The Foundation Degree in Animal Management enables students to develop the skills and knowledge required to work in the hugely varied landbased industry. Giving a broad overview of working with animals, the course will allow students to develop their knowledge base in animal anatomy, physiology, health, welfare, behaviour and husbandry, whilst at the same time putting the theory into practice at Nescot’s substantial animal care facilities. This will give students the opportunity to develop high standards of education within a vocational setting that is not commonly available at Higher Education Institutions.
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12 hours per week for two years. Details of the course timetable will be available at induction.
A key and exciting feature of the programme is the opportunity for students to take part in a research expedition where they will undertake genuine field work. This takes place at the end of the first year of study and can be used to collect data towards their chosen research project. Projects can be undertaken both overseas and in the UK, providing a real-life experience of animal management research.
The programme presents a unique opportunity to complement studies with extensive work based learning to gain industry experience and wider employability skills. The College has strong links with industry partners, such as Chessington Zoo and the Blue Cross who have provided valuable work experience opportunities to students.
Teaching and learning will take place at Nescot College, where the Landbased 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 half an hour.
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. As of July 2017 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 landbased 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.
First Year Modules
Second Year Modules
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.
The minimum entry qualifications for the programme are:
From A levels: 80 UCAS Tariff points, typically including a Grade C in A2 Biology
BTEC: 80 UCAS Tariff points in an Landbased subject
Access Diploma: Pass with 60 credits
Plus: 5 GCSE’s at Grade 4 or above inclusive of English, Maths & Science
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.
A range of alternative qualifications or experience that is equivalent to the typical offer will be considered. 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.
The Foundation Degree in Animal Management provides a progression route on to an honours degree in a related subject, as well as into employment.
Preparation for work is an integral part of the FD in Animal Management. The programme has been designed to enable students to develop their employability skills to support progression and success in a competitive economy.
The department has functional links with employers to ensure the skills and knowledge acquired by students is appropriate to workplace requirements. Such links include Chessington Zoo and Sea Life Centre while Surrey Wildlife Trust’s Priest Hill Nature Reserve is a short walk from the campus.
The ‘practice’ aspect of the programme is emphasised in taught material, practical activities and work based placements and assessments. The Nescot Animal Care Unit and other work place opportunities play a central role in developing practical skills in a safe learning environment, while also offering the students some autonomy to make decisions as they would in their own practice. All students are encouraged to gain animal related vocational experience throughout the year and are actively encouraged to gain additional continual professional development courses. They are also encouraged to explore the job market and possible career paths, and to consider attributes that employers look for in graduates above and beyond essential academic skills.
In addition to developing subject specific skills some modules place emphasis on developing the transferable skills essential to successful employment. This includes oral and written communication and presentation skills, planning and organisation of tasks.
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