The UK animal industry consists of a very large number of increasingly diverse enterprises, each demanding different knowledge and skills. Despite this diversity, success within the industry requires practical competence and commercial awareness.
This course takes a holistic approach to animal management and is aimed at providing students with a broad knowledge, complemented by an academic programme that covers topics such as nutrition, breeding, health and behaviour. These will be combined with a deeper understanding of business and trade as it relates to the animal sector.
In the second and third years of the course, students have a choice of specialist modules allowing them to concentrate their knowledge in line with a specific group of animal species.
This course is offered in partnership with, and validated by, Writtle University College.
- Year 1
Professional Skills for the Animal Industry, Animal Biology*, Ethics of Animal Use, Animals in Society, Animal Husbandry**, Ecology and Evolution.
* There may be a need for USP College students to take part in some practical's at Writtle University College or for bespoke dissections to be streamed live.
** Taught at Writtle University College.
- Year 2
Research Methods, Business Skills, Behaviour, Principles of Nutrition, Reproduction and Breeding, Animal Health and Welfare, Livestock Production Systems**, Professional Practice and Legislation**, Applied Behaviour and Training**, Management of Zoo Animal Collections**.
** Taught at Writtle University College
- Year 3
Writtle University College
Capstone Project, Applied Nutrition and Feeding, Applied Behaviour and Animal Welfare, Applied Health Management, Strategies and Issues in Animal Breeding, Precision Livestock Farming, Development in Livestock Production, Clinical Animal Behaviour, Developing Clinical Practice, Applied Issues in Wildlife Conservation, Developments in Zoo Management.
How will I be Taught and Assessed?
Year 1 & Year 2: Seevic Campus, Runnymede Chase, Benfleet
Year 3: Writtle University College, Chelmsford.
The following list shows the variety of learning and teaching methods experienced on this course:
- Animal handling practicals
- Seminars and debates
- Inquiry-based learning
- Online quizzes, wikis and activities
- Laboratory practical classes including dissections
This course provides a mix of assessment methods including:
- Practical assessments with companion and zoo animals, farm livestock and horses
- Examinations - both multiple choice and essay questions
- Presentations - both individually and in small groups
- Essays and technical reports
- Assessed seminars
- Case studies
- Experimental work and laboratory reports
- Poster presentations
UCAS tariff points – 48 tariff points for entry
GCE A-Levels – 48 UCAS tariff points, to include one GCE A-Level grade C or above
BTEC Level 3 Extended Diploma – PPP
BTEC Level 3 Diploma – MP
City & Guilds Level 3 Extended Diploma – Pass
City & Guilds Level 3 Diploma – Merit
Why study BSc (Hons) Animal Management at USP College?
- The nature of studying in a smaller class size environment offers both enhanced support with content and assessment as well as increased group interaction leading to more detailed discussion in lectures and seminars.
- The excellent transport links afforded to the College with two mainline railway stations (Benfleet and Rayleigh) less than 15 minutes away as well as a major bus routes from Southend, Basildon and Rochford make the programme accessible to a wide radius.
- Both first and second-year students attend lectures three days per week. This provides students with the flexibility to both complete work placements as well as keep current part-time work commitments to provide a suitable study-life balance.
- There will be a £650 bursary option for students who progress from USP college to this course in years one and two.
- The course delivery will be 3-4 days a week.
What could I do next?
This list of careers below are those that graduates from this programme have been successful in.
- Animal nutritionist
- Nutrition company sales rep
- Veterinary pharmaceutical and equipment supplies
- Animal Welfare Officer
- Progression to Vet School
- Post-graduate study
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