Degree level: Undergraduate
Awarded by: The Open University

Animal Welfare and Management

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Course summary

The course is designed for students who are looking to enhance academic and practical skills, where the curriculum builds on existing knowledge and facilitates the application of learning to the practical land-based sector. The programme aims to promote and engage learning in students of all age groups and backgrounds; and is of particular interest students wanting to continue their education in animal management, or existing animal professionals wanting to gain the academic qualifications often required for management within a land-based setting. Students will gain practical experience as well as developing their academic capabilities, thus opening more doors and opportunities within their career pathway. The emphasis is on hands-on professionalism in the management of animals. For example, students take part in every aspect of the lambing season in spring, including having the opportunity to join our team’s 24/7 rota of animal care and supervision. Animal welfare is central to every module. Modules being presented are as follows but maybe subject to changes. Year 1 Research Skills Anthrozoology Collections management Mammalian Anatomy and Physiology Animal Health, husbandry and nutrition Herpetology Year 2 Animal Behaviour Animal Welfare Industry Project Ecology Laboratory Skills Teaching and learning will take place at Nescot College, where the Land-based 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 40 minutes. 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 land-based 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. NEW SPECIFICATION TO FOLLOW SHORTLY Students on NESCOT higher education course are typically taught in class sizes of 16 or fewer.


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

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No additional fees or cost information has been supplied for this course, please contact the provider directly.

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