This course is suited to students wishing to pursue a career in wildlife rehabilitation or conservation. This 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.
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 will get hands-on experience with farm animals, small mammals, companion animals, exotics and aquatics. Zoo Animal Management is delivered at Colchester Zoo, and other modules feature a variety of industry specialists as guest speakers.’
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 classrooms equipped with the latest technology.
There are a range of opportunities for graduates from this course in the animal care sector, which includes research and welfare assessment for wildlife conservation, zoos and animal trade. 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 and second year.
First year core modules include: Core Biology, Principles of Ecology, Comparative Anatomy and Physiology, Academic and Professional Development.
First year optional modules include: Animal Husbandry or Diversity and Evolution.
Second year core modules include: Wildlife Management and Conservation, Genetics and Breeding, Zoo Animal Management, Managing in Organisations, and Research Methods.
Second year optional modules include: Animal Behaviour or Animal Nursing and Rehabilitation.
A variety of teaching methods are employed on the programme 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
Students will complete 200 hours of work experience during each year of study. Typical work placements include zoos, wildlife parks, sanctuaries, wildlife reserves, and rescue and rehabilitation centres. Students will be given support to secure their placements.