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Animal Management: Foundation Degree

Course information

Course Summary

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.

Course Code:N5785
Study Type:Full Time
Academic Level:Level 5
Award:Foundation Degree
Awarded by:Kingston University
Course Length

12 hours per week for two years. Details of the course timetable will be available at induction.

Course Detail

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. 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.

Download further details of the course here - Programme Specification. Students on NESCOT higher education course are typically taught in class sizes of 16 or fewer.

First Year Modules

  • Academic Skills
  • Anatomy, Physiology, Health and Husbandry
  • Practical Skills for the Animal Industry
  • Animal Sciences

Second Year Modules

  • Research Project
  • Animal Welfare, Legislation and Ethics
  • Animal Behaviour and Human-Animal Interactions
  • Ecology and Conservation
Course Fees

Fees for Academic Year 2021/22

 Annual Fees: £7,800

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

Fees are for 2021/22 entry and are for UK students of all ages. For more information about financial support for students, please click here.

Additional Costs:

The course also includes a number of optional study trips such as zoos, aquaria, and centres of commercial animal production. These represent an additional cost to students of approximately £350 in year one and £150 in year two.

All students are expected to have Personal Protective Equipment (PPE), which can be purchased at enrolment for a cost of approximately £40.

Entry Requirements

The minimum entry qualifications for the programme are:

From A levels: 80 UCAS Tariff points, typically including a Grade C in A Level Biology

From BTEC: 80 UCAS Tariff points in a Land-based subject.

From City & Guilds: Students progressing from Level 3 Advanced Technical Extended Diploma in Animal Management will need to achieve a MERIT overall.

From Access Diploma: Pass with 60 credits

Plus: 5 GCSEs at Grade 4 or above inclusive of English, Maths & Science

Level 3: Students progressing from Level 3 Animal Management programmes will need to achieve a MERIT overall.

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.

Your Next Steps

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.

Other Information

Students are required to purchase steel toe-capped boots, overalls and waterproof clothing. These can be purchased through our recommended supplier, details of which are available at enrolment.


Disclaimer:

This Nescot College website describes the facilities and courses which the College intends to offer during the academic year commencing Autumn 2020. The web pages are prepared in advance of the academic year to which they relate and every effort has been made to ensure that the information contained in these pages is helpful, fair and accurate at the time of printing. However, this information is subject to change over time.

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.

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Last updated - Apr 2021