The Cornwall College Group has opted into the TEF and received a Silver award.
Fancy a career working with animals in a zoo or welfare centre? If you would like to learn about domestic, exotic or companion animals, their husbandry, biology or behaviour, this programme is perfect for you. The programme offers specialised modules to develop skills in animal care and animal health, as well as enhancing knowledge of fundamental animal biology, ranging from how animal cells function to animal nutrition. The College has strong links with the animal industry in Cornwall, giving you the chance to gain real work experience and further insight into the sector. Trips to animal collections, farms, animal care facilities such as rehabilitation and rescue centres and other institutions, will help you to develop skills in animal care and animal health and welfare assessment, as well as giving you an insight into various animal industries. In addition, guest speakers will give some of the lectures and workshops allowing you to gain knowledge and understanding from experts working or researching in the field. You will be assessed in a variety of ways such as practicals, seminar presentations, exams, in-class tests and problem-based learning exercises. The majority of our students successfully progress on to a final year and obtain a full BSc Honours degree, or gain employment directly related to their work experience placement. You will be required to complete around 100 hours or three weeks of professional experience during the programme. This is invaluable for gaining contacts and showing future employers you have practical work experience as well as academic knowledge. Possible Progression (subject to availability) – BSc (Hons) Applied Zoology (top-up) at Newquay – BSc (Hons) Animal Conservation Science final year at Plymouth University – BSc (Hons) Animal Behaviour & Welfare final two years at Plymouth University Possible Careers – Zookeeper – Pet Care Industry – Animal Welfare Officer – Animal Related Charity or NGOs, e.g. RSPB, RSPCA – Wildlife Parks – Wildlife Trusts – Teaching
Modules Year 1:- Animal Nutrition (20 credits) - Fundamentals of Animal Behaviour (20 credits) - Key Professional Skills (20 credits) - Diversity, Classification and Evolution (20 credits) - Health and Welfare of Animals (20 credits) - Fundamentals of Biology (20 credits) Year 2:- Animal Disease (20 credits) - Individual Research Project (20 credits) - Animal Breeding & Conservation Genetics (20 credits) - Zoo Exhibit Management in Practice (20 credits) - Husbandry of Captive Vertebrates (20 credits) - Husbandry & Conservation of Aquatic Organisms (20 credits)
How to apply
If your application is completed by the following date, it’s guaranteed to be considered:
15 January*If you apply after this deadline, universities or colleges don’t have to consider your application if they’ve filled their spaces, so the sooner you apply, the better!
Points of entry
The following entry points are available for this course:
- Year 1
|UCAS Tariff||48 points||From acceptable level 3 qualifications. Plus GCSEs at grade C/grade 4 or above in English Language, Science and Mathematics: alternatives at Level 2 may be considered.|
|A level||DD||At least 32 points must be at A2 level when considered alongside AS levels.|
|Pearson BTEC Level 3 National Extended Diploma (first teaching from September 2016)||PPP||In an appropriate subject.|
|Access to HE Diploma||Pass Access to HE with at least 45 credits at level 3, Merits and Distinctions may be required for particular subjects.|
|Scottish Higher||A minimum of 48 tariff points in total from appropriate subjects.|
|Pearson BTEC Level 3 National Diploma (first teaching from September 2016)||PPP grades in an appropriate subject.|
|International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme||24 points|
|Leaving Certificate - Higher Level (Ireland) (first awarded in 2017)||A minimum of 48 tariff points in total from appropriate subjects.|
Any other qualifications will be considered upon enquiry/application. Mature applicants with relevant experience but without the stated qualifications will be considered individually and are encouraged to apply.
Additional entry requirements
Fees and funding
|Northern Ireland||£4300||Year 1|
|Channel Islands||£4975||Year 1|