Degree level: Undergraduate
Awarded by: The Open University

Animal Management

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Course summary

The Foundation Degree in Animal Management enables students to develop the skills and knowledge required to work in the hugely varied landbased industry. Giving a broad overview of working with animals, the course will allow students to develop their knowledge base in animal anatomy, physiology, health, welfare, behaviour and husbandry, whilst at the same time putting the theory into practice at Nescot’s substantial animal care facilities. This will give students the opportunity to develop high standards of education within a vocational setting that is not commonly available at Higher Education Institutions. A key and exciting feature of the programme is the opportunity for students to take part in a research expedition where they will undertake genuine field work. This takes place at the end of the first year of study and can be used to collect data towards their chosen research project. Projects can be undertaken both overseas and in the UK, providing a real-life experience of animal management research. The programme presents a unique opportunity to complement studies with extensive work based learning to gain industry experience and wider employability skills. The College has strong links with industry partners, such as Chessington Zoo and the Blue Cross who have provided valuable work experience opportunities to students. Teaching and learning will take place at Nescot College, where the Landbased department spans two-thirds of the campus. The facilities are an oasis of calm nestled within the vibrant suburban surroundings of Ewell, which has excellent transport links. Ewell East train station is a short walk from the campus and travel time to London Victoria is around half an hour. The animal care unit is home to a wide range of species, including livestock animals such as sheep and poultry; domestic pet species such as rabbits and rodents; and captive exotic species including reptiles and amphibians. The collection contains over 400 individuals ranging from mammals, birds, reptiles, amphibians, fish and invertebrates. This will allow students to develop the practical skills necessary to successfully enter the animal and landbased industry across the range of taxa commonly kept in captive animal collections or as companion animals. Priest Hill, Surrey Wildlife Trust’s 35-hectare restored chalk grassland, is easily accessed by a bridle path directly from Nescot College. Priest Hill is an important reserve in terms of the Living Landscape and provides excellent hands-on outdoor learning experiences for students. In addition, the College is home to a rehoming cattery run in partnership with the Blue Cross animal charity. In addition, the College has functional links with Chessington Zoo and Aquarium, which is only four miles away.

Course details


First Year Modules Academic Skills Anatomy, Physiology, Health and Husbandry Practical Skills for the Animal Industry Animal Sciences Second Year Modules Research Project Animal Welfare, Legislation and Ethics Animal Behaviour and Human-Animal Interactions Ecology and Conservation

Assessment method

The course includes both formative or practice assessment and formal summative assessments. The purpose of a formative assessment is to develop and test your understanding in the subject area. Formative assessments do not count towards your final module mark but your course team will give you feedback to help you improve. Formal or summative assessments normally count towards your module/unit mark and therefore towards your final award (i.e. class of degree, distinction/merit/pass). Assessment methods may include written examinations, and a range of coursework assessments such as essays, reports, portfolios, performance, presentations and often a major project or dissertation in the final year.

How to apply

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Points of entry

The following entry points are available for this course:

  • Year 1

Entry requirements

Qualification requirements

City & Guilds Level Three Advanced Technical Extended Diploma in Animal Management will also be accepted at grade MMM. Mature students lacking the above qualifications, but with significant and appropriate industry experience may apply, and eligibility will be assessed by interview and portfolio of evidence.

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English language requirements

Applications from international students with equivalent qualifications are welcome. Normally a minimum IELTS score of 6.0 with minimum of 5.5 in any component, or equivalent is required for those for whom English is not their first language.

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Fees and funding

Tuition fees

England £7800 Year 1
Northern Ireland £7800 Year 1
Scotland £7800 Year 1
Wales £7800 Year 1

Additional fee information

No additional fees or cost information has been supplied for this course, please contact the provider directly.
Animal Management at NESCOT - UCAS