This course teaches a combination of scientific knowledge and animal management skills. It is highly vocational in nature, with a strong emphasis on practical learning and work experience.You'll focus on animal welfare and its application across a host of sectors.
Why choose this course?
- Successful completion of this course to a satisfactory level allows progression on to the final-year of BSc (Hons) Animal Biology. This means you have the potential to gain a full BSc honours degree in three years.
- Study is supported by our purpose-built Animal Unit - home to around 150 animals from 40 different species.
- You will have the opportunity to take part in a study trip to Durrell Wildlife Conservation Trust in Jersey.
- You'll also have access to our 1,000 square metre, £2.5 million campus eco-library.
How you're taught
You will be taught through a variety of methods including group seminars, lectures and practical sessions.
- Year 1 coursework (93%), written (0%) and practical (7%).
- Year 2 coursework (58%), written (17%) and practical (25%).
A full-time student on average can expect to spend 1200 hours a year learning which will typically be broken down as follows:
- Year 1 lectures/seminars/workshops (28%), independent study (72%) and placements (0%).
- Year 2 lectures/seminars/workshops (27%), independent study (73%) and placements (0%).
A placement year may be taken between year 1 and year 2 of study.
Careers and employability
Your career development
Animal Science graduates are well-placed for entry into a variety of careers within the animal industry. Potential areas for employment include work in the following alongside behaviour consultants or animal trainers:
- wildlife parks
- zoological collections
- welfare organisations
- governmental departments.
Alternatively, you may decide to use your degree as a progression route to further study.
The course includes an optional placement year between Year One and Year Two.
Recent students placements have included:
- Dogwise Hydrotherapy
- Domestic Animal Rescue Group (DARG), South Africa
- Earth, Sea and Sky Ltd, Wildlife Information Centre, Zakynthos
- Gorse Hill City Farm
- Rand Farm Park
- Reptile Zone
- Redgate Farm Animal Sanctuary
- White Post Farm
- West Midland Safari Park
- Weirfield Wildlife Hospital
- Yorkshire Wildlife Park.
The Animal Unit
Housing over 150 animals and more than 40 species on an idyllic 200-hectare woodland estate, there's no better environment for the study of small and larger animals than the animal unit at our Brackenhurst Campus. It's designed to facilitate a range of courses and to give you the knowledge and practical skills you'll need to secure a job in the industry.
You'll get the opportunity to study a diverse range of companion animals, reptiles, birds, fish and other small animals at Brackenhurst, as well as larger animals including donkeys, horses and goats.
Our Animals and Resources
Our rodent room houses a wide variety of species, including rats, hamsters, mice, gerbils, chinchillas and degus.
Reptiles, amphibians and invertebrates
We house a diverse range of species including:
- African Leopard tortoise
- Bearded dragons
- Panther chameleon
- Leopard geckos and day geckos
- White's Tree frogs
- a variety of snake species including a woma python and corn snakes
- a range of invertebrates including tarantulas, praying mantis African land snails and giant millipedes.
Rabbit and Guinea Pig Rooms
We have spacious and enrichment filled enclosures housing various breeds of rabbit and guinea pig including Netherland Dwarf, Rex, Silver Fox, Mini Lop, and Lionhead Lop. Our rabbits and guinea pigs are housed in social groups where appropriate.
This large enclosure provides plenty of space for our inquisitive and playful ferrets. We also have an internal house and storage space.
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 unit cats who are also able to roam freely outside the unit and exhibit natural behaviour. Our cattery makes use of the room's height with lots of sleeping areas for our cats.
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/ 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
This houses our African Leopard Tortoise giving access to an outdoor run. This allows for the absorption of vitamin D which is imperative for the welfare of the tortoise.
There are a range of resident poultry, a variety of breeds of chicken, Chinese geese, Aylesbury and duck species, as well as guinea fowl and peafowl.
We have a variety of goats including pygmy, pygmy crosses, Anglo-Nubian, Golden Guernsey and Boer. This paddock includes climbing mounds and scratching posts for environment enrichment for the goats. We also have an all-weather area for the goats for the winter months so they can continue to access range of enrichment.
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.
Outdoor Research Arena: Dog agility
We have a variety of agility equipment such as tunnels, jumps, weaves, a seesaw and an A-frame. This paddock is also used for dog obedience practical sessions.
You'll find a variety of equipment available at the Animal Unit to support your research project. This includes:
- A thermal camera
- Digital camcorders with specialist software
- Time lapse camera
- Mammal traps
- Digital video recording facilities in some animal rooms
Our 1,000 square metre, £2.5 million pound campus library opened in 2013. The library building uses energy-efficient and low-carbon initiatives such as photovoltaic panels, LED lighting, intelligent lighting control, heat-reclaim ventilation during winter, renewable cladding materials, locally sourced materials and water-leak detection systems.
Our biodiversity analysis of the library site highlighted the need to check for protected species such as bats and great crested newts. We've created new ponds, fence-ringed areas and bespoke habitats as part of our mitigation strategy.
Peregrine falcons – live streaming
The Newton building at Nottingham Trent University has, for the last decade, been home to a breeding pair of peregrine falcons, who nest on an outside ledge near the top. Watch live footage or archive video of them nesting, laying eggs and rearing their chicks.
Green Flag status
Brackenhurst Campus has been awarded Green Flag status, a national award recognising green spaces throughout the country. We received the award along with other notable green spaces such as Kensington Gardens, Regent's Park and St James's Park.