Would you love an exciting and rewarding career in the zoo industry? At UCR you benefit from a unique combination of academic study with industry focused training in the management of zoo animals. The course includes career-focused modules such as captive breeding and record keeping, zoo animal training and animal health and disease, plus you will have extensive access to our wide range of exotic species including primates, small carnivores, reptiles, amphibians and birds of prey. Our lecturers have many years of experience working in the diversity of roles which zoos can offer, and they bring this passion and knowledge to the classroom. After studying our foundation degree, you can progress onto our Zoo Management top-up, which is an opportunity for zoo biologists and animal scientists to explore more specialist modules within zoos and conservation, including zoo enclosure design, conservation education and animal enrichment. A core component of the course is the completion of an undergraduate dissertation, enabling you to research an area of zoological study that interests you and to develop a wide range of transferable skills.
Level 4 • Scientific Data Collection and Analysis • Animal Husbandry and Handling • Zoos and Conservation • Animal Anatomy and Physiology • Evolution and Adaptation • Introduction to Animal Behaviour Level 5 • Work Based Learning for the Land Based Industries* • Experiential Learning* • Research Methods • Zoo Animal Nutrition • Captive Breeding and Record Keeping • Zoo Animal Training* • Zoo Animal Welfare* • Animal Health and Disease*
- Denotes optional modules.
We design a wide range of assessments that will help you to develop industry standard skills and knowledge. In your first year, the assessments consist of a combination on timed online assessments, of multiple-choice questions and short essays, practical assessments and presentations and written coursework. This written coursework can be in the form of reports, essays or posters, depending on the module. For Husbandry and Handling, there are assessed practical sessions, reflections and talks. For Scientific Data Analysis, there are quizzes based on the application of statistical software. In your second year, there will be some variation, depending on the optional modules chosen, but there will again be a combination of timed online assessments and written coursework. This coursework may take the form of a report using the ZIMS (Zoological Information Management System) software, or be based on laboratory practical sessions. For Experiential Learning or Work-based Learning, you will be creating a reflective portfolio, while for Research Methods, you will be writing a proposal and using statistical software to analyse data. The balance of assessment by examination and assessment by coursework depends to some extent on the optional modules you choose. The approximate percentage of the course assessed by coursework is as follows: Year 1 55% coursework 45% written exams Year 2 70% coursework 30% written exams
How to apply
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Points of entry
The following entry points are available for this course:
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Mature students (aged 21+) will be considered on an individual basis on their prior knowledge and experience. This may be assessed by interview, completion of coursework/essay or other methods. There may be a requirement for a formal qualification to be completed first e.g. Access to HE course.
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