Christ Church will always have a special place in my heart as it has given me the opportunity to gain experience and skills which have enabled me to achieve more than I ever thought.
Christ Church will always have a special place in my heart as it has given me the opportunity to gain experience and skills which have enabled me to achieve more than I ever thought.Konstantinos, Animal Science student
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We want to help you develop and succeed. This course will help you build the skills and knowledge needed for you to get into the animal industry.
An introduction to the core sciences of biology, chemistry and physics in the foundation year will cement your knowledge and help develop your study skills for the three-year course ahead.
You will have the opportunity to study animal breeding, pests and diseases, and anatomy in the lab as well as in the field with local animal foundations including Wildwood and Port Lympne.
As part of our ‘Added Value’ programme, you will have the chance to gain further skills and collaborate with biotech companies through the Life Sciences Industry Liaison Lab and advisory companies in the industry.
Recent changes in animal welfare laws in Britain have meant that there is now more control and regulation of all animal-based enterprises. This has resulted in a greater need for a scientific approach to animal management and welfare across all businesses that work with animals. These sectors require well-prepared animal scientists who are able to apply their knowledge to emerging management issues.
If you are passionate about a career in this important sector, our course will help you develop as a highly practical and knowledgeable animal scientist who is skilled to work in areas such as zoos and wildlife parks, pet shops, veterinary situations, farms and wildlife conservation.
During the foundation year, you'll learn essential study skills that you'll need as you progress through the degree. You'll also learn the fundamentals of chemistry, biology and physics so that you are prepared to study science in depth from Year 1 onward.
Throughout the degree, you'll be challenged to apply your thinking to different scientific issues and you'll have the exciting opportunity to take part in a five-day field trip studying animal behaviour.
Applicants should normally have 32 UCAS Tariff points. We will also welcome applications from students with few or no formal Level 3 qualifications who wish to return to education and applicants may be asked to attend an interview.
You'll study animals in natural and man-made environments and you'll spend time in the labs learning a wide range of practical techniques related to microbiology and molecular biology.
During the foundation year, you'll study the core sciences of biology, chemistry and physics, as well as introductory level maths. You'll also develop essential study skills to help you throughout your degree.
In Year 1, you'll gain a solid grounding in introductory biology, diversity of life, genetics and evolution, animals in the environment and biochemistry and scientific skills.
As you progress to Years 2 and 3, you'll study in more depth modules related to animal physiology, animal disease, developmental biology and animal behaviour. In the final year, you'll carry out a practical research project, which could be out in the field, at a zoo or wildlife park or in the laboratory.
You'll also have the opportunity to undertake a placement module and gain valuable experience to help build your CV.
Please note that the list of optional modules and their availability may be subject to change. We continually review and where appropriate, revise the range of modules on offer to reflect changes in the subject and ensure the best student experience. Modules will vary when studied in combination with another subject.
You will be taught through a combination of lectures, laboratory practicals, field trips, visits to employers, seminars, guest speaker lectures and practical workshops. You'll also benefit from tutorial sessions where you can discuss your work and progress with an individual personal tutor, and small group seminars focusing on specific topics.
The course is designed to support you in becoming a confident, independent learner and some of your learning will be through experimentation and observation.
In Year 1, two thirds of each module are delivered as practical experimentation either in laboratories, IT labs or in the field. These sessions are supplemented by lectures, and seminars/workshops where you feedback from your structured independent study.
In the second year, you'll continue laboratory and field based experimentation and you'll start analysing published research.
In the final year the teaching will move into student-led workshops where you'll discuss published research papers.
All teaching material is posted on the virtual learning environment.
Your actual contact hours depend on the option modules you select.
All courses are informed by the University’s Learning and Teaching Strategy 2015-2022.
When not attending lectures, seminars, workshops or other timetabled sessions you will continue learning through self-study. Typically, this involves reading journal articles and books, undertaking research in the library, working on projects, and preparing for coursework assignments/examinations, workshops and seminars. Your module director will direct you towards specific readings and/or activities to complete before class through the virtual learning environment.
For the 40 credit Individual Study in your final year, you will undertake independent research working under the supervision of a member of the teaching team who you will meet with regularly.
Each 20 credit module requires 200 hours of study which includes formal contact (lectures, practicals, tutorials, workshops), structured independent learning (prescribed reading and/or online exercises) and independent learning.
Each module in the foundation year and Year 1 has 60 hours of formal contact, supplemented with 40 hours of structured independent learning. As you develop and become more independent, formal contact and structured learning reduces to 50 hours of contact and 30 hours of structured independent learning per module in Year 2 and 40 hours of contact and 20 hours of structured independent learning per module in Year 3.
The team consists of highly qualified academics with a range of expertise and experience. They are research-active and have experience in delivering research-informed teaching.
All our core team members hold doctoral qualifications and most hold or are working toward postgraduate teaching qualifications. You can find out more about the current teaching on our Meet the Team web page.
Postgraduate students sometimes assist in teaching and assessing some modules, however, experienced academics teach the vast majority of lectures and seminars.
You should note that members of the teaching team might change.
Animal industries need talented, enthusiastic graduates that understand the working of animals from the biochemistry, physiology, anatomy, genetics, behaviour, health, disease and husbandry which can lead to a whole range of exciting careers.Dr Carol TrimSenior Lecturer in Biology
Assessment is by both coursework and examination. The course provides you with opportunities to test your understanding of the subject informally before you complete the formal assessments that count towards your final mark. Each year you will be set formative assignments to go through with your tutor. There will also be 'formative' assessment within some of the modules. Practice assessments are developmental and any grades you receive for them do not count towards your module mark.
There are also formal or 'summative' assessments. Assessment methods include written examinations and a range of coursework assessments such as essays, reports, portfolios, performance, presentations and your final year individual study project. The grades from formal assessments count towards your module mark.
Coursework assessments permit you to develop key scientific and transferable skills and assignments include: scientific lab/log books, written reports, written scientific papers, discursive essays, PowerPoint presentations and poster presentations. There is a maximum of two assessments per 20 credit module studied.
You will receive feedback on all practice assessments and on formal assessments undertaken by coursework. Feedback on examination performance is available upon request from the module leader. Feedback is intended to help you learn and you are encouraged to discuss it with your module tutor. We aim to provide you with feedback within 15 working days of hand-in.
This course provides opportunities for careers in key positions in a range of animal-based fields, including zoos, the pet trade, stables or kennels, veterinary practice management, wildlife conservation management and the pharmaceutical industry. Some graduates have become teachers and others have gone on to postgraduate study.
Transferable skills developed during this course are valuable in other non -scientific areas of industry, commerce and the media. These include time management, statistical and planning skills, communication and presentation skills, and an ability to think critically.
The welcoming atmosphere made me settle in straight away, with supportive supervisors guiding me to succeed in my studies. There are also many opportunities to work and gain experience alongside your studies which help you gain the valuable skills employers are looking for.LukeGraduate
The 2020/21 annual tuition fees for this course are:
|UK / EU||Overseas|
|Full-time - Foundation Year 0||£7,050||£9,910|
|Full-time - years 1-3 *||£9,250||£13,000|
Tuition fees for all courses are payable on an annual basis, except where stated.
* The tuition fees of £9,250 / £13,000 / £4,625 relate to 2020/21 only. Please read the 2020/21 Tuition Fee Statement for further information regarding 2020/21 tuition fees and year on year fee increases.
The Life Sciences Industry Liaison Lab at Discovery Park in Sandwich, Kent was launched in March 2016. Discovery Park is a fabulous site with well over 100 companies now based there, many of which are active in the science sector.
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