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Level: 5

Location: Broomfield Hall

Years: 2

Weeks: 33

Hours: 15.00

Start: 21/09/2020

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Tuition (£): 6500.00*

Interview: Y

Course Summary

If you have a real passion for working with animals, and want to specialise in zoo and wildlife management, this course will lead you to a wide choice of occupations in what is a thriving and varied sector. It gives you a solid introduction to all aspects of zoo and wildlife 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 zoo and wildlife conservation sector. You will develop your hands-on skills and theoretical knowledge through a fascinating range of academic study, practical classes, national and international trips, and industrial visits.

The two-year course consists of 12 modules designed to reflect the diverse nature of zoo and wildlife management.  These will be delivered through engaging lectures and practical studies in our laboratories, on-site animal unit and within local zoological collections.  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 option* includes 15 hours of taught material each week with a minimum of eight hours of expected self-study per week.  The course will run with a minimum of six students. 

(*This course can also be studied part time - 1 day a week.)

(Course fee application is under the FdSc Animal Management code for the SFE)

The course is regulated by HEFCE and the qualification is awarded by the University of Derby.

All students have access to the UDO online platform, the Derby College Group Learning Resources Centre, the University of Derby library, and the College’s Moodle pages. 

In light of Covid-19 DCG has the following provision planned:

1. Induction Week will commence w/c Monday 21st September 2020.  This will run for two days - day one will consist of face-to-face delivery; day two will consist of remote access to induction materials and remote delivery of content by lecturers via the Microsoft Teams platform.

2. Teaching will commence w/c Monday 28th September 2020 (days to be confirmed).  The following planned semester will run until 8th January 2021 when current guidance and delivery methods will be reassessed.  The following is planned for delivery contact time on a weekly basis:

  • Tutorials face-to-face at Broomfield Hall, DCG - 1.5 hours
  • Tutorials online via Microsoft Teams - 1.5 hours
  • Practicals on-site at Broomfield Hall, DCG - 1.5-3 hours
  • Theory delivery of content via Microsoft Teams - 7.5 hours
  • Support/drop-in sessions via Microsoft Teams - 1.5 hours

Entry requirements

All applicants will be invited to an interview to discuss their qualifications, experience and any other related issues.

You should have 64 UCAS points in a relevant subject area.

You will also need four GCSEs at grades 9-4 (A*-C), or the equivalent, to include English, Maths and Science.  

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.

Course Content

Year 1 Modules:

  • Frontiers in Zoo Biology (20 credits)
  • Principles of Ecology and Biodiversity (20 credits)
  • Principles of Animal Biology (20 credits)
  • Introduction to Animal Health and Welfare (20 credits)
  • Introduction to Animal Anatomy and Physiology (20 credits)
  • Introduction to Work Experience in the Animal Management Sector (20 credits)
  • Essential Study Skills for Lifelong Learning (0 credits)


Year 2 Modules:

  • Zoo Animal Husbandry (20 credits)
  • Applied Animal Nutrition (20 credits)
  • Captive Breeding for Species Conservation Programmes (20 credits)
  • Animal Psychology and Ethology (20 credits)
  • Continuing Work Experience in the Animal Management Sector (20 credits) 
  • Research Methods and Scientific Communication (20 credits)

How will I be assessed?

While on the course you will be assessed using a variety of methods including written assignments, practical work, reports, group presentations, poster presentations, exams and professional discussions.  All assessment methods have been designed to focus on skills specific to the industry while incorporating key transferable skills.

Are there any additional costs or specialist equipment required?

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, plus a lab coat and steel toe cap boots (circa £75).

What can I do after this course?

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 zoo and wildlife conservation 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 Anthrozoology and Wild Animal Veterinary Science. In addition, it could lead to zoo management training courses and setting up a successful zoological or educational business enterprise. 

This qualification is awarded by the University of Derby.


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Lauren Cooper

Lauren Cooper

One of Lauren’s best ever decisions

Going to Derby College to study animal management is, says higher education student Lauren Cooper, one of the best decisions she has ever made. Lauren, who took her level three qualifications with the College, is now on a higher education animal management course. She hopes to work in a zoo or in canine rehabilitation in the future. Although she has always loved animals, Lauren hadn't realised such learning opportunities were available to her when she first left school with GCSEs. That all changed though after she went along to an open day at Broomfield Hall with her sister Natasha – a Derby College floristry student. As a then 24 year old with a young child, Lauren discovered that she qualified for free tuition on the level 3 animal care course, bursary help with her travel expenses and a free on-site nursery place for son Zander. Lauren, who has two lurchers and a lizard named Scott at home, particularly relishes the hands-on elements of her HNC course – especially handling more unusual species such as porcupines and skunks. Supportive tutors and family fun days which 'tractor mad' Zander loves, are also among other great aspects of studying at Broomfield Hall.

She said: "Taking the decision to come to Broomfield Hall was a no brainer.
"I loved everything about the level 3 course and I'm really enjoying the higher education course I'm on now. I hope my experience will be an inspiration to other people who have a passion for learning how to look after animals."


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