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Foundation Degree FdSc in Animal Management and Applied Science

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Foundation Degree (FdSc) in Animal Management and Applied Science This is a two year full-time course and is suited to students who wish to pursue a career connected with the professional care and management of a wide range of animals. A two year part-time option is also available with an emphasis on behavioural science. The course has a firm science foundation including biological science, biochemistry, and vertebrate anatomy & physiology which allows students to progress onto the final year of our (Hons) degree programme, if they so choose. Key Skills in communication, ITC and problem solving are also included to prepare students for middle managerial positions in the various animal industries. Course programme The Foundation Degree course was developed in consultation with employers, all of whom stressed the need for a strong science foundation for their employees - who may be doing field work one day and lab work the next - as well as managing a variety of animals. Along with the strong science foundation in year one, students will participate in practical, industry related tasks. Some academic subjects are taught in conjunction with the first two years of the (Hons) Degree programme, but the emphasis for Foundation Degree students is 'learning through doing' and assessment involves coursework instead of end-of-year examinations. Mature students who have been away from education for some time will be particularly suited to the style of Foundation Degrees. Practical animal handling skills and husbandry techniques are interwoven through the entire course. Students are encouraged to broaden their expertise through work based learning in specialist areas. Academic research skills will be sharpened through a second year module on applied industrial research. An individual learning programme will be developed with the course and unit tutors, taking into account prior experience and qualifications. In the first instance, applicants are advised to complete an application form and upon receipt, applicants will be invited to an interview day with the Course Tutor. Work experience Five weeks each year are allocated for work based learning. The placements always adjoin a holiday period so that students have the opportunity to combine work place learning with paid or voluntary employment or travel overseas. Students are encouraged to seek placements that will provide valuable career guidance, as well as enhancing their CVs. Recent placements have been with the Veterinary Labs Agency, the Animal Quarantine Centre, Haydn Farm (organic livestock) and Marwell Zoo. Animal behaviour options Students are able to customise their studies by replacing three of the science units with animal behaviour and training units. These will include an advanced study of animal behaviour and training, plus an introduction to pet behaviour counselling. In addition, the industrial experience unit will be a study of animal behaviour practice. Entry requirements A Level in a science subject at C or above or National Diploma with merits. Mature students or students with non-traditional qualifications are encouraged to apply and will be considered on an individual basis. Course Facts at a glance: Course Code: S34 UCAS Code: D329 (for full-time applications) Duration: 2 Years Tutor: S. Nash , PGCE, BSc(Hons), dip Zoo An Man S. Reid , RVN, Cert AAB M. Tamba , VN Cert Ed, Cert SAN, D32V1 Qualification: (FdSc) Validated by the University of Portsmouth Student Profile: Joanna Kirkup Read Full Profile

Foundation Degree (FdSc) in Animal Management and Applied Science This is a two year full-time course and is suited to students who wish to pursue a career connected with the professional care and management of a wide range of animals. A two year part-time option is also available with an emphasis on behavioural science. The course has a firm science foundation including biological science,...

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