The aim of the programme is to provide students with a high level vocational relevant qualification, which prepares them for a wide range of career opportunities; focusing on the theoretical and practical aspects of animal conservation and biodiversity. The programme provides a high quality broad training experience across animal conservation. This enables graduates to move into many career paths found within fields of both domestic and wild animal conservation.
For more information on the FdSc Animal Conservation and Biodiversity degree programme please see our dedicated microsite on the Rural University Experience you can expect from Hadlow College.
2 years, full-time
UCAS Institution Code:
G70 (University of Greenwich)
D390 H FdSc/LLAC
Year 1 – Level 4
- Concepts of Animal Science (15)
- Concepts of Animal Husbandry (15)
- Concepts of Conservation (15) Concepts in Ecology (15)
- Concepts of Animal Behaviour (15)
- Research Skills (15) Work Based Learning 1 (30)
Year 2 – Level 5
- Breeding Management and Genetics (15)
- Global Biodiversity and Conservation Issues (15)
- Statistics for the Animal Sciences (15)
- Conservation Technology (15)
- Wildlife Landscape Conservation (15)
- Work Based Learning 2 (30)
- A choice of either: Field Survey Skills (15)
- OR Exotic Collection Management (15)
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.
48 UCAS points are made up from A Levels, preferably one in a science-based subject, or a relevant level 3 vocational qualification. 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 are working in the industry are considered on a case by case basis.
Upon successful completion of the FdSc students will have the opportunity to progress to the top up honours degree programme – BSc Animal Conservation and Biodiversity. Potential career opportunities are Conservation Scientists, Wildlife Officers, Protected area Managers, 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 practicals.
- 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
Animal rescue centres, animal charities, zoos and wildlife parks, as well as educational institutions and retail outlets.
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.