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Foundation Degree Animal Management* UCAS Code: D301 (Entry 2021)


This programme is aimed at those wanting to work in the animal management sector in industries as varied as animal welfare, production, education, companion animals and training to name a few. The course will provide learners with underpinning knowledge of animal husbandry, welfare, behaviour, animal science and management. There will be an emphasis on the development of skills; communication, IT and teamwork, and some practical skills such as animal handling, health checking, monitoring and evaluating behaviour, training animals, design and maintenance of animal accommodation and assessing animal welfare. Work placement forms an essential part of the course allowing on the job training and development of further skills to make students more employable.


*This course is for Entry 2021/22 and subject to validation

Year 1 (Level 4) Core Modules include

• Personal and Professional Development
• Animal Anatomy and Physiology
• Introduction to Business
• Animal Behaviour
• Practical Animal Health and Husbandry

Elective modules, students would elect one of the following,
• Ecological Conservation Skills
• Interpretive Enclosure Design

Year 2 (Level 5) Core Modules include 
• Skills for Research,
• Breeding and Inheritance
• Welfare Legislation and Ethics

One elective business module needs to be elected from the following,
• Business Enterprise
• Collections Management
• Project and Events Management

Elective modules, students would elect two of the following,
• Animal Nutrition
• Clinical Health and Laboratory Skills
• Conservation Education
• Training and Learning Theory

6 modules will be studied in total each academic year.

*Students are required to choose three elective modules, however the final combination will be determined by a number of prerequisite and/or co-requisite electives within the structure.


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


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 and exams. Typically each module involves two assessments.

In Course Costs

Students will be required to have PPE in the form of overalls, steal toe boots and a white lab coat before starting the course.
Also students are typically provided with the opportunity to take part in international study tours to a variety of locations. Previous study tours run by the University Centre include South Africa, Peru, Tenerife, Italy, Paris, London and Scotland

Entry Requirements

Applicants should have achieved 48 UCAS points plus 5 GCSEs including English, Maths and Science at grade C/4 or above. In addition applicants must have successfully completed a minimum of one year of Level 3 study and/or have significant industry experience. Equivalent qualifications may be accepted in lieu of GCSEs. An initial assessment process may be used to inform the College of your current status.
Some students may be asked to attend an interview.

Further Study

On successful completion, students may wish to consider progressing onto one of the University Centre’s four 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.

Askham Bryan College,
Askham Bryan,
YO23 3FR
01904 772277