SGS (South Gloucestershire and Stroud College)

Degree level: Undergraduate
Awarded by: University of Gloucestershire

Zoological Management

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Course summary

If you have a passion for working with animals and communicating your enthusiasm to others, then this specialist course is for you! Zoological Management provides an insight into the daily running of captive animal environments. The Foundation Degree (FdSc) Zoological Management 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. The course has a core practical element, based around the required work experience modules in both year one and two. This is where you will focus on developing practical skills to enhance employment options in the future. You will learn through a variety of lectures, laboratory sessions, tutorials and practical activities utilising the zoo grounds. You will also experience talks by visiting lecturers, Bristol Zoo staff and off-site study visits, including residential trips. Both SGS and Bristol Zoo staff are highly experienced in the field of zoological management and environmental communication, with most staff holding strong research records and undertaking research alongside their teaching roles. 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. Your assessments will cover the key skills learned, through practical and written exams, academic essays and reports, presentations (in groups and individually), 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]

Course details


Level 4 Modules ZM401 Professional Work Skills ZM402 Animal Biology ZM407 Animal Welfare Health and Husbandry ZM404 Animal Behaviour ZM405 Biological Identification and Taxonomy ZM406 The role of the Modern Zoo Level 5 Modules ZM501 Work Experience ZM502 Nutrition and Diet Management ZM507 Enclosure Design and Environmental Enrichment ZM504 Management of Reproduction and Breeding ZM505 Applied Animal Behaviour ZM506 Research Skills

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

International applicants

If English isn't your first language you will need to undertake an IELTS qualification achieving an overall grade of 6 with no less than 5.5 in any band (or equivalent). You will need to apply for a student visa. Please click this link for more details:

Entry requirements

Qualification requirements

English language requirements

If English isn't your first language you will need to undertake an IELTS qualification achieving an overall grade of 6 with no less than 5.5 in any band (or equivalent)

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Fees and funding

Tuition fees

Channel Islands £7995 Year 1
EU £7995 Year 1
Republic of Ireland £7995 Year 1
England £7995 Year 1
Northern Ireland £7995 Year 1
Scotland £7995 Year 1
Wales £7995 Year 1

Additional fee information

There will be opportunities to participate in trips and the Course Leader will be able to provide more information on costs.
Zoological Management at SGS (South Gloucestershire and Stroud College) - UCAS