If you have a real passion for working with animals, you will discover a wide choice of occupations in the thriving and varied animal management sector. This course gives you a solid introduction to all aspects of animal management to prepare you for a highly successful career.
Our foundation degree course has been designed to give you the right aptitude and attitude to work within the animal management sector. You will develop your hands-on skills and theoretical knowledge through a fascinating range of academic study, practical classes and industrial visits.
This two-year course consists of 12 modules designed to reflect the diverse nature of animal management. These will be delivered through engaging lectures and practical studies in our laboratories and on-site animal unit. Your learning will be enhanced through field trips to enable you to apply theory to practice.
You will also take part in relevant work-based learning equivalent to one day per week. Support in identifying appropriate work placement opportunities will be provided.
Your learning will be supported by our highly qualified teaching team who have a wealth of academic and professional experience in many specialist areas. Guest speakers will ensure that you receive the most up-to-date professional experience and knowledge.
Delivered at our Broomfield Hall Campus, the full time route* includes 15 hours of taught material each week, with a minimum of 15 hours of expected self-study per week. The course will run with a minimum of six students.
*This course can also be accessed part time.
This course is regulated by OfS and the qualification is awarded by the University of Derby.
All students have access to the UDO online platform, the Derby College Learning Resources Centre, the University of Derby library, and the College’s Moodle pages.
All applicants will be invited to an interview to discuss their qualifications, experience and any other related issues.
You should have one of the following:
You will also need:
We also welcome applicants who lack institutional qualifications. All such applicants will be interviewed and may be set an appropriate piece of work upon which a judgement will be made, taking into account their academic potential and relevant experience.
You will need to be aged 18 or over at the beginning of the course.
All applicants are subject to approval from the University of Derby.
Year 1 Modules:
Principles of Animal Husbandry (20 credits)
The primary aim of this module is to give students the underpinning knowledge required to undertake practical animal husbandry tasks competently and confidently. A range of species will be utilised in this predominantly practical module.
Principles of Animal Science (20 credits)
An understanding of how biological systems work is an essential part of students’ exploration of the animals with which they will be working. This basic knowledge will enable students to correctly interpret biological evidence in order to make sound scientific decisions about the management of animals.
Introduction to Animal Health and Welfare (20 credits)
This module aims to develop an understanding of animal welfare science with an emphasis on the importance of animal health. The roles of disease and disease prevention will be explored. Students will have the opportunity to create and implement a welfare assessment in order to evaluate the suitability of management strategies and suggest improvements.
Introduction to Animal Anatomy and Physiology (20 credits)
A detailed understanding of the structure, function and homeostatic mechanisms of the animal body will enable students to apply an understanding of environmental requirements and carry out the effective monitoring of animal health and successful animal management. In this module, students will develop an understanding of the structure and function of animal organ systems, animal support and movement, and the homeostatic mechanisms required to maintain animal health.
Introduction to Work Experience in the Animal Management Sector (20 credits)
Throughout this module, students will have the opportunity to negotiate and perform activities which will enable them to achieve work-related understanding and skills while being supported by their work placement supervisors and module supervisor. Students will produce evidence of carrying out different activities and will recognise the scope of what they have achieved by regularly reflecting on their performance.
Essential Study Skills for Lifelong Learning (20 credits)
This module will introduce students to the study skills required to be successful in higher education. They will be advised on a range of strategies to manage their own time and how to carry out independent learning.
Year 2 Modules:
Applied Animal Nutrition (20 credits)
This module aims to develop students' understanding of the nutritional requirements of a variety of species and factors which need to be taken into consideration when designing feeding regimes. An understanding of the chemical composition of nutrients will be required as well as an appreciation of techniques used to analyse animal feed.
Natural History of Exotic Mammals (20 credits)
This module aims to develop students’ understanding of the natural history and anatomy of exotic mammalian species, with an emphasis on morphological and physiological adaptations and characteristics which enable them to thrive within their natural habitats and the implications this has for their husbandry in a captive environment.
