Foundation Degree Animal Science and Management
List of Courses
Start Date
Course Type
Course Code
Sep 2019
Full-Time HE
About this course

The Foundation Degree, which is validated by the Royal Agricultural University, will provide you with the practical skills and theoretical knowledge for a range of career opportunities including animal conservation, welfare, research and management.

Throughout the course the work-based learning modules provide an important insight into employment and the transferable skills required by the modern animal care industry. The skills and knowledge gained provide valuable information for possible career progression.

What will I learn?

Between December and August of the first year of the course, 315-hours have to be spent in the animal industry either in UK or abroad. The second year (with a minimum requirement of 105-hours total), is spent in an animal care industry of your choice.

After completing the first two years you will gain a Foundation Degree (FD). You may choose to continue into a third year (BSc Hons top up) to give you the opportunity to achieve a full Honours degree at Wiltshire College.
The course includes modules in the following subjects:

First year
• Anatomy and physiology
• Animal nutrition and dietetics
• Animal behaviour
• Animal husbandry and management
• Work based learning 1
• Animal  law, welfare and ethics
• Science fundamentals and study skills or Legislation and study skills
• Biological principles or Game habitat management

Second year
• Breeding management and genetics
• Animal health and immunology
• Work based learning 2
• Principles of animal care business management
• Ecology and conservation
• Research Project
• Biodiversity, evolution and taxonomy or Game management enterprises
• One optional unit please see below.

Progression onto the Third year (to gain BSc (Hons) degree and ‘Top up’ degree after reapplying via UCAS.

Optional units:
You will be encouraged to select one optional module to support your career progression in the second year of the Foundation Degree. Please note, optional units will be selected by group consensus.

• Exotics species management
• Wildlife care and rehabilitation
• Natural history of mammals

Throughout the Foundation Degree you will work with the College’s extensive collection of animals, ranging from invertebrates, reptiles and the more common companion species and livestock to captive exotics. You will also visit a variety of animal-related enterprises and have opportunities to take part in a wildlife study tour to experience locations such as the Galapagos Islands, Borneo or Kenya.

Exotic destinations which our students have travelled to for their extended work placement period include: Sri Lanka, Thailand, South Africa, Ecuador, Costa Rica, America, Africa, and Greece, enabling them to have first-hand experience of current animal conservation, rescue and rehabilitation methods throughout the world.

Entry requirements

At least 4 GCSEs at grade C or above, including English, Maths and Science or equivalent Level 2 qualifications with one or more of the following: 48 UCAS points from Advanced GCE levels; pass in a 6-unit vocational A Level; a broader base of studies incorporating AS Level; success in an Access to Higher Education course; formally assessed outcomes acquired through APL or APEL.

Applications from mature candidates are welcomed and considered on an individual basis.

Where English is not the applicant's first language an IELTS score of 6 or equivalent qualification will normally be required.
Applicants may apply for exemption from specified units on the programme through AP(E)L up to a maximum amount of 50% of the total credits for the programme. However, a student must study at least 50 credits at Level 1 for the Foundation Degree (FD).

Advanced entry to a FD programme may be considered by exception, where students are in receipt of a Certificate of Higher Education or intermediate level or equivalent qualifications recognised by professional, statutory or regulatory bodies. Applicants without the qualifications specified above, will be considered on the basis of their ability to study the subject at the required level.

Study, assessment and qualifications
Additional costs and information

There are additional costs associated with the Foundation Degree, approximate prices are given below as a guideline.
• £40 for laboratory coat and safety spectacles
• £80 for practical equipment
• £140 for trips and visits
The UCAS Institution code for this programme is W74.
The UCAS course code for this programme is D300.
The cost of this course is £5950.00 per year.

Click here for the programme handbook.

What could I do next?

On successful completion of the course you can progress to the BSc Hons Degree in Animal Science and Management (top up year), awarded by the Royal Agricultural University.

This course prepares you for successful progression into roles such as:

• Education Officer in animal collection
• Working in animal collections
• Wildlife Officer
• College Lecturing and education
• Animal technician
• Veterinary Nursing
• Working in rescue and rehabilitation
• Managing animal related retail outlets
• Laboratory technician
• Falconer and Head of Section
• Progression onto BSc Hons courses