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. By building on the skills and knowledge developed during your HND or foundation degree studies, you will be in an excellent position to either pursue a new career, consider self-employment or progress in your existing role.
This one-year top-up course consists of five 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 supported by our highly qualified teaching team who have a wealth of academic and professional experience in many specialist areas. Guest speakers will also ensure that you receive the most up-to-date professional experience and knowledge. This will be enhanced further through field trips (mandatory and voluntary) to enable you to apply theory to practice.
Delivered at our Broomfield Hall campus, the course includes 15 hours of taught material each week with a minimum of 15 hours of expected self-study.
This course is regulated by OfS and the qualification is awarded by the University of Derby. Upon completion, you will achieve a Bachelor of Science degree from the University.
All students benefit from access to the UDO online platform, the Derby College Learning Resources Centre, the University of Derby library, and the College’s Moodle pages.
The programme will run with a minimum of six students. In 2020-21 we enrolled ten students on this programme.
You should have attained a Merit grade (2:2) or higher from a foundation degree or HND in a relevant subject.
You will also need GCSEs at grades 9-4 (A*-C), or equivalent, in English and Maths.
All applicants will be invited to an interview to discuss their qualifications, experience and any other related issues.
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.
Animal Interactions, Law and Ethics (20 credits)
This module aims to develop students’ understanding of the psychology of the human-animal bond and how human actions can conflict with animal welfare and rights. Students will analyse the difficulties faced when considering ethical dilemmas involving animals. Finally, students will consider how and why laws involving animals have changed and evaluate the impacts that policies and legislation have on animal welfare.
Recent Developments in Animal Welfare Science (20 credits)
Dogs and cats are among the most popular companion animals in the UK. This module will critically analyse human relationships with these animals from domestication to modern day use.
Creating and Managing Animal Training Programmes (20 credits)
This module is designed to give students the opportunity to develop, implement and evaluate a training course based on scientific approaches. There will be an emphasis on the underpinning theories of animal learning and cognitive behaviour. Throughout, students will analyse factors affecting the progress of training courses and the importance of flexibility and record keeping.
Setting up a Successful Animal Business Enterprise (20 credits)
Nearly 50% of the workforce in the land-based sector is self-employed. The aim of this module is to provide students with the knowledge and practical skills required to set up and run a small business enterprise in the animal industry.
Independent Animal Research Project (40 credits)
Students will conduct an in-depth investigation into a specific aspect of their course of study. This research may be developed from elements of the course, linked to the student’s individual interests or to areas where they may wish to seek future employment. Completion of this unit will enhance students’ understanding of the techniques used in the formulation of research projects, typical research methodologies and formats of presentation.
While on the course, you will be assessed using a variety of methods including assignments, practical work, reports, group presentations and poster presentations. All formative and summative assessment methods have been designed to focus on skills specific to the industry while incorporating key transferable skills.
Entrance costs to various visitor attractions, such as zoos, to support your studies will be required at the time of each visit. The anticipated total costs will be approximately £40 for the duration of the course.
You will be required to purchase a Derby College Group polo shirt for practicals, plus a lab coat and steel toe cap boots (circa £75).
Upon successful completion of this one-year course, you will be equipped with the knowledge and skills to either 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. It will also equip you with experience of independent research and an opportunity to develop a business proposal should you wish to embark on an entrepreneurial endeavour or become self-employed.
This course also provides an ideal platform to study Level 7 (masters) courses specialising in a wide variety of subjects such as Conservation, Animal Management or Animal Behaviour.
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.