The Animal Management and Welfare topup degree is tailored for students who wish to develop skills in animal management acquired at level 5 and specialise in an area of the industry of their choosing.
The course encourages students to develop their analytical and critical evaluation skills through the application of behaviour, captive breeding and welfare assessments to enhance animal management for health, welfare, conservation and rehabilitation.
Students will also be able to enhance their practical skills of animal husbandry, behaviour modiﬁcation, breeding for conservation, animal nursing and welfare improvement.
Student will learn about the essentials of experimental design and data analysis in preparation for their dissertation, in which students will undertake an independent research project to analyse a speciﬁc research question/hypothesis.
Students will have the opportunity to study in the on-site Animal Management Centre which is home to over a hundred species of exotic and domestic animals ranging from hamsters, rats and budgies to tenrecs, meerkats and pythons.
Applicants should hold a relevant level 5 qualiﬁcation (240 credits) in an animal related subject (animal studies, welfare, behaviour), such as a foundation degree or Higher National Diploma at Merit grade or above.
Applicants will also need a suitable academic reference.
GCSE grade C/4 in English Language.
Experience in the animal industry will be considered, however a bridging assessment will be issued to assess academic ability.
EU STUDENTS AND OVERSEAS QUALIFICATIONS
We can accept a wide range of overseas qualifications and use UK NARIC to compare qualifications. For advice about overseas qualification conversion call the Admissions Office on 01733 214466 or email email@example.com.
To find out more about UCAS tariff points and how they work, visit ucas.com/tariff-calculator. The tariff points for qualifications can be added together. We accept a wide range of qualifications such as A-levels, BTEC, Cambridge Technicals, International Baccalaureate (IB), NVQ Level 3, Access to Higher Education, Scottish Advanced Highers and Level 3 Apprenticeships.
ACCREDITATION OF PRIOR CERTIFICATED LEARNING (APCL) FOR ENTRY
APCL relates to learning completed through an earlier course of study. If you have previously completed a course which is relevant to your proposed course you should make this clear when you apply. For this to be eligible for consideration you must be able to provide certification, which shows your success in a final assessment for that course. Learning must be completed in the last five years or further evidence of updating will be required. Simple participation in a course or an attendance certificate is not sufficient.
EXEMPTIONS BASED ON ACCREDITATION OF PRIOR LEARNING (APL)
We offer students flexibility in their studies, by recognising learning they may have completed elsewhere before they apply. The Accreditation of Prior Learning process ensures that we can take this into account when determining the modules you must study. It is important that you identify any relevant prior learning when you apply. If your previous study specifically relates to modules on the course you wish to undertake we may approve a reduced programme of study, thus shortening the time it takes to obtain your award. Where this relates to learning completed through an earlier course of study, this is called Prior Certificated Learning, and where learning has been achieved through relevant work or experience, this is referred to as Prior Experiential Learning. Claims must be approved before you commence a course.
EXEMPTIONS BASED ON ACCREDITATION OF PRIOR EXPERIENTIAL CERTIFICATED LEARNING (APEL)
It is important to understand that the APEL process does not award academic credit for experience alone, but for learning which can be shown to have been achieved through that experience. Students are required to prepare an individual case for the credit arising from their learning experiences. This normally means that a student receives support in the preparation of a portfolio, which evidences their claimed exemptions for entry. This portfolio of evidence is then submitted for assessment and the possible award of academic credit. Alternative methods of assessment of evidence may be available but needs to be discussed with the Admissions team or Course Leader.
You must take modules worth 120 credits at each level of the course. Each module is worth a specified number of credits.
Year one for full-time students (Level 6)
- Applied Animal Behaviour and Enrichment (15 credits)
- Animal Welfare and Ethics(15 credits)
- Dissertation (30 credits)
- Experimental Design and Analysis (15 credits)
- Captive Breeding and Husbandry(15 credits)
- Animal Nursing and Rehabilitation (15 credits)
- Human-Animal Conﬂict(15 credits)
A typical 15 credit module is 150 hours which includes 36 hours of tutor led delivery and 114 hours of recommended independent study. A typical 30 credit module is 300 hours which includes 72 hours of tutor led delivery and 228 hours of recommended independent study. A full-time student should expect to undertake 30 additional hours per week during term-time.
When studying this course we will timetable your lectures into one of two full days a week over two semesters per year (see Duration and delivery for exact details). We are able to offer this convenient timetabling to our students as we are a smaller institution so we can timetable our staff and resources more efficiently.
