BSc (Hons) Zoo Management (Top-Up)

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

Course Details

  • Department

    Animal Management
  • Qualification

    Level 6
  • Course Type

    Full Time
  • Length

    1 Year
  • Location(s)


Course at a glance

The BSc (Hons) Zoo Management (top-up) programme aims to equip you with essential knowledge and skills to help you enter the zoological collections industry.



Awarding Body: Harper Adams University

Centre Code


What you will learn

You will focus on recent advances in the husbandry of captive animals; including economic factors affecting the sustainability of the zoo industry. You will consider key aspects of effective collections management, including population management, zoo visitors’ experiences, conservation education and the importance of sustaining a business. You will also explore the complexities of how species and habitats are conserved, and the role zoo collections play in modern day conservation principles.

Making use of the extensive 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, students have access to a real-world animal collection, and opportunities to get involved with the park during your studies.

Core Modules

  • Research Project
  • Enclosure Design and Stock Management
  • Sustainable Conservation Education
  • Zoo Management

Elective Modules

  • Marine Conservation
  • Reintroduction and Restoration

Programme Specification

BSc (Hons) Zoo Management Top-Up 2023


Key Information

BSc (Hons) Top Up*

Merit 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 a zoo keeper, scientific researcher, wildlife manager, lecturer, animal trainer, technical advisor or working on the field of conservation education.

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

Please note that the fee status of each applicant will be assessed prior to any offer being made (Home Fee or Overseas/International Fee). Where required further information may be requested ensure the correct fee status is allocated. For further information about on studying in the UK and fee status, please visit UKCISA

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 some extra costs as part of this course, which you will need to pay for yourself.

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

Additional Course Costs (UCAB)

International Trip Opportunities

Our students get great opportunities for study trips abroad to experience some amazing places such as Borneo, South Africa, Bangkok, Tenerife and even sunny South Wales.


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