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Where will this course lead?

This course aims to produce graduates at the cutting edge of their profession and will emphasise current thinking on animal behaviour and animal welfare.

This course provides an ideal progression route onto our BSc (Hons) year in Animal Behaviour & Welfare, or into employment in welfare organisations and charities; animal collections such as rescue centres, zoos, farm parks, catteries and kennels; work in central and local government departments; doing research; behaviourist work and animal training or teaching. Our graduates often progress to careers in animal behaviour and training, education, scientific research, the veterinary or retail sectors, zoos or conservation, or start their own business.

What will I study?

The course will offer both a broad grounding in the practical skills and the underlying scientific knowledge needed to graduate and work in a range of animal-related industries.

In the first year you will be introduced to areas such as critical thinking and academic writing and will develop a portfolio to support your professional development alongside a work placement. You will also progress practical handling and husbandry skills.

In the second year you get the opportunity to start applying this knowledge and focus on developing research skills through an individual industry based project.

The modules you will study are:

Year One:
- Professional and Academic Skills
- Animal Biology
- Practical Animal Husbandry
- Animal Ethics
- Business Skills for the Animal Sector
- Animal Welfare
- Animal Anatomy and Physiology
- Principles of Animal Behaviour

Year Two:

- Research Methods for Industry (Double module)
- Applied Animal Behaviour
- Animal Nutrition
- Animal Health and Disease
- Exotic Animal Trade
- Animal Breeding and Genetics
- Zoo Practices and Conservation

We regularly review our course content, to make it relevant and current for the benefit of our students. For these reasons, course modules may be updated, please contact us for the latest information.

 

How will this course be delivered?

The course is delivered in a variety of ways including face to face in the classroom with lectures, group activities, discussions and seminars; via practical work in the laboratory or the Animal Care Centre; also on-line resources and activities are used in modules for independent learning; support is provided via one to one tutorials. Trips and guest speakers, in addition to a work placement and individual industry project, help strengthen links to the workplace and development of skills for employment. The Animal Care Centre is fully equipped to industry standards and houses a wide range of species to include reptiles, amphibians, invertebrates, fish, small mammals, large farm mammals and birds.

You will also be required to complete extensive independent study outside the hours spent at college.

The full time mode requires you to attend college 3 days a week in semester 1, 2 days a week in semester 2 and attend a work placement on an additional day in the first year - for the academic year 2019-20 the work placement day will most likely be a Monday throughout the year.

If you are already working in a permanent position within a Land Based Sector job you may be considered for the part time mode of study for this course attending college one day a week.

What qualifications will I get?

Oxford Brookes University FdSc in Animal Behaviour and Welfare

How will I be assessed?

Assessments are through a range of different coursework designed to develop academic and employability skills and through examinations in some modules.

How do I get a place on the course?

All applications are via UCAS - they will go directly to Oxford Brookes University from UCAS and they will be forwarded to Solihull College.

You will be interviewed at Solihull College and may also be asked to complete a written and/or practical task as part of this process.

What are the entry requirements?

Entrants to the programme should normally possess the following:

Either:

- A minimum of two years' relevant work experience and a current role in an appropriate workplace setting, and
- A Line Manager's letter of support and recommendation;
Or:

- A minimum of 32 UCAS points (80 points on old tariff)
- A BTEC Subsidiary Diploma, Diploma, Extended Diploma or other equivalent qualifications, such as GNVQ/NVQ or other Level 3 vocational qualifications.

Entrants to the programme should normally possess the following:
Either: - A minimum of two years' relevant work experience and a current role in an appropriate workplace setting, and - A Line Manager's letter of support and recommendation; Or:

- A minimum of 32 UCAS points (80 points on old tariff)
- A BTEC Subsidiary Diploma, Diploma, Extended Diploma or other equivalent qualifications, such as GNVQ/NVQ or other Level 3 vocational qualifications.
- A minimum of one pass at A-level or 6-unit Vocational A-level, plus three passes at GCSE (grades A-C),
or O-level (grades A-C) normally including Mathematics, English Language and Science. There are limited places on the course and the above requirements are minimum requirements. Gaining a place on the course will also be subject to a successful interview and a strong UCAS application with an appropriate reference.
-A minimum of one pass at A-level or 6-unit Vocational A-level, plus three passes at GCSE (grades A-C), or O-level (grades A-C) normally including Mathematics, English Language and Science.

There are limited places on the course and the above requirements are minimum requirements. Gaining a place on the course will also be subject to a successful interview and a strong UCAS application with an appropriate reference.

What else do I need to know?

Some students may be required to pass a DBS check for particular industry placements.

If you have a learning difference or disability please let us know when you apply. You will be offered support in your interview and we can support you on the course.

There is an exit point where students can leave with a Certificate in Higher Education.

Solihull College offers full time and part time courses for business and residents in Birmingham, Walsall, Wolverhampton, Coventry, Warwickshire and the whole of the West Midlands.

What can I do after this course?

Upon completion of this year you may wish to progress onto the BSc (Hons) in Animal Behaviour and Welfare. The qualification also provides you with a broad range of skills to progress directly into your career now and in the future.

Please note that when you enrol you are accepting that the course content and module descriptions are accurate at the time of publishing and that the course content as described is based on what is possible to deliver under the government advice and social distancing rules at that particular time. In the event of changes made to those rules, by national or local government, the College may need to make further alterations to the published course content. By enrolling with the College, you will be confirming that you are content to proceed with the course as detailed at that time and on the basis that the programme may be subject to reasonable change.

Location

Blossomfield Campus

Start Date

Sept-2021

Day

Various

Time

TBC

Course Fee(PA)

£7350

Course Code

ANPAA033BCF1

Study Mode

Full Time