Animal Conservation and Biodiversity, BSc Hons (Hadlow College) Undergraduate prospectus

The BSc Animal Conservation and Biodiversity programme leads to employment in animal conservation organisations, ecological consultancies, or research roles.


UCAS points


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3 years full time

4 years part time



The BSc 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.

Degree structure

The programme consists of core and elective courses over the three years of study. In the first year all 8 courses are core, being 15 credits each. In the second year there are seven core units and one elective. Again all courses in the second year are 15 credits. In the final year, students will study five core courses and one elective, all being 15 credits and a dissertation/honours project worth 30 credits.

Year 1:
Compulsory Courses

  • Concepts in Animal Husbandry
  • Concepts in Animal Behaviour
  • Wildlife Welfare and Conservation Ethics
  • Evolution and Taxonomy
  • Anatomy and Physiology
  • Research Skills
  • Concepts in Conservation
  • Concepts in Ecology.

Year 2:
Compulsory Courses

  • Industry Experience and Skills Development
  • Breeding Management and Genetics
  • Statistics for the Animal Sciences
  • Wildlife and Landscape Conservation
  • Conservation Technology
  • Global Biodiversity & Conservation Issues
  • Field Survey Skills.

Optional Courses

  • Animal Health & Disease Management


  • Exotics Collection Management.

Year 3:
Compulsory Courses

  • Honours Project for the Animal Sciences
  • Current Issues
  • Professional Ecological Skills
  • Conservation and Tourism
  • Geographical Information Systems for the Animal Sciences
  • Animal Human Conflict Resolution.

Optional Courses

  • Behavioural Ecology


  • Animal Ecology and Global Environmental Change.

What you'll study

Entry requirements

96 UCAS points are made up from A-levels, preferably one in a science-based subject, or a Merit gained from a relevant level 3 vocational qualification such as an Extended Diploma. All applicants should have GCSE Grade C or above in English, Maths and Science and have spent two years studying at Level 3.

Applications from mature students, without the standard entry requirements who have acquired relevant skills and experience are considered on a case by case basis.

Extra information


Each course is assessed by a combination of coursework, practical assessments and (where appropriate) end of course examinations and assessments. Mixed media and emerging technologies are utilised fully where appropriate.


BSc graduates have progressed to a highly diverse range of careers in animal conservation and other related industries, with many opting to continue into postgraduate studies leading to successful careers in research, management and development. Potential career opportunities are conservation scientists, wildlife officers, protected area managers, teaching, animal keepers, reserve wardens, ecological consultants, wildlife rangers and environmental education.

Specialised equipment

Students will need; steel toe capped boots, black cargo trousers, green Hadlow polo t-shirt and a green Hadlow jumper and/or coat (for colder weather). A white laboratory coat is also useful to have for laboratory-based practicals.

Fees and finance

Your time at university should be enjoyable and rewarding, and it is important that it is not spoilt by unnecessary financial worries. We recommend that you spend time planning your finances, both before coming to university and while you are here. We can offer advice on living costs and budgeting, as well as on awards, allowances and loans.

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Unistats data is not available for the part time mode of this programme. This is usually due it to being a new programme for which there is not yet any data.