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CONTENTS Open Days

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Why Choose Sparsholt?

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More Than Just a Classroom

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Accommodation and Student Life

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International Students

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Mature Students

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Applying to Sparsholt

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Foundation Degrees

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BSc (Hons) Degrees

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Entry Requirements

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Here to Help

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Animal Management and Veterinary Nursing Science

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Ecology and Conservation Management

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Equine Studies

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Fisheries, Aquaculture and Marine Studies

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Garden Design

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Woodland Conservation Management

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College Term Dates 2014/2015

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Telephone Numbers

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Finance and Fees

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QAA Summative Review Report

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College Policies

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Index

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Part-time Courses Application Form inside back cover

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Sparsholt College Hampshire Undergraduate Prospectus 2015

WELCOME

Established in 1914, Sparsholt College is proud to be a major regional, national and international provider of specialist higher education in the applied sciences of land, environment and sustainable resource management, excelling in ‘research into practice’ at Foundation, Honours and Masters levels. We have an excellent reputation with employers and industry bodies, known for our expertise, facilities and high standards. Our staff are experts in their chosen field with published research work benefiting our students as they are being taught by those at the forefront of industry developments. All of our FdSc, BSc and MSc courses are accredited by the University of Portsmouth - ranked in the top 2% of world universities - giving our students the expertise, skills and knowledge to progress into employment or further study with confidence. In 2014 we are celebrating 100 years at our Sparsholt campus, remembering the journey and evolution of both the College and the industries in that time. We have some innovative developments coming in the near future which we are excited to share with our new cohort of higher education students. This prospectus holds all the information about our undergraduate courses, with more information on our website about research, staff, facilities and our vision for the future. We also hold a number of open days throughout the year, which I highly recommend you attend to get a feel for the College, meet our expert staff and have a tour of the facilities. We very much look forward to welcoming you to Sparsholt College. Tim Jackson, Principal

QAA Review At the most recent review (prior to the printing of this prospectus), Sparsholt College received ‘confidence’ status from the QAA, which noted the College’s good practice in the management of HE and commitment to promoting good quality teaching. This was a very pleasing result which builds on the success of previous QAA reviews and the recognition of the Sparsholt College Higher Education experience. Further details of the report can be found on page 82 or to read the full report please visit: http://www.qaa.ac.uk/InstitutionReports/Pages/Sparsholt-College.aspx

Please note the College underwent a Higher Education review in March 2014. The results of this review are availble on the QAA website from September 2014.

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OPEN DAYS Come and see the College for yourself and get all the information you need from our expert team. Discuss your options, understand the qualifications and see the amazing facilities, equipment, teaching areas and offsite accommodation. Come and see us and secure your place for 2015.

Saturday 8 March 2014 10am to 3pm

Thursday 26 June 2014 4pm to 7pm

Saturday 4 October 2014 10am to 3pm

Saturday 15 November 2014 10am to 3pm

Saturday 17 January 2015 10am to 3pm

Saturday 7 March 2015 10am to 3pm

Thursday 25 June 2015 4pm to 7pm

Pre-register now at www.sparsholt.ac.uk Can’t make these dates? To arrange a visit please call Admissions on 01962 797280 or e-mail courses@sparsholt.ac.uk. Visits can be arranged, normally on selected Wednesdays, throughout the academic year. www.sp ar sholt .ac.u k

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Why choose Sparsholt? Outstanding facilities Enviable links with industry Expert teaching staff Excellent reputation Strong focus on student progression Outstanding Facilities: Many students comment on the size and scale of the campus. The main campus sits in 400 acres of beautiful Hampshire countryside. Departments boast state of the art facilities that give students real industry experience and many of our facilities are also hired for use by industry for trials, testing and training. The facilities of each department are detailed throughout the prospectus, but they include: Nationally renowned Animal Management Centre National Aquatics Training Centre Salmonid Rearing and Trials Centre Equine Unit Garden Design Studio Diverse natural habitat for research and observation Industry standard science laboratories Commercial farm

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Enviable Industry Links and Reputation: Students benefit from on-going links with industry for curriculum development, work placements, industry contacts and real work-based projects. Our students have been involved in industry feed trials in Fishery Studies, course development with RHS in Horticulture, accreditations by industry bodies such as the Institution of Chartered Foresters, British Horse Society and Royal College of Veterinary Surgeons…amongst many others.

Expert Teaching Staff: Many of our higher education staff are considered to be experts in their field with published research in their relevant disciplines (details of which can be found on our website.) In addition to this many staff still work in their industry and are considered to be industry experts. They gain cutting-edge knowledge of developments which they are able to share with their students.

Graduate Careers: The skills, knowledge, contacts and industry experience our higher education students gain whilst at Sparsholt allows progression to careers in their chosen field. Throughout the prospectus there are a number of case studies of students who have completed their course at Sparsholt and have progressed to successful and fulfilling careers. Below are just some of the careers our higher education students have progressed on to: • Veterinary Nurse

• Lecturer

• Digital Editor - Carpology Magazine

• Project Ecologist

• National Trust Ranger

• Countryside Ranger

• Head Gardener

• Harvesting Supervisor - Forestry Commission

• Freelance Garden Designer

• Fishery Manager

• Polo Yard Manager

• River Keeper

• Conservation Researcher - Natural England

• Fish Farmer

• Zoo Keeper

• Environmental Health Officer

• Communications Manager - equine creative

• Laboratory Technician

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Validating University: All of our Foundation Degree and BSc (Hons) Degrees courses are validated by the University of Portsmouth. The Associate College Status recognises the strong collaborative and mutually beneficial partnership between the two organisations.

QAA Review: The College is subject to review by the QAA, the independent quality assurance service for Higher Education. The QAA has conferred ‘confidence’ judgements for the College’s management of its responsibilities, for the quality of learning opportunities, the standards of the awards it offers, and reliance on the accuracy and completeness of the information that the College is responsible for publishing about itself and the programmes it delivers. ‘Confidence’ judgements are the highest category of approval made by the QAA.

MSc Qualifications: Starting in September 2014 Sparsholt College will be offering MSc qualifications in Applied Aquaculture and Sports Fisheries and Equine Behaviour, Performance and Training, validated by the University of Portsmouth.

