FdSc Zoo Husbandry & Management

FdSc Zoo Husbandry & Management


Hadlow Campus

Start Date


UCAS Codes

Institution Code: G70
Course Code: C300
The FdSc in Zoo Management is aimed at students wishing to take a vocational programme to provide them with the skills to work in the zoo industry. The programme is aimed to equip students with a range of skills needed by the industry such as aquatic species management, native species management, project management, horticultural practices as well as direct practical animal management skills on a wide range of species.

The range of modules ensures that students are able to apply for a range of job roles after completion. This includes private collections, zoos, wildlife parks, education establishments and charities.



The development of knowledge and understanding is covered in the full range of courses at HE levels 4 and 5, and enhanced by group work, discussion and presentations from industry. The application of this knowledge to real-life situations in animal management is covered particularly in courses such as the Animal Husbandry linked modules and work based learning elements.

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.

Students will be involved in individual seminars demonstrating animal management techniques and principles, biological understanding, and research methods, assignments involving industry specifically designed to develop problem solving skills, academic tutorials designed to develop understanding of concepts and paradigms, and (particularly at HE level 5) preparatory exercises for progression onto HE level 6.

Each course will involve discussion of key issues, practice in applying concepts both orally and in writing, analysis and interpretation of material, and individual feedback sessions for learners on work produced. In combination with the independent research required for the planned coursework, these activities will all develop the intellectual skills specified.

The programme will be run over 2-3 days.

Lectures may vary in duration as some subjects may span two semesters and some will be delivered in a single semester so for example a single semester may provide 13 weeks of 3 hour lectures equalling 39 hours of study.

The University of Greenwich expect that students will conduct the majority of their study commitment as an independent learner. The University use the measure that each subject Credit is equivalent to 10 hours of study and therefore for a 15 Credit course there would be an expectation that students would conduct 150 hours of study. With the timetabled hours removed from this a student would expect each course to involve approximately 110 hours of independent learning.

The FdSc aims to develop your knowledge and understanding conservation, husbandry, behaviour and welfare with a particular emphasis on development of practical skills for enhancing employability in the industry.

Intellectual skills

• Recognising and using appropriate theories, concepts and principles from a range of disciplines.
• Collecting and integrating several lines of evidence to develop balanced arguments.
• Designing an experiment, investigation, survey or other means to test a hypothesis or proposition.
• Critically analysing information, synthesising and summarising the outcomes.
• Applying knowledge and understanding to address multidisciplinary problems.
• Demonstrating awareness of the provisional nature of the facts and principles associated with a field of study.
• Decision making in complex and unpredictable contexts.

Animal management skills

• Using animal management practices and technologies in a professional context
• Ensuring the health and welfare of animals in in–situ and ex-situ contexts as appropriate
• Managing the health and safety aspects of animal management
• Ensuring that animal management activities are run in an environmentally-friendly manner
• Managing people and situations in the context of animal management

Practical investigation skills

• planning, conducting and reporting on investigations, including the use of secondary data.
• collecting and recording diverse types of information generated by a wide range of methodologies and summarising it using appropriate qualitative and/or quantitative techniques;
• devising, planning and undertaking field, laboratory or other investigations in a responsible, sensitive and safe manner paying due diligence to risk assessment; ethical and data protection issues; relevant health and safety regulations; legal requirements and the impact of investigations on the environment;

Numeracy skills

• appreciating issues of sample selection, accuracy, precision and uncertainty during collection, recording and analysis of data in the field, laboratory or collated from secondary sources;
• appreciating the difficulties of having incomplete information on which to base decisions;
• understanding the nature of risk;
• preparing, processing, interpreting and presenting data, using appropriate qualitative and quantitative techniques and packages;
• solving numerical problems using computer-based and other techniques.

Communication skills

• receiving, evaluating and responding to a variety of information sources (that is, electronic, textual, numerical, verbal, graphical);
• communicating accurately, clearly, concisely, confidently and appropriately to a variety of audiences in written, verbal and graphical forms;
• contributing constructively to group discussions;
• listening to, appreciating and evaluating the views of others.

ICT skills

• using the internet critically as a means of communication and a source of information;
• demonstrating competence in the use of computer-based information handling and data processing tools;
• using computer software to communicate information to a range of audiences effectively.

