Derby College

Degree level: Undergraduate
Awarded by: University of Derby

Animal Management

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Course summary

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If you have a real passion for working with animals, you will discover a wide choice of occupations in the thriving and varied animal management sector. This course gives you a solid introduction to all aspects of animal management to prepare you for a highly successful career. Our foundation degree course has been designed to give you the right aptitude and attitude to work within the animal management sector. You will develop your hands-on skills and theoretical knowledge through a fascinating range of academic study, practical classes and industrial visits. This two-year course consists of 12 modules designed to reflect the diverse nature of animal management. These will be delivered through engaging lectures and practical studies in our laboratories and on-site animal unit. Your learning will be enhanced through field trips to enable you to apply theory to practice. You will also take part in relevant work-based learning equivalent to one day per week. Support in identifying appropriate work placement opportunities will be provided. Your learning will be supported by our highly qualified teaching team who have a wealth of academic and professional experience in many specialist areas. Guest speakers will ensure that you receive the most up-to-date professional experience and knowledge. Delivered at our Broomfield Hall Campus, the course includes 15 hours of taught material each week with a minimum of 15 hours of expected self-study per week. The course will run with a minimum of six students. This course is regulated by HEFCE and the qualification is awarded by the University of Derby. All students have access to the UDO online platform, the Derby College Learning Resources Centre, the University of Derby library, and the College’s Moodle pages.

Course details


Year 1 Modules: Principles of Animal Husbandry (20 credits) Principles of Animal Biology (20 credits) Introduction to Animal Health and Welfare (20 credits) Introduction to Animal Anatomy and Physiology (20 credits). Introduction to Work Experience in the Animal Management Sector (20 credits) Essential Study Skills for Life-long Learning (20 credits) Year 2 Modules: Applied Animal Nutrition (20 credits) Natural History and Comparative Anatomy of Exotic Mammals (20 credits) Planning and Managing Animal Breeding Programmes (20 credits) Ethology of Domestic and Captive Animals (20 credits) Continuing Work Experience in the Animal Management Sector (20 credits) Research Methods and Scientific Communication (20 credits)

Assessment method

While on the programme, you will be assessed using a variety of methods, including assignments, practical work, reports, group presentations and poster presentations. All assessment methods have been designed to focus on skills specific to the industry while incorporating key transferable skills.

How to apply

Application deadlines

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!

Application codes

You will need these codes when you add a choice to your application.

Course codeD300
Institution code D38
Campus nameBroomfield Hall
Campus codeB

Points of entry

The following entry points are available for this course:

  • Year 1

Entry requirements

Qualification requirements

QualificationOfferFurther information
UCAS Tariff 96 points All applicants will be invited to an interview to discuss their qualifications, experience and any other related issues. You should have one of the following: •96 UCAS points – from either an Extended Diploma or National Diploma in Animal Care •At least two A-levels or AS Levels in a science-related subject •A GNVQ/NVQ Level 3 in an animal-related subject You will also need: •Four GCSEs at grades 9-4 (A*-C) to include English, Maths and Science. We also welcome applicants who lack institutional qualifications. All such applicants will be interviewed and may be set an appropriate piece of work upon which a judgement will be made, taking into account their academic potential and relevant experience. You will need to be aged 18 or over at the beginning of the course. All applicants are subject to approval from the University of Derby.

Additional entry requirements


Fees and funding

Tuition fees

EU £6500 Year 1
England £6500 Year 1
Northern Ireland £6500 Year 1
Scotland £6500 Year 1
Wales £6500 Year 1
International £12000 Year 1

Additional fee information

Fees are subject to amendment
Animal Management at Derby College - UCAS