Glyndwr University Zoology

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Glyndwr University Zoology

FdSc Animal Studies

Are you passionate about animals? Whether you have been a budding zoologist from a young age or have recently discovered a natural curiosity for the animal kingdom – there has never been a better time to explore your dream career.

The animal care industry is now worth £1 billion to the UK economy with 13,000 businesses and numerous animal charities, zoos, conservation organisations, wildlife parks and animal visitor attractions too.

Our course has been designed to cover areas of national and international interest and debate relating to animal behaviour, ethics and welfare – studying the topics of zoological science, animal husbandry, animal learning and training, and survey skills for conservation.

Work placements are a key part of the course and help you develop practical skills and give you the opportunity to demonstrate the knowledge and skills you have gained. Using the facilities based at our Northop Campus and undertaking visits to zoos, animal rescues, and conservation organisations also helps you gain those all-important practical skills from handling skills and husbandry practices through to training and behaviour techniques.

What will you study?

Year 1 (Level 4)

In the first year you are introduced to the concepts in biology and animal welfare that you will use throughout the rest of your course. You will also undertake a period of work experience so that you become familiar with the animal sector. Laboratory skills are essential to science and you will receive a foundation in these.

Modules
  • Captive Animal Husbandry and Enclosure Design
  • Ethology and Anthrozoology
  • Academic and Personal Development
  • Working in the Animal Sector
  • Foundation Zoological Science
  • Ethics and Animal Welfare

Year 2 (Level 5)

In the second year you will build upon your first year’s knowledge and develop your understanding of a variety of topics in more detail. Of particular importance in a foundation degree is consolidating your employability skills. You will carry out an applied project as consultancy with an organisation and learn research skills and report writing within research methodologies.

Modules
  • Bioveterinary Science
  • Research Methodologies
  • Animal Learning and Training
  • Survey Skills for Conservation
  • Applied Project