Start Date: Duration: Level: Study mode: Course location: Course Type:
September 1 year Level 6 Full-Time Kirkley Hall Campus University Level Qualification
September 1 year Level 6 Kirkley Hall Campus University Level Qualification

What’s it all about?

This course is aimed at those who have successfully completed a Foundation degree or Level 5 qualification in Animal Management or a similar related subject and who wish to progress to complete a full BSc Honours degree.

The course focus is the critical appreciation for animal management in its wider context, considering animals as pets and companions on farms, in zoos and in wildlife parks.

The course offers opportunities to visit local animal enterprise and conservation areas, with guest speakers invited across the range of the animal sector.

The course is one year with study from September to May which is divided into three trimesters.

Academic entry criteria – UCAS tariff:
You will require a relevant Level 5 animal management or related qualification or substantial experience and demonstrable ability to study at Level 6 equivalent to 240 credits at level 4 and 5.

A satisfactory reference is also required.

International applicants:

If English is not your first language, you will need an IELTS score of 6.5, with a minimum score of 6.0 in each component (reading, writing, listening and apeaking), or an equivalent English Language qualification

Accreditation of prior learning:
Consideration will be given to mature students able to demonstrate considerable experience within the animal sector that would equate to 240 credits at Level 4 and 5.

For further information, please contact the College’s admissions team on,

Study level Cost Additional fees
19+ 6165.00 *subject to change It is not possible to confirm fees for future academic years but the maximum increase each year will not exceed the rate of inflation as measured by the Consumer Price Index (CPI). The following course-related costs are included in the fees: - Annual £10 printing allowance - Loan of research equipment required for dissertation The following course-related costs are not included in the fees: - Industry PPE - - Steel-toe cap Boots (£40) - Overalls (£30) - Waterproof clothing (£40+) - Optional field trips to £50 Financial support For more information on Student Finance, please go to our HE Finance page.

Teaching is primarily face-to-face and includes theoretical lectures, practical demonstrations, seminars, group and individual tutorials and workshops and occasional elements of online learning. Seminars enable you to discuss and develop your understanding of topics covered in the lectures in smaller groups.

In addition, you will have timetabled meetings with your personal tutor.

It is anticipated this will be a small group of between 7 and 14 students.

Independent learning:
When not attending lectures, seminars and practical sessions or other timetabled sessions, you will be expected to continue learning independently through self-study. Typically, this will involve reading journal articles and books, working on individual and group projects, undertaking research, preparing coursework assignment and presentations, and preparing for examinations.

Your independent learning is supported by a range of facilities, including the Learning Resource Centre and Canvas, our Virtual Learning Environment.

Overall workload:
Your overall workload consist of class contact hours, around 15 hours’ independent learning and assignment activity, with each credit taken equating to a total study time of around 10 hours.

The following information gives you an indication of how much time you will need to allocate to different activities at each level of the course:

Level 6 - 16 per cent of your time is spent in timetabled teaching and learning activity -
- Teaching, learning and assessment - 204 hours
- Independent learning - 996 hours
- Industrial placement - 60 hours

Academic support:
Our HE Academic Support Tutor provides help in the following areas:
- Study skills (including reading, writing, note-taking and presentation skills)
- Written English (including punctuation and grammatical accuracy)
- Academic writing (including how to reference)
- Research skills (in conjunction with the Learning Resource Centres)
- Critical thinking and understanding arguments
- Revision, assessment and examination skills (including time management)

Teaching staff:
You will be taught by an experienced teaching team, whose expertise and knowledge are closely matched to the content of the modules on the course. The team includes senior lecturers with experience as professional practitioners within industry experience.

Our teaching is informed by the relevant practice within the sector and 100% of our lecturers have a teaching qualification.

The course provides you with opportunities to test your understanding of the subject informally before you complete the formal assessments that count towards your final mark. Each module normally contains at least one piece of practice or ‘formative’ assessment for which you receive feedback from your tutor.

