Course TypeFull Time
Course at a glance
This is a three year honours degree programme which includes skills and knowledge that can be applied to a wide range of areas within the animal management industries
What you will learn
Growing areas of focus within the animal‑related industries include health and welfare legislation, the economic factors affecting the sustainability of the industry and the impact of environmental change.
Worth £1 billion to the UK economy, the animal industry is constantly growing. With approximately 13,000 businesses, 78,000 employees and lots of volunteers, the animal sector encompasses a wide variety of roles with opportunities to move between them.
On this programme there is an emphasis on animal science, health and conservation.
The BSc (Hons) Animal Management and Science degree programme prepares students for work within the animal management industries. On this programme, there is an emphasis on the advances in animal science, health and conservation. Students will study a varied range of animals to develop appreciation of their anatomical structure and physiological processes as well as the inter-relationship between the animal and their environment.
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, working farm, equine yard and well equipped science centre with specialist laboratories. With these resource on site, you have access to working and industry specific resources to use throughout your study.
Year 1 Modules
• Academic Skills
Essential elements of success at Higher Education are to: find, evaluate and critique academic texts, present in an academic format and demonstrate the conventions of writing within Higher Education. This module aims to develop and enhance the key academic skills and competences which enable students to study effectively on higher education programmes.
• Introduction to Business
Foundation Degrees are vocational qualifications intended to prepare students for work in a globalised business arena. This module is intended to introduce the business environment as an exciting, competitive, globalised and financially driven place to work. Students are then challenged to develop the appropriate understanding and basic skills required to function within a business context.
• Anatomy and Physiology
The aims of this module are to develop students’ knowledge and understanding of those elements of animal anatomy and physiology which underpin the management of animals in a variety of contexts. The module begins with an understanding of animal cell structure and function and then moves on to the formation and function of tissues, organs and systems. Following this the nervous and endocrine systems are explored with reference to maintaining balance within the mammalian body.
• Animal Health
The animal management industry is constantly changing and therefore requires a good working knowledge of the factors that contribute to health and disease in animals. This module will examine both infectious and none infectious causes of health alongside the prevention of disease and management of disease outbreaks.
• Fundamentals of Evolutionary Ecology and Classification
In order to work within the animal management industry or progress to higher levels of study a basic working knowledge of the key taxonomic groups, biological diversity and modes of evolution is fundamental. Many aspects of the Animal Management industry will at some point require individuals to narrow down to specialisms with certain taxonomic groups so an early understanding of the complete diversity of life and the overall classification structure of living organisms will be invaluable.
• Animal Behaviour
Designed to furnish students with an understanding of animal behaviour: its causation, function, evolution and development. You will be able to use the basis of Tinbergen’s questions to understand the wide variety of behaviour patterns shown by animals in a number of environments, both wild and captive.
• Introduction to Genetics and Biochemistry
This is a core module aimed at providing students with the concepts of genetics and biochemistry pertinent to Animal Management. It introduces students to the structure and replication of genetic material, which will provide the underpinning knowledge to investigate genetic manipulation techniques and biotechnology. Basic Mendelian genetics and gene interaction will be discussed, along with genetic variation and gene frequency (factors affecting gene frequency).
• Practical Animal Husbandry
This module is designed to provide students with practical skills and knowledge of animal husbandry for a range of species. Various aspects of husbandry will be considered including: handling and restraint, accommodation factors, nutrition requirements and management techniques. The module aims to provide students with a broad knowledge base that they can then develop in other modules
Year 2 Modules
• Applied Animal Health
Students will investigate the ways in which diseases are diagnosed and options available for treatment including traditional and alternative treatments. The safe use of medicines will be reviewed. A good understanding of the mechanisms through which diseases develop is also essential and this module will provide a wider understanding of the immunology and defence against disease. The pathological mechanisms underlying a range of disease states will be discussed and the role of risk factors in developing these diseases.
• Microbiology and Parasitology
Developing students’ knowledge of microorganisms, endoparasites and ectoparasites of veterinary importance, their diagnosis and control. The role of the microbiome in maintaining health and its contribution to the development of disease will be analysed.
• Animal Nutrition
This module is designed to develop the students’ knowledge and understanding of the principles of animal nutrition, as well as the underlying biological processes. As nutrition is a key aspect of husbandry and can have a major impact on the health and welfare of domesticated, captured and managed species this module will enable students to ensure nutritional needs of animals in their care are met. Students will also develop an understanding of ration formulation.
• Welfare, Legislation and Ethics
This module aims to provide students with sufficient knowledge of animal welfare, ethics and legislation to enable you to address welfare concerns when working in the animal industry. Students will be able to demonstrate assessment of animal welfare and apply this to a practical situation. Students will gain a thorough understanding of animal welfare that can be applied in the animal industry and demonstrate the skills and confidence to undertake ethical debate relating to animal welfare and animal use.
• Field and Laboratory Skills
The focus of this module will be to develop skills relating to methodological techniques used in the field and in the lab. The module is designed to enable the students to collect data and then analyse and present the data in the appropriate manner. Students will practice skills in techniques relating to sampling, recording and identifying specimens. The latter will enable the learners to deal (primarily) with the collection and analysis of field data and introduce them to methodological techniques used in the laboratory. Students will practice skills in: sampling and recording, identification and preservation of specimens and standard laboratory practice. They will conduct laboratory practical work that will furnish them with skills which are transferable to a wide range of animal-related scientific jobs.
