Royal Agricultural University

Animal Management and Zoology Royal Agricultural University Degree level: Undergraduate

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This Foundation Degree focuses on particular strengths of both partners and the special locations of both institutions and aims to create or develop animal management professionals with a broad understanding of holistic approaches to the management of a diverse animal collection using modern, naturalistic enclosures in accordance with best practice.

Students will acquire advanced practical animal management skills whilst furthering business and enterprise skills needed to manage animal and zoological collections including enriching the welfare of animals in captivity, designing enclosures and educating the public with regards to conservation and issues associated with captivity. Additionally students will be debating the ethical stance of the use of animals globally, conduct breeding programme and understand how to conduct animal encounters that reach beyond the boundaries of the collection.

Students will travel internationally in their 2nd year and work on an animal conservation project. Numerous trips are organised for students to further understand how the theory taught is implemented in the animal industry allowing students to get behind the scenes access at zoos, organised educational talks by professionals in the animal industry ranging from exotic vets, to herpetologists and many more. Students also have the opportunity to go on placements within the animal industry in accordance to their interest (i.e. zoological collections, rehabilitation centres etc.) both nationally and internationally.

Upon successful completion of this course, students have the opportunity to progress onto an appropriate Top Up degree course or start immediate employment within the animal industry. Completing this Foundation Degree gives all students the tools to become an animal manager of a collection of animals, work within rehabilitation/conservation, zoological collections or even start their own animal business.

This course is taught at Capel Manor College, Enfield campus.

For part-time study, please contact the Admissions Office for more information.

Course details

Modules

Year 1 (Level 4) - Animal Husbandry, Health and Nutrition; Industry Experience; Animal Disease and Immunology; Ethology and Training; Comparative Anatomy and Physiology; Animal Collection Design; Avian Science; Herpetological Management; Professional Business Practice.

Year 2 (Level 5) - Research Project; Conservation Biology; Collections Management; Animal Nutrition; Advanced Industry Experience;
Management of Reproduction and Breeding; Animal Welfare and Ethics; Veterinary Skills

Assessment method

A wide range of assessment techniques will be applied throughout the programme to confirm learning outcomes. These will include:
Reports and illustrated reports; Oral and visual presentations; Practical assessments; Research projects; Portfolios / appraisals, Case studies; Business plans; Peer and self-assessment; Time constrained tests.


How to apply

You can no longer submit a new application for courses starting in 2019.

If you already have a 2019 application and are in Clearing, you can add this course as a Clearing choice in Track – contact the university or college first to check they have places.

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 code 103Z
Institution code R54
Campus name Capel Manor College
Campus code C

Points of entry

The following entry points are available for this course:

  • Year 1
  • Year 2

International applicants

The Royal Agricultural University is unable to sponsor a Tier 4 Student Visa for this course owing to UKVI regulations.


Entry requirements

Qualification requirements

Qualification Offer Further information
UCAS Tariff 56 points minimum one A2 subject
A level CD Example of possible offer
Pearson BTEC Level 3 National Extended Diploma (first teaching from September 2016) MPP
Access to HE Diploma 45 credits at Level 3
Scottish Higher CCD
AS Acceptable when combined with other qualifications
International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme 24 points
Leaving Certificate - Higher Level (Ireland) (first awarded in 2017) H3, H4, H4
Pearson BTEC Level 3 National Diploma (first teaching from September 2016) MM

Three GCSE subjects at Grade C/4 or above including English Language and mathematics

Additional entry requirements

Interview

may be required


English language requirements

Test Grade Additional details
IELTS (Academic) 6.0 none of the four elements below 5.5

Fees and funding

Tuition fees

Channel Islands £6,000 Year 1
EU £6,000 Year 1
International £11,185 Year 1
England £6,000 Year 1
Northern Ireland £6,000 Year 1
Scotland £6,000 Year 1
Wales £6,000 Year 1

Additional fee information

Year 1 - 1) The Living Rainforest £15 (Unit Herpetological Management); 2) London Zoo £12 (Unit Animal Collections Design: Includes an educational Session); 3) Colchester Zoo, £10 (includes a module session). (Unit Animal Collections Design); 4) Presentation of birds of prey and interaction (Kala Dowsett) £7 a student (At Enfield). (Unit Animal Husbandry, Health and Nutrition); 5) Royal Veterinary College (Museum Tour) (free entry) (Comparative Anatomy and Physiology); 6) Yearly annual field trip (Previously the trips have been to South Africa at an Animal Reserve where students volunteered on the reserve) the cost will be up to £2,500 per student for 2 weeks approximately. Year 2 - 1) Paradise Wildlife Zoo £15 (Unit Welfare and Ethics); 2) Colchester Zoo, £10 (includes a module session). (Unit Collections Management/ Conservation Biology); 3) Animal Heathrow Reception Centre £10 approximately does depend on what will be covered though (Unit Collections Management); 4) Yearly annual field trip (Previously the trips have been to South Africa at an Animal Reserve where students volunteered on the reserve) the cost will be up to £2,500 per student for 2 weeks approximately; 5) South Essex Wildlife Hospital (Guided tour and talk with the manager of the hospital) £11 a student (Unit Conservation Biology); 6) Field Trip promoting conservation (No more than £500 including flights/stay/accommodation-possibly Tenerife visiting the Atlantic Whale Foundation) (Unit Conservation Biology ); 7) British Wildlife Trust £11.50; 8) Visit the Royal Agricultural University: Approximately £70 each for 5 days (include transportation/food/accommodation) (Unit Conservation Biology).

Provider information

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Cirencester
GL7 6JS


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