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Animal Management Foundation Degree (FdSc) Level 5 (full-time)

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This course will provide you with high quality, broad-based training in animal related biological sciences. The course will be based around a framework of core animal management activities, ensuring that you will have a firm understanding of related science, together with a series of complementary business, management and marketing units. The course will offer you a unique mix of well-established practical, scientific, technical and business principles that underpin animal management.

Valided by, and leads to an award of, the University of Bedfordshire

I progressed directly from the Level 3 course at Shuttleworth College to the Animal Management Foundation degree.  Originally I hadn’t intended to go on to higher education, but I enjoyed the Level 3 course so much and in particular loved working with the animals in the College’s Animal Unit, which is such a unique facility.  I really bonded with the animals, so it made it very difficult to leave!

As I expected, the higher education course was quite intense but I was also given some fantastic opportunities. For example, as part of the ecology unit in my first year, I had the chance to go to Hungary for ten days to meet with fish farm experts and representatives from across the EU.  Also, as part of the degree, I spent some time volunteering at Wrigglies Exotic Pets in Biggleswade which led to me being offered a part-time job as an Exotic Livestock Technician.  So now I get paid to work with cobras, rattlesnakes and large alligators!

My plan is to top-up my degree at Oxford Brookes University by completing their BSc Animal Behaviour and Welfare course and then I may even go on to do a Masters. I see my future in the animal management industry and that’s partly because of the great experience I’ve had at Shuttleworth College.

Holly - Animal Management Foundation Degree (FdSc)

Entry requirements

You will need:

  • 32-48 UCAS tariff points including a relevant science area OR
  • Animal Management BTEC Level 3 Extended Diploma OR
  • Equivalent Level 3 qualification including A-Levels
  • GCSEs in English, Maths & Science at Grade C or above.

We also welcome students with relevant work experience.

Course content

This course is based around a framework of units essential to animal management disciplines, ensuring that you will have a detailed understanding of animal management practices and processes, including the underlying principles of biological sciences. The underpinning ethos of the course will be provided by studying the concept of ethics and how we decide what is right and wrong, supported by the legislative framework. Additional units will broaden the scope of your understanding by situating animal management in the context of business, work and employment.

Units you can study on the course will include: 

  • Business and the Animal Industry Experience
  • Scientific Methods
  • Animals: Their Environment, Management and Sustainability
  • Animal Husbandry
  • Animal Health and Behaviour
  • Business Enterprise in the Animal Sector
  • Physiology and Biochemistry
  • Investigating Animals and their Welfare

Work-based learning is fundamental to this course, as it will bridge the skills, knowledge and attributes gained in the classroom and the working environment, and support your development of wider employment skills. Obtaining placements for work-based learning will help you to apply your learning and help you to demonstrate core competencies. You will need to undertake 100 hours of work-based learning for each of the two years (200 hours in total). A one-week field trip occurs during the first year of the course, which will help to contextualise your learning. Students have previously visited Holland with the trip costing around £350 (paid in instalments).

Assessment methods

All assessments will be undertaken as described in each unit’'s learning outcomes, and will be both formative (e.g. computer-based exercises, non-assessed presentations, class exercises) and summative (e.g. examinations, computer-based assessments, practical reports, practical skills assessments etc.)

Further study and career options

On successful completion of this course you can progress on to a third year top-up course, delivered at the University of Bedfordshire, to achieve a BSc in Animal Management or Animal Science. You could also progress to employment in a relevant field: recent graduates have obtained employment at zoos and animal parks, in animal and medical research, in administration and in the teaching of animal related subjects.

Additional information

At this level you will be expected to commit yourself to conducting research and carry out a significant amount of additional study outside College. You will need to purchase overalls and steel toe capped boots. These can be purchased through Bedford College at an approximate cost of £45. There are also optional educational trips available, which could occur a cost of up to £900.

To enrol on this course you must apply through the University & Colleges Admission Service (UCAS) using the institution code BEDF B23 and the course code DN32. Visit or call us on 01234 291000 for more information.

Course Information & How to Apply

You will need to complete a UCAS online application form to apply for this course, available at The codes needed are located in the 'Additional information' section above. Please call the College on 01234 291000 if you have any queries about your application.

LengthStart DateFees per yearLocationCourse Code
2 years 23/09/2019 £6165 Shuttleworth College B868

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