What will I learn?
The programme is designed to combine knowledge and research techniques in aspects of animal welfare and behaviour, animal collections management and wildlife management. Work placements are a key feature and benefit from the College’s strong links with a variety of management organisations. Students often choose to do their work experience overseas, with recent placements including reptile research in Indonesia, wildlife monitoring in Peru and big cat tracking in Asia and Africa. More locally, students have learnt from Bristol Zoo Gardens, the New Forest Wildlife Park, Compassion in World Farming, The Donkey Sanctuary and the Entomology Department of the Natural History Museum. Employability is a focus of the final year, with the opportunity to research, investigate, explore and then gain experience in a specific career area of your choice.
How will I be assessed?
Work placements offer opportunities to gather data for the dissertation project which is submitted at Level 6.
There are research opportunities throughout the programme and University Centre Sparsholt actively submits student work to outside symposia, giving you the opportunity to present your work to the wider world.
Where can I go from here?
You can progress to the MSc in Applied Zoo Biology at University Centre Sparsholt; alternatively there are many MSc and PhD programmes available at other universities. Sparsholt graduates now work in zoological collections, animal charities and conservation both in the UK and overseas.
The year includes an assessed work placement unit, or a period of work placement.
• Data Analysis
• Applied Animal Behaviour and Welfare
• Applied Animal Health
• Species Manipulation and Monitoring
• Professional Industrial Development
• World Animal Industry and Trade
FdSc or HND in Animal Management or related subjects.
Plus GCSE maths and English at grade C/4 or above or Level 2 Functional Skills in maths and English.