Zoo Management

Activate Learning

Degree level: Undergraduate
Awarded by: Kingston University

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Course summary

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Develop a fascinating insight into the behaviour and welfare of a range of captive wild animal species and apply theories learnt to maintain and improve animal welfare. The primary focus of this course is on species housed within zoos and aquaria however careers are not limited to this. There is also scope for you to explore the theory and practice related to wildlife conservation and the focus of this in zoos. PROGRAMME MODULES Year 1: (30 credits each) → Animal Breeding Programmes and Husbandry → Animal Health, Welfare and Nutrition → Zoo Management Skills → Professional Development in the Work Environment Year 2: (30 credits each) → Management of Zoological Collections → Global Biodiversity and Conservation Issues → Research Methods → Professional Development in the Work Environment 2 CAREERS You could work as a zoo keeper, animal trainer, education officer or presenter in zoological settings in the UK and abroad.

Course details


Year 1: professional development in the work environment 1 (30 credits), animal breeding programmes and husbandry (30 credits), animal health, welfare and nutrition (30 credits), zoo management skills (30 credits). Total 120 credits. Year 2: professional development in the work environment 2 (30 credits); research methods (30 credits); management of zoological collections (30 credits); global biodiversity and conservation issues (30 credits). Total 120 credits.

Assessment method

You will be continually assessed through coursework in the form of written and practical assignments, essays, project work, practical skills tests, oral presentations and written examinations. Most modules will have 2-3 assessments.

How to apply

Application deadlines

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15 January

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Points of entry

The following entry points are available for this course:

  • Year 1

Entry requirements

Qualification requirements

QualificationOfferFurther information
UCAS Tariff 64 points normally in science based subjects
A level 64 points normally in science based subjects
Pearson BTEC Level 3 National Extended Diploma (first teaching from September 2016) 64 points normally in science based subjects
Access to HE Diploma Pass normally in science based subjects
GCSE/National 4/National 5 Grade 4 at English and maths GCSE and it is advantageous to have a science (biology) or psychology

English language requirements

TestGradeAdditional details
IELTS (Academic)6

Fees and funding

Tuition fees

EU £8000* Year 1
England £8000* Year 1
Northern Ireland £8000* Year 1
Scotland £8000* Year 1
Wales £8000* Year 1
Channel Islands £8000* Year 1

*This is a provisional fee and subject to change.

Additional fee information

Please note that tuition fees may increase in subsequent years for both new and continuing students in line with an inflationary amount determined by government. Fees are subject to agreement by the Office for Students.
Zoo Management at Activate Learning - UCAS