This course is aimed at students who wish to develop a career within the zoo industry. You will be provided with a combination of academic study and practical learning opportunities to develop a range of academic and professional skills specific to the zoo industry, including knowledge of exotic captive animal management.
Why Study Zoo Management with us?
As a student on the course, you will have regular access to the zoo-licensed animal centre facilities at Reaseheath College, which boasts a range of archetypal zoo species, including primates, tapir and meerkats among others.
Additionally, you can expect an interactive and personable learning experience that draws upon the expertise of our team of experienced staff , with whom you will be able to engage in study both on-site across the campus, but also via overseas study opportunities.
|GCE A Level||
64 UCAS points. Subjects essential for entry: Biology or Applied Science
Level 3 Extended Diploma in Animal Management or Applied Science: MPP
4 Highers at grades CCDD including Biology, Chemistry or Human Biology
24 points, including 4 in HL Biology
Access to HE Diploma (Science)
OCR National Extended/Diploma: Accepted in addition to one of the GCE A Level subjects listed above
Mature students with substantial experience in animal management will be considered on their experience and demonstrated aptitude and enthusiasm for studying in HE.
Please note that we accept a maximum of 20 UCAS points from GCE AS Levels and that the Welsh Baccalaureate (core) and A Level General Studies will be recognised in our offer. We will also consider a combination of A Levels and BTECs/OCRs.
This section aims to provide you with a course overview, as well as information on how you will be taught and assessed.
How will I be taught?
You can expect to receive curriculum content via a number of pathways, including: formal lectures, seminars and workshops; practical classes using our Animal Centre; laboratory practicals; and off -site visits and visiting speakers.
Students will study between 30-37 contact hours per week, across 2-4 days. Additionally, students will be expected to study independently to reinforce learning that has taken place within formal sessions.
How will I be assessed?
Assessment of the course is innovative and may take many forms, including: essays, scientific reports, presentations, academic posters, seminar discussions, interviews, critical reviews, portfolios of evidence, practical competency assessments and examinations (end of year exams, multiple choice and short answer quizzes, and in class examinations).
Work Based Learning
Work Based Learning (WBL) provides you with the opportunity to 'test-drive' a future career by undertaking a work placement of at least 150 hours. Alternatively, you may wish to undertake a two week Experiential Learning (field course) placement overseas. Most students have the opportunity to undertake either one of these options as an integral part of their undergraduate course.
You may be offered the chance to engage in overseas learning opportunities to enhance your classroom-based learning experience These may include opportunities to study zoological collections in Europe, but also undertaking conservation field courses within locations such as Southern Africa and South America. The main emphasis placed on overseas study is the development of professional, industry relevant skills and the application of students’ knowledge in a novel, stimulating, yet challenging environment.
Fees and Funding
Your course will involve additional costs not covered by your tuition fees. This may include books, printing, photocopying, educational stationery and related materials, specialist clothing, travel to placements, optional field trips and software. Compulsory field trips are covered by your tuition fees.
Personal protective equipment including overalls and steel toe cap boots are required. These items should cost approximately £70.
International Experiential Field Courses (Southern Africa & Peru) may be studied as part of the accredited optional module BI5909 or alternatively as an additional experience separate to formal academic study. As a guide, these opportunities cost approximately £2,300 in 2015/16. The cost included flights, accommodation, food, transfers, costs of guides, safari vehicles and other such amenities. The cost does not include travel to and from the airport, travel insurance, spending money, costs associated with personal equipment, vaccinations and anti-malarials.
International Study Tour (Netherlands). A non-accredited and non-compulsory study tour of the zoos within the Amsterdam region. As a guide, this opportunity cost approximately £450 in 2015/16. The cost included flights, accommodation, food, transfers, and costs of zoo entry, behind the scenes tours and guest speakers.
Marine Mammal Medic Course [2 days]. Studied as an optional and non-compulsory addition to the programme of study. As a guide, this opportunity cost approximately £100 in 2015/16. The cost includes tuition for external speakers, administration costs, production of certificates and ‘membership’ to first aid register.
Animal Concepts Animal Welfare Workshop [2-3 days], studied as an optional and non-compulsory addition to the programme of study. As a guide, this opportunity cost approximately £100 in 2015/16.