There is generally one or two formal or ‘summative’ assessment at the end of each module.

Assessment methods include written assessments, individual and group presentations, scientific reports, portfolios, reflective reports, and a dissertation. The grades from formal assessment count towards your module mark.

Percentage of the course assessed by coursework:
The approximate percentage of the course assessed by coursework is as follows:
- 100% coursework

You will receive feedback on all practice assessments and on formal assessments undertaken by coursework. Feedback on examination performance is available upon request form the module tutor. Feedback is intended to help you learn and you are encouraged to discuss it with your module tutor.

We aim to provide you with feedback within 10 working days of hand-in (practice assessments) and 20 working days of hand-in (formal coursework assessment).

There is a requirement to complete 60 hours industrial placement over the course of the year.

The course offers opportunities to visit local animal enterprise and conservation areas with guest speakers invited across the range of the animal sector.

You would be expected to set aside 10-20 hours each week in addition to attending lectures to conduct further reading and research and complete your dissertation.

Lectures are timetabled between 9am and 4pm during term time.

Timetables are normally available at enrolment. Please note that while we make every effort to ensure that timetables are as friendly as possible, scheduled teaching can take place on any day of the week.

This course is for those who wish to pursue a management level career in the animal industry

The course offers an opportunity to study concepts introduced within the FdSc Applied Animal Management in greater depth and within a practical context. The course makes full use of the College's extensive animal collection and local wildlife trusts and conservation links to give a well-rounded insight into the animal sector.

Applied Animal Behaviour appraises the principles of the scientific study of behaviour are and considers how this knowledge can be applied in solving behavioural problems in a range of contexts. This module also aims to develop skills in the measurement of animal behaviour.

Current Issues in the Animal Sector aims to develop a critical awareness of a range of current issues in animal science, management and/or industry and additionally to develop skills to communicate effectively to different target audiences on sensitive issues.

In addition to the animal sector, the curriculum offers project management and research skills with inclusion of a dissertation and entrepreneurial content including leadership, sustainability, and study of challenges within local rural enterprise.

The course also includes a work experience requirement intended to develop management level opportunities.

This module map provides a list of the modules that make up your course. Each module is worth a specified number of credits. You must take modules worth a total of 120 credits at each level of the course.

Our teaching is informed by current practice and modules may change periodically to reflect developments in the sector. The modules available on the course are as follows -

Year 1 for full time students at Level 6:

Trimester 1 -
-Applied Animal Behaviour (20 credits)
- Enterprise and Sustainable Management (20 credits)
- Dissertation (40 credits)

Trimester 2 -
- Current Issues in the Animal Sector (20 credits)
- Dissertation (40 credits)

Trimester 3 -
- Collaborative Practice in Land-based Industries (20 Credits)
- Runs all year - Industrial Experience (1 credit)

All modules are compulsory. Applied Animal Behaviour and Current Issues in the Animal Sector are both core modules and therefore not eligible to be passed by compensation (each module assessment must achieve a minimum of 40%). The Industrial Experience module is qualificatory pass/fail.

University of Cumbria

120 credits

What’s next?

You could progress to a range of postgraduate courses or go into employment. Career opportunities can include:

– Management and training roles (£22,000 PA minimum)
– Wildlife/conservation ranger/officer (£19,000 PA minimum)
– Behavioural modification (£20,000 PA minimum)
– Event and resource management (£22,000 PA minimum)
– Sales, retail, and marketing (£20,000 PA minimum)
– Transport, import/export (£18,000 PA minimum)
– Insurance claims advisors (£19,000 PA minimum)
– Diagnostic laboratories (£20,000 PA minimum)
– Education: university, college, and school teaching (£22,000 PA minimum)
– Educational support (£18,000 PA minimum)
– Research and development for animal/agricultural industries (£18,000 PA minimum)
– Science communication and public engagement (£18,000 PA minimum)
– Animal Welfare Officers/Inspectors (£19,000 PA minimum)

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