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Content / Overview
This programme seeks to expand your knowledge and understanding of wild animals and their captive management and behaviour beyond the scope of the Foundation Degree. You will study a range of modules (theoretical with practical application) related to captive management of exotic species.
This programme is subject to university validation.
- Behavioural Ecology
- Zoological Horticulture and Enclosure Design
- Advanced Zoological Practices, incorporating: Zoo Animal Nutrition, Animal Training and Animals in Education
- Research Project
All students are supported with academic development and you will have access to a personal tutor.
Why Study Here
- New, state-of-the-art Animal Management Centre including an arid biome, tropical biome and nocturnal room, housing over 1,000 animals.
- Over 130 different animal species including meerkats, coatis, hornbills and red squirrels.
- One of a few educational establishments with a Zoo License, allowing us to share our collection of animals with the wider community.
- Industry experience provides an invaluable opportunity to work in a variety of settings to support your chosen career path.
- Friendly learning environment with small class sizes and excellent student support.
- Merrist Wood College is highly regarded in the animal industry as the leading animal education establishment in Surrey.
- Taught by expert, passionate tutors with industry experience.
- You will have the opportunity to take part in one of our optional residential study tours which currently run in South Africa and Jersey.
Apply online through UCAS at www.ucas.com
Zoo Management Foundation Degree (or suitable equivalent subject) with a minimum Merit profile. Plus a minimum of Grade C at GCSE for English, maths and science. A minimum IELTS score of 6 /TOEFL equivalent is required for those for whom English is not their first language.
You will be continually assessed through assignments, project work, oral presentations, poster presentations, seminars, group discussions and a dissertation. There will also be a small number of exams, for which you will be prepared.
Continue your studies with a masters degree in a range of specialist areas or apply for membership of professional bodies including the Zoological Society of London, Institute of Biology or the British Ecological Society and attend further courses.
You could work as an Animal Keeper, Safari Park Wildlife Ranger, Education Officer, Habitat Designer, Animal Trainer, Research Scientist/Assistant, Curator, Nutritionist or Conservationist.
You are advised to ensure that anti-tetanus protection via a course of injections or booster is up to date prior to the commencement of the course. You should also ensure that you have adequate clothing for outdoor work in inclement weather. Fees shown are per year. Please contact the College if you require further information, on 01483 88 40 40.
Our full terms and conditions of enrolment can be found on our website: http://www.gcgrp.net/CharterPolicies/EnrolmentTermsandConditions.aspx
The academic regulations for this programme can be found on the University’s website.
Applicants should apply through the UCAS (the Universities and Colleges Admissions Service) website. This includes students already at Merrist Wood College. All courses are listed under 'Guildford College' on the UCAS website.
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').