Institution code: H12
4 to 5 years (full-time) including a one-year work placement
Harper Adams University campus (and location of work placement)
If you enjoy being with animals (whether they are pets, livestock or more exotic species), care about their health and welfare and want to know why they behave as they do, the Animals route is for you.
The Animals department has animal scientists specialising in physiology, nutrition, behaviour, welfare and molecular biology. We have well equipped laboratories and a Companion Animal House, with a range of pets and exotics, including chinchillas, guinea pigs, rabbits, snakes and geckos. Our on-campus commercial farm has all the major animal enterprises, including dairy cows and followers, three sheep flocks demonstrating different management systems, an intensive beef unit, pig unit and large scale commercial egg enterprise.
The EFDP will also give you the practical experience with animals that you need to progress onto a relevant Animals foundation or bachelor's degree. Graduates of these degrees often work for welfare organisations, as college lecturers, technicians and animal demonstrators, and within wildlife parks and zoos. Others have become assistant managers and livestock managers within pet superstores, work in farm and large animal environments or in kennels and catteries. Some students have become education officers in zoos or other welfare organisations such as the Guide Dogs for the Blind Association or the Dog’s Trust. Many graduates continue in higher education studying further degrees in Zoology, Wildlife Ecology and Animal Behaviour.
Please note: You should choose the Animal Management and Welfare route if you wish to progress to BSc Veterinary Nursing and Practice Management. Progression will be dependent on meeting specific criteria.
You must be at least 17½ years old, and have in the region of 6 - 9 GCSE passes at grade C or above, to include English language, maths and science. However, we judge all candidates on their individual merits and may take other skills, qualifications and life experience into account when considering applications. Mature students without formal qualifications will need to provide evidence of their ability to pursue successfully a course at this level. This may include an academic assessment at Harper Adams, taken on interview days.
The required GCSEs must be completed prior to application. Applicants doing qualifications beyond GCSE (e.g. AS level, BTEC) can expect to receive an offer asking them to complete these qualifications to show their continued commitment to their education.
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Seven specially selected modules will provide you with the academic and study skills you will need to prepare you for higher education. Modules are small units of study. Each one is worth a certain number of credits and you must pass all modules (earning 120 credits) to pass the first year.
Essential skills modules: These three modules are compulsory and are studied by all students on the EFDP course. They cover key skills and basic study skills.
Optional modules: You must select one optional module from the three available.
Assessment is via a balance of coursework and examination. Weighting is typically 50 percent course work and 50 percent exams, although certain modules, such as Academic Skills are 100 percent coursework assessed. Environmental Science and Maths Awareness are assessed 100 percent by examination.