National Student Survey:

This is a very exciting development for Sparsholt as it provides an education progression route for Equine and Aquaculture BSc students and further validates the excellence on offer at Sparsholt.

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Student feedback within the National Student Survey shows an 82% satisfaction rate for the College with 93% agreeing that staff are good at explaining things. Staff are clearly enthusiastic about their subjects – 90% agree – and 91% per cent state that staff make the subjects interesting (UNISTAT NSS data).

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More than just a classroom… National Aquatic Training Centre incorporating a fisheries trials unit.

Salmonid Rearing and Trials Centre which includes modern trial and research facilities.

Animal Management Centre with its own zoo licence and specialist modern Veterinary Nursing Training Centre.

The BBC Radio 4 Gardeners’ Question Time ‘potting shed’.

Equine Centre that played host to the Australian Paralympic Equestrian Team for their London 2012 pre-Olympic Games training.

NEW Sports Centre with a full size sports hall, climbing wall, gym, a fitness suite and a sprung floor dance studio.

College farms 307 Ha (758 acres), both on-site and local land farmed on a rental basis.

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Higher Education study lounge giving a dedicated space for our Higher Education community.

Access to facilities at the University of Portsmouth including the library, online resources and clubs, and sporting facilities.

Sparsholt Higher Education students who live in the en-suite residential accommodation at the University of Winchester have access to their sport and recreational facilities, student clubs and the Students’ Union.

Dedicated Higher Education seminar rooms.

Onsite library with space for research, reading and studying. Fully equipped with specialist resources both on and off line, wireless access for laptops and computers for student use.

You will find that your course tutors make full use of the Virtual Learning Environment Moodle to provide you with course information and forums, timetables, reading lists and a whole lot more.

Range of eateries onsite including Bytes (main dining room), Fit Jym’s Bar (drinks, coffee, sandwiches and hot snacks in the evening) and MJ’s (serving lunch and dinner).

Day Nursery for children aged six months to five years. For more details, contact us on 01962 776439 or visit www.sparsholt.ac.uk/daynursery.

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Student Accommodation Sparsholt Undergraduate students live in halls of residence, just four miles from the College, in the heart of Winchester. This accommodation gives students a real university experience with easy access to shopping and leisure facilities in the city, plus the Student Union and sports facilities in the University Centre.

Sparsholt students living in the University of Winchester accommodation are able to use the University’s: Catering facilities Student Union Student Union clubs and societies Library including book loans and photocopying

Accommodation Fees Fees for a 42 week occupancy will be ÂŁ4,990.

A regular bus service runs between Winchester and the Sparsholt campus. Passes can be purchased through the college at a cost of ÂŁ365 for the academic year.

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If you prefer to live in an independent or family setting, the College can help with arranging private accommodation but cannot guarantee to provide or find a place on behalf of students.

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Winchester Student Life

University of Winchester Library The Winchester Student Union is based in the University Centre and has a vast calendar of events including club nights, comedy, quizzes and live music. The Student Union also runs a variety of clubs and societies giving you the chance to get involved in a range of activities, to take up a new hobby and meet new friends. The Union also provides support and welfare services which Sparsholt students are able to access.

Students living at the Winchester halls of residence are able to access the University library which offers facilities for study and research. This includes the online catalogue and virtual enquiry desk linking you to a range of databases and electronic resources. Aside from academic study, the library also provides a borrowing service for DVDs, popular fiction and non-fiction books and a range of newspapers and magazines. At enrolment at Sparsholt, University of Winchester resident students automatically become a member of the University of Winchester Student Union (a small charge will apply). Students have the right to opt out of the Student Union should they choose to. www.sp ar sholt .ac.u k

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More information can be found at www.winchester.ac.uk/campuscitylife.

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International Students access to the facilities on offer to the many international students who are resident at the university campus.

Sparsholt College has an international reputation and attracts students from all over the world to participate in the research, learning and practical preparation for global careers.

Applications from students outside the UK should be made through the UK Universities & Colleges Admissions Service, UCAS. More information is available at www.ucas.com. You must be over the age of 18.

Living and working in a different culture is a hugely exciting prospect, and we do all we can to ensure that your experience of studying in the UK is a positive one.

Sparsholt College Hampshire is on the UK government’s Register of Education and Training Providers, and has ‘Highly Trusted Sponsor’ status. Our Sponsor Licence Number (SLN) on this register is G0J84DCF3. You will need this number to support your visa application.

Additional advice, guidance and support are available to help you settle into College and life in the UK. As well as Student Support services provided by the College, you may also benefit from the support of the International Office of the University of Portsmouth and students who are resident in halls at University of Winchester are able to seek advice from the International Office at the Winchester campus.

For more details of entry criteria, student visas and fees for students from outside the UK please see page 81.

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Considering a return to study? Going back to study can often mean giving up a regular salary and juggling the commitments of home life. Financial support is available in some cases. Please see page 78 for more information.

The specialist courses offered at Sparsholt attract a significant proportion of students returning to learning at all stages of life. For some people the attraction may be a change of career or lifestyle, for others a higher qualification or improved job prospects, and many study for their own personal satisfaction. Whatever your circumstances, you can be sure you will not be alone.

For practical support, you have the backing of the College’s Student Support and Advice services, which is free and accessible for all.

Anthony MacBride FdSc and BSc Garden Design Graduate and Garden Designer I came to Sparsholt from a completely different background as an aircraft engineer. I wanted to do something creative and had always enjoyed landscaping, so decided to research courses further. I searched online and Sparsholt’s details came up so I visited, talked with tutors and decided to sign up. I was impressed by the fantastic setting and welcoming environment – especially after not being in an educational environment for a while I felt it was really inviting. At first I didn’t appreciate the size of the campus and just how much goes on. The tutors really make you feel inspired and engage with your learning, and I went from not being involved in Horticulture at all to completely immersed in it very quickly. In my first

year I helped work on an RHS Hampton Court Palace Flower Show Garden, which was a great experience that encouraged me to build my own garden. When I later did this at West Woodhay show, I had so much support and enthusiasm from the College, it really felt like if there was anything they could do to help, they would. It is definitely more than just a course. I had always aimed to progress onto the BSc top-up course. It is well-established, with deadlines which are

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achieveable and access to support, so despite working full-time and having a home life I managed to maintain a good balance. I started my own business at the same time as my studies and it has grown from there. Gaining a first-class honours degree definitely gave gravitas to my work and I feel established as a professional Garden Designer. I really felt part of something at Sparsholt and will always stay in touch.


