About the BSc (Hons) Animal Management Top Up (subject to validation) programme
The BSc (Hons) in Animal Management Top-Up will develop students’ applied understanding how animals are presently managed and will encourage consideration to be placed on how practices may evolve in the future. Students will be challenged to evaluate the challenges that the animal care industry faces and how these can be overcome through the use of innovation.
Applicants will required Level 5 in Animal Management or equivalent subject with either a minimum 50% grade average at level 5 for a Foundation Degree or a merit grade for a HND. They will also need to hold a minimum of grade ‘C’ or level 4 in both GCSE Maths & English.
Applicants may be admitted with credit for prior certificated learning (APcL) or work/life experience or other uncertificated learning (APeL) (see section 8.3 – Accreditation of prior learning (experiential and certificated) – of the Higher Education Quality Handbook). Students who have successfully completed another relevant programme of study at least at the equivalent level may be eligible to apply for APcL. Claim forms must be supported by the official transcript or certificate of the awarding body of the original qualification and any guidance explaining the allocation of credit and grading scheme used to enable module comparison.
International students must evidence they possess a satisfactory command of English language in terms of reading, writing, listening and are expected to have achieved Level B2 on the Common European Framework of Reference for Language (CEFR), as defined by UK Visas and Immigration.
What you will learn
Level 6 (Honours)
- Advances in Animal Management
- Entrepreneurship and Business Management in the Animal Care Industry
- Professional Workplace Development
- Research Project
Learning & Teaching Methods
Theoretical concepts will be delivered within classroom based settings where key concepts and findings within animal management will be considered. Delivery of theoretical concepts will be approached using a range of techniques to encourage inclusivity and meet a wider range of learning needs. A teacher focused pedagogical approach will be applied to introduce new topics and to underpin acquired knowledge within the classroom. Theoretical lessons will also be delivered with a flipped classroom approach in order to provide an opportunity for higher order thinking to be applied in the learning process. Students will be encouraged to apply understanding in student focused tasks where problems are solved through using existing knowledge to draw conclusions within familiar and unfamiliar scenarios. The programme is further designed to develop and provide the opportunity for students to exercise higher order thinking skills through undertaking research aimed analysing information and data in a line of enquiry in order to make conclusions. Through classroom and forum discussions students will be encouraged to develop skills in making effective judgements and communicating decisions or conclusions made.
Practical competencies and professional qualities will be developed through providing students with the opportunity to undertake work related and based learning. Work related activities will encourage students to develop competencies in managing and supervising others to ensure the health and wellbeing of animals is maintained in line with organisational competency and legislation. Work related activity will be completed at the Grimsby Institutes Animal Care Department within commercial and non-commercial settings such as a cattery, dog kennels, exotic animal collection and dog grooming.
Work based placements will be monitored by the Grimsby Institutes Higher Education’s Work Placement Team to ensure that all students are safeguarded and effectively complete work placement hours. All students will be required to have evidenced proof of Tetanus vaccination and have a DBS certificate if applicable prior to undertaking work based experience.
A differentiated approach to learning and assessment facilitated through practical and theory engagement supported with emerging technologies such as virtual and augmented reality
A focus on developing networks and collaborating through video conferencing and guest speaking with international organisations and individuals acclaimed within their field of study.
Both theoretical and practical teaching and learning will be further supported through the use of online learning within virtual learning environments. Curriculum content including lecture content and supportive material in line with assessments will be available to students on the virtual learning environment Canvas.
A core theme of the programme of study is given to considering the needs of the animal management industries in the future and reviewing how technologies and practices are expected to change in line with research and development together with a dynamic social, political, legislative and economic environment. The Nunsthorpe campus has excellent practical resources with access to developing practical skills within The Grimsby Institutes Animal Care Departments commercial and non-commercial areas including BlueCross cattery, kennels and dog grooming, and animal collections.
Graduates from this programme will have developed key attributes required to succeed in higher skills careers such as management, establish subject related businesses and prosper within self-employed environments both now and in the future. The programme is designed to instil confidence in learners promoting lateral thinking, problem solving skills and perseverance in overcoming challenges and meeting aims set. The programme will provide opportunities for the development of both theoretical knowledge and practical competencies in a range of topics key to enabling the effective management of both wild and captive animal populations, with a core theme of future advancements placed in all modules. To support the wider understanding of the economics and business management of the animal management industry, opportunities will exist for students to engage in a range of enrichment opportunities which will review the dynamics of the organisations within the industry. Such enrichment opportunities will include both national and international visits with potential opportunities to engage in hand-on practical experience working on wildlife reserves overseas. Students will therefore develop a wider understanding of the factors driving the animal management industry on a global scale. Students will be encouraged to analyse the strengths and areas of potential development for organisations within competitive business environments in order to develop wider understandings of enterprise and the attributes which drive business success. Students will also have the opportunity to apply theoretical understandings and practical competencies within the animal management industry through work-based learning elements within the programme of study for the BSc (Hons) in Animal Management Top-up. Undergraduates on this programme will also develop and apply analytical skills through undertaking research focused on further investigating holistic and sustainable approaches to managing animal populations.
Graduates from this programme will have the opportunity to progress to employment requiring higher management and analytical skills. Graduates from this programme will also have the opportunity to continue within academia through progression to relevant master’s degree programmes, research opportunities or through specialist teaching qualifications such as the Postgraduate Certificate in Education.