University Centre Sparsholt has opted into the TEF and received a Gold award.
WHY CHOOSE THIS DEGREE?
- Taught by industry experts who are research active and have strong national and international links
- Benefit from one of the largest collections of animals in our BIAZA-member centre
- Possibility to undertake a six-month industry placement and research project
• Research Project and Research Methods - The research project enables students to undertake a detailed experimental study in a chosen area to develop analytical research skills with the support of dedicated supervisors. The student profile is developed throughout the programme, utilising a range of advanced academic and research skills with an emphasis on the practical industry applications of research findings. Interpretation and critical evaluation of current research findings will enable the student to further develop links between the zoo industry and the scientific community. • Evidence-based Husbandry - Zoo husbandry has traditionally relied on inference and anecdote but the need for an evidence based approach is now well documented. Practical application of species biology will be considered and developed alongside a range of methods that can be utilised to evaluate current welfare and husbandry standards. Behavioural analysis and enclosure utilisation studies will underpin this approach, along with wider consideration of health and nutrition. • Contemporary issues in Zoo Biology - This unit sets the historical context of zoos and considers their evolution. The roles of the modern zoo are considered in line with the World Zoo and Aquarium Conservation Strategy with future trends identified and considered. Population management and conservation biology are discussed and applied to modern zoo theory with the use of industry specific software (for example ZIMS) integrated into this delivery. • Visitor Studies and Interpretation - Education is arguably the most important role of the modern zoo. This unit explores how visitors engage with and learn from the numerous opportunities provided within the zoo, drawing on the principles of interpretation, exhibitry and recreational learning theory. It explores the cultural and social context of the zoo and investigates visitor motivation and expectations. Methods of delivering the zoo message will be considered with evaluation of the effectiveness and impact of provision a key theme.
Units are assessed by a mix of coursework, practical assessments, exams, case studies and project work. Emphasis is placed on the development of critical evaluation and research skills with the use of formative assessments throughout the programme of study.
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
We welcome applications from international students. For further details on the English language requirements, visa requirements and student life, please see our website https://www.sparsholt.ac.uk/international/.
BSc (Hons) in Animal Management, Animal Science or a related subject at 2:2 or above
English language requirements
|IELTS (Academic)||6.5||Overall score of 6.5 with a minimum of 6.0 in any band|
|Cambridge English Advanced||A||Score 176-185 (FCE grade A; CAE level B2)|
We will also accept the following qualifications from EU students: GCSE English Language at grade C/4 or above; IGCSE English (as a first or second language) at grade C/4 or above; AS or A level English Language or English Literature; International Baccalaureate (English A or B syllabus or English Literature Standard or Higher level) grade 4.
Fees and funding
|Northern Ireland||£3350||Year 1|
|Channel Islands||£4600*||Year 1|
*This is a provisional fee and subject to change.
Additional fee information
Sparsholt offers a College Bursary for financial support to eligible students. Degree students can also apply for a grant to help cover non-travel costs associated with dissertations/ research projects, and subscriptions. For further details, plus information on the loans available to both postgraduate and undergraduate students, please see our website https://www.sparsholt.ac.uk/university-centre/fees-and-funding/.
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Clearing Contact Details
There is still time to join us at University Centre Sparsholt this September through clearing. Every year, students find their ideal course in UCAS Clearing or Adjustment. It gives you another opportunity to find the best course for you – whether you’ve changed your mind, your results surprised you or you’re just starting to think about starting university this year. Our courses range from Applied Animal Science, Zoo Biology and Equine to Wildlife Ecology and Conservation, Aquaculture and Fishery Management, Marine Ecology and Conservation and Veterinary Nursing Science. Why choose University Centre Sparsholt? Excellent industry links; Outstanding facilities; Expert lecturers; Specialised degrees; TEF Gold award; Accredited by University of Portsmouth; and a Hampshire countryside campus or city living in Winchester
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