Applying to Sparsholt Full-time Courses All applications must be made through UCAS (Universities and Colleges Admissions Service). Applications are made online at www.ucas.com. The institution code for Sparsholt is S34. Once you have submitted your application and received a conditional or unconditional offer you will be invited to come to a viewing day in March. We encourage all applicants to come and see what Sparsholt College has to offer. On the day you will be able to get a real feel for the College as there will be a series of guest lectures in your subject area, a chance to take part in a practical session, tutors will be on hand to answer queries about the courses and our Student Services team will be available to discuss fees and student support. Applications for tuition fee and student loans must be made through Student Finance England if you live in England (https://www.gov.uk/ student-finance).

Part-time Courses

If you are not from England relevant information can be found:

Applications should be made directly to the College using the form inside the back cover of this book, please indicate which year of entry you require.

Scottish - http://www.saas.gov.uk/ Welsh - http://www.studentfinancewales.co.uk

Course reference codes for courses are found under “Course Facts� on course entry pages.

Northern Irish - http://www.studentfinanceni.co.uk

For enquiries and/or course information, please either telephone Admissions on 01962 797269 (full-time courses), 01962 797213 (part-time courses) or e-mail courses@sparsholt.ac.uk.

EU - http://www.ucas.ac.uk/students/wheretostart/ nonukstudents/money

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Which Degree?

Foundation Degrees (FdSc) A Foundation Degree is a Level 5 vocationally focused qualification, usually delivered in two years fulltime or three years part-time. They are designed to equip students with skills and knowledge relevant to their employment. At Sparsholt College, Foundation Degrees have been developed with the involvement of employers to help meet industry needs and develop opportunities for careers in the land-based sector. Many of the programmes include periods of work experience.

Foundation Degrees provide an excellent progression route to Honours Degrees and we run a number of top-up degrees at the college.

Facts Full-time - two years (Veterinary Nursing three years) Part-time - three years Institution code: S34

BSc (Hons) Degrees An Honours Degree is a Level 6 qualification designed to develop higher level skills in order to be successful in employment at a professional level. Graduates can develop their careers towards management, research and academic careers. Some of our Level 6, top-up BSc (Hons) Degrees have part-time routes.

Facts Full-time - three years Institution code: S34

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Entry Requirements Below you will find a guide of the entry requirements for FdSc and BSc courses at Sparsholt College. Some subject areas may have specific requirements so please check the course you are interested in for more detailed information.

A Level

FdSc

A total of 160 UCAS points gained at A level, including a minimum of a grade C gained at A2 level

BSc

A total of 240 UCAS points gained at A level, including a minimum of 2 grade Cs gained at A2 level

FdSc Veterinary Nursing Science

ABB+

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BTEC Extended Diploma

City & Guilds Extended Diploma

BTEC Diploma

City & Guilds Diploma

MMP

P + 6 units at Merit or above

MM

M

DMM

M + 6 units at Distinction

DD

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DDM

Distinction

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Here to help… At Sparsholt we pride ourselves on the high level of academic and pastoral support given to our students.

Tutorial Support You will have regular tutorials with friendly and helpful staff which gives you the opportunity to discuss any problems you may be having.

Student Services The Student Support team are on hand to help you with any difficulties you may be having. We guide and support students on a range of issues such as housing, relationships, financial matters, travel and health. There is also a dedicated help desk open all day throughout term time.

Counselling Support Sometimes it helps to share your concerns with someone and our College counsellors are available for confidential one-to-one sessions as required. A ‘no appointment necessary’ drop-in session is available on a weekly basis.

Careers Advice We are committed to supporting our students into employment and provide comprehensive careers information and guidance.

Full and part-time vacancies are posted on the student intranet and a dedicated careers adviser is available to support students with job and UCAS applications. Course tutors are also an excellent source of knowledge and contacts for their particular industries.

Learning Skills Support Sessions are available for any student wanting advice and guidance, specialist support with things such as dyslexia or language deficits, advice on appropriate materials and equipment and assessment leading to exam concessions where applicable. For students with physical or sensory impairments, health issues or specific learning difficulties such as dyslexia, dyspraxia and Asperger’s syndrome there is a substantial programme of support available through the DSA (Disabled Students’ Allowance) which includes: • Assessment of need where appropriate • Support to obtain Disabled Student Allowance where appropriate • Assessment for examination concessions where appropriate

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• Access arrangements in exams such as a reader and/or scribe or appropriate assistive technology if concession criteria are met • Support by highly qualified tutors • Continuous support through liaison with course and team tutors Confidential advice on any learning support or disability access issues may be obtained from the Higher Education Disability Support Adviser.

College Nurse and GP A fully qualified nurse is available on-site at Sparsholt for residential students to resolve minor medical conditions, provide first aid and deal with emergencies. We recommend that students new to the area register with the local GP Surgery. If you have a medical condition such as diabetes, epilepsy etc, please contact the College Nurse when you start your course.


Animal Management AND Veterinary Nursing SCIENCE Learning Manager: Kathy Bamber PGCE, BA, BHS II (Reg’d)

BSc (Hons) in Animal Management Three years full-time

BSc (Hons) in Animal Management Top-up Degree One year full-time Two years part-time

BSc (Hons) in Applied Animal Behaviour Top-up Two years part-time

FdSc in Animal Management and Applied Science Two years full-time

FdSc in Veterinary Nursing Science Three years full-time

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Animal Management Centre The College has a purpose-built Animal Management Centre, which continues to expand and grow to meet rising expectations and standards of animal welfare. Recent developments include a range of new facilities for small mammals and extensive renovation of our reptile and amphibian housing. The Animal Management Centre (AMC) is used extensively by our Higher Education students for a range of coursework, such as animal behaviour studies and practical work such as enclosure design.

Students also undertake nutritional and enrichment studies at the AMC as part of their coursework and often as part of their dissertation research. All projects involving animals are non-invasive and subject to review by the Sparsholt College Research Standards and Development group.

