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.
• Steel-Toe Footwear
• Lab Coat
• A4 Notebook
• Memory stick/ access to online storage such as one drive (all learners can use their student one drive whilst they are on the programme)
• Folder e.g. ring binder/ lever arch file
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.
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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:
- 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:
- Barnsley College – @barnsleycollege
- British and Irish Association of Zoos and Aquariums – @BIAZA
- The International Fund for Animal Welfare – @action4ifaw
- Animal Watch – @Animal_Watch
- British Veterinary Nursing Association – @bvnauk
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.
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 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.
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.