What will I learn?
You will develop research techniques in aspects of zoo animal welfare, behaviour and population management and consider the wider roles of the modern zoo in conservation and education.
Students undertake a work placement in each year of the programme and will develop their theoretical knowledge through practical application. Previous student placements have included Finkley Down Farm, Cotswold Wildlife Park, Birdworld and the New Forest Wildlife Park.
You will have the opportunity to develop your academic research through the Year 2 module on Applied Industrial Research, collecting data on a current exotic animal project.
How will I be assessed?
Much of the assessment is coursework based – essays, reports, practical portfolios and seminar presentations. Practical activities, in-class assessments and a limited number of exams also play a part.
Where can I go from here?
This programme will provide progression to BSc (Hons) Zoo Biology Top-up and potentially onto 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.
The first year will provide the animal science foundation and academic skills required for subsequent years, contextualised to the Zoo industry. Specialist units in Exotic Animal Management and Zoo History and Culture will underpin the role of zoos in modern society.
- Academic Skills
- Anatomy and Physiology
- Principles of Biology
- Industrial Experience
- Exotic Animal Management
- Zoo History and Culture
The second year will apply the knowledge gained in year one to develop the skills and knowledge required for the employment in the zoo industry. Research, data collection and industry engagement will be fundamental to the content of year two.
Core units in this year include:
- Animal Health
- Applied Industrial Research
- Population Biology
- Industrial Development
- Zoo Industry Ethics and Legislation
- Zoo Animal Nutrition
- Exotic Animal Behaviour, Welfare and Husbandry (optional)*
- Aquarium Design and Husbandry (optional)*
- A Level – Two A Level passes, including one at grade C or above which should be in a life science
- BTEC Extended Diploma – MMP
- City & Guilds Advanced Technical Ext. Diploma (1080) – MMP in an appropriate pathway
- BTEC National Diploma – MM
- City & Guilds Advanced Technical Extended Diploma (720) MMM in an appropriate pathway
- TLevels – Pass in a relevant subject
- Access to HE – A satisfactory pass in a relevant Access course with 74 tariff points, with 24 credits at merit or above including 12 credits in science-based units
- International Baccalaureate Appropriate IB Certificates considered
- Plus GCSE math and English at grade C/4 or above or Level 2 Functional Skills in maths and English.