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:
• 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
• 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.
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.