Foundation Degree in Applied Animal Management | Kirkley Hall Campus | LBI9025F |Northumberland College
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Foundation Degree in Applied Animal Management

Kirkley Hall Campus
Course Code:
Awarding Body

A Foundation Degree (FdSc) Animal Management.

Start Date:
18 September

Who is the course for?

This course is accredited by Newcastle University and is for:

This course is accredited by Newcastle University and is for: Full time Level 3 learners who wish to progress into Higher Education within the Animal management sector or those within the industry who wish to upskill and receive a qualification.

Do I need any formal qualifications?

A combination of A or A/S levels: 80 UCAS tariff points or above is required. For example 2 A Levels at B Grade

Level 3 Extended Diploma, Students are required to achieve a merit grade or above, achieved in no more than two years

Level 3 Diploma Students are required to achieve a distinction grade or above, achieved in no more than two years

Level 3 90 Credit Diploma Students are required to achieve a Distinction* grade, achieved in no more than two years

Additional Requirements

Applicants are required to have achieved GCSEs at grade C or above in Maths, English and Science (or equivalent).

What will I study on the course?

You will study exciting units including

Personal Development and Planning

Research and Study Skills for Land-Based Industry

Anatomy and Physiology

The Animal Kingdom

Specialist Care

Wildlife Ecology

Numeracy Skills and Quantitative Methods for Land Based Industry

Employability Skills

Animal Behaviour

Evolution and Domestication

Animal Health and Handling

Genetics and Breeding

Stage 1 consists of 120 compulsory credits in the key underpinning subjects of Persona development, research and study skills, anatomy and physiology, the animal kingdom, specialist care, wildlife and conservation, statistics, employability skills, animal behaviour, evolution and domestication, animal health and handling and genetics and breeding. These topics develop further in stage 2 where they are explored in more detail. Modules include a combination of lectures, practical s/laboratory classes, computer workshops and visits to farms and animal centres in the region.

Investigative Project

Scientific Methodology and Experimental Design

Ethics and Welfare

Applied Animal Health

Animal Adaptations

Principles of Land-Based Enterprise Management

Industrial Experience

Principles of Conservation

Zoo Management and Captive Breeding


Stage 2 has 120 credits of compulsory modules focusing on applied aspects of animal science. Topics such as the investigative project, scientific methodology and experimental design, the industrial experience module and animal ethics and welfare form the basis of the first semester of stage 2. Candidate complete the programme in the second semester of stage 2 through the successful completion of modules in business management, animal health, ecophysiology, conservation, zoo breeding and nutrition. These modules develop the underpinning science from Stage 1 and integrate with animal husbandry and management to describe the main roles of animals in society (livestock production systems, companion and zoo animals

How is the course organised

The course runs for 3 days per week over 2 Years.

How will my progress be assessed?

Your progress will be assessed by a range of methods including: Investigative Project, essays, case studies, presentations and other exercises

Can I gain any extra qualifications while on the course?

It may be possible to take up student membership of an appropriate professional organisation.

What final qualification will I get if I am successful?

A Foundation Degree (FdSc) Animal Management.

Next Steps

After completing the course you could study for a top up degree (BSc Hons)

Can I receive any financial support whilst I am studying?

Higher Education learners are entitled to apply for HE Loans that cover the cost of tuition. In addition, depending on your chosen course of study and individual circumstances, you may be entitled to a maintenance loan. You may also qualify for a college bursary All learners can also apply for help with the cost of travel to college and the college may be able to help with the costs of childcare, travel, books, equipment and meals for learners resident in houses where income is below £25000 annually.

For more information our Help Hub team is available on 01670 841 200 or email

How can I apply for this course?

Apply online by clicking here, alternatively please contact our Help Hub on 01670 330 660, email or drop in to one of our open events – dates are listed here

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Where can I get any further information about the course?

You may find further information within this website including within case studies and our media gallery. You may also come along to an open event – dates of college events are listed here