FdSc Animal Science and Management
|Full Time:||£5950 per year *|
|Part Time:||£2750 per year *|
* Fees accurate at time of publishing
2 years, full time
4 years, part-time
The Foundation Degree, which is validated by the Royal Agricultural University, will provide you with the practical skills and theoretical knowledge for a range of career opportunities including animal conservation, welfare, research and management.
Throughout the course the work-based learning modules provide an important insight into employment and the transferable skills required by the modern animal care industry. The skills and knowledge gained provide valuable information for possible career progression.
Between December and August of the first year of the course, 315-hours have to be spent in the animal industry either in UK or abroad. The second year (with a minimum requirement of 105-hours total), is spent in an animal care industry of your choice.
After completing the first two years you will gain a Foundation Degree (FD). You may choose to continue into a third year (BSc Hons top up) to give you the opportunity to achieve a full Honours degree at Wiltshire College.
The course includes modules in the following subjects:
- Anatomy and physiology
- Animal health
- Animal nutrition and dietetics
- Animal behaviour
- Animal husbandry and management
- Science fundamentals and study skills
- Biological principles
- Work based learning 1
- Breeding management and genetics
- Biodiversity, evolution and taxonomy
- Animal law, welfare and ethics
- Work based learning 2
- Principles of animal care business management
- Ecology and conservation
- Research Project
- Optional Unit please see below.
Progression onto the Third year (to gain BSc (Hons) degree and ‘Top up’ degree after reapplying via UCAS.
You will be encouraged to select one optional module to support your career progression in the second year of the Foundation Degree. Please note, optional units will be selected by group consensus.
- Exotics species management
- Wildlife care and rehabilitation
- Natural history of mammals
Throughout the Foundation Degree you will work with the College’s extensive collection of animals, ranging from invertebrates, reptiles and the more common companion species and livestock to captive exotics. You will also visit a variety of animal-related enterprises and have opportunities to take part in a wildlife study tour to experience locations such as the Galapagos Islands, Borneo or Kenya. Exotic destinations which our students have travelled to for their extended work placement period include: Sri Lanka, Thailand, South Africa, Ecuador, Costa Rica, America, Africa, and Greece, enabling them to have first-hand experience of current animal conservation, rescue and rehabilitation methods throughout the world.
Additional Costs - Foundation Degree
There are additional costs associated with the Foundation Degree, approximate prices are given below as a guideline.
- £30 for laboratory coat and safety spectacles
- £70 for practical equipment
- £140 for trips and visits
This course is delivered at our Lackham campus.
The FdSc Programme Specification is available at this link.