Fees and dates are based on academic year 2019-20 and are intended as a guide only. We will update the fees and dates for 2020-21 as soon as we have them and according to government funding and guidelines.
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Every effort has been made to ensure that the information contained on this website is correct. However, the College reserves the right to change or amend, at any time, any of the course details including content, dates, times, venues, fees payable, concessions available, terms and conditions.
Content / Overview
This programme provides you with the opportunity to Investigate the importance of conservation and current issues faced within this field supported by the study of a wide range of species in the College's Animal Management Centre and in relevant commercial settings through visits to local animal collections. Underpinning theory is delivered in the classroom. Industrial experience, assessed through the professional development module over two years, will be undertaken in a related field and will give you invaluable experience in your specialism with 200 hours to be undertaken each year at an animal collection or other relevant location.
Additional costs include:
Optional trips e.g South Africa, Borneo, Jersey depending on your chosen Research Project and will include travel and accommodation. Additional printing over and above the £10 allowance provided by the college, cost of books that you might wish to purchase. We strongly recommend purchasing a laptop for your course.
Course Modules Year 1
: professional development in the work environment 1 (30 credits), animal breeding programmes and husbandry (30 credits), animal health, welfare and nutrition (30 credits), ecology (30 credits). Total 120 credits.
professional development in the work environment 2 (30 credits); research methods (30 credits); global biodiversity and conservation issues (30 credits); practical wildlife conservation (30 credits). Total 120 credits.
All students are supported with academic development and you will have access to a personal tutor.
Why Study Here
- New exciting Animal Management Centre including state-of-the-art facilities such as a desert biome, tropical biome and nocturnal room.
- Over 130 different animal species including meerkats, coatis, hornbills and red squirrels.
- 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.
You must have an interest in pursuing a career in wildlife and conservation. The programme is ideal if you have previous animal experience or if you have achieved a Level 3 related animal course, however this is not compulsory.
Apply online through UCAS at www.ucas.com
The minimum entry qualifications for the programme are:
- From A levels: 64 UCAS points normally in science based subjects
- BTEC: 64 UCAS points normally in science based subjects
- Access Diploma: Pass
English and maths GCSE and it is advantageous to have a science (biology) or psychology.
A minimum IELTS score of 6, TOEFL equivalent is required for those for whom English is not their first language.
These entry requirements are subject to change.
A range of theory, practical and work placements.
Knowledge & Understanding
Cognitive (Thinking) Skills
Transferable (Key) Skills
You will be assessed through coursework in the form of written and practical assignments, essays, project work, practical skills tests, oral presentations and written examinations. Most modules will have 2-3 assessments.
Progress on to a one-year Top-up Wildlife & Conservation BSc (Hons) degree at Merrist Wood College.
The academic regulations for this programme can be found on Kingston University’s website
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.
Applicants should apply through the UCAS (the Universities and Colleges Admissions Service) website. This includes students already at Merrist Wood College. All courses will be listed under Activate Learning on the UCAS website.
International fee: Please contact the HE Admissions Coordinator, Sue Taylor on firstname.lastname@example.org
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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').