Our Veterinary Nursing Centre is accredited by the Royal College of Veterinary Surgeons (RCVS) and is used by them for veterinary nursing examination purposes. The facility is equipped to represent a contemporary veterinary practice which allows our students to gain realistic experience in a work setting. Our students are able to use these facilities to relate their theory work to relevant practical elements of their future careers.

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The large number of species accommodated within the animal collection enables Higher Education students to develop handling and husbandry techniques with animals typically found within the animal management industry.

The animal collection incorporates a variety of bird species including small aviary birds, rare breed poultry, pheasants, waterfowl and rhea - a large flightless South American bird. A number of our bird species are listed as endangered and form part of either a national or international breeding programme. For example, the College collaborates with organisations such as the World Pheasant Association and Rare Breeds Survival Trust who manage the conservation of these animals. The Animal Management Centre has developed an exemplary collection of herptiles that includes an extensive range of snakes, lizards, chelonia (tortoises, for example) and amphibians.

A number of these species are listed as endangered, and through our industry links we are fortunate to have a number of rare species that contribute to a variety of international conservation initiatives. Our herptile collection proves popular with Higher Education students who welcome the opportunity to carry out research projects

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with such unusual animals requiring specialist husbandry techniques. A dedicated research room has been established to focus on developing and refining husbandry techniques for a variety of critically endangered amphibian species in collaboration with our colleagues in industry.


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Having achieved the status of a licensed zoo in 2006, the Animal Management Centre is able to accommodate exotic species such as red panda, meerkats, tenrecs and several species of lemur.

Our large animals represent species that may be kept in a small holding or zoological collection and include species such as goats, llamas and alpacas. Other more unusual species accommodated in our outdoor sections include wallaby and mara. The College farm operates commercially and provides opportunities for the routine handling of farm animals within the pig, dairy and lambing units.

The College is a full member of the British and Irish Association of Zoos and Aquarium (BIAZA) and this, together with our zoo licence, underpins the development of our conservation work. Members of staff actively contribute to BIAZA committees and focus groups and the department values its links with other member organisations throughout the UK and Ireland. Members include zoological collections and wildlife or safari parks and

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opportunities are provided for student projects, particularly in a number of nutritional, behavioural and husbandry related studies. The College has strong connections with wildlife and conservation organisations which have proved invaluable in this important area of animal management. Students can work with public bodies such as Natural England, wildlife trusts and local authorities, and various wildlife charities both in the UK and abroad. Commercial organisations also provide valuable work experience for our students. A number of students have carried out research with external organisations for dissertation purposes. As a result they have been involved in publishing papers and the delivery of their papers at research meetings.


Key Considerations and Resources Animal Management courses at Sparsholt benefit from over 50 qualified teaching staff who have gained a wealth of experience from their years of working within the animal management industry, some of whom are directly involved with BIAZA research committees/working groups and the Royal Zoological Society of Scotland.

In addition, the department has strong links with Marwell Wildlife, The Living Rainforest, Colchester Zoo, Edinburgh Zoo and holds partner status with BIAZA. These collaborative links provide students with opportunities for research and placement at collections across the UK whilst providing industrial liaison for the lecturing team in regard to course development.

All BSc (Hons) and Foundation Degree courses have use of the Animal Management Centre facilities for exercises and practical work that support in-class learning. This includes over 140 species and breeds of domestic and exotic animals offering a wide variety of habitat styles and management systems to maximise the student learning potential and experience.

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Steve Nash MSc, PGCE, BSc (Hons), Dip Zoo An Man, MIfL

y interests are zoo biology and herpetology and I hold a BSc, PGCE and M MSc. I’ve worked in various zoos in the UK (Banham and Chester) and overseas in Cameroon. I am a member of the BIAZA research committee and research liason for the BIAZA reptile and amphibian working group. I am also the specialist national assessor for reptile and amphibian modules on the DMZAA.

andy beer

FHEA PGCE BSc Hons

I am also the Nutritionist for the Royal Zoological Society of Scotland (RZSS) which involves evaluating and modifying the diets of the large range of species within their two animal collections at Edinburgh Zoo and Highland Wildlife Park. I currently am a member of The Education and Training Committee of BIAZA, The Nutrition sub group of the Elephant Welfare group of BIAZA, The species committee of Pigs & Peccaries of EAZA, Nutritional Advisor to The Hippo & Tapir Taxon advisory Group of EAZA and Nutritional Advisor to the terrestrial Invertebrates group of EAZA.

Emma Skirrow

Lisa Riley PhD, MSc, MRes, BSc (Hons)

I am a primate specialist and studied a community of primates in Budongo Forest, Uganda. I have worked as a senior scientific officer at the RSPCA and have collaborated with Monkey World Ape Rescue Centre in Dorset to raise awareness of welfare issues of keeping primates as pets. I have also attended parliament to provide evidence on this issue. I have a PhD in Chimpanzee Social Learning and Welfare.

BSc (Hons), RVN Cert Ed

I hold a BSc (Hons) Veterinary Nursing Science and qualified as a Veterinary Nurse in 2007 (NVQ 3) and am a registered Veterinary Nurse with the RCVS. I also hold a City and Guild Certificate in the nursing of exotic species, gained in 2009 from Edinburgh’s Telford College. I am a qualified clinical coach supporting student veterinary nurses in practice. My interests include practical nursing skills including Schedule 3 procedures and surgical nursing, the nursing of exotic species and emergency and critical care. www.sp ar sholt .ac.u k

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BSc (Hons) in

Course Facts

Animal Management

Entry requirements:

Validated by the University of Portsmouth

Introduction to the Course The aim of the course is to provide education to students who wish to expand their knowledge of animal management systems and who are interested in developing research techniques in aspects of animal welfare and behaviour, animal collections management and wildlife management. The course is based on a firm science foundation including the key biological sciences, biochemistry, and vertebrate anatomy and physiology. A BSc (Hons) Top-up degree is also available. This enables students who have achieved a Foundation Science Degree in Animal Management, Animal Science or a related subject the opportunity to top-up to a full BSc (Hons) qualification. Teaching and Learning Building on the strong science foundation in year one, you will advance to the study of nutrition in a variety of species, as well as animal health. Population Biology, Ethology, and Applied Animal Behaviour and Welfare are specific units that will introduce research skills and provide opportunities for exploring specific topic areas

