University Centre Somerset - Bridgwater & Taunton College

Degree level: Undergraduate
Awarded by: The Open University

Animal Management and Wildlife Conservation

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Course summary

This course explores the interconnectedness between animals and their environment through theoretical and practical competencies, related to both research and industry settings. This is a broad-based course that investigates the diverse relationships between captive or wild animal situations in relation to a range of management and conservation strategies. Being able to develop ecosystems or environments that monitor biodiversity or enrich an animal's wellbeing is key knowledge that is examined at a national and international level to give a global perspective The course is delivered by teaching staff with a wide range of industry and research experience at University Centre Somerset's Cannington campus. In addition, there are a range of facilities available to further support academic studies, such as an extensive animal collection and access to local environments such as the UK's largest wetland habitat, Steart Marshes (WWT), which is one of the UK's largest wetlands habitats. As part of your course, you will be required to undertake a minimum of 1590 hours' work experience in the first year in an industry-related business. In addition, a variety of optional visits to external organisations aid the development of existing skill sets. The course could help learners gain employment within an animal establishment, zoological collection, wildlife organisation or conservation body. In addition, upon completion of the BSc (Hons), a Masters Degree or PhD could be an option. Graduates could progress to an MSc in Animal Behaviour or Primate/Wildlife/Zoo Conservation or Countryside Management.

Course details


The modules studied may include: • Management and Conservation of Mammals • Ecological Principles and Habitat Management • Enclosure and Enrichment Design • Evolution and Behavioural Ecology • Applied Animal Welfare and Ethics

Assessment method

The modules are either assessed via 100% coursework or a combination of coursework and formal examination. Coursework could include written/practical reports, case studies, essays, oral presentations, posters or a project which allows independent research in a topic of interest, developed with staff on the programme.

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

Entry requirements

Qualification requirements

Five GCSEs including English language, mathematics and science at 4 - 9 (or recognised equivalent)

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