The BSc (Hons) Animal Conservation and Biodiversity programme is geared to produce honours graduates who are capable of progression to employment in animal conservation organisations, associated occupations such as working for ecological consultancies, or into research and development roles. Many graduates continue onto postgraduate Masters or PhD programmes in their chosen specialism. The BSc (Hons) Animal Conservation & Biodiversity programme will: • Develop students’ knowledge and understanding of animal conservation and biodiversity, current issues and best practice in the field, with the associated underpinning biological, technical and welfare concepts and paradigms. • Develop students’ intellectual, practical and transferable key skills (further detailed below in skills and experience gained section), including an enquiring, analytical and creative approach to study, whilst encouraging independent judgement and critical self-awareness. • Work closely with employers within the animal conservation sector to meet the regional (and wider) industry’s needs to produce graduates with the required knowledge, understanding, practical capability and skills as well as transferable employability skills. • The programme aims to achieve a balance between academic and vocational experience whereby students can achieve their full potential and enhance their employment and career opportunities both within the UK and globally Although firmly grounded in animal sciences, as a vocationally relevant honours degree this programme provides successful graduates with a broad range of career choices. The programme provides a high quality, knowledge and skills-based experience, with many opportunities for students to engage in volunteering with local employers and conservation organisations. This enables newly qualified graduates to move into many career paths found within the ecology and animal conservation sector. All students on the honours degree programme undertake a final year project on an ecological or animal conservation theme of their choice under the supervision of highly qualified members of staff with many years of experience in the animal conservation sector. Teaching facilities and resources include a state-of-the-art animal management unit containing over 100 domestic, wild and exotic species and a 250ha estate which is heavily utilised for practical field surveys involving a range of wild animal species and habitats. Students can continue with independent study in the dedicated HE Study Centre and access a range of specialist resources in the college’s Learning Resource Centre at the heart of the campus.