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FdSc Animal Behaviour and Psychology

Level 5 • Part-time • Animal management & Veterinary Nursing department


This programme introduces you to the different ways in which zoologists and psychologists research and interpret animal behaviour. Through study of the underpinning science you will learn about techniques used in the management of animal behaviour in a range of contexts and species, e.g. companion animals, working dogs, enrichment for captive zoo animals. You will focus on behaviour in the main vertebrate groups. There will be a particular emphasis on consideration of the welfare of animals and the promotion of humane treatment of animals. As an FdSc Animal Behaviour & Psychology graduate you will have developed skills which prepare you for employment in animal training, welfare assessment, animal husbandry and other related fields of work. Work-related learning is embedded within the Personal & Employability Skills Development and Animal Behaviour in Practice modules. You will have the opportunity to experience the world of work, even if you are studying full-time.

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FdSc Animal Behaviour and Psychology

Level 5 • Full-time • Animal management & Veterinary Nursing department


This programme introduces you to the different ways in which zoologists and psychologists research and interpret animal behaviour. Through study of the underpinning science you will learn about techniques used in the management of animal behaviour in a range of contexts and species, e.g. companion animals, working dogs, enrichment for captive zoo animals. You will focus on behaviour in the main vertebrate groups. There will be a particular emphasis on consideration of the welfare of animals and the promotion of humane treatment of animals. As an FdSc Animal Behaviour & Psychology graduate you will have developed skills which prepare you for employment in animal training, welfare assessment, animal husbandry and other related fields of work. Work-related learning is embedded within the Personal & Employability Skills Development and Animal Behaviour in Practice modules. You will have the opportunity to experience the world of work, even if you are studying full-time.

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FdSc Zoological Conservation*

Level 5 • Full-time • Wildlife Conservation & Zoology department


Zoological conservation is concerned with maintaining the wonderful diversity of animal life (including invertebrates) that exists on our planet. Involving the protection and management of animal populations and their habitats in order to minimise the harmful effects human activities may have on them. The programme 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, the 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. Working in industry is the very essence of a foundation degree and as such you will also undertake work experience locally or overseas. This opportunity helps you to develop graduatelevel skills that will help you in any job. Work placements and the contacts you make may well be your link to employment on completing the programme. *subject to approval by the University of Plymouth

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FdSc Animal Husbandry & Welfare

Level 5 • Full-time • Animal management & Veterinary Nursing department


Fancy a career working with animals in a zoo or welfare centre? If you would like to learn about domestic, exotic or companion animals, their husbandry, biology or behaviour, this programme is perfect for you. The programme offers specialised modules to develop skills in animal care and animal health, as well as enhancing knowledge of fundamental animal biology, ranging from how animal cells function to animal nutrition. The College has strong links with the animal industry in Cornwall, giving you the chance to gain real work experience and further insight into the sector. Trips to animal collections, farms, animal care facilities such as rehabilitation and rescue centres and other institutions, will help you to develop skills in animal care and animal health and welfare assessment, as well as giving you an insight into various animal industries. In addition, guest speakers will give some of the lectures and workshops allowing you to gain knowledge and understanding from experts working or researching in the field. The majority of our students successfully progress on to a final year and obtain a full BSc Honours degree, or gain employment directly related to their work experience placement. You will be required to complete around 100 hours or three weeks of professional experience during the programme. This is invaluable for gaining contacts and showing future employers you have practical work experience as well as academic knowledge.

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BSc (Hons) Applied Zoology and Conservation

Level 6 • Full-time • Wildlife Conservation & Zoology department


This degree equips you with the necessary skills and knowledge to work within the field of conservation. There is an emphasis on practical application using both national and international examples, and utilising field specialists within the institute and externally as guest speakers to discuss current issues and research in conservation. Modules cover a range of subjects from anatomy and physiology to specific animal behaviour and population management. A range of optional modules in the second and third years allows you to personalise your degree programme. The programme is delivered at Cornwall College Newquay with a range of lectures, workshops, seminars, laboratory and field-based practical sessions. There will be some modules taught in situ utilising the surrounding environment, for example habitat and wildlife surveys within the first year Fieldwork module. These will involve a mix of day or residential field trips to develop and apply survey techniques in the field.

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BSc (Hons) Applied Zoology & Conservation (including sandwich year)

Level 5 • Full-time • Wildlife Conservation & Zoology department


The BSc (Hons) Applied Zoology and Conservation is a full-time four year programme designed to equip you with the necessary skills and knowledge to work within the field of conservation. Modules cover a range of subjects from anatomy and physiology to behaviour and population/habitat management. There is an emphasis on practical application using both national and international examples, and utilising field specialists within the institute and externally as guest speakers to discuss current issues and research in zoological conservation. The placement year will take place between years 2 and 3, requiring a total of 26 weeks on placement with either a single or multiple relevant employers/organisations. During the placement year you will need to conduct an independent research project and will be supported in the lead up to the placement and throughout by a placement year supervisor. The research conducted as part of the placement year project cannot be used for the Honours Project in Year 3.

