Animal Management (Zoo and Wildlife) at Derby College - UCAS

Derby College

Degree level: Undergraduate
Awarded by: University of Derby

Animal Management (Zoo and Wildlife)

Course summary

If you have a real passion for working with animals, and want to specialise in zoo and wildlife conservation, this course will lead you to a wide choice of occupations in what is a thriving and varied sector. It gives you a solid introduction to all aspects of zoo and wildlife management to prepare you for a highly successful career. Our foundation degree course has been designed to give you the right aptitude and attitude to work within the zoo and wildlife conservation sector. You will develop your hands-on skills and theoretical knowledge through a fascinating range of academic study, practical classes, national and international trips, and industrial visits. The two-year course consists of 12 modules designed to reflect the diverse nature of zoo and wildlife management. These will be delivered through engaging lectures and practical studies in our laboratories, on-site animal unit and within local zoological collections. Your learning will be enhanced through field trips to enable you to apply theory to practice. You will also take part in relevant work-based learning equivalent to one day per week. Support in identifying appropriate work placement opportunities will be provided. Your learning will be supported by our highly qualified teaching team who have a wealth of academic and professional experience in many specialist areas. Guest speakers will ensure that you receive the most up-to-date professional experience and knowledge. Delivered at our Broomfield Hall Campus, the full-time option* includes 15 hours of taught material each week with a minimum of eight hours of expected self-study per week. (*This course can also be studied part time – 1 day a week.) (Course fee application is under the FdSc Animal Management code for the SFE) The course is regulated by HEFCE and the qualification is awarded by the University of Derby. All students have access to the UOD online platform, the Derby College Group Learning Resources Centre, the University of Derby library, and the College’s Moodle pages. The programme will run with a minimum of six students. In 2020-21 we enrolled ten students on this programme.


Year 1 Modules: Frontiers in Zoo Biology (20 credits) Principles of Ecology and Biodiversity (20 credits) Principles of Animal Biology (20 credits) Introduction to Animal Health and Welfare (20 credits) Introduction to Animal Anatomy and Physiology (20 credits) Introduction to Work Experience in the Animal Management Sector (20 credits) Essential Study Skills for Lifelong Learning (0 credits) Year 2 Modules: Zoo Animal Husbandry (20 credits) Applied Animal Nutrition (20 credits) Captive Breeding for Species Conservation Programmes (20 credits) Animal Psychology and Ethology (20 credits) Continuing Work Experience in the Animal Management Sector (20 credits) Research Methods and Scientific Communication (20 credits)

Assessment method

While on the course, you will be assessed using a variety of methods, including assignments, practical work, reports, group presentations and poster presentations. All assessment methods have been designed to focus on skills specific to the industry while incorporating key transferable skills.

How to apply

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Points of entry

The following entry points are available for this course:

  • Year 1

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Fees and funding

Tuition fees

EU £12000* Year 1
England £7000* Year 1
Northern Ireland £7000* Year 1
Scotland £7000* Year 1
Wales £7000* Year 1
International £12000* Year 1

*This is a provisional fee and subject to change.

Tuition fee status depends on a number of criteria and varies according to where in the UK you will study. For further guidance on the criteria for home or overseas tuition fees, please refer to the UKCISA website .

Additional fee information

You are required to meet the entrance costs to various visitor attractions, such as zoos, to support your studies. These would need to be paid at the time of the event. The anticipated costs will be approximately £25 in Year 1 and £40 in Year 2. You will be required to purchase a Derby College Group polo shirt for practical elements, plus a lab coat and steel toe cap boots (circa £75).
Animal Management (Zoo and Wildlife) at Derby College - UCAS