|FdSc Zoological Conservation||Cornwall College Newquay (map)||16||16-09-2013||60wks||£6000.00*|
Additional Information - Students are expected to pay for protective clothing required for practical animal handling, and they are expected to contribute to the cost of field trips and site visits.
Who is this course for?
Zoological conservation is concerned with maintaining the wonderful diversity of animal life (including invertebrates) that exists on our planet and involves the protection and management of animal populations and their habitats in order to minimise the harmful effects human activities may have on them. The course gives you the skills required to help conserve wild animals by developing your knowledge in topics such as ecology, biodiversity, animal nutrition, captive breeding and reintroduction, conservation of aquatic organisms and primate behaviour and learning. You will also gain first hand experience in observing, surveying and the occasional handling of animals.
As well as traditional lectures, fieldwork and laboratory work, you will take part in workshops delivered by animal and wildlife experts from organisations such as the Cornwall Wildlife Trust, National Trust and RSPCA. Guest speakers play an important role in your learning and they are used regularly to provide more expert knowledge in some of the specialised modules.
120 UCAS points from AS and A-Levels (at least 80 points must be at A2-level, preferably in a science subject) or relevant level 3 qualification i.e. BTEC National Diploma/BTEC Extended Diploma ? PPP Grades required, specific unit grades may be required. Access to HE Diplomas ? 45 credits at level 3. Plus GCSEs at grade C or above in English language, mathematics and a science: alternatives at Level 2 may be considered.
Mature applicants with relevant experience but without the stated qualifications will be considered individually and are encouraged to apply. Previous learning and experience may be credited.
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What will I be doing on the course?
This foundation degree has been developed by Cornwall College and Plymouth University, working closely with staff from Newquay Zoo. You will be based at our Newquay campus adjacent to Newquay Zoo.
The programme is concerned with maintaining the huge diversity of animal life that exists on our planet and involves the protection and management of animal populations and their habitats in order to minimise the harmful effects human activities may have on them. It is carried out over two years and you will have the opportunity to gain first-hand experience of observing animals at Newquay Zoo and other establishments as part of the taught modules. You will be expected to complete relevant work experience in an area of your choice.
A variety of teaching methods are used including lectures, laboratory work and workshops.
Studying this programme will provide you with a firm scientific background and enable you to learn the practical skills required to understand the natural world and to minimise the harmful effects of human activities. The course reflects the balance of skills and knowledge needed to perform well in wildlife environments.
Working in the industry is the very essence of a foundation degree and as such you will also undertake work experience locally or abroad.
Former students have worked on conservation projects, in rehabilitation centres, zoos and wildlife parks and nature reserves. This opportunity also helps you to develop graduate-level skills that will help you in any job. The work placements and contacts you make from these may well be your link to future employment after the course has finished.
An important part of your studies in the second year is your individual project which enables you to carry out first-hand research into an area that interests you.
What can I do after the course?
You may wish to go straight into employment in a zoos as a curator, manager or education officer, or with English Nature, the National Trust, wildlife conservation bodies and other industries related to the animal world.
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This course is awarded by Plymouth University.
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