Each course is assessed by a combination of coursework, practical assessments and end of course examinations and assessments. The nature of the coursework is appropriate to the subject area and learning outcomes outlined in the course specification forms. Coursework, individual and group oral and PowerPoint presentations, research reports, case studies and assignments, and closed book examinations will all be used in combination with industry relevant context specific assessments utilising technologies where appropriate. Use of the VLE, new e-portfolios, websites is encouraged to embed technology into the programme for assessment.
BSc graduates have progressed to a highly diverse range of careers available at the completion of the programme which can involve practical based jobs as well as roles within animal related organisations. Potential career opportunities are wildlife officers, protected area managers, teaching, animal keepers, animal trainer, reserve wardens, wildlife rangers and environmental education. Graduates may also find career opportunities as lecturers in Animal Management in both Further Education and Higher Education providers. Some graduates wish to pursue further post graduate opportunities such as Masters degrees and PhD programmes.
Typical employers include animal rescue centres, animal charities, zoos and wildlife parks, as well as educational institutions and retail outlets.
Personal protective equipment for carrying out practical elements on the Animal Management Unit. Students will need; steel toe capped boots, black cargo trousers, green Hadlow polo t-shirt and a green Hadlow jumper and/or coat (for colder weather). A white laboratory coat is also useful to have for laboratory-based practicals.
Students benefit from close ties with a number of different organisations including the Wildlife Heritage Foundation, the Kent Wildlife Trust as well as local zoos, wildlife parks and rare breed centres.
Please note that all programme specifications and course modules are subject to annual change.
Year 1 – Level 4
• Evolution and Taxonomy (15)
• Anatomy and Physiology (15)
• Principles of Animal Husbandry (30)
• Concepts in Conservation (15)
• Concepts in Animal Behaviour (15)
• Research Skills (15)
• Concepts of Welfare (15)
Year 2 – Level 5
• Breeding Management and Genetics (15)
• Exotic Collection Management (15)
• Industrial Experience and Skills Development (15)
• Animal Ecophysiology (15)
• Statistics for the Animal Sciences (15)
• Field Biology and Conservation Management (15)
• Animal Health and Disease Management (15)
A choice of either: • Problem Behaviour Management and Training (15) OR • Global Biodiversity and Conservation Issues (15)
Year 3 – Level 6
• Animal Welfare Issues (15)
• Practical Animal Nutrition (15)
• Advanced Animal Behaviour (15)
• Honours Project for the Animal Sciences (30)
• Current Issues (15)
• Wildlife and Habitat Conservation (15)
A choice of either: • Behavioural Ecology (15) OR • Animal Production Systems (15)