Why choose this course?
- The course is recognised by the Society of Biology
- You will have access to our modern animal unit on campus which houses over 200 animals
- A 1,000 square metre, £2.5 million campus eco-library
- You will have the opportunity to complete research or a work placement abroad.
You will learn about all aspects of welfare, breeding, conservation and management whilst combining the study of wild animal populations with that of captive, both domestic and exotic. Lectures will cover major scientific principles such as:
- anatomy and physiology
Your course content will also explore all species of animal with an emphasis on companion and domestics species.
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What will I study?
Course modules will cover areas such as:
- Anatomy and Physiology
- Animal Management
- Animal Behaviour and Welfare
- Ecology and Biodiversity
- Principles of Animal Science
- Animal Health and Disease
- Animal Reproduction and Breeding
- Biological Basis of Behaviour
- Contemporary Issues in Animal Science
- Research Skills
- Nutritional Biochemistry
- Adaptive Physiology
- Applied Animal Nutrition
- Animal Genetics
How will I learn?
You will learn from a combination of seminars, practicals and project work.
Your assessment will be based on coursework and formal examinations. During your studies you will also be encouraged and supported to gain important experience at welfare organisations and government departments throughout the course.
How will I be assessed?
You will be assessed using a variety of methods including the following:
Coursework - 67%
- Assignments – 17%
- Portfolio - 50%
Exams - 33%
View the full course specification
Please note that course specifications may be subject to change
Where will I study?
Your studies will be based at the Brackenhurst Campus which offers 200-hectares of rural estate and modern laboratories for the development of scientific skills and experience.
Our two rodent rooms house a wide variety of species. Across the two rooms we house rats, hamsters, mice, gerbils, chinchillas and degus.
We have a diverse range of animals in this room, including:
- African Leopard tortoise
- Salmon Pink Bird-eater tarantula
- Bearded dragons
- Bosc monitor lizard
- Leopard geckos
- White's Tree frogs
- African Clawed frogs
- a variety of snakes.
There are two rabbit rooms within the Unit containing various breeds including Netherland Dwarf, Silver Fox, Dutch, English, French Lop, Mini Lop, Mini Rex and Lionhead Lop. Guinea pigs are also located within one of the rabbit rooms.
This houses our ferrets. The ferret enclosure was designed and built by Andrew Campbell; it provides a wealth of environmental enrichment and housing options for the ferrets.
We have a 30 foot flight house for our cockatiels and budgies. This encourages natural flight and behaviour. Our birds have been breeding successfully for several years in this environment.
This room houses our nine unit cats; one geriatric and eight adult cats.
Grooming skills such as bathing, clipping and scissors techniques are taught on dogs, cats and even long-haired guinea pigs.
This room highlights the importance of isolating sick or injured animals away from others to avoid spreading infections, reduce the animals' stress and to closely monitor their food and water intake, weight and general condition while they convalesce. The animal science and veterinary nursing students make good use of this room in connection with elements of their modules.
Outdoor Tortoise Enclosure
Developed in August 2012 by Andrew Campbell (who also created our ferret enclosure), this houses our Hermann tortoise giving him access to an outdoor run. This allows for the absorption of vitamin D which is imperative for the welfare of the tortoise.
We have several koi and a Siberian sturgeon to enhance our aquatics modules.
There are a range of resident poultry, variety of breed of chickens, Chinese geese, Aylesbury and duck species.
We have a variety of goats including pygmy, pygmy crosses, Anglo-Nubian. This paddock includes climbing mounds and scratching posts for environment enrichment for the goats.
We have four donkeys, Joseph, one of our original donkeys and three donkeys fostered from the Donkey Sanctuary, Arthur, Guinevere and Gabriel who are a family unit of father, mother and son.
Small animal turnout paddock
This outdoor paddock is divided into individual pens and the rabbit run around system. This area is designed to provide a variety of accommodation during the day for both rabbits and guinea pigs. The track system encourages health and well-being.
Outdoor research arena: We have a variety of agility equipment such as tunnels, tyre jumps, a seesaw and an A-frame.
Your future career
This course will give you the skills and knowledge you need to pursue a career in a variety of roles, such as:
- Animal Health Officer
- Animal Trainer and Presenter
- Biochemistry Technician
- Laboratory Technician
- Medical Secretary
- Pet Behaviour Therapist
- Reptile House Manager
- Tropical Fish Consultant
- Unit Pet Care Officer
- Veterinary Care Assistant
- Wildlife Conservation Advisor.
Following successful completion of the course you could work for companies and organisations such as:
The work placement route of study can be included and involves a year working in industry. Previous employers of students selecting a sandwich year include:
You will be given the opportunity to focus your studies/work placements on the species of animal that is of most interest to you.
For 2016 entry you will need one of the following:
- 280 UCAS tariff points from three A-levels (or two AS-levels and two A-levels) including A-level Biology at grade C or above, excluding General Studies
- a BTEC Extended Diploma grades Distinction, Merit, Merit (including relevant Biology modules)
You will also need GCSE Maths, English and Science at grade C or above.
For 2017 entry you will need one of the following:
- A-levels – BBC, including Biology grade C and excluding General Studies; or
- BTEC Extended Diploma – DMM, including relevant Biology modules; or
- 112 UCAS Tariff points from three A-levels or equivalent qualifications, including an A-level grade C equivalent in Biology and excluding General Studies.
You will also need GCSE Maths, English and Science at grade C or above.
Work experience in the animal sector is highly desirable – examples include pet shops, zoos, animal conservation projects, wildlife sanctuaries, stables, veterinary practices, kennels, the RSPCA and similar.
If you are unsure whether the qualifications you have, or are currently studying for, meet the minimum entry requirements for this course, please contact us before submitting an application through UCAS.
International and EU students also need to meet the English language requirements. Also see the full list of alternative qualifications for EU and international students.
How to apply
You can follow our step-by-step instructions when applying through UCAS. Also ensure that you check your emails regularly, including your junk mail folder, when you have applied. We may need to contact you during this time.
Take a look at our guide to writing an effective personal statement. Use it when you start writing your UCAS application. Good luck with your application.
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"I was first impressed with Nottingham Trent University when I received a postcard from them wishing me good luck with my A-level exams. That level of compassion and care for me and my degree didn't fade during the whole of the three years here. I attended an Open Day at Brackenhurst campus as a decision making exercise and found the event provided a valuable insight into the course and academic staff. I found the staff on campus to be really helpful and good with guidance regarding my future aspirations.
"The location of Brackenhurst campus was particularly appealing to me, set in the countryside with access to the ‘outdoor classroom’ aids used during the practical modules.
"During my degree I have become a lot more confident, acquiring knowledge and having the self-confidence to use it."
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