University Centre Sparsholt

Animal Management and Applied Science University Centre Sparsholt Degree level: Undergraduate Awarded by: University of Portsmouth


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  • Designed with employers to give the science skills and breadth of knowledge the industry needs

  • Combine research with practical skills, lab work with field work and put theory into practice

  • Benefit from working with expert lecturers and the largest collection of animals in a UK college

What will I learn?
The programme’s strong science foundation includes biological science, biochemistry, vertebrate anatomy and physiology.

Students also enjoy work placements in organisations as diverse as the Veterinary Laboratories Agency, organic livestock farms and wildlife conservation trusts.

You will have the opportunity to develop your academic research through the Level five module on applied industrial research, choosing an area relevant to a specific sector of interest.

Where can I go from here?
You can progress onto the BSc (Hons) Applied Animal Behaviour, BSc (Hons) Animal Management or BSc (Hons) Zoo Biology Top-up programmmes at University Centre Sparsholt or other organisations.

Our graduates now work in zoological collections, animal charities and veterinary practices.

Course details


• Animal Management
• Principles of Biology
• Anatomy and Physiology
• Work Practice 1
• Industry Skills
• Academic Skills
• Analytical Techniques (Optional unit)
• Human Animal Interaction (Optional unit)

• Population Biology
• Applied Industrial Research
• Work Practice 2
• Ethology and Ethics
• Animal Health
• Animal Management 2
• Nutrition

Assessment method

Much of the assessment is coursework based – essays, reports, practical portfolios and seminar presentations. Practical activities, in-class assessments and a limited number of exams also play a part.

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

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 D329
Institution code S34
Campus name Main Site
Campus code -

This course may be available at alternative locations, please check if other course options are available

Points of entry

The following entry points are available for this course:

  • Year 1

International applicants

We welcome applications from international students. For further details on the English language requirements, visa requirements and student life, please see our website

Entry requirements

Qualification requirements

Qualification Offer Further information
A level CE Two 'A' level passes, including one at grade C or above in a life science.
Pearson BTEC Level 3 National Extended Diploma (first teaching from September 2016) MMP We also accept the following City & Guilds Diploma:

• C&G Advanced Technical Extended Diploma (1080) - MMP in a relevant pathway;
• C&G Advanced Technical Diploma (720) - MM in a relevant pathway
Access to HE Diploma M: 45 credits A satisfactory pass in a relevant Access course with 45 credits at Level 3 with Science units at Merit.
International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme Appropriate IB certificates will be considered
Pearson BTEC Level 3 National Diploma (first teaching from September 2016) MM

Plus GCSE Maths and English at grade C/4 or above, or Level 2 Functional Skills in Maths and English.

English language requirements

Test Grade Additional details
Cambridge English Advanced B Score 169-175 (FCE grade B; CAE level B2)
IELTS (Academic) 6.0 6.0 overall, with a minimum 5.5 in any band
PTE Academic 61.0

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.

Further information

Fees and funding

Tuition fees

Channel Islands £9,800 Year 1
EU £9,250 Year 1
International £9,800 Year 1
England £9,250 Year 1
Northern Ireland £9,250 Year 1
Scotland £9,250 Year 1
Wales £9,250 Year 1

Additional fee information

+ Printing posters: £30- £50 + Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) and course specific equipment: £80 + Optional trips and study tours*: Overseas study tour: £2,500; European study tour: £600 *The cost of compulsory trips, study tours and visits that link directly to assessment are covered by the tuition fees.

Sponsorship information

Sparsholt offers a College Bursary of up to £750 per annum to all eligible students and an Aim Higher Bursary to £1200 to all students progressing from a Sparsholt Level 3 course to a FdSc or BSc. Degree students can also apply for a grant to help cover non-travel costs associated with dissertations/ research projects, and subscriptions. For further details please see our website

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University Centre Sparsholt
SO21 2NF

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