Zoological Management and Conservation at SGS (South Gloucestershire and Stroud College) - UCAS

Course summary

The closure of Bristol Zoo Gardens has been widely reported on in the media, and it is now closed to the public. However, it is still very much operational behind the scenes and will continue to be so until the move to the Wild Place site at Cribbs Causeway is complete. During this time the BSc Zoological Management and Conservation continues to operate as usual with the Zoo Gardens as the main teaching campus. If you have a passion for working with animals and communicating your enthusiasm to others, then this specialist course is for you! The course provides an insight into the daily running of captive animal environments. The BSc (Hons) Zoological Management & Conservation programme is an opportunity for you to learn about practical approaches to animal management, exploring animal biology, husbandry and more industry-specific topics, such as enclosure design, nutrition, stud book management and rescue and rehabilitation. You will then focus on: communication and interpretation design (you will create, develop and implement a campaign event), and the role of zoos in species management for conservation (you will learn interactively about species-specific knowledge in managing breeding, social grouping and release programmes for conservation). The course has a core practical element, based around the required work experience modules in years one and two. This is where you will focus on developing practical skills to enhance employment options in the future. In year three you will be able to further develop your knowledge and experience of zoological conservation and management and its communication to others, learning about the role of zoos in conservation, Species Specialist Groups and campaign management. Taxa specific modules will provide you with extensive knowledge of managing species for conservation. Your programme is currently based in the Conservation Education Centre at Bristol Zoo. SGS work in collaboration with Bristol Zoological Society's Conservation Science and Education Departments. You will learn from staff working actively within the field, involved in conservation activities in 15 countries around the world where they work with local communities, organisations and international academics. These experiences support and enhance the day to day delivery of the programme module content. There are strong links established with a variety of local, national and international organisations: an opportunity for you to arrange your work experience and for placements during summer vacations. It also offers you potential opportunities for research and other collaboration. You will learn through a variety of lectures, workshops, tutorials, field site visits and study trips. You will also experience talks by visiting lecturers, Bristol Zoo staff and off-site study visits, including residential trips. Your assessments will cover the key skills learned, through practical and written exams, academic essays and reports, presentations (in groups and individually), literature reviews, a research project, designing posters and participating in face to face Q&As. It is an exciting time to study with us as you will experience first-hand the transition of Bristol Zoo Gardens to the new Bristol Zoo (currently Wild Place Project), and have a great opportunity to learn how a new zoo can develop. Part time routes are available. For more information, please email [email protected] Graduate Opportunities: • Animal Keeper • Nutritionist • Behaviourist • Animal Trainer • Education officer • Rare breed farms • Veterinary nursing – with the addition of further training to become qualified. • Wildlife rehabilitation • Aquarist • Conservationist – working with native species or abroad • Field Research • Laboratory Research • Visitor Experience


Level 4 Modules Professional Work Skills Animal Biology Animal Welfare Health and Husbandry Animal Behaviour Biological Identification and Taxonomy The role of the Modern Zoo Level 5 Modules Work Experience Nutrition and Diet Management Enclosure Design and Environmental Enrichment Management of Reproduction and Breeding Applied Animal Behaviour Research Skills Level 6 Modules The Role of Animal Collections in Conservation Management of Mammals for Conservation Communication in Zoological Collections Management of Birds for Conservation Management of Ectotherms for Conservation Research Project

Assessment method

Coursework, Presentations, Exams

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

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Points of entry

The following entry points are available for this course:

  • Year 1
  • Year 2
  • Year 3

Entry requirements for advanced entry (i.e. into Year 2 and beyond)

Please submit a transcript of current modules to be considered for year 2 or 3

International applicants

We welcome applications from international and EU students, and accept a range of international qualifications. You will need to take the following English qualification as part of the Visa process: IELTS (Academic) - Overall score of 6.0 with no less than 5.5 in each component When you are thinking about studying overseas, it is important that you understand all the costs involved. It is essential to budget for your studies prior to leaving your home country and to arrange all your funding for your tuition fees and your living costs. Please follow this link for more details about your visa requirements: https://www.gov.uk/student-visa

Entry requirements

Qualification requirements

We recognise the individual nature of each application and our typical offer should be viewed as a guide. SGS welcomes interest from mature applicants who may not have the standard entry requirements. We will consider evidence of your relevant personal, professional or educational experience where it demonstrates an ability and potential to succeed on the course. Please include details of any relevant experience in your application. GSCE requirements: GCSE English and Maths grade C or 4.

Fees and funding

Tuition fees

EU £8500 Year 1
England £8500 Year 1
Northern Ireland £8500 Year 1
Scotland £8500 Year 1
Wales £8500 Year 1
Channel Islands £8500 Year 1
Republic of Ireland £8500 Year 1

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

No additional fees or cost information has been supplied for this course, please contact the provider directly.
Zoological Management and Conservation at SGS (South Gloucestershire and Stroud College) - UCAS