University Centre Somerset - Bridgwater & Taunton College

Degree level: Undergraduate
Awarded by: The Open University

Animal Management and Wildlife Conservation (Top-Up)

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Course summary

This programme investigates principles of behavioural analysis. environmental monitoring and conservation strategies in relation to captive, companion and wild animal management. Theoretical evaluation and industry recognised techniques are explored through a variety of modules linking to global research and practices. The dissertation module allows the opportunity to develop personal interests and research abilities associated to an area of animal management or conservation with the support of experienced staff. This is an ideal programme for graduates of an animal or conservation based foundation degree or HND wishing to further their study to gain a full honours degree. The qualification provides graduates with higher-level academic competencies and transferable skills to potentially progress to post-graduate qualifications or industry employment. The course could help you gain employment within an animal establishment, zoological collection, wildlife organisation or conservation body. In addition, upon successful completion of the BSc (Hons) Top-up, a Masters Degree or PhD could be an option. Graduates could progress to a MSc in Animal Behaviour or Primate/Wildlife/Zoo Conservation or Countryside Management.

Course details


Modules could include: • Dissertation • Psychology of Animals: Captive, Companion and Wild • Wildlife Conservation and Environmental Surveying • British Wildlife and Rehabilitation of Animals • Behavioural Management: Domestic and Zoological Animals (Option) •Sustainability and Habitat Project Management (Option)

Assessment method

The modules are either assessed via 100% coursework or a combination of coursework and formal examination. Coursework could comprise of: written / practical reports; in-class tests; case studies; essays; viva's; oral presentations; posters; dissertation - which allows independent research in a topic of interest, developed with staff on the course

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

International applicants

International Students would be required to have an equivalent Level 5 qualification in a relevant subject area and hold Academic IELTS overall Level 6.5

Entry requirements

Qualification requirements

Applicants much have a Foundation Degree, HND or equivalent Level 5 qualification in an appropriate discipline and 5 GCSEs including English Language, Mathematics and a Science Grade 4 - 9 (or recognised equivalent)

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Fees and funding

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Additional fee information

PPE is required for practicals on the animal unit: steel toe-capped boots or wellingtons plus blue overalls are needed. They can be obtained from agricultural stores • Waterproof clothing, sensible walking boots and high visibility jackets may be required for working in external environments • Text books will be recommended to support learning at the start of each module • Optional trips and visits offered will incur additional costs.
Animal Management and Wildlife Conservation (Top-Up) at University Centre Somerset - Bridgwater & Taunton College - UCAS