Planning and Managing Animal Breeding Programmes (20 credits)
Students will consider the key concepts of planning and managing breeding courses, as well as gaining an in-depth understanding of the principles of heredity, and the application of advanced breeding technologies, including genetic manipulation techniques.
Ethology of Domestic and Captive Animals (20 credits)
When working with domestic animals, it is essential to have a firm understanding of the biological basis of their behaviours. This module will provide the student with the historical background to ethology and the genetics and evolution of behaviour, including the process of domestication. It will also address the biological control of behaviour and the implications of this for animal welfare.
Continuing Work Experience in the Animal Management Sector (20 credits)
This module develops the skills learnt in the first year work experience module. It will allow students to reflect on the work they have already carried out and identify areas where further development is required. While doing this, they will reflect on their own practice and complete a professional development plan (PDP). To support this, students will be guided on how to plan for their career, hear from a range of visiting speakers and explore the role professional bodies can play in supporting their career development.
Research Methods and Scientific Communication (20 credits)
This unit will enhance students’ understanding and use of the methodologies employed when carrying out research. It will develop students’ knowledge of the range of information sources and will equip them with the skills to plan, conduct, interpret and present data from research projects, supported by statistical analysis. By completing this module, students will gain vital preparation to assist them in undertaking their own research in their future studies or careers.
While on the course, you will be assessed using a variety of methods, including assignments, practical work, reports, group presentations and poster presentations. All assessment methods have been designed to focus on skills specific to the industry while incorporating key transferable skills.
You are required to meet the entrance costs to various visitor attractions, such as zoos, to support your studies. These would need to be paid at the time of the event. The anticipated costs will be approximately £25 in Year 1 and £40 in Year 2.
You will be required to purchase a Derby College Group polo shirt for practicals and a lab coat and steel toe cap boots (circa £75).
Upon successful completion of this two-year course, you will be equipped with the knowledge and skills to pursue a new career or advance an existing one in a wide variety of animal management fields.
The course will provide excellent practical skills, enabling you to develop necessary industrial experience with a wide variety of animal species.
This course also provides an ideal platform to top-up to a Level 6 (degree) course specialising in a wide variety of subjects such as Human-Animal Interactions and Animal Training. In addition, you will study Animal Welfare Science and Business Enterprise.
This qualification is awarded by the University of Derby.
DCG Zoology student Kyle Harwood has wanted to be aczookeeper right from the first time he went to a zoo at the age of four.
Kyle, who grew up with a wide variety of pets, including snakes and lizards, would especially like to work in the reptile house.
And he’s well on the way to gaining the necessary qualifications, thanks to Derby College’s foundation degree course in Animal Management (zoo and wildlife) Nineteen-year-old Kyle, who is from Heanor, joined the FdSc course after completing the level 3 in Animal Care at Broomfield Hall.
He said: “Some of the FdSc coursework is challenging but it’s always engaging. I particularly liked the conservation module and I’m really enjoying learning about captive breeding, which we’re doing now, and zoo husbandry. We did nutrition during 2020, which I found interesting. and complex. There are so many technical aspects to it, which tested my maths!”
Kyle – who described the atmosphere at Broomfield as comfortable and friendly – also appreciates the opportunity for practical work experience the College provides.
He added: “One of the reasons I chose Broomfield to study animal care was for the hands-on contact we get with the animals. Not many colleges in the country offer that but Derby College does, and it’s just 20 minutes from where I live.”
Kyle plans to take the top-up course next year so he has the full BSc (Hons) degree.
He added: “Zookeeping is competitive to get into but having a Zoology degree should give me the edge. It will open so many more doors.”
One of the reasons I chose Broomfield to study animal care was for the hands-on contact we get with the animals. Not many colleges in the country offer that but Derby College does, and it’s just 20 minutes from where I live.