FdSc Management of Aquatics and Conservation of Oceans - 2024 Entry

Course Details

  • Department

    Animal Management
  • Qualification

    Level 5
  • Course Type

    Full Time
  • Length

    2 Years
  • Location(s)


Course at a glance

This FdSc Management of Aquatics and Conservation of Oceans programme covers the skills required to work both in the public aquarium sector and within zoos with a large number of aquatic systems.



Awarding Body: Askham Bryan College

Centre Code


What you will learn

The programme highlights the concerns of conservation of the ocean; this is a great primer foundation for a career in ocean conservation. There is a focus on the crossover between in situ and ex situ ocean conservation as well as the ethics surrounding the keeping of aquatic livestock.

Through the delivery of the programme, it is hoped that knowledge of captive breeding and appropriate husbandry standards are carried forward into the industry. The breeding and keeping of aquatic life is a rapidly developing industry, especially as global mindset is shifting towards conservation, with a focus on the ocean and threats it faces.

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

  • Diversity of Life
  • Academic Writing and Research
  • Aquatic Health and Husbandry
  • Applied Aquatic Ecology
  • Anthroecology

Elective Modules (elect one)

  • River and Ocean Systems
  • Exotic Animal Behaviour

Year 2 Modules

  • Independent Research Project
  • Collections Management
  • Advanced Aquatic Systems
  • Introduction to Conservation Genetics
  • Ocean Sustainability and future for Industry

Elective Modules (elect one)

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

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. This includes an aquarist, 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

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

This programme requires students to undertake 300 hours of work placement, with 150 completed each academic 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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