FdSc Animal Science
This programme has been developed as a joint initiative between the RAU and Cirencester College including new state-of-the-art bioscience laboratories and an animal centre with more than 60 species.
Whether you are interested in domestic animals, exotic species or farm animals, this course will give you the academic and practical experience to develop your career in a range of areas such as animal nutrition, animal management, laboratories, or roles within veterinary practices.
On this specialist degree, you will gain in-depth laboratory training and practical animal handling and husbandry skills – all underpinned by a strong theoretical core relevant to a range of animal species and animal business contexts.
When it comes to applying your knowledge, you will have the added advantage of a work placement. This will give you the skills and potential contacts for future employment, or to continue your studies in a range of subjects, including farm animals, equine, wildlife and animal science.
After successfully completing the Foundation degree you may wish to consider enrolling for additional year of study on the BSc (Hons) Agricultural Management (Top-up), BSc (Hons) Wildlife and Countryside Management (Top-up) or BSc (Hons) Equine Studies (Top-up) to obtain an Honours degree.
You will gain essential industry experience by completing a work placement during the summer holiday after your first year. You will also benefit from fields visits, animal handling classes and a wealth of practical experience.
- A Level: CD – min.56 UCAS Tariff points (to include at least one A Level pass) and GCSE: (Minimum five GCSEs) - English and Mathematics (or Maths Numeracy for Welsh applicants) at Grade C / 4 or higher are required
- BTEC: MPP
- International Baccalaureate: 24 points
- Access to HE: 45 credits at level 3, of which 15 must be awarded at Merit or higher. (Pass at Literacy & Numeracy skills at level 2 are accepted in lieu of GCSE English & Mathematics)
Whilst a Level 3 science background is preferred, the programme has been structured to enable those without a science subject at level 3, but who are keen to follow such a route, to enter and progress through the programme.
Alternative entry routes are available for a range of other qualifications. Prior experience is also considered, subject to approval by the programme manager and admissions staff.
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Benefit from a course designed in partnership with Cirencester College, utilising the expertise and resources of both institutions; including use of the College’s Animal Centre with more than 60 species. You will learn via lectures, seminars, field visits and a period of practical work-based learning, enabling you to apply theoretical learning to real-life practical situations in a range of different commercial businesses.
In your first year you will make regular visits to Cotswold Wildlife Park, and a highlight of your second year is the Study Tour where you will learn and research within a leading Conservation Science Study Centre.
Timetables are normally available one month before registration. Please note that while we make every effort to ensure that timetables are as student-friendly as possible, scheduled teaching can take place on any day of the week. Wednesday afternoons are normally reserved for sports and societies activities.
Each module is worth a specified number of credits. Each credit equates to 10 hours of total study time. Total study time includes scheduled teaching, independent study and assessment activity.
Full-time students normally take modules worth 60 credits per 15 week semester but this can vary depending on your elective choice. Part-time students taking proportionally fewer credits per semester. All students take a total of 120 credits per level and 240 credits for the foundation degree as a whole. The overall grade for your foundation degree is based on marks obtained for modules taken at level 4 and level 5 (weighted 30:70) accordingly.
Modules studied on this course include:
- 1308 Introductory Bioscience Laboratory Skills
- 1312 Anatomy and Physiology
- 1309 Fundamentals of Biology
- 1310 Animal husbandry
- 1311 Animal Behaviour
- 1307 Professional Skills
- 1306 Wildlife Ecology and Survey
- 2309 Applied Bioscience Laboratory Skills
- 2310 Animal Nutrition
- 2307 Genetics and Breeding
- 2305 Supervisory Skills and Industry Placement
- 2306 Research Methods in Animal Science
- 2304 Welfare Science, Ethics and Law
- 2311 Animal Health
- 2308 Conservation Science Study Tour
All the module sheets can be found here.
Course modules are subject to change.
Tuition fees cover the cost of a student’s academic studies. This usually includes teaching costs, registration and examination fees (not repeat or trailing modules, re-sit fees or coursework resubmission). Any costs associated with work placements will be the student's responsibility.
- Re-sit examination fees or coursework re-submissions are £5 per credit (for a typical 15 credit module, this will total £75)
For the academic year 2020-21 the tuition fees for this course are:
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Tuition fees may be subject to an inflationary increase each year as set out in our Access and Participation Plan 2019/20.
The University offers a wide range of generous fee waivers and bursaries. To find out more about the these, please visit the bursaries, awards and scholarships page.
The programme has been designed to enable graduates to pursue a range of careers in the following areas:
- Animal nutrition
- Laboratory technician
- Veterinary practices
- Animal conservation bodies
- Zoos and animal collections
93%* of our graduates are in employment or further study six months after leaving the RAU.
*2016/17 UK-based leavers studying a first degree, full time. Source: HESA
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