparsholt

Degree level: Undergraduate
Awarded by: University of Portsmouth

Applied Animal Science

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Course summary

WHY CHOOSE THIS DEGREE?

  • Benefit from a diverse and exciting collection of animals in our BIAZA-member centre
  • Develop strong scientific knowledge in key biological sciences, biochemistry, vertebrate anatomy and physiology
  • Gain robust data analysis and research skills needed for employment through project work and assessments
  • Build vital experience through practical handling skills, extensive work placements and strong links with industry
  • Research opportunities throughout the programme, University Centre Sparsholt actively submits student work to outside symposia, giving you the opportunity to present your work to the wider world.
What will I learn? The programme is designed to combine knowledge and research techniques in aspects of animal welfare and behaviour, animal collections management and wildlife management. Work placements are a key feature and benefit from the College’s strong links with a variety of management organisations. Some students choose to do their work experience overseas, with recent placements including Shamwari Conservation experience in South Africa and working in Turtle Conservation in Costa Rica. More locally, students have learnt from Colchester Zoo, Marwell Wildlife, Dogs Trust, Bird World, Wild Futures, Welsh Mountain Zoo, Beale Park, HART Wildlife rescue, Paradise Park, RSPCA and Living Forest. Employability is a focus of the final year, with the opportunity to research, investigate, explore, and then gain experience in, a specific career area of your choice. How will I be assessed? Assessment at Level 4 and 5 is primarily by exams and coursework which includes practical portfolios, laboratory reports, seminars and essays. Work placements offer opportunities to gather data for the dissertation project which is submitted at Level six. There are research opportunities throughout the programme, and University Centre Sparsholt actively submits student work to outside symposia, giving you the opportunity to present your work to the wider world. Where can I go from here? You can progress to the MSc in Applied Zoo Biology at University Centre Sparsholt; alternatively there are many MSc and PhD programmes available at other universities. Sparsholt graduates now work in zoological collections, animal charities and conservation both in the UK and overseas.

Course details

Modules

YEAR 1 • Animal Management • Principles in Biology • Anatomy and Physiology • Industrial Experience • Academic Skills • Analytical Techniques • Human Animal Interaction YEAR 2 • Population Biology • Applied Industrial Research • Industrial Development • Ethology and Ethics • Animal Health • Animal Management 2 • Nutrition YEAR 3 • Dissertation • Data Analysis • Applied Animal Behaviour and Welfare • Applied Animal Health • Species Manipulation and Monitoring • Professional Industrial Development • Animal Industry and Trade

Assessment method

Assessment in Years 1 and 2 is primarily by exams and coursework which includes practical portfolios, laboratory reports, seminars and essays. Work placements offer opportunities to gather data for the dissertation project which is submitted in Year 3. There are research opportunities throughout the programme, and University Centre Sparsholt actively submits student work to outside symposia, giving you the opportunity to present your work to the wider world.

Qualified teacher status (QTS)

To work as a teacher at a state school in England or Wales, you will need to achieve qualified teacher status (QTS). This is offered on this course for the following level:

  • Course does not award QTS

How to apply

Application codes

Course code:
D320
Institution code:
S34
Campus name:
Main Site
Campus code:
-

Points of entry

The following entry points are available for this course:

  • Year 1

International applicants

We welcome applications from international students. For further details on the English language requirements, visa requirements and student life, please see our website https://www.sparsholt.ac.uk/international/.

Entry requirements

Qualification requirements

The minimum academic entry requirement for our BSc and FdSc Vet Nursing degree is 96 - 112 UCAS Tariff Points, dependent on your qualifications. Please see www.ucas.com/ucas/tariff-calculator. Applicants with non-standard or overseas qualifications, previous learning towards a degree level course or work experience in a relevant subject area may also be considered. If you have a question about the academic requirements, please email [email protected]

Additional entry requirements

Other

GCSE Maths and English at grade C/4 or above or equivalent.


English language requirements

TestGradeAdditional details
IELTS (Academic)6Overall score of 6.0 with minimum scores of 5.5 in any of Speaking, Reading, Writing and Listening (CEFR B2) www.ielts.org/about-ielts/ielts-for-migration/united-kingdom
Trinity ISEPassPass in each of Speaking, Reading, Writing and Listening (CEFR B2) www.trinitycollege.com/qualifications/SELT/UKVI
PTE Academic60Minimum score of 60 or higher in each of Speaking, Reading, Writing and Listening (CEFR B2) www.pearsonpte.com/selt-tests/pte-academic-ukvi

We will also accept the following qualification: LanguageCert International ESOL SELT - minimum score of 33/50 in each of Speaking, Reading, Writing and Listening (CEFR B2) https://www.languagecert.org/en/uk-visa-exams/study-in-the-uk

Please email [email protected] for details

https://www.sparsholt.ac.uk/international/english-language-requirements/


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Fees and funding

Tuition fees

Republic of Ireland £9250 Year 1
EU £9800 Year 1
England £9250 Year 1
Northern Ireland £9250 Year 1
Scotland £9250 Year 1
Wales £9250 Year 1
International £9800 Year 1
Channel Islands £9800 Year 1

Additional fee information

www.sparsholt.ac.uk/university-centre/additional-costs/

Sponsorship information

Sparsholt offers a College Bursary of up to £750 per annum to all eligible students and an Aim Higher Bursary to £1200 to all students progressing from a Sparsholt Level 3 course to a FdSc or BSc. Degree students can also apply for a grant to help cover non-travel costs associated with dissertations/ research projects, and subscriptions. For further details please see our website https://www.sparsholt.ac.uk/university-centre/fees-and-funding/.

Applied Animal Science at University Centre Sparsholt - UCAS