This course aims to provide learners with a robust foundation of knowledge to prepare them for employment within this diverse and varied sector.
Learners will study a variety of animal-related topics including the fundamentals of animal husbandry and health, introduction to animal biological sciences, conservation and academic skill development. These topics will be studied using a combination of theory and practical sessions delivered by industry experts and designed to contextualise and develop professional skills within the animal management sector.
The course provides the underpinning theoretical knowledge to inform practical activity and will develop practical skills in animal husbandry, collection management and supervisory skills, alongside the relevant academic and research skills expected for further study at level 6 and for graduate employment.
Practical activities will consist of unique opportunities to work with a range of animal taxa across relevant industries (zoos, animal centres and farms), where they will gain hands-on experience with industry experts ranging from animal carers to conservationists amongst others.
Integrated within this course are work placements where learners will be allocated a position in real animal management establishments, providing learners with experience to further develop their skills to meet industry standards, and aims to help learners stand out to future employers.
This course is ideal for learners who wish to study and work with animals in a range of contexts and those who wish to go on to further study or employment within the animal management sector.
This Foundation Degree is taught at East Durham College’s Houghall Campus in Durham. You can then 'top-up' to a full honours degree at East Durham College too.
Teaching methods include practical sessions at the college and in industry settings, lectures, discussions, case studies and workshops. Students will also be encouraged to develop independent study skills.
Assessment methods include evaluation of work experience, reports, presentations and practical tests.
Intended modules include:
Intended modules include:
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Our offer is:
Substantial relevant experience, considered individually where UCAS tariff is not met.
An offer of a place will take into account any relevant employment experience.
Applicants without formal qualifications may qualify for entry through relevant work-based experience. Applicants may be asked to attend an interview and present a portfolio of evidence.
The annual fee for this course is £8,750 if you are from the UK/Ireland/EU settled/pre-settled.
Please note this course is not available to international students.
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There will be around £100 additional costs to purchase uniforms and safety equipment which students will be able to purchase directly from the college.
There is an opportunity to join the college on an optional Project Wild Gambia Trip in year 2 and this would be approximately £1,250 which is subject to change each year.
This information was correct at the time of publication.
Potential employers include zoos, the RSPCA, overseas wildlife conservation organisations, recreation services, the Police, local authorities, and schools and colleges.
Career opportunities that should become available to those completing FdSc Animal Management would include:
East Durham College is committed to developing the estate at Houghall having already spent £15m on previous phases aligned to strategic priorities. Facilities at Houghall Campus include:
Integrated within this course are work placements where learners will be allocated a position in real animal management establishments, providing learners with experience to further develop their skills to meet industry standards, and aims to help learners stand out to future employers. Learners on this course will have contact with relevant organisations such as Northumberland County Zoo and Durham Wildlife Trust to gain essential practical and academic skills, network with industry professionals and develop opportunities for voluntary and paid work in the sector.
Applicants may be asked to attend an interview and present a portfolio of evidence. Any queries about the FdSc Animal Management course should be made directly to the course team by contacting either:
Rebecca Sweet (Higher Education Course Leader) MSc, BSc (Hons) firstname.lastname@example.org
Laura Bamford (Curriculum Manager - Animal) MSc, FHEA, BSc (Hons) email@example.com
More details can be found on the East Durham College website.