UCAS Applications Update:
Level 6 'Top-Up'

BSc (Hons) Zoological Management & Conservation (Level 6)

*This programme is subject to validation
We are no longer accepting applications to start this course in September 2022. Applications for a 2023 start open in September.
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The BSc (Hons) Level 6 Top-up in Zoological Management and Conservation aims to develop advanced practitioners in the field of animal collection management for conservation. A strong focus is given to the role collections play in conservation activities e.g. conservation translocations and conservation communications.

Critically Evaluate

Utilising industry specialists and trips to field sites and collections, you will learn to critically evaluate a variety of conservation projects and display advanced knowledge of the role of ex situ animal collection staff and conservation scientists. The course also covers the role communication plays in zoological collections as both a tool for engaging visitors and spreading conservation messages.

Natural Progression

You will be given the opportunity to undertake an independent research project supporting key skill development in the areas of critical analyses and data manipulation. The course offers a natural progression on from our FdSc Zoological Management but also offers a specialised route for external students, who, after completing an FdSc elsewhere, have a particular interest in the conservation role of animal collections.

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Communication in Zoological Collections

This module aims to allow you to develop and demonstrate practical communication skills, and understand how these skills should be applied in zoological collections. Many communication channels are available, and there are varied reasons for using them: promotion, information dissemination, or encouraging wildlife-friendly outcomes. You will learn to critically analyse a variety of on-site communications (interpretation panels, talks, shows, etc), marketing methods (the use of websites, social media, print media, etc), and will briefly explore the more complex field of using communication as a campaigning tool. In all areas covered you will receive ongoing feedback to support the development of your own presentation. The module will address the theoretical underpinning of various communication techniques, the practical skills in planning, creating and delivering appropriate materials to a range of audiences and the methods for evaluating the success of such ventures.

100% Coursework: individual, presentation
The Role of Animal Collections in Conservation

This module aims to develop your knowledge of the various ways in which organisations holding animal collections are involved in field conservation projects. It will examine current conservation issues and the efforts and impacts that such organisations can demonstrate in the conservation arena, including but not limited to; understanding conservation prioritisation, assessing reintroduction sites, integrating in situ and ex situ conservation measures, working with stakeholders and developing species management and conservation action plans. The key focus of the module is to develop a core knowledge base surrounding the in situ conservation activities of organisations that hold animal collections.

Coursework: individual, presentation 50%
Coursework: Exam 50%
Management of Mammals for Conservation

Throughout this module you will develop enhanced knowledge of the role mammal collection staff play in supporting in situ conservation and you will examine the step-by-step process of conservation translocations, via reintroduction and restocking, for a variety of mammal species. You will focus specifically on the behavioural ecology of mammals and the, often complex, social structures that heavily influence the translocation process. Opportunities to access live data via the Species 360 database will also provide extensive knowledge of the species studied and enhance your understanding of practical population management. Visits to field sites, collections and interaction with industry specialists, will enable you to learn the process of training and preparing animals for release, including soft and hard release methods and techniques for post-release monitoring.Capture, mark and handling techniques will be critically assessed through research literature and first-hand experience of field specialists. You will also review the role rescue and rehabilitation centres play in supporting wild populations and develop an enhanced understanding of the protocols and management techniques implemented, in order to successfully rehabilitate and return mammals to the wild. Real-world case studies will be utilised throughout to allow opportunities for you to problem-solve and critically review active projects.

Coursework: 100%
Management of Birds for Conservation

This module aims to provide students with an advanced understanding of the techniques and processes performed by ex situ bird collection staff that play a role in either in situ conservation translocations or rescue and rehabilitation activities. Focus will be given to the rearing methods for young birds that have been bred for release and specific attention will be paid to bird behavioural ecology and its impact on the rearing and release techniques implemented. Industry specific databases will be accessed in order to enhance knowledge of population management. Visits to field sites and interaction with subject specialists will provide opportunities to assess and learn from active projects. You will develop knowledge and skills in the release methods utilised to support reintroductions and learn how to effectively monitor, post release, in order to assess the transition from captivity to the wild. Visits to rescue and rehabilitation centres will demonstrate techniques for managing and releasing wild-caught birds, as well as introduce husbandry techniques for injured animals. A portfolio-based assessment will provide you with an opportunity to reflect upon these practices and review their effectiveness.

Coursework: 100%
Management of Ectotherms for Conservation

This module aims to provide you with advanced knowledge of ex situ conservation practices for ectothermic animals. You will be introduced to practical and theoretical topics on methods of rearing and preparing young for release and taxon-specific supportive measures implemented post release. You will learn to utilise Species 360 in order to access species-specific data providing you with comprehensive knowledge of the behaviour and management of captive populations. The role of wildlife rescue centres in rehabilitation, release and supporting wild populations will also be studied. You will learn the techniques for capture, handling, marking and post-release monitoring and critically evaluate their effectiveness in practice. A wide range of terrestrial, marine and freshwater species will be covered and you will be assessed through a write up of an in-depth critique of a conservation case study. A range of formative in class activities will prepare you for this assessment.

Coursework: 100%
Research Project

The research project gives you an opportunity to conduct an original project on a relevant zoological/ conservation topic, in considerable depth. The focus will be negotiated in your area of interest but could take the form of a traditional dissertation, literature review or a reflective report (e.g., to accompany campaign materials or interpretation signs). Key is that it will enable you to demonstrate critical thinking, as well as proficiency in important skills such as initiative, effective communication, problem solving and time management. Improvement of these skills will be supported by sessions on key elements of project development. This module is undertaken on a relatively self-directed basis with supervisory meetings with an appropriate specialist.

Coursework: Individual, presentation 25%
Coursework: Individual, dissertation/major project (6000 words or equivalent) 75%

Application Information

To apply you must register and complete your application using the UCAS online system.
Entry Requirements
Aged 18 and above, with 64 UCAS points, which must include science-related subjects.
Contact admissions
Full-time Fee (Per Year)
Full-time Duration (Per Year)
1 Year
Part-Time Fee (Per Year)
Part-Time Duration (Per Year)
2 Years
Bristol Zoo Gardens & University Centre
Awarding/Validating University
University of Gloucestershire
UCAS Institution Code
S55 - SGS College Group
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"Once-in-a-lifetime experiences!"

"Through the BSc (Hons) Zoological Management and Conservation course, I’ve been able to visit and look behind the scenes of multiple zoological collections in Germany and a protected conservation reserve in South Africa. We also frequently received talks from expert guest lecturers in a wide variety of fields. I highly recommend this course for anyone looking to become an animal care or conservation professional as it is full of once-in-a-lifetime experiences!"
BSc (Hons) Zoological Management & Conservation (Level 6)