A minimum of 64 UCAS points
The programme provides a unique combination of academic study with hands-on training and experience in the management of zoo-housed animals.
The course includes specialist modules and practical experience with a range of exotic species; including mammals, amphibians, invertebrates, reptiles, fish and birds. Students are taught throughout the programme utilising the zoo licensed facilities on campus. This course will expand your knowledge of the zoo industry including animal behaviour, health, welfare and conservation.
University Centre Reaseheath is an academic partner of the University of Chester. Foundation degrees, Honours degrees, and Cert Ed are awarded by the University of Chester.
Full-time: 2 years, including an 8 week work placement
The Foundation Degree in Zoo Management can be followed on by the one year BSc (Hons) Zoo Management Top-Up to gain a full honours degree.
The course features
- Member of British & Irish Association of Zoos and Aquariums (BIAZA)
- Purpose-built animal management training centre
- Student will have the opportunity to engage in overseas field courses to a range of localities including southern Africa, South America and Europe/UK
- Centre houses over 1,000 animals and 125 species including:
- Mammals: serval , tapirs, ring-tailed lemurs, porcupines, tamarins, otters, capybara, meerkats, and wallabies, among others
- Birds: birds of prey, chickens, ducks, finches, cockatiels, cockatoos, and budgerigars, among others.
- Reptiles: snakes, bearded dragons, tortoises and chameleons, among others
- Fish: a range of freshwater and marine fish.
- Invertebrates: tarantula, scorpions and insects Amphibians: frogs, toads and newts, among others.
What will I study?
This course is aimed at students who wish to develop a career within the zoo industry. Students are provided with a combination of academic study with practical learning opportunities to develop a range of academic and professional skills specific to the zoo industry, with knowledge of exotic captive animal management.
As a student studying zoo management, you will have regular access to the zoo-licensed animal centre facilities at University Centre Reaseheath, which boasts a range of archetypal zoo species, including primates, birds of prey, and meerkats among others.
Additionally, students can expect an interactive and personal learning experience that draws upon the expertise of our team of dedicated staff, with whom students can engage in study through the use of our first class facilities on campus, but also via field course study opportunities (UK and overseas).
Students are expected to study and complete 120 credits per year, which comprises six modules of study per academic level/year. All modules in year 1 are mandatory study, to ensure students come away with the fundamental skills and knowledge required to progress onto further study. Conversely, students will have the opportunity to select for certain optional modules in year 2, to allow for more specific disciplines/subject pathways to be developed.
In Year 1 (Level 4), you will develop essential knowledge and skills in animal husbandry & handling, animal biology, principles of disease, and the role of zoos in species conservation. A heavy emphasis at Level 4 study will also be placed on the development of academic skills via regular tutoring with an assigned course manager.
Year 2 (Level 5) sees a shift in emphasis towards more industry-specific skills and research-informed knowledge, including themes in zoo nutrition, record keeping, zoo animal behaviour and training. A two to five week (equivalent) work placement* or field course is also included as part of the programme, either within the UK or overseas.
- Scientific Data Collection and Analysis
- Zoos and Conservation
- Animal Husbandry and Handling
- Fundamentals of Animal Biology
- Principles of Animal Disease
- Introduction to Animal Behaviour
- Zoo Animal Nutrition
- Work Based Learning for the Land Based Industries*
- Experiential Learning*
- Research Methods
- Zoo Animal Behaviour*
- Zoo Animal Training*
- Zoo Animal Welfare
- Captive Breeding and Record Keeping
* Denotes optional modules.
Please note that availability of optional modules is subject to availability of subject-specialist staff and the recruitment of the minimum viable student number (7 individuals). Should a module not be deemed viable for operation then all students whom selected for that module will be communicated to in writing in advance of the academic year, and will be informed of the alternative options available to select from.
Students will be expected to make their module choices for the following academic year during March/April, via a module selection service. Confirmation of module selections will be provided via email following approval.
Your overall workload consists of class contact hours, independent learning and assessment activity, plus field trips. Your actual contact hours may depend on which optional modules you select, but the following information gives an indication of how much time you will need to allocate to different activities at each year of the course:
Year 1: 30% of your time is spent in timetabled teaching and learning activity
Teaching, Learning and Assessment: 360 hours
Independent Study: 840 hours
Year 2: 22% of your time is spent in timetabled teaching and learning activity
Teaching, Learning and Assessment: 252 hours
Placement: 150 hours
Independent Study: 798 hours
Class sizes average between 30-70 for modules exclusively delivered on the programme. For those modules offered across several programmes, class size could be as high as 90 individual learners.
