BSc/BSc (Hons) Zoo Management (Top-Up)* -

BSc/BSc (Hons) Zoo Management (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 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) Zoo Management Top Up degree programme has been designed to equip students with the knowledge and skills to enter the vast zoological collections industry.



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What you will learn

Areas relating to the husbandry of captive animals, economic factors affecting the sustainability of the industry and environmental change are incorporated. A review of the recent advances associated with collections management as well as the role of zoo visitors in terms of visitor experiences, conservation education and their importance to sustaining a business will be brought to the forefront of this degree. It also explores how species and habitats are conserved and the role collections play in modern day conservation principles.

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, students have access to a fully working collection, accessing the resources can have the ability to get involved with the park during your study.

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.

• Zoo Management

This module aims to provide students with a detailed overview of the core collection management strategies, legislation and practices that relate to a range of animal collections. Overarching legislation, Non-Governmental Organisations (NGO’s) and visitor management will all be analysed with a focus on implications of these elements and the effects on management. A focus will be drawn to marketing, funding and income generation strategies. The module is intended to prepare students for employment in a range of collection types with the understanding of management practices and prepare them for progression into managerial roles throughout the industry.

• 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.

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.

• Collections Husbandry (Level 5)

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.

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 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

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)

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