240 UCAS points gained at A level, including a minimum of 2 grade Cs gained at A2 level; BTEC Extended Diploma at DDM; C&G Extended Diploma at M + 6 units at Distinction; BTEC Diploma at DD or C&G Diploma at D. Mature students or students with non-traditional qualifications are encouraged to apply and will be considered on an individual basis. Evidence of studying a relevant science is required at A level. Alternatively, relevant GCSEs at B or above will be considered.

of personal interest. Units covering veterinary science, animal trade and conservation biology provide you with an insight into the diversity of the life sciences jobs market. The programme has a strong data analysis theme to prepare you fully for final year research projects. Employment areas, such as Animal Health Inspector or Field Researcher, as well as opportunities for higher-level study will be explored through coursework, field trips and a broad range of guest speakers. Off-site visits provide an experience of an array of animal management industries and support in-class learning, allowing you to see theory put into practice. In year three, you will choose, design and conduct an independent research project leading to completion of a dissertation. Practical animal handling skills, husbandry techniques and important management skills are interwoven throughout

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UCAS Course Code: Institution Code:

D320 S34

Learning Manager:

Kathy Bamber PGCE, BA, BHS II (Reg’d)

Course Tutor:

Kerry Hunt MSc BSc (Hons), DTLLS

the whole three years of the course. The section has strong links with the BIAZA, as well as links with local and national conservation organisations. Assessment Methods and Research Opportunities The majority of the assessment is coursework based, comprising of practical portfolios, laboratory reports, seminars and essays. Coursework assessment is supplemented in many units by an examination.


BSc (Hons) in Animal Management continued . . There are research opportunities throughout the course, with students undertaking a behavioural observation project in the second year. Work placements offer opportunities for students to gather data for the dissertation project which is submitted in the final year. Recent dissertations have included studies on the diets of the Malayan Tapir, how kennel size affects stress in dogs in a boarding environment, as well as enrichment studies in a variety of species including Aladabra tortoises, harbour seals and lions. Sparsholt actively submits student work to outside symposia, giving you the opportunity to present your work to the wider world. Employment and Progression Opportunities Previous students of the animal management course have progressed into careers in the industry including some in zoological collections, animal charities and

conservation. Other students have continued in education to postgraduate level. Students are encouraged to broaden their expertise by seeking work placements in specialist areas. Recent placements have been as varied as the Customs and Excise Animal Reception Centre at Heathrow Airport, Marwell Wildlife (and many other zoos and animal collections), Compassion in World Farming projects, Operation Wallacea (working with field researchers) and ZSL London Zoo. In the first and second years of the programme, three weeks each year are allocated for work placements. The placements always adjoin a holiday period so that you have the opportunity to combine work placements with paid or volunteer employment. When you enter the final year of the degree in Animal Management you will have the opportunity to research, investigate and explore a specific career

area of your choice, with the aim of improving your future marketability in this area of employment. You will be encouraged to seek placements that will provide valuable career guidance, as well as enhancing your CV. Students often choose to do their work experience overseas. Previous placements abroad have been in the USA (Malhever Research Station, Oregon), Indonesia (reptile research with Operation Wallacea), wildlife monitoring in Peru (with Fauna International), Ireland (Dublin Zoo), and big cat tracking in Asia and Africa. More local placements have been conducted at Bristol Zoo Gardens, the New Forest Wildlife Park, Compassion in World Farming, The Donkey Sanctuary and the Entomology Department of the Natural History Museum. 

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• Animal Management 1 • Analytical Techniques • Principles of Biology • Work Placement • Academic Skills • Anatomy and Physiology

• Population Biology • Data Analysis • Nutrition • Ethology and Ethics • Work Placement • Animal Management 2

• Dissertation • Data Analysis • Applied Animal Behaviour and Welfare • Applied Animal Health • Species Manipulation and Monitoring

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Lucy Babey BSc Animal Management graduate and marine conservation worker

I gave up a very successful career in cardiac nursing to pursue my dream of working with animals. I decided to undertake the BSc Animal Management Degree at Sparsholt because it provided a thorough grounding in all aspects, which was ideal as I was not sure of exactly what I wanted to do within the animal industry. The course offered many opportunities to develop a variety of practical skills, due to the specialist facilities. The fully-equipped laboratories enabled an array of analytical techniques to be practised and the on-site Animal Management Centre provided opportunities to

enhance animal handling and husbandry practices. A particular highlight of Sparsholt is that it holds a zoo licence and houses an array of exotic species, as well as farm and companion animals, and includes specialist herptile and nocturnal facilities. What I particularly liked about the course was the work placement each year, which you could tailor to your own interests. This enabled me to explore the diversity of the animal industry and provided some unforgettable experiences, including working on a game reserve in South Africa, at a seal research and rehabilitation centre in Holland and as a gorilla keeper.

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The teaching staff were all extremely knowledgeable, friendly and approachable and the small class sizes meant that the lectures were interactive and had a personal feel to them. The academic and personal support provided by my tutors was exemplary, allowing me to achieve my full potential. For example, my final year dissertation project has recently been published in a peer-reviewed scientific journal. The skills, knowledge and experiences gained during my time at Sparsholt have enabled my dream to become reality, as I now have an exciting job in marine conservation.


BSc (Hons) in

Course Facts

Applied Animal Behaviour (Top-up)

Entry requirements: HND or Foundation Degree; or Diploma of Higher Education in a suitable subject; or FdSc Level 5 Veterinary Nursing; or other equivalent qualifications.

