BSc (Hons) Animal Management Top-up


Course facts at a glance

Qualification: Level 6

Mode of study: Full Time

Interview Required: Yes

22/09/2014 - 07/06/2015 [Daytime] (1 year)

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Course Information

The aim of the course is to provide education to students who wish to expand their knowledge of animal management systems and who are interested in developing research techniques in aspects of animal welfare and behaviour, animal collections management and wildlife management.

This BSc (Hons) Top-up degree enables students who have achieved a foundation science degree in Animal Management, Animal Science or a related subject the opportunity to top-up to a full BSc (Hons) qualification.

Teaching and Learning

You will choose, design and conduct an independent research project leading to completion of a dissertation.

Practical animal handling skills, husbandry techniques and important management skills are interwoven throughout the course. The section has strong links with the British and Irish Association of Zoos and Aquariums (BIAZA), as well as links with local and national conservation organisations.

Units Covered

Stage Three Units

  • Dissertation
  • Data Analysis
  • Applied Animal Behaviour and Welfare
  • Applied Animal Health
  • Species Manipulation and Monitoring
  • Animal Industry and Trade
  • Professional Industry Development

Assessment Methods and Research Opportunities

The majority of the assessment is coursework based, comprising of practical portfolios, laboratory reports, seminars and essays. Coursework assessment is supplemented in many units by an examination.

Recent dissertation projects have included studies on the diets of the Malayan Tapir, how kennel size affects stress in dogs in a boarding environment, as well as enrichment studies in variety of species including Aladabra tortoises, harbour seals and lions.

Sparsholt actively submits student work to outside symposia, giving you the opportunity to present your work to the wider world.

For a full programme specification, please click here.


Employment and Progression Opportunities

Previous students of the animal management course have progressed into careers in the industry including some in zoological collections, animal charities and conservation. Other students have continued in education to postgraduate level.

In this final year of the degree in Animal Management you will have the opportunity to research, investigate and explore a specific career area of your choice, with the aim of improving your future marketability in this area of employment. You will be encouraged to seek placements that will provide valuable career guidance, as well as enhancing your CV.

Entry requirements

FdSc qualification in Animal Management, Animal Science or equivalent.

Mature students or students with non-traditional qualifications are encouraged to apply and will be considered on an individual basis.

Evidence of studying science required.

UCAS Course Code: D320

Institution Code: S34

This course is validated by the University of Portsmouth. The Associate College status recognises the strong collaborative and mutually beneficial partnership between the two organisations.

Learning Manager

Kathy Bamber PGCE, BA, BHS II (Reg’d)

Course Tutor:

Kerry Hunt MSc BSc (Hons)


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