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FdSc Conservation Science and Animal Management (Wildlife and Zoo)

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East Coast College (Great Yarmouth)


Two years full time.

Typical Offer: 

2023-24 and 2024-25 entry; 80 UCAS tariff points (or above), CDD (A-Level), MMP (BTEC), Pass A*-C (T Level).





This course enables students to develop an understanding of the theoretical and practical aspects of wildlife and environmental conservation and animal management. Through the Zoological Society of East Anglia and Norfolk Wildlife Trust students will have free access to Africa Alive, Banham Zoo and over 50 nature reserves for teaching purposes and independent study. Students will apply knowledge and participate in practical activities through these and other employers. In addition students will complete independent work placements outside course hours. Students will also have the opportunity to participate in field research both in the UK and potentially an overseas research trip during the course. 

The course is delivered at University of Suffolk at East Coast College at Great Yarmouth where students will belong to a large and growing group of Higher Education students with their own dedicated facilities. Classrooms are brand new and equipped with technology. There is a higher education study/common room and access to a well-stocked library and a range of electronic resources.

An experienced staff team is supported by a range of employers and expert guest speakers. Zoo husbandry will be delivered partly by the animal management team at Africa Alive and the wildlife surveying unit gives students the opportunity to assist and shadow ecologists from Norfolk Wildlife Trust. Students will be participating in a wide range of field visits and will have access to Africa Alive, Banham Zoo and over 50 Norfolk Wildlife Trust sites. 

Course modules

The course gives you the necessary skills to help conserve wild animals by developing your knowledge in topics such as ecology, biodiversity, captive breeding, animal behaviour and learning.  You will also gain practical experience in observing, surveying and the husbandry of animals.

Full downloadable information regarding all University of Suffolk courses, including Key Facts, Course Aims, Course Structure and Assessment, is available in the Definitive Course Record.

Concepts of Animal Behaviour
Principles of Biology
Wildlife Legislation and Ethics
Principles of Ecology
Animal Husbandry and Wildlife Management
Animal Health and Rehabilitation
Work-based learning
Global Biodiversity and Conservation Issues
Applied Animal Behaviour and Training
Animal Breeding and Applied Genetics
Wildlife Welfare and Conservation Ethics
Zoo Animal Husbandry and Collection Management
Conservation Education
Professional Development and Research Skills
Work-based Learning Project

Fees and finance


  • UK full-time tuition fee: £8,220 p.a 
  • UK part-time tuition fee: £1,370 per 20 credits (please contact the Student Centre for further information) 
  • International full-time tuition fee:  £14,598 p.a (inclusive of lab-based fee)

Further Information

At University of Suffolk, your tuition fees provide access to all the usual teaching and learning facilities that you would expect. However, there may be additional costs associated with your course that you will need to budget for. 

Entry requirements