Validated by the University of Portsmouth

Part-time Applications Application form:

inside back cover Part-time course code:

BSCAPPANB Learning Manager:

Kathy Bamber PGCE, BA, BHS II (Reg’d)

Course Tutor:

Lisa Riley PhD, MSc, MRes, BSc (Hons)

Introduction to the Course The overall aim of this two year part-time, top-up course is to provide education to foundation degree level students who wish to expand their knowledge of applied animal behaviour and who are interested in developing and applying research and diagnostic techniques in aspects of animal behaviour, training and behaviour counselling. Teaching and Learning The course aims to build knowledge of the practical application of animal behaviour science and theory. This is achieved through the study of human and animal

psychology and ethology (the study of natural behaviour in the wild). Some consideration is also given to the anatomical and physiological control of behaviour. Domestication of animals is studied as it provides important explanations for animal behaviour. An understanding and promotion of animal welfare is included as this is fundamental to all activities involving animals. Knowledge of the relationship between humans and animals is essential and is studied to enable diagnosis of problems and plans for their correction. Legislation and ethics are covered with respect to a wide range of species in multiple situations.

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The programme includes an extended animal behaviour dissertation project. This will take the form of a behavioural study, the results of which will be analysed, explained and interpreted using published research and knowledge gained during the course. The course is modular and will be delivered through a series of six, one week blocks and you will be expected to attend additional exam and seminar dates. You will need to spend a considerable amount of time doing personal study.


Assessment Methods and Research Opportunities

opportunities are supported and encouraged.

Knowledge and understanding will be assessed using a combination of written assignments (essay/reports), vocationally relevant case studies, exams, seminar presentations and personal and professional development planning. The dissertation unit is designed to engage students within the field of research and students are encouraged to present their work to other organisations.

Previous projects have included studies on enrichment and the effects on learning; socialisation in the domestic dog and the development of sound phobias; use of behavioural assessment scores to identify feline stress levels in rescue centres as well as projects on captive Asian short-clawed otters and nesting behaviour of swifts.

businesses focusing on behavioural consultations with domestic species including dogs, cats and horses, however, there are also opportunities to become involved with behaviour of wild animals and conservation work. Setting up and running training schemes, for example puppy socialisation classes and rehoming of rescue animals, is also an avenue that is open for students graduating from the BSc (Hons) in Applied Animal Behaviour.

Previous graduates have now developed their own

Employment and Progression Opportunities The course works towards the knowledge elements that are required for certification as a Clinical Animal Behaviourist as identified by the Association for the Study of Animal Behaviour and the Animal Behaviour Training Council. Further academic studies including MSc and PhD

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• Animal Communication Learning and Training • Ethology Domestication and Anthrozoology • Mechanisms of Behaviour • Ethics Welfare and Law

• Human Psychology and Clinical Practice • Dissertation

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Foundation Degree (FdSc) in

Course Facts

Animal Management and Applied Science

Entry requirements: 160 UCAS points gained at A level, including a minimum of grade C gained at A2 level; BTEC Extended Diploma at MMP; C&G Extended Diploma at P + 6 units at Merit or C&G Diploma at M.

Validated by the University of Portsmouth

Mature students, or students with non-traditional qualifications are encouraged to apply and will be considered on an individual basis. Evidence of studying science required.

UCAS Course Code: D329 UCAS Institution Code: S34 Learning Manager:

Kathy Bamber PGCE, BA, BHS II (Reg’d)

Course Tutor:

Steve Nash MSc, PGCE, BSc (Hons), Dip Zoo An Man, MIfL

Introduction to the Course This two year full-time course is suited to students who wish to pursue a career connected with the professional care and management of animals. The course has a science foundation including biological science, biochemistry and vertebrate anatomy and physiology which allows students to progress onto the final year of one of our related BSc (Hons) Degrees. Teaching and Learning The Foundation Degree course was developed in consultation with employers,

all of whom stressed the need for a strong science foundation for their employees – who may be doing field work one day and lab work the next – as well as managing a variety of animals. Along with the strong science foundation in year one, you will participate in practical, industry related tasks. Off-site visits provide an experience of an array of animal management industries and support in-class learning, allowing you to see theory put into practice. Mature students who have been away from education for

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some time will be particularly suited to the style of Foundation Degrees. Practical application of skills and husbandry techniques are interwoven through the entire course. You will be encouraged to broaden your expertise through work-based learning in specialist areas. Academic research skills will be sharpened through a second year module on applied industrial research, which allows students to conduct novel research in areas relevant to different sectors of the animal industry.


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An individual learning programme will be developed with the course and unit tutors, taking into account prior experience and qualifications. In the first instance, applicants are advised to complete an application form and upon receipt, applicants will be invited to an interview day with the Course Tutor. Assessment Methods and Research Opportunities Much of the assessment for the FdSc Animal Management is coursework based, comprising of essays, reports, practical portfolios and seminar presentations. Students are also required to sit a limited number of exams and in-class assessments in addition to assessed practical activities. Research opportunities are provided throughout the course, culminating in students

undertaking an industry linked research project in the second year as part of the Applied Industrial Research unit.

to combine work place learning with paid or voluntary employment or travel overseas.

Employment and Progression Opportunities

Students will be encouraged to seek placements that will provide valuable career guidance, as well as enhancing their CVs. Recent placements have been with the Veterinary Labs Agency, the Animal Quarantine Centre, Haydn Farm (organic livestock) and Durrell Wildlife Conservation Trust.

Three weeks each year are allocated for work-based learning in an industrial placement. The placements always adjoin a holiday period so that you have the opportunity

Units Covered

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• Animal Management 1 • Principles of Biology • Anatomy and Physiology • Work Practice • Industry Skills • Academic Skills

• Population Biology • Ethology and Ethics • Applied Industrial Research • Work Practice 2 • Animal Health • Animal Management 2

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Foundation Degree (FdSc) in

Course Facts

Veterinary Nursing Science

Entry requirements: A levels at AAB+; BTEC Extended Diploma at DDM or C&G Extended Diploma at Distinction.

Validated by the University of Portsmouth

A minimum of two weeks work experience in veterinary practice is necessary. Mature students are welcome but must have the GCSE entrance requirements for registration with the RCVS. Overseas applicants should contact the RCVS directly to gain written confirmation of GCSE equivalent acceptance before applying through UCAS.

UCAS Course Code: D311 Institution Code: S34 Introduction to the Course The aim of the course is to incorporate the study of a Veterinary Nursing Foundation Degree with the RCVS (Royal College of Veterinary Surgeons) Veterinary Nursing qualification. FdSc Veterinary Nursing Science is offered as a three year full-time programme incorporating the RCVS Veterinary Nursing Occupational Standards. Upon successful completion of the FdSc VNS and 60 weeks work placement, graduates can register as Veterinary Nurses. Teaching and Learning The course is based on a firm science foundation and specialist nursing and related units develop skills and understanding of the

sector. This will allow you to progress into the world of work in/or related to veterinary nursing or onto the final year of an appropriate BSc (Hons) programme.