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FdSc Wildlife Education & Media

Level 5 • Part-time • Wildlife Conservation & Zoology department


Take a look at your smart phone, your tablet, your laptop, your computer. In your hand, under your fingers, is the final result of mathematical theory, engineering know-how, scientific understanding and technological inspiration. It is fused with design and art so it appeals to your sense of aesthetic and to your emotions. It allows you to be creative. So should a degree course. Single subject courses made sense in the twentieth century but in the twenty-first, life, employment, is a lot more complex and inter-disciplinary. Global problems require an ability to understand a range of subjects and combine them to propose global solutions. This is the case for conservation. Understanding the conservation science is one thing but explaining the issues and proposing the solutions to the general public is quite another. Most conservation science jobs require these skills: educators in zoos, aquariums and nature reserves, science journalists, wildlife media creators, wildlife guides, wildlife campaign managers, project coordinators, fundraisers for charities. The FdSc Wildlife Education and Media course does just that. It teaches you the zoological conservation science that makes you a conservation scientist but it also provides skills in educating a range of audiences, both in person and through a range of media. It is a theoretical course but it is also a practical and applied course: Pop-Up Nature Centres, British Science Week activity, interpretation development, storytelling, writing journalistic copy, producing films and podcasts. You don’t just learn but do. Employers like that and this is why this small course has been successful in getting graduates into jobs, especially if you complete the one-year top-up in BSc (Hons) Applied Zoology. You produce a portfolio to evidence your skills. You learn industry standard software. We guide you to become more employable. Other skills and knowledge you’ll gain include: • Learning subjects like ecology, zoology, biodiversity, evolution, animal behaviour and species/habitat conservation • Developing environmental interpretation for use by the public • Learning how to teach through running our dedicated pop-up nature centre • Planning and running an educational event for British Science Week • Learning how to use digital cameras for wildlife photography/film-making and industry-standard specialist software for media creation • Developing independent research skills in a second year project in conservation science, education and/or media. The course can be carried out on a full time basis, which is two years at our Newquay campus adjacent to Newquay Zoo, or on a part time basis over 3 or 4 years, where you will be infilled with full time students. During the course you will have the opportunity to visit various science communication centres and also to gain first-hand experience of teaching in the classroom. Overseas field work The college also organises trips further afield, at your own cost. These trips are a fantastic opportunity to learn new skills and practise your skills learnt at the college. They could also be considered highly valuable if you are looking to pursue a career in ecotourism, as a wildlife tour guide. Past trips have visited the forests of Borneo, the reefs of Egypt, nature reserves in Portugal and the beautiful island of Mull in the Inner Hebrides. More recently, we have run fantastic trips to the Kruger National Park in South Africa and to the cloud forests and coral reefs of Honduras. Both of these trips offer great opportunities for a wildlife educator or a wildlife media creator to practice what you have learned in the class room.

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Wildlife Conservation Diploma

Level 3 • Full-time • Wildlife Conservation & Zoology department


Our Level 3 diplomas in wildlife conservation and animal science are equivalent to A-levels and are designed for you to go straight on to university study. Cornwall College Newquay is proud of its university provision, in partnership with Plymouth University, offering degrees in a number of specialist animal and conservation subjects. Do you enjoy being outdoors, at the beach, around the Cornish coast and countryside? Do you also have a passion for wildlife and conservation? If so our wildlife conservation diploma is designed with you in mind. Our Newquay campus is dedicated to teaching others about animals and conservation and makes full use of its partnership with Newquay Zoo and Blue Reef Aquarium. During your studies we will give you all the expert knowledge and skills you need to start your career in either animal science or wildlife conservation.

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FdSc Conservation and Ecology

Level 5 • Part-time • Wildlife Conservation & Zoology department


Are you interested in wildlife and nature conservation? This is an inspirational, field-based practical course situated on the Cornwall College Newquay campus, adjacent to Newquay Zoo. On this programme you will learn about ecology (how organisms interact with each other and with their physical environment) and how we conserve species and habitats. This requires knowledge about how to observe, survey, monitor and manage species and where they live. You will develop skills in Geographical Information Systems (GIS) and other relevant field and research skills. Teaching will be through traditional lectures, fieldwork, labwork and workshops. All our lecturers are experts in their particular field with wide-ranging qualifications, interests and experience. Some topics will be delivered by experts from organisations such as the Cornwall Wildlife Trust and the National Trust. 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. Work-related learning is a valuable part of the programme and you will undertake work experience locally or overseas. In this way, you will gain experience and develop graduate-level skills in the type of work that you hope to do, and learn about the expectations of those who may employ you. The contacts you make during your work experience may well be your link to future employment. During the programme, you will have plenty of opportunity to visit the broad range of habitats and environments in Cornwall. We also run optional residential field trips or research projects to destinations further afield, including Borneo, Honduras, South Africa and the Scilly Isles. At the end of the programme you will be equipped with the academic qualifications, personal qualities, vocational skills and techniques essential for a career in the ecological or environmental sector.

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FdSc Conservation and Ecology

Level 5 • Full-time • Wildlife Conservation & Zoology department


Are you interested in wildlife and nature conservation? This is an inspirational, field-based practical course situated on the Cornwall College Newquay campus, adjacent to Newquay Zoo. On this programme you will learn about ecology (how organisms interact with each other and with their physical environment) and how we conserve species and habitats. This requires knowledge about how to observe, survey, monitor and manage species and where they live. You will develop skills in Geographical Information Systems (GIS) and other relevant field and research skills. Teaching will be through traditional lectures, fieldwork, labwork and workshops. All our lecturers are experts in their particular field with wide-ranging qualifications, interests and experience. Some topics will be delivered by experts from organisations such as the Cornwall Wildlife Trust and the National Trust. 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. Work-related learning is a valuable part of the programme and you will undertake work experience locally or overseas. In this way, you will gain experience and develop graduate-level skills in the type of work that you hope to do, and learn about the expectations of those who may employ you. The contacts you make during your work experience may well be your link to future employment. During the programme, you will have plenty of opportunity to visit the broad range of habitats and environments in Cornwall. We also run optional residential field trips or research projects to destinations further afield, including Borneo, Honduras, South Africa and the Scilly Isles. At the end of the programme you will be equipped with the academic qualifications, personal qualities, vocational skills and techniques essential for a career in the ecological or environmental sector.

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