UCS, the home of The National Zoo Academy is delighted to announce a NEW Foundation Degree in Science for 2019, Applied Zoo Science!

The two-year course, starting in September next year will see students benefit from working with expert lecturers and a diverse and exciting collection of animals in our BIAZA-member centre. Alongside forming extensive industry contacts and developing employability skills the course will focus on zoo culture, promotion of natural environments and behaviours to support conservation and meeting the growing awareness of the needs of exotic species collections.  


Modules in Year 1 (Level 4) will provide the foundation in animal science and academic skills required for subsequent years whilst specialist units such as Exotic Animal Management and Zoo History and Culture will underpin the role of zoos in modern society. Year 2 (Level 5) will apply the knowledge gained in year one to develop the skills and knowledge required for employment in the zoo industry. Research, data collection and industry engagement will be fundamental throughout. Much of the assessment will be coursework based with a limited number of exams and practical activities will include in-class assessments.


FdSc Applied Zoo Science will provide progression to the BSc (Hons) Zoo Biology (top-up), from which students have potential to progress onto the MSc Applied Zoo Biology. Sparsholt graduates now work in a variety of roles in the zoo and conservation sectors including keeper, nutritionist, veterinary nursing, education, media and marketing.


To find out more from the experts and experience Sparsholt, the home of The National Zoo Academy, come along to our next Open Event for University Centre Sparsholt on Saturday 17 November 2018, 10am-2pm. Book a place now.


This course is subject to validation by the University of Portsmouth. You can still apply for this course while it is being approved.