Learning Manager:

Kathy Bamber PGCE, BA, BHS II (Reg’d)

Course Tutors:

Mandy Tamba BSc (Hons), RVN Cert Ed, Cert SAN,

Throughout the course you will benefit from insights into various veterinary related industries through visits, guest speakers and work placements. The course incorporates a combination of lectures, laboratory practicals, practical work in veterinary practice, guided and independent work. You will be assessed through coursework, including laboratory investigations, assignments and presentations. All elements of the RCVS Professional Syllabus will be assessed through closed book examinations. During the programme, you will have the opportunity

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Emma Skirrow BSc (Hons), RVN Cert Ed

(subject to demand) to participate in animal training and behaviour, large animal handling and a dangerous wild animal handling certificated course. A very high number of graduates gain employment. This is due to their Qualified Veterinary Nurse status and the excellent links within the industry.


Employment and Progression Opportunities

Assessment Methods and Research Opportunities Over the duration of the course, students will be required to undertake 60 weeks work placement in an approved veterinary practice where they will complete a Nursing Progress Log to evidence practical competencies.

This course is a three year foundation programme, incorporating 60 weeks of work placement within veterinary practices. Work placements can only be undertaken in the UK at an approved practice.

Work placement blocks will be interspersed with blocks in College to underpin the Foundation Degree elements of the course.

Many graduates are employed in small animal practice, equine practice and referral hospitals.

You will be responsible for your own RCVS enrolment and registration. For fee information visit www.rcvs.org.uk.

In addition to work in a clinical veterinary practice, a Degree in Veterinary Nursing can lead to career opportunities in, for example, research, the pharmaceutical industry,

laboratories, zoological/wildlife parks and in education. Successful students will be able to return to the College for a further BSc (Hons) top-up year in an appropriate subject such as BSc (Hons) Animal Management or BSc (Hons) Applied Animal Behaviour.

100% of students asked felt staff were good at explaining things* *UNISTATS Data 2013

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• Functional Anatomy • Analytical Techniques • Animal Husbandry • Inheritance and Disease • Practice Organisation and IT • Principles of Veterinary Nursing • Professional Development and Learning Contract • Veterinary Nursing Work Practice

• Surgical Theatre Practice and Anaesthesia • Applied Industrial Research • Radiography and Diagnostic Techniques • Application of Veterinary Nursing Care • Pharmacology • Animal Behaviour • Recent Advances in Animal Health • Veterinary Nursing Work Practice

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Ecology and Conservation Management Learning Manager: Caroline James MSc, BSc (Hons), PGCE

BSc (Hons) in Ecology and Conservation Management Three years full-time

BSc (Hons) in Ecology and Conservation Management Top-up One year full-time Two years part-time

FdSc in Ecology and Conservation Management Two years full-time Three years part-time

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Ecology and Conservation Management Facilities Sparsholt College has run specialist Ecology, Conservation and Wildlife Management courses since 1973 and has developed an enviable reputation for its work. The department has close working links with many of the major wildlife and conservation organisations and is recognised as a leading land-based college in this field. The academic staff within the department, all of whom have practical experience and qualifications relevant to their particular specialism, are also actively involved in the study and management of ecology, wildlife, conservation, game and the countryside. The College has also established close links with

a range of landowners throughout the country and has unprecedented access to a wide variety of sites, so that students can experience a diversity of wildlife and habitats, and their management first-hand. Site visits and talks given by visiting speakers with specific expertise are integrated into our courses. Supporting these areas of work on-site is the 176-hectare College Farm Estate. The farm estate has a conservation management plan and it is currently subject to an Entry Level Stewardship scheme. The farm operates a viable range of enterprises to service the education and teaching requirements of the courses. The estate also provides a managed rural environment

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including an ancient seminatural woodland designated as a Site of Importance for Nature Conservation, a lake with reed-bed, a park herd of Sika deer, a woodland shelter belt with newly established woodland and recreated semi-natural grassland and a Game and Wildlife Centre that resources the development of practical industry skills.


MEET OUR EXPERTS

Matthew Norris-Hill BSc(Hons), PGCE

I work extensively in the industry and am involved with the Surrey & Hampshire Farming & Wildlife Advisory Group and LANTRA Environmental Conservation and Game & Wildlife Industry Panels. I hold a PGCE and BSc (Hons) in Rural Resource Development with a specialism of Wildlife and Landscape Conservation.

Dr Des Purdy PhD, BSc (Hons), PGCE

My area of teaching expertise is species and habitat conservation, landscape ecology and population genetics, microbiology, game management. I hold a PhD, BSc and a PGCE and have been involved in a number of research projects with Thames Water Utilities and the Health Protection Agency/ Royal Free Hospital. I have links with Natural England, Forestry Commission, Game and Wildlife Conservation Trust & private estates across the country.

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Andrew Quayle BSc (Hons), PGCE

I am a lifelong conservationist and field naturalist, with a specialist interest in reptiles and amphibians. I have worked as a research technician in vertebrate and bacterial genetics at Leicester University, conservation officer for Leicestershire Wildlife Trust and in commercial consultancy as an ecologist. I also hold a BSc Honours in Zoology from Manchester University.

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BSc (Hons) in

Course Facts

Ecology and Conservation Management

Entry requirements: 240 UCAS points gained at A level, including a minimum of 2 grade Cs gained at A2 level; BTEC Extended Diploma at DDM; C&G Extended Diploma at M + 6 units at Distinction; BTEC Diploma at DD or C&G Diploma at D.

Validated by the University of Portsmouth

Mature students or students with non-traditional qualifications are encouraged to apply and will be considered on an individual basis. Evidence of studying a relevant science is required at A level. Alternatively relevant GCSEs at B or above will be considered.

