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Why choose this course? Looking for a fulfilling and rewarding vocation? Then how about preparing for a job in the animal care industry, where you could find yourself working around the world with species ranging from apes to insects.
Whether you are looking to forge a career in the animal industry or simply gain a greater understanding of this fascinating subject, this course will help to equip you with the knowledge and practical skills required.
You will be introduced to life in the animal sector and the current issues and debates surrounding animals and welfare, as well as study and learn with tutors who are specialists in their field and actively involved in areas such as conservation, animal behaviour, animal husbandry and welfare.
There are work placements too in a range of animal sector settings across the UK and the world including at zoos, wildlife centres, animal training facilities and conservation organisations.
You can also choose to study this course with a foundation year over three years UCAS code:85D4
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- Skills and Training
- Animal Behaviour
- Gain hands-on experience of working with a variety of animals in a range of settings.
- Develop high level knowledge of animal behaviour, husbandry, and training.
- Urban and rural study environments - split your study time between the Northop campus set in stunning North Wales countryside and our Wrexham campus, on the edge of the largest town in North East Wales.
- Excellent links with industry and opportunities to secure work placements which will enhance your career prospects. Gain experience in a range of practical situations from zoo work to training assistance dogs.
- Industry-active staff with specialist academic and practical skills, and experience of working with a range of domestic, and wild animals.
- Top up to a full BSc (Hons) degree in Animal Studies once you’ve completed the foundation degree (further one year of study needed).
Year 1 (Level 4)
In the first year you are introduced to the concepts in biology and animal welfare that you will use throughout the rest of your course. You will also undertake a period of work experience so that you become familiar with the animal sector. Laboratory skills are essential to science and you will receive a foundation in these.
- Captive Animal Husbandry and Enclosure Design
- Ethology and Anthrozoology
- Academic and Personal Development
- Working in the Animal Sector
- Foundation Zoological Science
- Ethics and Animal Welfare
In the second year you will build upon your first year’s knowledge and develop your understanding of a variety of topics in more detail. Of particular importance in a foundation degree is consolidating your employability skills. You will carry out an applied project as consultancy with an organisation and learn research skills and report writing within research methodologies.
- Bioveterinary Science
- Research Methodologies
- Animal Learning and Training
- Survey Skills for Conservation
- Applied Project
The information listed in this section is an overview of the academic content of the programme that will take the form of either core or option modules. Modules are designated as core or option in accordance with professional body requirements and internal academic framework review, so may be subject to change.