BSc/BSc (Hons) Animal Conservation (Top-Up)* -

BSc/BSc (Hons) Animal Conservation (Top-Up)*

A ‘top up route’ to a BSc honours degree or BSc ordinary degree, for those who already hold a Foundation Degree, HND or equivalent qualification. *Subject to validation for 2023 entry

Course Details

  • Department

    Animal Management
  • Qualification

    Level 6
  • Course Type

    Full Time
  • Length

    1 Year
  • Location(s)


Course at a glance

The BSc (Hons) Animal Conservation Top-Up degree programme has been designed to equip students with the knowledge and skills to enter careers related to the conservation of habitats and animals in-situ. Areas relating to recent advances, the sustainability of the industry and environmental change are incorporated.



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What you will learn

Students will study a range of wildlife modules, developing survey and management skills, understanding how conservation projects and organisations are managed. An emphasis on conservation projects and how animal conservation organisations are funded together with a critical review of the conservation of species.

Making use of the on campus facilities, University Centre Askham Bryan has access to its own licensed and BIAZA accredited wildlife park, Askham Bryan Wildlife and Conservation Park.

With this resource on site, you have access to a fully working collection and during your study and the opportunity to take part in the conservation projects the wildlife park has underway supporting your research modules. In addition to the wildlife park on site, the York campus is located in an ideal spot for access to a range of Wildlife Trust, RSPB and local nature reserves to support you in your application of the skills developed on this degree.

Modules of Study

• Dissertation

The aim of this module is to enable the student to further develop skills in the collection, analysis and evaluation of information from a range of sources on an agreed topic. The module provides an opportunity for the student to conduct independent research by deploying established techniques of analysis and enquiry, as well as acquiring new research skills. The module enables students to extend knowledge learnt at Level 4 and 5 and apply it to specific situations.

• Research Methods

The module aims to provide students with the knowledge and understanding of different research philosophies and methodologies. Students will develop skills in identifying and critiquing research methodologies as well as undertaking analysis and evaluation of results.

• Business Leadership and Management

In addition to their subject specific skills students preparing for the world of work will need a range of transferable skills in various areas. This module aims to equip the learner with a skill set to enable them to lead and manage in an organisational or team context. The average graduate will be employed in or expected to progress on to a management role within an organisation to do this the skills of leadership and management are essential.

• Sustainability in Animal Industries

This Module is designed to allow students to explore, analyse and critically evaluate the opportunities for developing sustainable practice within the Animal Management sector. Students have the opportunity to investigate a business in the animal management sector or enterprise and propose a sustainability strategy.

• Conservation Genetics and Reintroduction Biology

Methods of in-situ and ex-situ conservation must typically work in unison in order to conserve particular species and their habitats. The process of managing endangered populations in the wild, and maintaining captive-bred specimens for potential reintroduction, is becoming increasingly important as populations of threatened species become ever-smaller. This module will demonstrate how small and often genetically isolated populations can be managed in order to assist in species conservation both in the wild and in captivity by maintaining genetic diversity. It will also provide students with the opportunity to appraise the process of reintroducing species into the wild from captive populations, which has had variable rates of success in the past. Upon completion of this module it is expected that students will gain an appreciation for how in-situ and ex-situ conservation methods must work in collaboration, not isolation, in order to save the most threatened species.

• Skills for Conservation

The field of conservation biology is constantly evolving in response to changes in the environment, as well as advances in our understanding of ecological processes. Industry professionals must possess the skills, knowledge and versatility required to adapt to ever-changing conservation pressures. This module is designed to provide students with a variety of advanced conservation skills which will assist them in their future careers in animal conservation, as well as an appreciation for the ever-changing field of conservation biology.

• Wildlife Biology

Students will acquire knowledge and understanding of wildlife biology, biodiversity and conservation of threatened species and habitats with some emphasis on British fauna and habitats. Students will learn the ecological principles and how those principles are applied in the conservation, management and control of wildlife. Students will use case studies to explore and understand a range of wildlife diseases and their aetiologies. In addition to this, students will explore the techniques for constructing energy and nutrient budgets of wild animals and applications of these budgets to population level processes and habitat management.

Level 5 Modules

• Professional Development (Level 5)

Students studying this module will complete an approved placement of at least 150 hours duration. Students will be able to critically appraise their own abilities and vocational skills within the context of a working organisation. The taught component of this module is designed to further develop students’ employment skills to enable them to reflect on their continuing personal and professional development needs for the future.

• Breeding and Inheritance (Level 5)

An understanding of genetics and inheritance is critical for successful breeding of animals, conservation and welfare. Assisted reproductive technologies and genetic manipulation techniques are becoming more frequently used within various animal based industries therefore it is important than animal management students are aware of the technologies, but also the ethical considerations surrounding these areas so they are able to make well-informed decisions

Key Information

BSc (Hons) Top Up*

Merit or above in a Foundation Degree (FdSc) or an HND in an appropriate subject.

BSc (Ord) Top Up*

Pass or above in a Foundation Degree (FdSc) or an HND in an appropriate subject.

An initial assessment process may be used to inform the College of your current status. Some students may be asked to attend an interview.

Applicants who believe they may be eligible for Accreditation of Prior Certificated and/or Experiential Learning (APCL/APEL) will be considered on an individual basis. If you have any queries in relation to entry qualifications, then please contact the University Centre team directly.

*Prospective students will be invited to an applicant day, some students may also be called for an interview.

Students studying the course may enter a wide variety of roles in the industry as an environmental consultant, wildlife manager, park warden, ranger, conservation officer, lecturer, environmental ecologist.

Many students may progress further onto a Masters, PhD or other professional body courses.

UK, Isle of Man and Channel Isles Students on BSc Honours Degree/ BSc Ordinary Degree/ BSc Top up/ Foundation Degree/ Extended Foundation Degree/ Higher National Diploma – £9,000

Non-Home (Overseas Students) on Honours Degree/ Ordinary Degree/ Foundation Degree/ Extended Foundation Degree – £14,000

There is no requirement for students to undertake work experience as part of the Top Up degree.

However, we would always encourage students to continue their professional development with undertaking experience in their own time.

Assessments will be designed to give students the opportunity of performing tasks that they would be asked to do in employment.

There are a range of assessment methods used, including reports, case studies, presentations, Viva -Voce, continual assessments and exams. Typically each module involves two assessments.

In addition to tuition fees and accommodation if applicable, , students will need to budget for extra costs as part of this course and will be responsible to cover them. Below is a list with approximate cost to help with your budgeting.

Below is a link to a list with approximate additional course costs to help with your budgeting.

Additional Course Costs (UCAB)


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