• Epigenetics and Genetics
Expanding on previous knowledge by considering a range of genetic manipulation techniques used in both research and industry and the range of processes through which gene expression is controlled. An introduction to the field of epigenetics will be given including key mechanisms and discussion of the interaction between genes and the environment in the development of disease and the aging process. Techniques to determine the hereditary of traits will be analysed and the complexity understanding the genetics basis of specific traits including pleiotropy and polygeny considered. This module will provide further underpinning knowledge for the level 6 population genetics and biotechnology.
• Academic Development
Developing further the skills and competences required for study in higher education to enable critical writing and reflection. Underpinning knowledge of sampling and experimental design, statistical techniques and advanced IT skills will develop the competences required for undertaking research projects and presenting work in a professional manner.
Elective Modules (elect one)
• Incubation and Rearing
This module aims to provide students with the knowledge and skill set of incubation and rearing of a variety of taxa as this skill base is currently being lost. Students will be able to demonstrate the correct methods of incubating avian and reptilian eggs along with an understanding of the aftercare for a variety of species. In addition, students will also be able to develop a broad understanding of rearing methods for a variety of taxa. The module aims to provide students with a broad knowledge base that they can then develop with experience in the industry.
• Collections Husbandry
This module is designed to provide students with both the theoretical knowledge and practical skill set to be able to work competently within an animal collection. The theory aspect of the module will explore the importance of animal nutrition, methods of effective restraint and the importance of legislation when working with animals in collections. The practical aspect of the module will provide students with focus on advanced methods of animal restraint and transport; and develop skills essential to animal husbandry and the monitoring of animal husbandry requirements and the responsibility of monitoring animal health.
• Biodiversity and Restoration Ecology
This module aims to provide students with an understanding of the management and conservation of species, ecosystems and landscapes. Students will obtain understanding of the fundamental principles relating to preserving biodiversity and restoration ecology as well as demonstrating practical application of these principles
Year 3 Modules
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.
This module is designed to provide students with an opportunity to strengthen their understanding of the science of genetics and biotechnology. The module will provide the students with the underpinning knowledge of a range of biotechnological processes involved in the field of medicine, environment, and food industry. Learning for this module will be enhanced by practical experiments, visits to research labs and by attending guest speaker talks at Universities. Recent advances in the field of biotechnology will be discussed where applicable. The practical classes and independent directed studies are designed to help students contextualise classroom theory.
• Population Genetics
There is an increasing focus on the genetic management of both domestic and wild animal species in the animal industries. This module allows students to study this area in depth and from a range of viewpoints. It will build upon existing knowledge of genetics and epigenetics studied in previous modules, and apply this knowledge to evolutionary theories and population management techniques.
• Recent Advances in Animal Management and Science
This module is designed to enable students to evaluate and reflect upon areas within the animal industry that are currently the subject of research and development. Themes and topics of learning will include climate change, ecology and conservation, breeding and genetics, wildlife forensic methods, nutrition, farming and other relevant animal management issues that are current. By analysing a range of topics linked to all areas of animal management, students will gain the knowledge and understanding which is required to be able to apply new developments to the animal industry and move the industry forward from within.
Elective Modules (elect two)
• Behavioural Ecology
Focusing on functional explanations and proposed theories suggested for behaviour. Students will be introduced to the ways in which modelling techniques are used to examine reasons behind animal behaviour, and they will undertake critical analyses of empirical studies from the scientific literature. In addition, students will be expected to review and synthesise information from a wide variety of primary sources.
• Aquatics Ecosystem Management
In recent years the EU Water Framework Directive has placed an emphasis on maintaining the ecological quality of all water resources, including surface waters, groundwaters, estuarine and marine. This module aims to provide learners with knowledge in the implementation of sustainable environmental management, with specific reference to aquatic habitats. Students will consider a range of factors associated with aquatic ecosystem dynamics. Current global issues such as ocean acidification, freshwater shortages and depletion of fish stocks highlight the need for sustainable management of our water supplies, whether freshwater or marine. Students will learn about the management and sustainability of aquatic ecosystems and associated resources in response to habitat loss and degradation.
• Enclosure Design and Stock Management
This module aims to provide students with a thorough knowledge of captive animal enclosure design and management of livestock within a captive establishment. Key enclosure principles, planning and theming will be highlighted, with a focus on increasing animal welfare, visitor engagement and safety. Students will be able to critically analyse existing enclosures and justify their decisions for any change. In captive animal collections, management of the livestock could have large implications if not managed correctly. This module aims to explore these methods and with an ethical standpoint and highlighting the different technologies and management tools used in collections.
• 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.
• 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.
Applicants should have achieved 84 UCAS points plus 5 GCSE’s including English, Maths and Science at Grade C/4 or above. Equivalent qualifications may be accepted in lieu of GCSE’s. Applicants must have successfully completed a full Level 3 study and/or have significant industry experience.
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 directly.
Students studying the course may enter a wide variety of roles in the industry including lecturers, research internships in zoos and a variety of animal collections nationally and internationally as well as in research laboratories and animal health advisory roles, health consultants, technical advisor.
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 – £9,000
Non-Home (Overseas Students) on Honours Degree/ Ordinary Degree/ Foundation Degree/ Extended Foundation Degree – £14,000
Work placement is completed with an external employer which is arranged by the student. Such placements include laboratory work, RSBP, animal nutritionist, zoo keeping etc. All work placements are subject to a health and safety check by the college to ensure that placements are suitable and safe. Support can be made available via the module tutor to help locate a suitable placement.
Students on full time three year BSc programmes must complete a minimum of 10 weeks approved work experience to acquire a minimum of 30 placement credits.
Assessments will be designed to give students the opportunity of performing tasks that they would be asked to do in employment.
There is 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.