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BSc (Hons) Animal Conservation and Biodiversity

The BSc Animal Conservation and Biodiversity programme is geared to produce honours graduates who are capable of progression to employment in animal conservation organisations, associated occupations such as working for ecological consultancies, or into research and development roles. Many graduates continue onto postgraduate Masters or PhD programmes in their chosen specialism.

For more information on the BSc (Hons) Animal Conservation and Biodiversity degree programme please see our dedicated microsite on the Rural University Experience you can expect from Hadlow College.

Course Duration:

Full Time

College Attendance:

3 years, full-time.

UCAS Institution Code:

G70 (University of Greenwich)

UCAS Code:



Hadlow Campus

Course Content:

The programme consists of core and elective courses over the 3 years of study.
In the 1st year all 8 courses are core, being 15 credits each.
In the 2nd year there are 7 core units and 1 elective. Again all courses in the 2nd year are 15 credits.
In the final year, students will study 5 core courses and 1 elective, all being 15 credits and a dissertation/honours project worth 30 credits.

Year 1 – Level 4

  • Concepts in Animal Husbandry (15)
  • Concepts in Animal Behaviour (15)
  • Wildlife Welfare and Conservation Ethics (15)
  • Evolution and Taxonomy (15)
  • Anatomy and Physiology (15)
  • Research Skills (15)
  • Concepts in Conservation (15)
  • Concepts in Ecology (15)

Year 2 – Level 5

  • Breeding Management and Genetics (15)
  • Statistics for the Animal Sciences (15)
  • Wildlife and Landscape Conservation (15)
  • Conservation Technology (15)
  • Global Biodiversity and Conservation Issues (15)
  • Field Survey Skills (15)
  • Industry Experience and Skills Development (15)
  • A choice of either: Animal Health and Disease Management (15) OR Exotics Collection Management (15)

Year 3 – Level 6

  • Current Issues for the Animal Sciences (15)
  • Professional Ecological Skills (15)
  • Conservation and Tourism (15)
  • Geographical Information Systems for the Animal Sciences (15)
  • Animal Human Conflict Resolution (15)
  • Honours Project for the Animal Sciences (30)
  • A choice of either: Behavioural Ecology (15) OR Animal Ecology and Global Environmental Change (15)

Assessment Method:

Each course is assessed by a combination of coursework, practical assessments and (where appropriate) end of course examinations and assessments. Mixed media and emerging technologies are utilised fully where appropriate.

Entry Requirements:

96 UCAS points are made up from A Levels, preferably one in a science-based subject, or a Merit gained from a relevant level 3 vocational qualification such as an Extended Diploma. All applicants should have GCSE Grade C or above in English, Maths and Science and have spent two years studying at level 3.

Applications from mature students, without the standard entry requirements who have acquired relevant skills and experience are considered on a case by case basis.

Progression Routes:

BSc graduates have progressed to a highly diverse range of careers in animal conservation and other related industries, with many opting to continue into postgraduate studies leading to successful careers in research, management and development. Potential career opportunities are conservation scientists, wildlife officers, protected area managers, teaching, animal keepers, reserve wardens, ecological consultants, wildlife rangers and environmental education.

Specialist Equipment Needed

Personal protective equipment for carrying out practical elements on the Animal Management Unit. Students will need; steel toe capped boots, black cargo trousers, green Hadlow polo t-shirt and a green Hadlow jumper and/or coat (for colder weather). A white laboratory coat is also useful to have for laboratory-based practicals.

Available Clothing

Animal Management Jacket

Animal Management Sweatshirt

Animal Management Polo Shirt


  • Multi-million pound animal management home to a range of species
  • Small mammals, invertebrates, reptiles, amphibians, aquatics and grazing animals
  • Extensive paddock facilities
  • 6 custom built aviaries for exotic birds
  • Commercial dog grooming salon
  • Fully functioning veterinary nursing training suite equipped for teaching purposes

Typical Employers

Animal rescue centres, animal charities, zoos and wildlife parks, as well as educational institutions and retail outlets.

Industry Links

Students benefit from close ties with a number of different organisations including the Wildlife Heritage Foundation, the Kent Wildlife Trust as well as local zoos, wildlife parks and rare breed centres.

Please note that all programme specifications and course modules are subject to annual change.

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