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Animal Care

With 54 million pets in the UK, we’re a nation of animal lovers.

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Vienna McIntosh | Foundation Degree in Animal Management

It’s a specialised bespoke course with plenty of hands-on experience working with animals. The teaching is relaxed but thorough with good support, and I am achieving higher than I expected. I hope to complete my degree at UoC in Ambleside.

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Course Overview

Students will work with our veterinary team, experienced academic and technical staff, to research presenting wildlife cases and assist with their proposed rehabilitation plans and eventual release. Alongside this, you will investigate the broader context of working with wildlife including ecology, behaviour, conservation, legislation, ethics, human pressures on wildlife, practical care and fieldwork skills.

This Course is awarded by the University of Cumbria.

Foundation Degrees are intermediate level higher education qualifications. They emphasise work-based learning and concentrate on the development of personal and professional development and employability skills including communication, teamwork, problem-solving, the application of number and the use of information technology.


- Introduction to British Wildlife Ethics and Legislation
- Characteristics of British Mammals and Birds
- Management of Wildlife in Captivity (Initial Assessment)
- Management of Wildlife in Captivity (Rehabilitation and Release)
- Ecology and Conservation
- Animal Behaviour
- Introduction to Aquatic Ecology and Conservation
- Wildlife and People
- British Wildlife Under Threat
- Wildlife Population Surveying
- Scientific and Study Skills
- Research Methodology and Data Analysis
- Applied Field Studies, Wildlife and Habitat Surveys

Delivery of the course content will include formal lectures, seminars, small group work and supported independent study, with additional experience gained through a range of educational visits, visiting speakers, wildlife surveys and the ongoing assessment of wildlife casualty cases, presenting to Kendal College Animal Centre.

Assessment methods:

Essays, group work, peer assessment, presentations, written reports, exams, projects, portfolios and practical assessments.

Additional Costs:

Recommended textbooks, e.g. BSAVA Manual of Wildlife Casualties (approx. GBP70.00)
Kendal College Animal Rescue Centre scrub top and trousers (approx. GBP25.00)
Copying and printing fees

Entry Requirements

Applicants are expected to have a minimum of 65 UCAS tariff points normally including A2 in Biology or a merit grade in Anatomy and Physiology-based BTEC Level 3 unit or equivalent (16 points can be from other Tariff Based Qualifications). GCSE English, Maths and Science at grade C or above (or equivalent).

Applicants to the Foundation Degree with experience of working in this area but without the academic entry criteria will need to demonstrate their potential to succeed. This will be judged by submission of an essay of 1500 words on a topic set for them by a tutor before being offered a place. The essay must show that they have the potential to succeed on the programme in the view of the tutor.

After Your Course

On successful completion of the Foundation Degree, students may also have the opportunity to progress onto The University of Cumbria BSc (Hons) Animal Conservation Science Degree, based at the University of Cumbria in Ambleside and, subsequently seek work with wildlife or environmental organisations.



Course fees are per year. There may also be additional costs associated with the course (please see the course overview).

Student Finance
Whether you qualify for student finance depends on specific criteria. The main student finance package for full-time students includes a tuition fee loan and maintenance loan for living costs. Part-time students can access a tuition fee loan to pay for your course.

Generally, you will only get student finance if you’re doing your first degree-level qualification. This is true even if your previous course was self-funded.

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Access to Learning Fund
The Access to Learning Fund is a non-repayable discretionary fund that gives students facing hardship extra financial support to access and remain in higher education. This can is accessed via the college. Contact Student Services for more information: / 01539 814700