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

Take your next step into a world where your passion for wildlife could be transformed into a vibrant career with the BSc (Hons) Zoo Management Top-Up programme. Designed for those with a deep interest in the zoological industry, this course is could be your gateway to mastering the art and science of modern zoo management.



Awarding Body: Harper Adams University

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What you will learn

Immerse yourself in cutting-edge practices in the husbandry of captive animals, understanding the delicate balance between economic sustainability and ethical care within the zoo industry. You’ll learn about the intricacies of population management, crafting unforgettable zoo visitor experiences, the pivotal role of conservation education, and consider the business acumen needed to keep a zoo thriving.

Explore the critical role zoos play in the conservation of species and habitats, embracing modern conservation principles that guide the ethical stewardship of our planet’s biodiversity. The programme can equip you with theoretical knowledge and the opportunity to apply what you learn in a dynamic, real-world setting.

Thanks to our exclusive on-campus facilities, including our licensed and BIAZA accredited ‘Askham Bryan Wildlife and Conservation Park’, your educational journey is complemented with hands-on experiences in a living laboratory. Engage with an extensive collection of animals, participate in ongoing projects, and gain invaluable practical insights that books alone cannot provide.

This programme is a ‘top-up’ route to a BSc Honours Degree for those who already hold a Level 5 qualification e.g. Foundation Degree, HND or equivalent qualification.

This course is 1-year full time (part-time study may also be available – contact for more information about part-time study).


Core Modules

  • Research Project
  • Enclosure Design and Stock Management
  • Zoo Management

Elective Modules

  • Marine Conservation
  • Sustainable Conservation Education
  • Reintroduction and Restoration

Programme Specification

BSc (Hons) Zoo Management Top-Up 2023


Key Information

Applicants should have achieved:

• BSC Top-Up (Hons) Merit or above in a Foundation Degree (FdSc) or an HND in an appropriate subject.




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 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 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/ 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.

University Centre Askham Bryan fosters diverse talents and skills through a range of engaging assessment methods tailored to hone industry standard subject skills, as well as transferable skills and graduate attributes. From traditional coursework to time-constrained assessments that sharpen quick thinking, with each assessment opportunity you can showcase your abilities.

Engage in online assessments blending technology with information for adaptable problem-solving. Whilst presentations amplify your voice, and scholarly viva-voce discussions deepen understanding. Practical assessments bridge theory with real-world application, helping to shape your subject expertise.

With our varied approach, learning isn’t just about meeting standards—it’s about discovering your potential within an educational landscape.

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)

Student Voice

Find out what it's like to study zoo management

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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