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BSc (Hons) Animal Management (Zoo and Wildlife) (Top Up) – 1 year

If you'd like to specialise in working with zoo animals and wildlife, you'll discover a wide choice of occupations in a thriving sector. By building on skills and knowledge developed during your HND or foundation degree, you'll be well placed to pursue a new career, consider self-employment or progress in your existing role.

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Course Summary

Subject Area: Animal Care
Higher Education
Location: Broomfield Hall
Full Time or Part Time: FT
Level: 6
Number Of Years: 1
Interview Required?: Y
Weeks: 30
Hours: 15.00
Start: 16/09/2024
Tuition: £7500 Per Year
Broomfield Hall

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If you have a real passion for working with animals and specialising in zoo and wildlife, you will discover a wide choice of occupations in the thriving and varied zoo and wildlife 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 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 zoo and wildlife 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 Group Learning Resources Centre, the University of Derby library, and the College’s Moodle pages. 

The programme will run with a minimum of six students.  

The core higher education academic year will be for a duration of 33 (thirty three) weeks for the purposes of maintenance loans. You will receive a proportion of this time as direct delivery, with any additional time – as deemed appropriate by the programme team and the awarding body – for activities such as induction, tutorials, research, directed study, reading weeks etc. The direct delivery time for this course will be 28 weeks. 

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

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.

Modules are:

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 legislations have on animal welfare.

Recent Developments in Animal Welfare Science (20 credits)

Understanding the importance of scientific research in the identification and subsequent rectification of animal welfare issues will be an underpinning theme within this module. Focus will be on contemporary issues and recent developments in animal welfare science. 

Wild Animal Veterinary Sciences (20 credits)

This module aims to explore the care and management of animals in captivity in terms of the care they receive from animal caregivers/keepers and veterinary teams.  Looking at the spread of disease and the care of vulnerable animals in particular, this module will build on critical analysis skills by using real life case studies for students to discuss and debate.   

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.

This course will be delivered on-site.

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 £45 for two external visits for the duration of the course. 

You will be required to purchase a Derby College Group polo shirt for assessments, plus a lab coat and steel toe cap boots for practicals. These can be purchased at enrolment. 

A laptop and note-taking materials will be needed for lectures and completing assessments. 

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.

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, Anthrozoology or Animal Behaviour.


This qualification is awarded by the University of Derby.

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Course Information Last Updated On: February 15, 2024 2:51 pm