Animal Management FD

About the course

If your aim is for a career looking after animals, this course provides the ideal route to a degree, or direct entry to jobs in animal care.

With its unique mix of practical, scientific, technical and business studies, it gives you a thorough grounding in the principles of animal management.

You will study via a mix of class-based sessions, visits and field trips, and be given help to arrange work placements to help you put your learning into practice. Visiting experts help to keep you up to date with developments in best practice.

Animal Management - FD - Bedford College

  • Apply Via - UCAS
  • Course level - Undergraduate
  • UCAS Code - DN32
  • Campus Location - Bedford College
  • Start dates - Oct
  • Duration - 2 Years
  • Attendance - Full time | Part-time day
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Why choose this course?

  • Learn in a mix of classroom, laboratory, IT laboratory and field-based sessions, in groups and individually, with opportunities for supported self-study
  • Study a full range of practical, scientific, technical and business principles of animal management to give you a solid foundation on which to build your knowledge and experience
  • Develop your understanding of how theoretical principles are applied, through visits by expert guest speakers and field trips where you can observe and reflect on practice
  • Gain important practical experience through work placements, which we will help you find
  • Benefit from a course that gives you access to further study (eg our top-up BSc in Animal Science) and/or careers in animal care settings including: pet shops and superstores; wildlife parks and zoos; kennels and catteries; farm and large animal environments; with animal welfare charities in veterinary hospitals and animal rehabilitation units or in animal health and nutrition research centres. There are also opportunities to work in local government for councils and with a range of other agencies/bodies and commercial sector employers

Unit Information – What Will I Learn?


  • Animal Husbandry (ANI003-1) Compulsory
  • Animals: Their Environment, Management And Sustainability (ANI002-1) Compulsory
  • Business And The Animal Industry Experience (ANI000-1) Compulsory
  • Scientific Methods For Animal Management (ANI001-1) Compulsory
  • Animal Health And Behaviour (ANI000-2) Compulsory
  • Business Enterprise In The Animal Sector (ANI001-2) Compulsory
  • Investigating Animals And Their Welfare (ANI003-2) Compulsory
  • Physiology And Biochemistry (ANI002-2) Compulsory

Discover the School of Life Sciences

The University of Bedfordshire has been teaching degrees in the Life Sciences for more than 30 years.

Our teaching received a rating of excellent in the last Government assessment by the Quality Assurance Agency (QAA).

We offer a broad range of degree programmes which reflect the skills and expertise of our staff.

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How will I be assessed?

Throughout the Foundation Degree in Animal Management, assessment is used to:

  • Identify and evaluate your progress
  • Provide a means of feedback to you
  • Enable you to demonstrate achievement
  • Enable measurement of your achievement

Your skills, knowledge acquisition and understanding will be demonstrated by the successful completion of the range of assessments embedded in the programme.

All assessments will be undertaken as described in each units learning outcomes and will be both formative (e.g. computer based exercises, non-assessed presentations, class exercises etc) and summative (e.g. unseen and seen examinations, computer-based assessments, essays, practical reports, practical skills assessments, seminar presentations, laboratory skills, project report etc).

Staff will provide you with full and constructive feedback on the work you do, for it is a central part of the teaching and learning process on this programme. There is also a commitment to obtain feedback on your time spent with any host organisation providing work-based learning and we will share this with you too.

To ensure industry relevance to knowledge and skills acquisition on this Foundation Degree course there will be a particular emphasis on the involvement of members of the animal industry, where appropriate, to assess both your practical and theoretical work.

Entry requirements

A Foundation Degree will be of particular interest if you have completed a Modern Apprenticeship, vocational A levels, BTEC National or equivalent.

Foundation Degrees are also particularly suitable if you want to qualify while working.

2017/18 entry

UCAS has introduced a new tariff for courses starting from September 2017. This means the points you will be asked for are different to previous years but the grades you receive have not changed.

As a guideline, a typical offer would require you to obtain a UCAS tariff score of between 32-48 points, based on your level 3 studies.

Many students studying for foundation degrees come to us through work-based routes so you can apply for a foundation degree even if you don't have traditional academic qualifications.

We welcome applicants with relevant work experience.

Contact the Admissions Team for additional guidance on whether the qualifications you currently hold or are taking would be suitable for entry.

T: +44 (0)1582 743500

For more clarification about your qualifications in the new tariff see the UCAS tariff calculator

To ensure your ability to meet the academic demands of the course, to ensure that the programme is appropriate for your needs and that you understand the specialist nature of the course you may be required to be interviewed by a member of the academic teaching team.

How will this course enhance my career prospects?

Our teaching and the design of the course are directly informed by professional experience in animal management and our research practice. Some key aspects of the course that emphasise your employability include:

  • Training in animal handling and management techniques relevant to employment within the animal sector, including awareness of relevant health and safety, legal and ethical considerations.
  • Training and practice in the scientific method (developing novel hypotheses, testing these by experiment, accurately interpreting data and drawing valid conclusions).
  • Practice in professional standards of reporting including scientific research or consultancy publications and the preparation and delivery of oral presentations.
  • Maintenance of records and log-books of practical work, following standard practice within the field.

Upon graduation from our FdSc Animal Management course you may seek employment within a range of settings that are directly related to the subject, such as zoos and safari parks, the agricultural sector and veterinary settings. Furthermore, the training you will receive in information sourcing, data analysis, and professional presentation skills are relevant and important to a broad range of non-animal careers, meaning a diverse range of options are available to you upon graduation.

Upon graduation from our FdSc Animal Management course you may choose to continue your learning with the University of Bedfordshire through our BSc (Hons) Animal Science top-up degree, allowing you to continue your studies at undergraduate level and gain an honours degree. A key component of the top-up year is the research project, allowing you to engage deeply with a topic of your choice and conduct scientific research, closely supervised by a member of staff.

Fees and Funding

  • Fees are £6,200

    The University reserves the right to increase tuition fees by no more than inflation.

  • Fees are £6,200

    The University reserves the right to increase tuition fees by no more than inflation.

  • International students cannot apply for Foundation Degrees.

    The University reserves the right to increase tuition fees by no more than inflation.


Bedfordshire is a small county with lots to offer.

However you enjoy spending your free time, you won’t have to look far in Bedfordshire to find somewhere to relax, socialise or explore the great outdoors. 

We are also conveniently located around 30 minutes by train from London, offering you the city experience with a homely feel.

Bedfordshire offers:

  • A range of pubs, clubs and restaurants
  • High street and independent shopping
  • Museums, galleries and theatres - and our own University Theatre
  • Entertainment centres
  • Stunning countryside
  • Professional sport and world-class facilities
  • Headquarters of a number of notable UK and international companies
  • Luton International Carnival and Bedford River Festival

Campuses in Buckinghamshire

We also have campuses in Aylesbury and Milton Keynes

How to Apply

  • Application for most full-time undergraduate and foundation courses is via the Universities and Colleges Admissions Service (UCAS).

    We expect to receive UCAS applications between 1 September and 15 January for courses starting in the following academic year, but may consider applications received after this date should places be available.

    Please contact for further details.

    All UK schools and colleges are registered with UCAS to manage their students' applications. Advice on how to submit your UCAS application is available from your school or college.

    If you are not at school or college (including mature students) you should apply independently via UCAS

  • EU students applying for a full-time undergraduate degree at the University of Bedfordshire should apply via UCAS or direct using our admissions form

  • International students applying for a full-time undergraduate degree at the University of Bedfordshire should apply direct using our admissions form or via our representatives in your home country

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