If you have a real passion for working with animals, you will discover a wide choice of occupations in the thriving and varied animal management sector. This course gives you a solid introduction to all aspects of animal management to prepare you for a highly successful career.
Our foundation degree programme has been designed to give you the right aptitude and attitude to work within the animal management sector. You will develop your hands-on skills and theoretical knowledge through a fascinating range of academic study, practical classes and industrial visits.
This two-year programme consists of 12 modules designed to reflect the diverse nature of animal management. These will be delivered through engaging lectures and practical studies in our laboratories and on-site animal unit. Your learning will be enhanced through field day trips (mandatory and voluntary) to enable you to apply theory to practice.
You will also take part in relevant work-based learning equivalent to one day per week. Support in identifying appropriate work placement opportunities will be provided.
Your learning will be supported by our highly qualified teaching team who have a wealth of academic and professional experience in many specialist areas. Guest speakers will ensure that you receive the most up-to-date professional experience and knowledge.
Delivered at our Derby College Broomfield Hall Campus, the programme includes 15 hours of taught material each week with a minimum of 15 hours of expected self-study per week. The programme will run with a minimum of six students. In 16-17 we enrolled 13 students onto this programme.
This programme is regulated by HEFCE and awarded by the University of Derby.
All applicants will be invited to an interview to discuss their qualifications, experience and any other related issues.
You should have one of the following:
You will also need:
We also welcome applicants who lack institutional qualifications. All such applicants will be interviewed and may be set an appropriate piece of work upon which a judgement will be made, taking into account their academic potential and relevant experience.
You will need to be aged 18 or over at the beginning of the course.
All applicants are subject to approval from the University of Derby.
Year 1 Modules:
Principles of Animal Husbandry (20 credits)
The primary aim of this module is to give students the underpinning knowledge required to undertake practical animal husbandry tasks competently and confidently. A range of species will be utilised in this predominantly practical module.
Principles of Animal Biology (20 credits)
An understanding of how biological systems work is an essential part of the students’ exploration of the animals they will be working with. This basic knowledge will enable students to correctly interpret biological evidence in order to make sound scientific decisions about the management of the animals they will be working with.
Introduction to Animal Health and Welfare (20 credits)
This module aims to develop an understanding of animal welfare science with an emphasis on the importance of animal health. The roles of disease and disease prevention will be explored. Students will have the opportunity to create and implement a welfare assessment in order to evaluate the suitability of management strategies and suggest improvements.
Introduction to Animal Anatomy and Physiology (20 credits)
A detailed understanding of the structure, function and homeostatic mechanisms of the animal body will enable students to apply an understanding of environmental requirements and carry out the effective monitoring of animal health and successful animal management. In this module, students will develop an understanding of the structure and function of animal organ systems, animal support and movement, and the homeostatic mechanisms required to maintain animal health.
Introduction to Work Experience in the Animal Management Sector (20 credits)
Throughout this module, students will have the opportunity to negotiate and perform activities which will enable them to achieve work-related understanding and skills while being supported by their work placement supervisors and module supervisor. Students will produce evidence of carrying out different activities and will recognise the scope of what they have achieved by regularly reflecting on their performance.
Essential Study Skills for Life-long Learning (20 credits)
This module will introduce students to the study skills required to be successful in higher education. They will be advised on a range of strategies to manage their own time and how to carry out independent learning.
Year 2 Modules:
Applied Animal Nutrition (20 credits)
This module aims to develop student understanding of the nutritional requirements of a variety of species and factors which need to be taken into consideration when designing feeding regimes. An understanding of the chemical composition of nutrients will be required as well as techniques used to analyse animal feed.
Natural History and Comparative Anatomy of Exotic Mammals (20 credits)
This module aims to develop students’ understanding of the natural history and anatomy of exotic mammalian species with emphasis on morphological and physiological adaptations and characteristics which enable them to thrive within their natural habitats and the implications this has for their husbandry in a captive environment.
Planning and Managing Animal Breeding Programmes (20 credits)
Students will consider the key concepts of planning and managing breeding programmes, as well as gaining an in-depth understanding of the principles of heredity, and the application of advancing breeding technologies, including genetic manipulation techniques.
Ethology of Domestic and Captive Animals (20 credits)
When working with domestic animals it is essential to have a firm understanding of the biological basis of their behaviours. This module will provide the student with the historical background to ethology and the genetics and evolution of behaviour including the process of domestication. It will also address the biological control of behaviour and the implications of this for animal welfare.
Continuing Work Experience in the Animal Management Sector (20 credits)
This module develops the skills learnt in the first year work experience module. It will allow students to reflect on the work they have already carried out and identify areas where further development is required. While doing this they will reflect on their own practice and complete a professional development plan (PDP). To support this, students will be guided on how to plan for their career, hear from a range of visiting speakers and explore the role professional bodies can play in supporting their career development.
Research Methods and Scientific Communication (20 credits)
This unit will enhance students’ understanding and use of the methodologies employed when carrying out research. It will develop students’ knowledge of the range of information sources and will equip them with the skills to plan, conduct, interpret and present data from research projects, supported by statistical analysis. By completing this module, students will gain vital preparation to assist them in undertaking their own research in their future studies or careers.
While on the programme, you will be assessed using a variety of methods, including assignments, practical work, reports, group presentations and poster presentations. All assessment methods have been designed to focus on skills specific to the industry while incorporating key transferable skills.
You are required to meet the entrance costs to various visitor attractions, such as zoos, to support your studies. These would need to be paid at the time of the event. The anticipated costs will be approximately £25 in Year 1 and £40 in Year 2.
Upon successful completion of this two-year programme, you will be equipped with the knowledge and skills to pursue a new career or advance an existing one in a wide variety of animal management fields.
The programme will provide excellent practical skills, enabling you to develop necessary industrial experience with a wide variety of animal species.
This programme also provides an ideal platform to top-up to a Level 6 (degree) course specialising in a wide variety of subjects such as canine and feline science. In addition, it could lead to animal training management programmes and setting up a successful animal business enterprise.
Going to Derby College to study animal management is, says higher education student Lauren Cooper, one of the best decisions she has ever made. Lauren, who took her level three qualifications with the College, is now on a higher education animal management course. She hopes to work in a zoo or in canine rehabilitation in the future. Although she has always loved animals, Lauren hadn't realised such learning opportunities were available to her when she first left school with GCSEs. That all changed though after she went along to an open day at Broomfield Hall with her sister Natasha – a Derby College floristry student. As a then 24 year old with a young child, Lauren discovered that she qualified for free tuition on the level 3 animal care course, bursary help with her travel expenses and a free on-site nursery place for son Zander. Lauren, who has two lurchers and a lizard named Scott at home, particularly relishes the hands-on elements of her HNC course – especially handling more unusual species such as porcupines and skunks. Supportive tutors and family fun days which 'tractor mad' Zander loves, are also among other great aspects of studying at Broomfield Hall.
She said: "Taking the decision to come to Broomfield Hall was a no brainer.
"I loved everything about the level 3 course and I'm really enjoying the higher education course I'm on now. I hope my experience will be an inspiration to other people who have a passion for learning how to look after animals."