Fancy a career working with animals in a zoo or welfare centre? If you would like to learn about domestic, exotic or companion animals, their husbandry, biology or behaviour, this programme is perfect for you.
The programme offers specialised modules to develop skills in animal care and animal health, as well as enhancing knowledge of fundamental animal biology, ranging from how animal cells function to animal nutrition.
The College has strong links with the animal industry in Cornwall, giving you the chance to gain real work experience and further insight into the sector. Trips to animal collections, farms, animal care facilities such as rehabilitation and rescue centres and other institutions, will help you to develop skills in animal care and animal health and welfare assessment, as well as giving you an insight into various animal industries.
In addition, guest speakers will give some of the lectures and workshops allowing you to gain knowledge and understanding from experts working or researching in the field. You will be assessed in a variety of ways such as practicals, seminar presentations, exams, in-class tests and problem-based learning exercises. The majority of our students successfully progress on to a final year and obtain a full BSc Honours degree, or gain employment directly related to their work experience placement.
You will be required to complete around 100 hours or three weeks of professional experience during the programme. This is invaluable for gaining contacts and showing future employers you have practical work experience as well as academic knowledge.
Cornwall College Newquay is situated directly next to Newquay Zoo. Our partnership with Newquay Zoo, and Blue Reef Aquarium, provides you with free access to their facilities which are used for teaching and independent study. Additional facilities are also accessed via Duchy College Animal Unit at Rosewarne, Westcountry Trout Farm and local farms and veterinary surgeries.
You will also benefit from our on-site facilities including:
– modern buildings set in a grassed campus, managed to allow our native wildlife to flourish
– a well-stocked learning centre where books, computers and DVDs are available
– extensive individual learner support from teaching staff and dedicated learning support staff.
There are several opportunities to attend trips throughout this course. Examples of trips have included:
– Longleat Safari Park
– Natural History Museum
– Paignton Zoo
– Dartmoor Zoo
– Gweek Seal Sanctuary
– Regular local trips to farms and veterinary surgeries
Possible careers available with this qualification:
– Pet Care Industry
– Animal Welfare Officer
– Animal Related Charity or NGOs, e.g. RSPB, RSPCA
– Wildlife Parks
– Wildlife Trusts
The application process for full-time and part-time degree level courses with The Cornwall College Group starting in September 2017 is still open and we are taking applications. Full-time applicants should apply via UCAS and part-time applicants directly via the College website.
- UCAS Code: D301
- Institution codes: CORN C78
- Awarded by: Cornwall College & Plymouth University
- Course Fee (per annum): £7500
48 UCAS points from AS and A-Levels (at least 32 points must be at A2-level) or relevant level 3 qualification, ie BTEC National Diploma / BTEC Extended Diploma - PPP Grades required. Access to HE Diplomas - 45 credits at level 3. Plus GCSEs at grade C/grade 4 or above in English Language, Science and Mathematics: alternatives at Level 2 may be considered. Mature applicants with relevant experience but without the stated qualifications will be considered individually and are encouraged to apply.
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Course DocumentsFdSc Animal Husbandry & Welfare
Indicative Modules Year 1
- Animal Husbandry
- Cells & Microbiology
- Introduction to Animal Behaviour
- Business Skills for the Animal Care Sector
- Diversity, Classification & Evolution
- Health, Hygiene & Welfare of Captive Animals- Personal & Employability Skills Development
Indicative Modules Year 2
- Individual Research Project
- Zoo Animal Management in Practice
- Captive Diet & Feeding
- Genetics & Reproduction of Animals
- Biology of Exotic Species
- Mammal Biology
- Bird Biology- Animal Nursing & Disease
*Modules are subject to change and availability
*Courses listed on this website are indicative of the subject, nature and level of study. The college reserves the right to alter specific qualifications titles, awarding bodies and levels of qualification, which can change in year. Any cost may also vary, based on personal funding eligibility.
Careers advice available
If you are considering an undergraduate programme with us, you may wish to access our free Careers and Employability advice service. This gives you the opportunity to talk with an advisor about career options before, during and after your study with us. To make an appointment, please e-mail: H.E.Advice@cornwall.ac.uk
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