Foundation Degree (Level 5)
2 years full-time/3 years part-time
This programme will allow you to develop a range of practical and knowledge-based skills related to the animal industry. You will learn about a wide range of animals from companion and livestock to wildlife. You will gain an extensive knowledge of animal health and welfare, which will be practically applied using the laboratory, farm and animal unit to ensure that you have both the theoretical and practical knowledge to excel within your chosen career.
Compulsory work experience will allow you to develop practical experience in the workplace, whilst business and employment elements improve transferable skills and enable you to set up your own business.
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- The Applied Animal Health and Welfare programme is designed to prepare you for working within the animal sciences industry, helping to improve and monitor the welfare and health of animals in a variety of roles across the industry.
- The programme will allow you to learn in-depth biology and physiology of the animal, and will include the science behind animal health, disease and welfare. It focuses on ensuring you have the necessary laboratory skills to work in a range of areas by completing a variety of lab-based modules in your first and second year. It will also allow you to perform basic diagnostic techniques.
- It is important that you are able to handle and have a good overall knowledge of a variety of animals. You will therefore also be completing modules in practical handling skills across a range of species such as mammals, birds, reptiles, amphibians and invertebrates.
- Upon successful completion of this foundation degree, you could progress to top up your studies on the final year of the BSc Bioveterinary Science or BSc Animal Behaviour and Welfare.
- Academic Professional Skills
- Comparative Anatomy and Physiology
- Applied Animal Health and Nutrition
- Applied Animal Behaviour
- Animal Handling and Welfare
- Professional Skills in the Industry
- Livestock Health Management
- Data Skills for Animal Scientists
- Ethics, Welfare and Legislation
- Wildlife Health and Rehabilitation Methods
- Leadership Skills in Industry
- Advances in Veterinary Diagnostic Technologies and Laboratory Science
You will need to 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, T levels amongst others. Please use the UCAS Tariff points calculator to determine the UCAS points value of your qualification.
You will need GCSE English Language at grade C / 4 or above, or an equivalent qualification.
You will need an appropriate academic reference.
If you have an appropriate subject relevant HNC/level 4 qualification you can apply for direct entry to Level 5.
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.
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, you will 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 your independent learning that takes place outside of the classroom.
The full-time route includes up to 16 hours a week of contact time, encompassing lectures, seminars, practicals and tutorials.
You are also expected to carry out a significant amount of independent study in addition to contact time (approximately 25-30 hours a week). Independent study includes reading around the subject, preparing for tutorials and seminars, preparing for, and completing, module assessments; forming an essential part of a students learning journey.
A part-time option is also available.
You can expect to receive your timetable during induction week.
- A tablet, laptop or stationery to take notes in lectures and seminars
- College-branded white laboratory coat
- College-branded blue kennel coat
- All college-branded equipment will need to be purchased from our online shop.
- Appropriate waterproof outdoor clothing and footwear for outdoor practicals
- Strong steel toe capped boots for practical sessions
- The college has a strict policy of not allowing work boots inside college buildings you will need to have alternative footwear (shoes or trainers) to attend lectures and tutorials.
- Roughly £300 to cover the costs of field trips and visits over the duration of your programme
- On successful completion of the programme, you will have the opportunity to graduate at a ceremony wearing formal dress. The hire of the formal dress is an additional cost.
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