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Foundation Degree in Applied Animal Management

Kirkley Hall Campus
Course Code:
Awarding Body
University of Newcastle

A Foundation Degree (FdSc) Animal Management Level 5

Start Date:
18 September

Who is the course for?

This programme aims to equip learners with the skills and knowledge required in a range of animal management based industries.

Learners on this programme have access to excellent resources at Kirkley Hall Zoological Gardens and make use of modern teaching accommodation in the Kielder Centre. Learners have access to a range of HE specific resources at the LSC at Kirkley Hall, but also have physical and electronic access to resources at Newcastle University

The FdSc Applied Animal Management course allows learners to gain knowledge through a combination of taught theory sessions and learning in a practical environment.

Do I need any formal qualifications?

48 UCAS tariff points, plus GCSE s (or equivalent) at C grade or above in English, Maths and Science/Biology.

Applications are welcomed from mature candidates (21 years of age and above), and those with non-traditional qualifications. All non-standard applications are considered on an individual basis. Applicants are encouraged to attend an open day and/or attend for interview.

What will I study on the course?

Modules include:

Year 1

- 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

Year 2

- 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

- Nutrition

How is the course organised

Validated by: Newcastle University

Duration: 2-year full time (Sept-June)

Level 5

Course Cost

£7000 fees for 18/19

Additional costs:

Students are advised they may incur extra costs for additional books, journal subscriptions and resources. If the printing allocation is exceeded then you may need to purchase additional credits. Students are responsible for transport costs and this includes field trips.

How will my progress be assessed?

Assessment of the programme is by a combination of unseen, written examinations supported by a variety of different forms of coursework that will include essays, projects, case studies, presentations and other exercises. Many modules include coursework to ensure learners can test their understanding during the Module as well as at the end.

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 Level 5

Next Steps

After successfully completing this programme, learners will have the opportunity to progress to a one-year top-up to a BSc (Hons) Applied Animal Management at Northumberland College at Kirkley Hall or progress into the workplace.

Successful completion of this programme also helps to enable learners to pursue a career in a wide range of animal management based industries including roles within conservation, animal welfare, zoos and animal behaviour.

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

Alternatively, if this is the course for you please click Book and Enrol Now – please note this option is only available to certain courses.

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