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Content / Overview
This course is designed with adult learners in mind to prepare them for a degree level programme in the animal field. The course will assume no prior knowledge or experience in the animal industry as many adult learners are changing careers. The course will help to develop a range of academic and study skills for those returning to education, as well as practical skills working with a range of species.
(Note: this will be primarily targeted at 19+ learners. 18 year olds may be considered on an individual basis e.g. BTEC who did not get the grades for Uni; A-levels in unrelated subject who want to do an animal degree; but they MUST have English & Maths at C as GCSEs are not timetabled into this programme)
The course will include the following topics:
- Animal Behaviour;
- Animal Management;
- Animal Health;
- Animal Science;
- Principles of Biology;
- Animal Nutrition;
- Inheritance & Evolution;
- Research Project;
- Academic Study Skills;
- Essay Skills;
- Personal Organisation;
- Time Management;
- Presentation & Communication Skills.
Why Study Here
This course has been specifically designed to help adult learners prepare to progress onto our programme of degrees here at Merrist Wood; and other Universities and Colleges. The course gives a strong introduction to the animal field for those changing careers; and also covers a range of study skills for those re-entering education. Our new £4.5 million Animal Management centre includes an exciting range of animal species; state of the art classrooms and IT suite. The Merrist Wood campus provides a stunning backdrop to your studies with a rural setting, acres of woodlands and an inclusive atmosphere.
Application followed by individual interview
This course is open to suitable candidates who are 19+ years of ages and demonstrate sufficient interest and commitment. There are no formal entry requirements, but candidates should have English and preferably Maths GCSE (grades A*-C) or equivalent. You will be invited to discuss your suitability and needs at interview and may be asked to undertake an initial assessment. Additionally, students whose first language is not English require an IELTS score of 5.5 or higher.
We recommend that candidates who do not currently have English and Maths GCSE (grades A* - C) should consider studying GCSEs part-time at the College.
Lessons will be primarily theory and will include lectures, seminars, group work, discussion and research activities. You will also complete practical activities on our well-equipped animal management unit and within the college laboratories.
A variety of assessment methods will be used that mirror those used in our degree programmes including essays, reports, portfolios, research projects, presentations, academic posters, seminars, online tests, formal examinations and time constrained essays. These allow for a range of learning styles and are also all used at Higher Education level so will allow learners to develop their skills to prepare for degree level study.
This course is designed with progression to degree courses in mind. Tutors will support you in tutorials to complete your UCAS application and you can apply to a range of HNDs, foundation degrees and Batchelor’s degrees in animal related subjects. You could progress to one of the six exciting foundation degrees offered here at Merrist Wood, or to courses at many other Universities and Colleges. If however you decide not to progress to Higher Education you will have also gained a range of skills that will be a foundation for you to work upon to support progression to employment in the animal industry once you have gained further experience.
All students aged 19 years or over on 1 September in the first year of their course are expected to pay tuition, registration, exam fees and all other course related costs. Some assistance with these costs may be available depending on your circumstances and the latest government funding position.
There are normally no tuition, registration or examination fees to pay if you are aged 16-18 on 1 September in the first year of your course and are a British or European Union resident. This does not apply to HNCs/Ds, Foundation Degrees, Degrees or courses that do not attract government funding (identified as 'no fee remission available on this course').