This course is a vocational qualification, allowing students to combine theoretical learning and work experience. Students undertake a series of specialist animal science modules combined with research and work-based modules. It is suited to students wishing to pursue a career in the animal science and veterinary industries.Students are also given the opportunity to travel to South Africa in the second year for a two week field course which focuses on wildlife management and species conservation.’.
Students have access to the Animal Unit facilities at UCS Otley where they get hands on experience with farm animals, small mammals, companion animals, exotics and aquatics. Some lessons are also taught in the science laboratories at UCS Ipswich.
Students have exclusive access to the HE Centre at UCS Otley which includes a study room, wireless internet access, a common room with kitchen facilities as well as each classroom being equipped with the latest technology.
There are a range of opportunities for graduates from this course, particularly within the animal care sector which include research and welfare assessment for pet industries, zoos, retail, and animal trade or livestock production. There is also the opportunity to progress to BA (Hons) Professional Studies at UCS.
Content and Modules
Students study a number of core modules each year, along with one additional optional module in the first year and two during the second year of study.
First year core modules include: Core Biology, Animal Health, Anatomy and Physiology, and Academic and Professional Development.
First year optional modules include: Animal Husbandry or Diversity and Evolution.
Second year core modules include: Animal Welfare, Animal Nutrition, Managing in an Organisation, and Research Methods.
Second year optional modules include: Animal Behaviour or Animal Nursing and Rehabilitation, and Genetics and Breeding or Biochemistry and Microbiology.
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Students complete 200 hours of work experience during each year of study. Typical placements include veterinary clinics and practices, welfare organisations, and charities. Students are given support to secure their placements.
A variety of teaching methods are used during this course including lectures, seminars, practical sessions, debates, guest speakers and field visits. Students are assessed using a range of methods including scientific reports, essays, oral presentations, portfolios, exams and vocational projects.