Extended FdSc Management of Animal Collections with Conservation

Course Details

  • Department

    Animal Management
  • Qualification

    Level 5
  • Course Type

    Full Time
  • Length

    3 Years
  • Location(s)


Course at a glance

If you are taking the first steps towards a career in the management of zoological collections and species conservation, then our Extended FdSc Animal Collections Management and Conservation programme could be for you. Designed to ignite your passion for wildlife conservation and management, this course offers an immersive blend of academic study and practical experience.



Awarding Body: Askham Bryan College

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What you will learn

In the introductory year, you’ll lay the foundation for Level 4 study, acquiring essential vocational and academic skills whilst enriching your core understanding of animal sciences. Whether you’re a career changer, new to the animal sector, or seeking to enhance your existing knowledge, this programme provides the perfect launchpad for your aspirations.

The programme can then help you to discover the intricacies of animal husbandry, welfare, behaviour, training, and conservation genetics, underpinned by expert guidance and hands-on learning opportunities. From honing communication and academic writing skills to mastering practical tasks like behaviour monitoring, conservation education, enclosure design, and welfare assessment, you’ll emerge with a well-rounded skill set ready for the challenges of the zoo industry.

The work placement component also offers invaluable training, allowing you to further develop your skills and enhance your employability. With access to our licensed and BIAZA accredited wildlife park, boasting industry leading enclosures for 100’s of species across all taxonomic groups. Plus, you will get to use our Science laboratories and Digital Academy, giving you access to the tools and resources to help you thrive in your studies. This course can help you to unlock your graduate potential to make a difference in animal conservation sciences and management.

This course is 3-years full time (part-time study may also be available – contact he@askham-bryan.ac.uk for more information about part-time study).

Year 1 Modules

  • Introduction to Animal Health
  • Fundamentals of Biological Sciences
  • Principles of Laboratory Work
  • Introduction to Research
  • Academic and Professional Skills


Year 2 Modules

  • Academic Writing and Research
  • Animal Anatomy and Physiology
  • Practical Animal Health and Husbandry
  • Human – Zoo Animal Interactions
  • Interpretive Enclosure Design

Elective Modules (elect one)

  • Zoo Ethics
  • Exotic Animal Behaviour

Year 3 Modules

  • Independent Research Project
  • Collections Management
  • Collections Husbandry
  • Introduction to Conservation Genetics

Elective  Modules (elect two)

  • Conservation Education
  • Incubation and Rearing
  • Management of Habitats and Protected Areas
  • Principles of Animal Training


Key Information

For admission to all courses, students must have achieved passes (Grade 4 or above, or equivalence) in a minimum of five GCSE subjects including English, Mathematics and Science or have passed a Level 2 Diploma.


UK based students may be invited to attend an interview at Askham Bryan College and places will be subject to a satisfactory reference and may also require satisfactory completion of an assessment.

Equivalent qualifications may be considered.

Applications from mature students are welcomed. Applicants will be assessed on individual experience.

On successful completion, students may wish to consider progressing onto one of the University Centre’s animal related top-up courses,  allowing students to graduate with a BSc or BSc(Hons) degree.

Students alternatively may wish to consider careers in a variety of industries focused on animal management, animal nutritionist, animal health inspector and or animal charity work.

UK, Isle of Man and Channel Isles Students on BSc Honours Degree/ BSc Top up/ Foundation Degree/ Extended Foundation Degree – £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

Students need to complete 350 hours over the three years, with 50 of those being in the first year. Work placement is completed with an external provider which is arranged by the student. 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.


If you are already working in the sector, it may be possible to APEL (Accreditation of Prior Experiential Learning) this element of the course. Evidence of such employment will be needed, outlining duties etc for consideration at the APL panel, where applications will be considered on an individual basis. If you have any queries in relation to this, then please contact the University Centre team directly.

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 course cost 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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