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Animal Management: BSc (Hons) (Top-up)

Course information

Course Summary

This course will support students to develop the skills and knowledge required to work in the hugely varied land-based industry. Giving a broad overview of working with animals, the course will allow students to develop their knowledge base in animal nursing, conservation and research, whilst at the same time putting 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.

Course Code:N5806
Study Type:Full Time
Academic Level:Higher Ed
Awarded by:Kingston University
Course Length

This programme is offered in full-time/part-time mode, and leads to the award of BSc (Hons) Top-Up Degree.

Full-time mode requires students to attend 12 hours per week for one academic year (30 weeks) and is timetabled across three days.

Part-time mode requires students to attend 6 hours per week for two academic years, with taught sessions timetabled on one day per week. Small Animal Nursing and Conservation (Terrestrial and Marine) modules must be passed in the first year, as the Animal Management Dissertation and Business modules are delivered in the second year.

Course Detail

The BSc (Hons) Animal Management (Top Up) Degree has been designed to provide a mechanism whereby graduates of the Kingston University Foundation Degree in Animal Management can top-up their qualification to a Bachelor of Science Honours Degree. Consideration will also be given to applicants with passes in comparable Level 5 modules from other institutions.

Teaching and learning will take place at Nescot College, where the land-based 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 at 2019, the collection contains over 400 individuals including mammals, birds, reptiles, amphibians, fish and invertebrates, which allow students to easily apply theory to practice on a regular basis. This will allow students to develop the practical skills necessary to successfully enter the animal and land-based industry across the range of taxa commonly kept in captive animal collections or as companion animals.

All modules are at Level 6:

  • Animal Management Dissertation
  • Small Animal Nursing
  • Principles of Business Management
  • Conservation (Terrestrial and Marine)

A detailed Programme Specification can be viewed by clicking here.

Course Fees

Fees for Academic Year 2022/23

Annual tuition fees: £8,000

Concession: NO
Government Subsidised: NO
Student Loan Available: YES (Higher Education funding available)

Full fee information here

Fees are for 2022/23 entry and are for UK students of all ages. For more information about financial support for students, please click here.

All students are expected to have Personal Protective Equipment, which can be purchased on enrolment for a cost of approximately £40. The course also includes a number of optional study trips which represent an additional cost to students of approximately £50.

The educational research expedition, is an optional part of the Conservation (Terrestrial and Marine) module and represents an additional cost to students of approximately £250. For those students unable to attend, alternative opportunities will be arranged.

Entry Requirements

The minimum entry qualifications for the programme are:

Level 5 qualification in a related subject.

Students lacking the above qualification, but with significant, appropriate experience from the land-based industry may apply. Eligibility will be assessed through interview, portfolio of evidence and a skills assessment which will be mapped against the graduate skills expected for entry at Level 6.

Applications from international students with equivalent qualifications are welcome. A minimum IELTS score of 6.0 with a minimum of 5.5 in any component, or equivalent is required for those for whom English is not their first language.

Other Information


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Nescot will take reasonable steps to provide the courses and services as described, however, the College cannot guarantee the provision of any course or facility. Some circumstances, such as staff changes, resource limitations and other factors over which the College has no control, such as industrial action or a change in the law or the level of demand for a particular programme or module (please note that this list is non-exhaustive), may result in the College having to withdraw or change aspects of the programmes, modules and/or student services detailed on the website. This could include, but not necessarily be limited to, programme/module content, staffing, the location where the programme/module is taught or the manner of teaching delivery, and the facilities provided to deliver or support the programme. Where circumstances demand an unavoidable change or where it is necessary for the College to discontinue a programme of study, Nescot will take all reasonable steps to minimise the effect and all proposed changes will be notified to potential applicants who have registered an interest in the relevant programme at the earliest possible opportunity as well as being reflected on the College’s website. In addition, any changes between the website and the proposed course and services will be notified to applicants at the time of making an offer.

All prices quoted may be subject to change and you will be notified of any such change when any offer of a place is made to you by Nescot.

Should you become a student of the College, this notice shall be a term of any contract between you and Nescot. Any offer of a place at the College shall be subject to the student enrolment conditions and the College’s rules and regulations as amended from time to time. A copy of the Nescot’s current terms and conditions can be obtained in writing from Nescot, Quality Office, Reigate Road, Ewell, Epsom, Surrey, KT17 3DS.

Last updated - 02/11/2021