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Animal Welfare and Management: Open University Foundation Degree

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Course information

Course Summary

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Animal management has been an integral part of Nescot for the last 40 years and a FD Animal Management programme has been delivered since 2017.

The course is designed for students who are looking to enhance academic and practical skills, where the curriculum builds on existing knowledge and facilitates the application of learning to the practical land-based sector. The programme aims to promote and engage learning in students of all age groups and backgrounds; and is of particular interest students wanting to continue their education in animal management, or existing animal professionals wanting to gain the academic qualifications often required for management within a land-based setting.

Course Code:N5840
Study Type:Full Time
Academic Level:Level 5
Award:FDSc Animal Welfare and Management
Awarded by:Open University
Course Length

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

Course Detail

Students will gain practical experience as well as developing their academic capabilities, thus opening more doors and opportunities within their career pathway. The emphasis is on hands-on professionalism in the management of animals. For example, students take part in every aspect of the lambing season in spring, including having the opportunity to join our team’s 24/7 rota of animal care and supervision.

Animal welfare is central to every module.

Modules being presented are as follows but maybe subject to changes.

Year 1

  • Research Skills
  • Anthrozoology
  • Collections management
  • Mammalian Anatomy and Physiology
  • Animal Health, husbandry and nutrition
  • Herpetology

    Year 2

    • Animal Behaviour
    • Animal Welfare
    • Industry Project
    • Ecology
    • Laboratory Skills

      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 40 minutes.

      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 land-based 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.

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      Students on NESCOT higher education course are typically taught in class sizes of 16 or fewer.

      Course Fees

      Fees for Academic Year 2022/23

      Annual Fees: £7,800

      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.

      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: Students require an overall Merit grade in a Land-based subject.

      From City & Guilds: Students progressing from City and Guilds Extended Diploma in Animal Management require a minimum of Merit Merit Merit.

      From Access Diploma: Pass with 60 credits

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

      Mature students lacking the above qualifications, but with appropriate experience from the land-based industry are invited to 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. Many students at Nescot go on to complete the BSc (Hons) Top-up programme.

      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 the wide range of roles in the land=-based and animal management sectors.

      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


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      Last updated - 21.3.2022