FdSc Management of Animal Collections with Conservation -

FdSc Management of Animal Collections with Conservation

Course Details

  • Department

    Animal Management
  • Qualification

    Level 4
  • Course Type

    Full Time
  • Length

    2 Years
  • Location(s)


Course at a glance

The FdSc Management of Animal Collections with Conservation programme covers the skills and knowledge that can be applied to a range of animal management industries, particularly in the areas of substantial and varied animal collections and zoos.



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What you will learn

A focus on the key aspect of species conservation, within a captive setting, promoting natural environments and behaviours to support conservation efforts. There is an emphasis on project work that concentrates on specific areas of individual interest. The college has developed a range of industry related resources to support the delivery of this foundation degree by a team of well-qualified staff. This programme offers students the opportunity to develop skills and enhance knowledge across a range of animal based industries including collections management, and wildlife conservation.

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.

Year 1 Modules

  • Academic Writing and Research
  • Diversity of Life
  • Practical Animal Health and Husbandry
  • Human – Zoo Animal Interactions
  • Interpretive Enclosure Design

Elective Modules (elect one)

  • Zoo Ethics
  • Exotic Animal Behaviour

Year 2 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

Applicants should have achieved 48 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 team directly.

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

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 or working on the field of conservation education.

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

This programme requires students to undertake 300 hours of work placement, with 150 completed each academic year. For the first academic year the work placement hours are completed within the licensed and BIAZA accredited Askham Bryan Wildlife and Conservation Park. This work placement is likely to involve some weekend work, as well as days within the half-term breaks. Second 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.

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 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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