There are two semesters per year and each semester is up to 15 weeks which includes up to 12 teaching weeks and 3 assessment weeks.
If studying full-time you will be in classes, seminars and tutorials for approximately 15 hours per week and will spend the rest of your time in independent study and extra-curricular activities including work placement if not embedded in your course. We recommend that full-time students allow an additional 30 hours per week for additional study.
Timetables are available at least one month before registration and you can refer to the academic calendar for examination weeks and resit periods.
The days of the week you study may change each year and in some circumstances one of the full days might have to be split into two half days, but we aim to keep these as full days where possible.
Throughout the duration of your course you will be assessed by the following methods:
Year one for full-time students (Level 6)
We will provide, by the beginning of the first week of each semester, a current module guide with all the information you need for each module, including details of assessment tasks, the deadlines for these tasks, the required format and any relevant guidance.
In the Work Experience module in the ﬁnal year, all students will have the opportunity to complete at least 80 hours of work experience with an employer in the Animal Management sector.
We have strong links with local vets, kennels, petshops, animal shelters and zoos.
As the course is timetabled as full days during the week when studied full-time, this also gives you the ﬂexibility to ﬁnd a work placement, internship or volunteering opportunity which will improve your employability after you graduate. All students are encouraged to identify work experience in addition to their work placement to aid their career development.
Just some of the future careers for graduates after completing the course include:
- AnimalBehaviour andtraining
- AnimalRehabilitationand Therapy
When you have chosen a course to study at University Centre Peterborough, your next step is to make an application.
All FULL-TIME APPLICATIONS must be made to UCAS via a web-based tracker system – www.ucas.com (the institution code for University Centre Peterborough is P56).
All PART-TIME APPLICATIONS can be submitted directly to University Centre Peterborough. You can download and complete the following form then email to firstname.lastname@example.org, or send it through the post, or visit us in person.
Before you apply, please check that you meet the entry requirement which is listed on the course information pages.
If you have any questions about making an application contact the Admissions Office on 01733 214466 or email email@example.com.
When to apply
We advise you to make an application for your chosen course as soon as possible to secure your place. We will process your application within 1 to 5 working days so you know if you have been successful and received an offer.
The following timeline is for applications to start a course in September 2022.
FIRST UCAS DEADLINE
- Applications for the majority of courses will be made by 6pm on 26th January 2022
- If you have not made your application by this date you can still apply to University Centre Peterborough at any time afterwards.
- If you missed the first UCAS deadline, you can still apply through UCAS Extra from Friday 25th February to Monday 4th July 2022.
- This also gives you the opportunity to add University Centre Peterborough as an additional choice if you have used all five choices and are not holding any offers.
- From Tuesday 5th July 2022 you can apply via UCAS through Clearing.
- Clearing is for those who have not yet applied or students who have waited until they have received their grades. However, you do not need to wait until you receive your grades before applying through Clearing.
- If you have applied and been accepted at another university, you still have the opportunity to change to study at University Centre Peterborough.
- If you don’t get the grades you expected, don’t panic. Just contact us during Clearing and we can usually confirm your place very quickly. We are used to helping students at this time of year.
Application drop-in sessions
- If you would like help or have questions about your application, then you are welcome to come to arrange an apppointment to meet with a member of the Admissions team. Simply contact the Admissions Office on 01733 214466 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
- If you would like us to help you with submitting your UCAS application, please ensure you bring along copies of your qualification certificates, have a Personal Statement prepared (email it to email@example.com prior to your visit or bring it on a USB device), and a debit/credit card to make an online payment for the application.
Types of offer
When you make an application, you will receive one of the following offers:
- CONDITIONAL OFFER: You will have to meet certain conditions before the start of the course (such as achieving your exams with a certain grade). We will specify these conditions when making you an offer. When you achieve these grades your place will then be confirmed.
- UNCONDITIONAL OFFER: You already meet the entry requirements for the course (i.e. you have achieved the grades already) and we are happy to offer you a place without conditions.
- DECLINE: Unfortunately, we are not able to offer you a place at this time. We will advise you why you were unsuccessful on this occasion and we can give you advice on alternative courses for progression.
- We will be holding Applicant Days for new students in March and April 2022.
- These are open to students who are holding a Conditional Offer or Unconditional Offer and give you the opportunity to meet other students, academic staff and participate in subject sessions.
- If you are still deciding on where to study then these days can be a great chance to see if studying with us is right for you.