About the FdSc Animal Management programme
Over half a million new jobs will be required in the animal care sector – would you like to prepare to get one of them? Are you inspired to become the next David Attenborough presenting wildlife documentaries? Perhaps you dream of discovering new species of exotic animal within tropical rainforests? Do you yearn to work in a zoo, to rescue animals in need or perhaps help treat injured animals within a veterinary practice? Whatever your career aspirations, if it involves working with animals, then the Foundation Degree in Animal Management at the Grimsby Institute will provide the best stepping stone to success. You will benefit from learning within small groups whilst being supported by industry expert tutors throughout.
Applicants will need 48 UCAS Tariff points including:
- Minimum GCSE grade C/4 or equivalent in English
- 1 A level (or equivalent) in a science related subject or a pass achieved in a level 3 extended / national diploma or a pass in an Access to Higher Education Diploma
In line with the widening participation brief and lifelong learning strategy, the Institute will also encourage applications from non-traditional learners who lack formal academic qualifications. All such non-traditional applicants will be interviewed, set an appropriate piece of work (entry assignment) and a judgement made taking into account their academic potential and relevant experience. The entry assignment, a 750 word essay, will be completed, with an allocated time of three hours, on interview attendance and will be relevant to the subject and industry of Animal Management.
Applicants may be admitted with credit for prior certificated learning (APcL) or work/life experience or other uncertificated learning (APeL) – refer to 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.
Students may also be eligible to apply for life or work experience or other uncertificated learning in which the acquisition of skills or knowledge at the equivalent level to the higher education programme has been gained. These APeL claim forms must be supported by a portfolio containing previously assessed evidence which can be mapped to the learning outcomes encompassed within this Foundation Degree in Animal Management and include supporting letters or statements from third parties (i.e. employers) to validate any claims made within the portfolio by the applicant. Further, a letter or statement of support from the programme leader identifying any interviews or discussions that have taken place with particular attention being paid to ensure that should the accreditation be granted, the applicant or enrolled student would be able to cope with the demands of the programme.
What you will learn
Level 4 (Certificate Stage)
- Fundamental Biological Principles
- Skills for Study and Employability
- Introductory Skills in the Workplace
- Animal Adaptations
- Practical Collections
- Animal Health
Level 5 (Foundation Degree Stage)
- Ecology and Conservation
- Veterinary Science
- Advanced Skills in the Workplace
- Animal Behaviour
- Research Development
Learning & Teaching Methods
Knowledge and understanding will be acquired through a number of methods within animal management. Methods of delivery for the development and acquisition of knowledge and understanding of animal management will include formal lecturers, guest speakers, research focus groups, seminars, independent research opportunities, structured online learning and tutorials. Enrichment will be directly mapped to the overarching curriculum and will include visits to zoos, wildlife parks, veterinary practices and other areas of the animal management industry.
The programme will provide an opportunity for direct participation in practical animal management tasks. All tasks will be directly mapped into practical specific modules where the curriculum will support the application of skills and knowledge in professional industry environments. Learners will further gain opportunities to exercise their practical and professional competencies through engagement in work based placements.
A variety of assessment methods will be used to enable an inclusive opportunity for achievement within a diverse cohort of learners. Assessment opportunities will include traditional methods such as essays, reports, examinations and presentations. The programme will also provide an opportunity for non-traditional assessment methods to be used which will encourage wider skills (such as the use of technology) acquisition in the learning environment. Such innovative methods of assessment will include for example the development of websites and eBooks to present assessment evidence.
Practical tasks will be assessed with a range of methods including reflective self-assessment reports, witness statements and formal observations. Assessments are designed to enable learners to demonstrate practical competencies and have these formally recognised and acknowledged.
Work placements will be assessed through the use of a Critical Analysis of Placement document which will include a log of hours, workplace journal and mentor feedback.
Traditional learning is also supported through structured online learning tasks which are aimed to encourage independent learning and are designed to support the learning of topics which are integral to specific modules.
For each module there will be an opportunity for learners to present and receive feedback for improvements on assessment evidence within formative submissions. The position of formative submission dates will enable learners an opportunity to improve their overall evidence within a sufficient timeframe to enable a summative submission date to be met
The course is delivered in a well-equipped environment with access to a wide variety of animal species for you to learn about their biology, care and conservation. Ample support and guidance from the tutors, who provide direction to relevant academic journals and literature. Lectures advise and discuss possible advances for future courses and careers. Enjoyable and supportive learning takes place within small group sizes.
The Foundation Degree at the Grimsby Institute offers the following benefits:
- Has an Onsite BlueCross rehoming cattery linked (only learning provider in UK with onsite BlueCross cattery) to BlueCross hospital (one of four within the UK) providing opportunities for the development of employability
- Has an onsite commercial dog grooming parlour and dog day kennels providing opportunities for the development of employability
- Small groups with tuition from industry expert members
- Excellent practical resources at the Nunsthorpe campus with access to developing practical skills within Animal Care’s animal house and practical areas. Practical lessons exist with a growing animal collection including recent additions of exotic animals such as meerkats and rheas together with a wide range of species including livestock, reptiles, invertebrates, mammals, amphibians and birds.
- Offers an opportunity to gain greatly improved employability within a skills shortage industry identified by the sector skills council, LANTRA, as requiring approximately 600,000 new employees with higher technical skills and knowledge.
- Develops higher education academic skills and enables progression to level 6 or above in an animal management or related science discipline.
- Ensures the development and recognition of transferable skills such as task management which are highly valued in academia and the workplace
The Foundation Degree in Animal Management is designed and mapped to allow you to progress to higher education qualifications at level 6 and above. Graduates from the Foundation Degree Animal Management may have the opportunity to top up onto the final year of a bachelor’s degree in subjects such as zoology, conservation, animal husbandry, animal behaviour and welfare.
Graduates from the Foundation Degree in Animal Management may also progress into employment, such as management positions, which demand a high degree of technical skills and knowledge.