Interpersonal and teamwork skills

• organising teamwork and participating effectively in a team;
• setting realistic targets;
• identifying individual and collective goals and responsibilities;
• planning, allocating and evaluating the work of self, individuals and teams;
• performing in a manner appropriate to allocated roles and responsibilities;
• recognising and respecting the views and opinions of other team members;
• having positive intent;
• reflecting on and evaluating own performance as an individual and as a team member.

Self-management and professional development skills

• appreciating the need for professional codes of conduct where applicable;
• recognising the moral, ethical and social issues related to the subject;
• assuming responsibility for one's actions;
• identifying and working towards targets for personal, academic and career development;
• developing an adaptable and flexible approach to study and work;
• developing the skills necessary for self-managed and lifelong learning (that is, working independently, time management and organisation skills);
• displaying the competence, behaviour and attitudes required in a professional working life including initiative, leadership and team skills.

Students have the option of completing a Top up degree on any of the Animal Management HE courses at Hadlow College. Students may move into practical job roles on completion of the course such as zoo keeping, education officers, technical instructors, record keeping roles, zoo horticultural roles or aquatics based positions.

Animal Management Unit PPE – to include:
A green Hadlow polo shirt
A green Hadlow jumper
Black combat trousers
Steel toe capped boots
Lab Coat

Personal statement with evidence of some practical based animal work included, Appropriate references through the UCAS system will be required.

Why should students study this programme?

The Animal Management Unit has now developed a range of diverse 170 species and 1000 animals which fit the larger zoo industry. More complex zoo related species have been added to the collection such as mongooses, otters, rhea, cusimanse, pancake tortoises, marmosets and cuscus. The department has also developed breeding of species with angelfish, clown fish and hornbills being successfully bred on the Animal Management Unit. Investment in Higher Education has continued with a specific study room in the AMU as well as an HE research room now available for practical investigations and ZIMs use.

Other key developments which will be used within the course is the membership and use of Zoo Information Management System (ZIMS) which is a software gateway which facilitates international collaboration in the collection and sharing of knowledge on animals and their environments for animal collections. Students also use PMx software to investigate studbook use and therefore will be engaged directly with industry appropriate technology.

The programme is delivered by a team of dedicated and highly experience teaching staff who have a wide range of expertise within the animal collection field. The programme is primarily delivered at Hadlow College, in a multi-million pound, state-of-the-art Animal Management Centre, as well as the surrounding estate of the college. The programme also provides numerous opportunities for external visits to zoological collections, animal-related businesses, and local wildlife reserves. Furthermore, students will have the opportunity to gain experience on an international study tour as part of their programme, which currently runs to Jersey and South Africa.

The target audience is mainly focused on students completed Extended Diplomas, but also has a part time route to enable career changers or students with jobs already in the industry to develop their skills in a large range of areas within the zoo industry.

The course will also include a range of trips such as South African field course, Durrell/Jersey Zoo residential trip, Chester Zoo study tour as well as local collections being used during the course.

Job roles could include zoo keeper roles, training and behavioural jobs, nutrition related zoo roles, aquatics specialists, zoo horticulturalists or zoo education officers.

Year 1 – Level 4

• Research Skills (15)
• Concepts in Animal Behaviour (15)
• Zoo Conservation (15)
• Concepts in Animal Science (15)
• Work Based Learning 1 (30)
• Enclosure Design and Project Management (15)
• Aquatics management (15)

Year 2 – Level 5

• Animal Training and Enrichment (15)
• Breeding Management and Genetics (15)
• Advanced Animal Husbandry, Health and Nutrition (15)
• Exotic Collection Management (15)
• Data Analysis (15)
• Work Based Learning 2 (30)
Options: • Zoo Horticulture (15) OR • Native Species Management (15)

    Hadlow Campus

  • 2 Years

    Full time

  • £6,165.00

  • Awarding body

    University of Greenwich

Entry requirements

64 UCAS points are made up from A Levels, preferably one in a science-based subject, or a relevant level 3 vocational qualification. All applicants should have GCSE Grade C or above in English, maths and science and have spent two years studying at Level 3.

Applications from mature students, without the standard entry requirements, who are working in the industry are considered on a case by case basis.