Percentage of course assessed by coursework
The balance of assessment by examination and assessment by coursework depends to some extent on the optional modules you choose. The approximate percentage of the course assessed by coursework is as follows:
33% written exams
25% written exams
Feedback is supplied via Turnitin or directly from the module tutor. The majority of submissions are made via Turnitin and feedback for coursework is provided within twenty working days after the submission date.
Written feedback will be supported verbally should the student require clarification. Formative assessment feedback will be provided at the time of completion where possible, with more detailed summative feedback for reports.
Details of all components of assessment for all modules will be made available to students at the start of each academic year, typically via their Course Handbook. Included here are details concerning the module, component of work, learning outcomes assessed, launch, submission and return dates.
Students should expect to receive assessment marks and constructive feedback within four working weeks of the original submission date. Should circumstances dictate that this is not possible, then students will be communicated to in a timely manner and informed of a revised return date.
All work is to be submitted via Turnitin, to enable work to be checked for misconduct (i.e. plagiarism), unless otherwise stated on the assessment brief. With few exceptions, all work is marked using Grademark software, and returned electronically to students via their module submission page/link.
*Travel arrangements at your own cost.
- A minimum of 64 UCAS points
- 2 A Levels (grade C or above) to include Biology, Chemistry, Human Biology or Applied Science, or
- Level 3 diploma (Merit Pass Pass or above) in a relevant subject, or BTEC Extended in Animal Management or Applied Science, or
- Successful completion of an Access to HE Diploma, or
- Mature students (aged 21+) will be considered on an individual basis
- One year top-up route to BSc (Hons) Zoo Management
- Zoological collections
- Wildlife management
- Conservation and ecology
- Scientific research
- Conservation education
As a Higher Education student you will have two main costs to meet; your tuition fees and living costs.
Our full-time tuition fees for UK and EU students, entering University, can be found on the student finance page. These fees are charged for each academic year of a course and are set by the college annually.
If you are an international student or for the latest information on tuition fees visit the student finance page on our website.
Additional costs may include the purchase of Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) in order to undertake practical activities on the zoo, farm and other facilities. These should include at least one pair of overalls (preferably blue/green) and a pair of steel toe-capped work boots/wellington boots. Additionally, students may wish to purchase other suitable outdoor wear in preparation for bad weather (i.e. waterproof/windproof coat). The above items can be purchased either independently or through the College online shop. Please note that the purchasing of PPE should be undertaken in advance of enrolment onto the programme, as practical sessions may be facilitated from the start of the programme.
Students will be offered the chance to engage in both domestic and overseas learning opportunities with which to enhance their classroom-based learning experience. Here, students will have the option to undertake overseas study for academic credit in year 2 of the programme, or simply participate for experiential purposes. These may include opportunities to study zoological collections in Europe, but also undertaking conservation field courses within locations such as Southern Africa, South America and the UK.
The main emphasis placed on these field courses is the development of professional, industry relevant skills and the application of students’ knowledge in a novel, stimulating, yet challenging environment. Costs associated with the field courses range from £700 – £1100 (UK & Europe), and between £2,300 – £2,900 (South America & Southern Africa). Please note that precise pricing of all field courses is subject to change, pending availability and recruitment.
Students may also wish to purchase their own personal copies of recommended set-texts to assist them with their studies. A full list of recommended text’s is made available prior to enrolment, however, our campus library boasts sufficient stocks of all major texts to support student learning, and the purchasing of texts is therefore not enforced.
University Centre Reaseheath is committed to providing additional financial support to those who need it. To find out about the bursary schemes available visit the additional financial support pages on our website.
All Higher Education students are given the opportunity to apply for residential accommodation. First year students are guaranteed accommodation and this offer is made to all applicants who live more than a reasonable daily travelling distance from Reaseheath and who apply before 31st July of the year they intend to start their course. For full details on our halls of residence visit the accommodation pages.
We have a team of dedicated professionals on hand to offer you support when and if you need it during your time with us. These include our Student Services team, Higher Education Support Team (HEST), Library and Learning Resources and the Reaseheath Careers Service. You will find more information on the support provided at Reaseheath here.
Before you apply you can come and visit us at one of our HE Open Events to see what we have to offer. Once we have received your application we will invite you to attend an Offer Holder Day.
Applications for full-time Degrees and Foundation Degrees are made through UCAS. Applications for all other full-time courses such as Access to HE and Level 4 Diplomas should be made directly to Reaseheath via the online application form. You can find out more here.
For students to get the best out of their time at University Centre Reaseheath, we must both recognise that we owe obligations to each other. These obligations are set out in our Higher Education Student Contract. Before you accept an offer of a place at University Centre Reaseheath, it is important that you read these contract conditions. If you are going to be living in Halls of Residence, you will also need to read the Student Accommodation Licence Conditions. Both of these contracts can be found here.
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