What You Study
Units introduce the student to animal behaviour, anatomy, physiology, health and nutrition, animal husbandry and how this relates to behaviour and management.
Subjects develop on the first year, becoming more applied. Units include welfare and legislation, behaviour of companion animals and wildlife management.
Students can choose to study one of the following optional modules: Behaviour and Management of Production Species, Fundamentals of Animal Training, Exotic Animal Management and Wild Mammal Behaviour, Ecology and Conservation.
Option modules will run where there are sufficient student numbers, otherwise an alternative option module may be offered.
- Applicants will have a minimum of 80 UCAS points, which may be from qualifications such as A Levels, BTEC Level 3 Extended Diplomas, Access to Higher Education Diplomas and City and Guilds Advanced Technical Diplomas, amongst others. Please use the UCAS Tariff points calculator to determine the UCAS points value of your qualification.
- Applicants need GCSE English Language at grade C / 4 or above, or an equivalent qualification.
- Applicants need an appropriate academic reference.
- Life and / or experience of non-traditional students will be taken into account when considering applications. The successful completion of an entry task may be required when considering applications without the required formal entry qualifications.
- If your first language is not English, or a Tier 4 student visa to study is required and GCSE grade C / 4 English or equivalent is not held, English language proficiency level such as International English Language Testing System (IELTS) 6.0 overall (with a minimum 5.5 in each skill) will need evidencing.
- Students with an appropriate HNC can apply for direct entry to Year 2.
Approximately 16 hours a week to include lectures, seminars, work experience, practicals and tutorials. Students are also expected to carry out a significant amount of private study (approx. 25-30 hours a week) in addition to contact time. A part-time option is also available.
Students can expect to receive their timetables during induction week.
Work experience is an integral part of the programme. Past students have gained placements all over the country working with companion and exotic animals. A total of 152 hours is required in a related part of the industry over the two years of the course.
Learning and Teaching Approach
This programme is delivered with a variety of learning and teaching approaches to include all students learning styles and preferences.
For all modules, theory lectures are delivered that aim to deliver the core content and provide the underpinning knowledge. To complement the theory lectures, students have group seminars / practical sessions that are used to reinforce concepts delivered theoretically. The teaching methods focus on facilitating a student centred approach to enhance the independent learning that takes place outside of the classroom.
Students can choose to study at the Bishop Burton campus in East Yorkshire or at the Riseholme campus, which is in Lincolnshire.
How You're Assessed
Assessment includes practical reports and demonstrations, written assignments, portfolios, scientific posters and group or individual presentations. There are no formal examinations. Opportunities for feedback on assessments is available prior to the final submission to support student development and achievement.
Staff aim to return assessed work within a 15 working day timeframe (not including holidays) in order that students can most benefit from the feedback.
Upon successful completion of the FdSc AMB (and specified option modules) students may progress to one of the following programmes:
- BSc Bioveterinary Science
- BSc Applied Animal Behaviour and Training
- BSc Animal Behaviour and Welfare
- BSc Wildlife and Conservation Management
Work in animal rescue and rehabilitation, within zoos and wildlife parks, as an animal facility manager, kennel and cattery manager, pet store manager or pursue a career within conservation.
Equipment Required / Additional Costs
Students are required to have a kennel coat or overalls in blue and a white lab coat, which are available from our online shop. Steel toe-capped footwear is also required. We anticipate this will cost approximately £100.
Training equipment will also be required (i.e. clicker and target stick) for the training related module.
A suitable electronic device, e.g. a laptop or tablet, with internet connectivity is required for accessing online learning.
An SPSS licence may be beneficial and can be purchased from our online shop.
There may also be additional costs for educational visits / trips and enrichment activities.
On successful completion of the programme, students have the opportunity to graduate at a ceremony wearing formal dress. The hire of the formal dress is an additional cost.
How To Apply
Apply for the full-time course through UCAS, using code DC33, and application to the part-time programme is through our online application form.
Applications for the year you wish to study open in September the year before. Whilst UCAS advertise a January deadline, we continue to accept applications through to the September you wish to start with us, provided we have spaces available and the programme remains open.
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