Introduction to Animal Management Foundation Degree

Congratulations on your offer to study within the department of Land Based Industries at Barnsley College Higher Education. We are delighted to welcome you on to the FdSc Animal Management course.

Meet the team

If you have any questions about the course, assessments or teaching please do not hesitate to contact us:

Induction Schedule

Our aim is to ensure that you know what to expect from the course and provide advice and guidance on what you need to prepare for your studies. There will be activities that you may want to get involved in, both across the department and within Barnsley College, and we will let you know more about these when you enrol. Below is the time for enrolment which you are required to attend.

Thursday 15 September 10.00am – 3.00pm at Wigfield Farm campus.

Enrolment Checklist

Proof of qualifications

You must be able to produce certificates to prove that you have achieved the following:

  • GCSE in English, minimum Grade C (or approved equivalent)
  • GCSE in Mathematics, minimum Grade C (or approved equivalent)

Please bring proof of all your qualifications (original certificates) to your enrolment session. You will not be able to fully enrol on the course unless these have been presented and failure to produce these will delay any loan payments, if eligible, being paid.

If you find that you do not have the original certificates, you will need to obtain copies from the awarding body as quickly as possible prior to enrolment.

Please check with the school or college you attended for information on contacting the relevant awarding body.

Preparation and Preliminary Reading

It is strongly recommended that you purchase your own copy of the following books, which will be used as set texts and will be useful throughout your Animal Management course:

  • Tortora & Grabowski (2002) Principles of Anatomy and Physiology. Wiley and Sons.
  • Jones, A., Reed, R., Weyers, J. (2016) Practical Skills in Biology (Sixth Edition.) Pearson.
  • Aubrey Manning (2012) An Introduction to Animal behaviour. Cambridge University Press.

University of Hull Collaborative Provision Students

Study Skills

These books will also be very useful and available in the library at the Church Street campus, though it is recommended that you purchase your own copy of at least one study skills text:

  • Cottrell, S. (2008). The Study Skills Handbook (Third Edition). Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan.
  • Cottrell, S. (2017). Critical Thinking Skills: effective analysis, argument and reflection. London. Palgrave Macmillan.

Internet and Online Resources

The following sites will be useful to familiarise yourself with:

Journal Articles

  • Animal Behaviour Journal
  • Animal Welfare Journal
  • Veterinary Nursing Journal


Twitter can be an excellent source of up-to-date information on policy and practice, which will be crucial for your own knowledge and development. Below are some suggested Twitter feeds relevant to Animal Management:

Personal development opportunities

There are a number of opportunities available to you within the department. The more experience that you can show on your CV the better chance you have of impressing future employers or places of study.

Industry talks

We run a scheduled programme of talks from different experts in the field of employability or subject specific skills within your area. Throughout the year talks include ‘Preparing for your Career’, ‘Previous Student: Work Experience/Career and Study Decisions’, ‘Enterprise’, ‘Effective Applications’ and ‘Preparing for Job Interviews’.

Support sessions

Support is available throughout the year in a variety of ways. Lecturers will provide tutorials on a scheduled basis to complement your module structure and be available within taught sessions. The study skills department is available to help you with specific research tasks, to proof read and inform your research.

Student representatives

Each year you will be given the opportunity to become a student representative and present the views of your cohort at student panels and course committee meetings. Those wishing to extend this opportunity may wish to apply for the Students’ Union representative roles as they become available. This is a fantastic role to show on your CV as there are many transferable skills linked to the work involved.

Welcome Event

New and returning students are invited to attend this Welcome Event to celebrate the start of the new academic year! There will be lots of fun activities and information stalls within the theme of A Midsummer Night’s Dream.

The event will be fully immersive and students will be able to experience a never before seen type of event within College.

Join us at:

Old Mill Lane Atrium – Tuesday 6 September 10.00am-2.00pm

Honeywell – Thursday 8 September  10.00am-2.00pm

Sixth Form Atrium – Monday 12 September 10.00am-2.00pm