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QAA Access to HE Diploma (Animal Management and Conservation) 2018-20 *Subject to Approval*

Course Level: 

Level 3

Job opportunities after this course: 

This course can be used to support entry into higher education or employment. Previous students have gone on to study at a variety of HEI's in the region and across the country. Likely HE courses include animal management, animal behaviour, zoology, wildlife management, biology. Please note that completion of the course is not a guarantee of entry onto a degree course, you must apply to higher education through the UCAS system and some higher education institutions may have additional entry requirements.

Overview of the course: 

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The course is the perfect preparation for mature students who want to study a science related degree course. The first unit of the course focuses on Study Skills and application to university. The course is divided into two semesters, which have a range of units in them. Units are graded at either a pass, merit or distinction – the credits available for each unit range between 3 and 9.

Entry requirements: 

As GCSE Maths and English are often a requirement to progress to Higher Education, we would prefer you to have passed GCSE in these subjects at grade 4 or above. Alternatively, equivalent level 2 qualifications may be acceptable.


• Animal Behaviour - develops an understanding of the key principles of animal behaviour. It further aims to develop and apply skills in observing, recording and analysing behaviour in selected animal species.
• Animal Management - develops knowledge of key responsibilities for animal welfare in a variety of contexts. In particular, it aims to improve the understanding of animal health and husbandry and apply appropriate skills in handling and animal management.
• Ecology – develops your understanding of key ecological concepts and the relationships between the distribution of organisms and their environment.
• Core Science - develops learners’ understanding of (i) elements, biological molecules, genetics, energy sources and radioactivity, and (ii) the practical application of the scientific process to investigate, test and report on a hypothesis.
• Conservation - promotes the development of understanding of the principles of conservation and the competing interests that challenge conservation policy and practice. In particular, it aims to provide the knowledge required to develop and sustain a coherent approach to environmental conservation.
• Environmental Chemistry – develops knowledge of how chemical processes interact within the natural environment. In particular, it aims to develop skills in identifying and analysing the environmental impact of changes in the chemical composition of the environment.
• Environmental Studies Research Skills - develops an understanding of the complex relationships between the various components that make up global environmental issues. In particular, it aims to facilitate those research skills that develop critical and analytical evaluation.
• Major Scientific Project - develops skills in research project planning, methodology, data analysis and report writing in accordance with established scientific protocols. In particular, it aims to develop experience of organising and reporting on a piece of original research.
• Maths: Algebra, Data and Statistics – covers a range of mathematical principals that are important for study at HE.
• Study Skills – helps you plan your time and develop the skills that are essential for success on your access course.
• ICT – develops your software skills and how best to utilise programmes to suit the demands of your studies.
• HE Research – prepares you for you university application and how to decide on the best course for you.

How is the course assessed?: 

You will be assessed by a variety of methods, which may include essays, written assignments, seen exams, unseen exams, academic posters, debates, research projects, presentations, analysis of published articles, etc.

Further study options after this course: 

The course can be used to support entry into higher education such as HNC/D, Foundation Degree, Degree at university or college or can also be used to support entry into employment. Before choosing which Access to HE Diploma you would like to study, you are advised to research ahead by looking at the UCAS (Universities and Colleges Admissions System) website,

Length of the course: 

Two Year, Full Time - Day time study consists of 12 hours study over several days.


Houghall Campus, Durham

When does the course start: 

September 2019

More important information about this course:


*We make every effort to publish correct fees, however all fees are subject to change. Fees are correct as at the current time (21 May 2019 09:09) and are subject to change up to the date of enrolment. Fees quoted are payable annually

What our students say: 

We regularly work with QDP, the UK’s largest independent provider of questionnaire based feedback services to the education sector, so that any results can be benchmarked against other colleges and the voices of over 600,000 learners QDP gathers feedback from over the course of an academic year.

Our feedback scores consistently place us in the top quartile of colleges in the country, indicating that we not only meet but often exceed student expectations. Some results from the 2015/2016 on programme and exit surveys and the 2016/17 induction survey can be seen below.

98% stated it was easy to apply for the course
96% said the teaching on my course is good
99% felt that their teacher knows their subject well
97% told us they felt safe at college
98% said expected standards of behaviour were made clear
95% told us they felt they had developed the skills they needed to get a job/take their next step
95% agreed the teachers consistently challenge them to do their best
97% said teacher feedback told them what was going well and where to improve
Other comments by students on this course are:

Previous students have gone on to study Midwifery, Nursing (adult, child, mental health, learning disability), Dentistry, Medicine, Operating Department Practice and Podiatry amongst other health related degrees.

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