If you are living away from home during your time at University, you will need to cover costs such as accommodation, food, travel and bills.
Bursaries are a form of financial help in addition to student loans and grants that do not have to be paid back. The bursaries we are offering for 2017 entrants are listed below.
Application Process for University Bursaries
There is no application process (except for the part-time bursary); but do remember to give consent to share your household income with the University of Chester when you apply for student funding.
We will automatically review your eligibility and notify you if you are eligible; normally by letter to your home address.
If you are not sure whether you have consented to share your information with the University, you can contact the Consent to Share Helpline on 0845 603 4016 and agree to share your information over the telephone. Please note that your parents or sponsor will also have to contact the helpline.
Please email firstname.lastname@example.org if you have specific questions.
Available to new full-time undergraduate students (paying a tuition fee of over £6,000) who have a means tested household income of £25,000 or less.
Cash payment and ‘in-kind’ beneﬁts of £500 per year of study.
Chester Bursary for Part-Time Students
Available to new part-time undergraduate students (paying a tuition fee of at least £7,000), enrolled for a minimum of 40 credits at the start of Level 4, and with a declared residual household income of £25,000 or less.
Bursary: up to £1,500
Cash payments made on a pro-rata basis depending on the number of credits studied each academic year.
Care Leavers Bursary
Available to new full-time Level 4 undergraduate home students under the age of 25, paying a tuition fee of over £6,000, who have evidence of their care leaver status.
Bursary: up to £7,000
Mixture of cash, 'in-kind’ beneﬁts and fee waiver.
Contact the Bursary Team at University.Bursary@chester.ac.uk for more information about the Care Leavers Bursary.
Young Adult Carers Bursary
Working in partnership with Young Carers organisations locally, this bursary is available for eligible young carers.
Bursary Package totalling: £4,500
Contact Martina Ferrari at email@example.com for more information about the Young Adult Carers Bursary.
University Centre Reaseheath
Located on the outskirts of Nantwich in rural Cheshire, our campus has industry standard teaching facilities but still retains its friendly, supportive atmosphere.
Our innovative £8 million National Centre for Horticulture, the Environment and Sustainable Technology is one of the most modern glasshouse training facilities in the UK with its state-of-the-art glasshouse for food crop trials and research. It also houses a fully equipped science laboratory and CAD design studios.
Our Animal Centre has a licensed zoo, home to over 250 different animal species, and is accredited by the British and Irish Association of Zoos and Aquariums (BIAZA). Students of Canine Behaviour will benefit from on-site kenneling facilities, commercial standard grooming parlours, dedicated dog training areas and a full set of competition quality dog agility equipment.
As a regional centre for agricultural education, our modern farm has world class facilities and is home to Reaseheath Pedigree High Yielding Holsteins and Youngstock. Our £3.5 million Equestrian Centre provides both indoor and outdoor riding arenas for equine science students.
You will have access to our campus sport facilities including high and low ropes courses, an indoor climbing wall, gym with Technogym equipment and a brand new 3G Pitch and Multi-Use Games Area (MUGA).
Set among 330 hectares of farm, parklands and woodland with its own lake, this stunning campus is the perfect environment for degree students to work, rest and play.
Our Careers and Employability Service
The University has an award winning Careers and Employability service which provides a variety of employability-enhancing experiences; through the curriculum; through employer contact and through tailored group sessions and individual information, advice and guidance.
Careers and Employability aims to deliver a service which is inclusive, impartial, welcoming, informed and tailored to your personal goals and aspirations, to enable you to develop as an individual and contribute to the business and community in which you will live and work.
We are here to help you plan your future and to enhance your employability. We provide access to part-time jobs and work shadowing. We offer practical one-to-one help with career planning including help with CVs, applications and mock interviews. We deliver group sessions on career planning within each taught programme. We have extensive information on graduate jobs and postgraduate study.
Students and graduates of the University of Chester can use our services free of charge for up to three years after graduating. Graduates of other UK universities within three years of graduation are also welcome to use our services during vacations. A charging policy applies to other clients - please contact us for more details.
Missed our Open Days? Our campus tours are a great opportunity to visit us and view campus facilities before making an application.
Open Days 2017
Visit us at an Open Day and find out what it’s really like to study at the University of Chester.
- Saturday 28th October (MA Art Therapy only)