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Start Dates: Oct
Attendance: Full-time | Part-time | Part-time day
Course Level:Undergraduate
Duration: 2 Years
UCAS Code:DN32
Campus Location: Bedford College

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.

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
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We offer a Merit Scholarship, worth £2,400* over 3 academic years, which is awarded to those who can demonstrate a high level of academic achievement, through scoring 112 UCAS tariff points or more.


Units

  • 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 Biotechnology (ANI002-2) Compulsory

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.

Why Study in the School of Life Sciences?

  • Specialist laboratories in new £40m STEM building
  • 92% satisfaction with Biological Science, NSS 2020

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.

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.

You can work out how many UCAS points your qualifications are worth with the UCAS tariff calculator

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
E: admission@beds.ac.uk

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.


On completion of this degree you can consider a range of careers including wildlife officer, animal keeper, animal trainer, reserve  ranger. Graduates have also gone on to roles within teaching and environmental education.

Fees and Funding

The full-time standard fee for a Foundation Degree for the Academic Year 2021/22 is £6,165 per year.

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

Alternatively if you have any questions around fees and funding, please email admission@beds.ac.uk

The full-time standard fee for a Foundation Degree for the Academic Year 2021/22 is £6,165 per year.

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

Alternatively if you have any questions around fees and funding, please email admission@beds.ac.uk

International students cannot apply for Foundation Degrees.

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

Alternatively if you have any questions around fees and funding, please email admission@beds.ac.uk

Fees and Funding


The full-time standard fee for a Foundation Degree for the Academic Year 2021/22 is £6,165 per year.

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

Alternatively if you have any questions around fees and funding, please email admission@beds.ac.uk


The full-time standard fee for a Foundation Degree for the Academic Year 2021/22 is £6,165 per year.

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

Alternatively if you have any questions around fees and funding, please email admission@beds.ac.uk


International students cannot apply for Foundation Degrees.

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

Alternatively if you have any questions around fees and funding, please email admission@beds.ac.uk

Extra Costs

Find out more about additional costs while studying at Bedfordshire. Click here.

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 admission@beds.ac.uk 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

You can also apply online

Find out more about how to apply as an International student

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 admission@beds.ac.uk 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

You can also apply online

Find out more about how to apply as an International student