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 Animal Health and Welfare Research Centre (AHWRC)
- 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, e.g. 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)||7||Overall score of 7.0 with minimum scores of 6.5 in any of Speaking, Reading, Writing and Listening (CEFR C1) www.ielts.org/about-ielts/ielts-for-migration/united-kingdom|
|PTE Academic||76||Overall score of 76 with a minimum score of 76 in Speaking, Reading, Writing and Listening (CEFR C1) www.pearsonpte.com/selt-tests/pte-academic-ukvi https://pearsonpte.com/|
|Trinity ISE||Pass||Pass in each of Speaking, Reading, Writing and Listening (CEFR C1) www.trinitycollege.com/qualifications/SELT/UKVI|
We will also accept the following qualifications from International Students: LanguageCert International ESOL SELT (CEFR C1) Minimum scores of 33/50 in Speaking, Reading, Writing and Listening (https://www.languagecert.org/)
Please email [email protected] for details
Fees and funding
|Northern Ireland||£3425||Year 1|
|Channel Islands||£3475*||Year 1|
*This is a provisional fee and subject to change.
Additional fee information
If your household income is under £32,960 you could receive a bursary of up to £750 per annum. This can be used to help towards travel costs, books and equipment or anything else that will help you during your course. Depending on the financial information disclosed in your Student Loan application, UCS may make an automatic bursary award based on specific criteria as set out in our Access and Participation Plan. If this is not the case you may still be able to apply for financial support to the UCS HE Hardship fund by completing a Bursary Application Form (available from end of |Term 1). For more information please [email protected].