UCAS Course Code: C185 UCAS Institution Code: S34 Learning Manager:

Caroline James MSc, BSc (Hons), PGCE

Course Tutors:

Matthew Norris-Hill BSc(Hons), PGCE

Andrew Quayle BSc (Hons), PGCE

Dr Des Purdy PhD, BSc (Hons), PGCE

Teaching and Learning Introduction to the Course There is an increasing need in modern conservation management for trained graduate ecologists with academic knowledge grounded in field experience and competent species identification skills.

The BSc (Hons) in Ecology and Conservation Management programme employs a scientific approach to natural resource management, conservation and sustainability and has an overall theme of applied ecological science. This is a three year full-time programme. www.sp ar sholt .ac.u k

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The course seeks to encourage independent thought and analysis with students undertaking investigative-style projects. You will develop the ecological expertise to enable you to solve conservation problems in the field, be able to design management plans and to effectively implement them.


The core science content of the degree includes:

Assessment Methods and Research Opportunities

Employment and Progression Opportunities

• Biological and Ecological Science • Conservation • Wildlife and Habitat Management

Assessment will be both formative and summative throughout the programme. Formative assessments will allow for skill development and the potential for you to develop both research and study skills as well as the technical and subject specific knowledge.

Many graduates progress from this course into employment within the conservation/ ecology sector including positions in site management work, consultancy work, with government bodies such as Natural England and with NGOs.

The course builds on the College’s existing links and relationships with industry together with ensuring graduates are equipped to meet the challenges of the future such as those set out in Biodiversity 2020.

There is a wide range of summative assessment used during the course including written assignments, project based reports, practical based portfolios, presentations, lab reports, open and closed examinations.

The course will also prepare you for postgraduate study and students progress onto MSc courses. This course will develop existing practitioners’ skills to run their own business successfully.

Units Covered

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Stage Three

• Global Ecosystems • Science Foundations • Work Practice • Habitat and Species Identification Skills • Introduction to Ecological Science • Academic Skills

• Land Use Policies and Legislations • Applied Practical Skills • Project Design and Research Statistics • Conservation Land Management • Applied Ecology • Field Ecology Techniques

• Dissertation and Data Analysis • Landscape Ecology and Geographic information systems • Sustainable Resource Management Project and Site Management • Global Biodiversity and Conservation Issues

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Glenn Moores BSc Conservation and Wildlife graduate and founder of Eco-OWL

Back in 2007 I was working as a telecommunications consultant but wanted to change direction. I joined Sparsholt on the Diploma in Game and Wildlife which was a great course and equipped me very well. After finishing, I worked as a deerstalker in Scotland over the summer and returned in September to start the degree course in Conservation. I feel doing both courses made me a more rounded individual, with both practical and academic skills. What is excellent at Sparsholt are the facilities and chances for networking – the lecturers are very well-connected and the opportunities are there for the taking.

expanding into the primary sector and I hope to employ another Sparsholt student - I am confident they will have the skills I am looking for.

In my final year I set up EcoOWL (www.eco-owl.org.uk) which stands for outdoor wildlife learning, with a fellow Sparsholt student. We had both done lots of volunteering with young people so this was an extension of that and built on the knowledge we gained at Sparsholt. We now hold teaching days covering subjects such as animal tracking, surveying and biodiversity, and have invested in a 21ft Mongolian yurt with woodburner to combat the British weather! We are currently looking at

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The lecturers at Sparsholt bring real industry skills and experience and the College, whilst comprising a vast, beautiful rural site, is still a personal and intimate place allowing a lot of tutor contact time. I’m so glad I had the courage to take that leap of faith back in 2007.


Foundation Degree (FdSc) in

Course Facts

Ecology and Conservation Management

Entry requirements: 160 UCAS points gained at A level, including a minimum of grade C gained at A2 level; BTEC Extended Diploma at MMP; C&G Extended Diploma at P + 6 units at Merit or C&G Diploma at M.

Validated by the University of Portsmouth Mature students or students with non-traditional qualifications are encouraged to apply and will be considered on an individual basis. Evidence of studying a relevant science is required at A level. Alternatively relevant GCSEs at B or above will be considered.

UCAS Course Code: C18M UCAS Institution Code: S34 Part-time Applications Application form: inside back cover Part-time course code: FDSCWILDM Learning Manager:

Caroline James MSc, BSc (Hons), PGCE

Teaching and Learning

Introduction to the Course

Course Tutors:

Matthew Norris-Hill There is a need for professionally trained ecology and conservation management professionals who have academic knowledge and competence combined with practical skills and experience. This course’s rationale pivots around this ecological approach and you will develop the competence and underpinning knowledge to enable you to make important conservation decisions and effectively put them into practice.

In an increasingly demanding and threatened environment, a scientific approach to the management of plant and animal communities is essential if modern society wishes to conserve and sustainably interact with its natural heritage.

BSc (Hons), PGCE

The programme units provide an understanding of the legislative, financial and personnel-related framework relevant to conservation management. You will also develop an understanding

of how the social, political and economic environment impacts on your activities and decisions.

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Andrew Quayle BSc (Hons), PGCE

Dr Des Purdy PhD, BSc (Hons), PGCE

All aspects of the course are enhanced by work-based


learning with appropriate ecology, conservation and wildlife management organisations. This course is offered as a two year full-time or three year part-time course. Alternatively, and dependant on employment in an applicable industry, a two year part-time option may be available.

Assessment will be both formative and summative throughout the programme. Formative assessments will allow for skill development and the potential for you to develop both research and study skills as well as the technical and subject specific knowledge. There is a wide range of summative assessment used

Employment and Progression Opportunities Students who successfully complete this Foundation Degree can top-up to the final year of the BSc (Hons) Ecology and Conservation Management programme. Many graduates also successfully progress from this course into employment within the conservation/ ecology sector including positions in site management work, consultancy work, with government bodies such as Natural England and with NGOs.

This course will also develop existing practitioners’ skills to run their own business successfully. Units Covered

Stage One • Global Ecosystems • Fundamentals in Science • Work Practice 1A • Habitat and Species Identification Skills • Academic Skills • Introductory Land-based Ecology

Stage Two • Countryside Law and Policies • Applied Work Practice • Applied Industrial Research • Conservation Land Management • Applied Ecology • Field Ecology Techniques

Photograph: Don Humphreys

Assessment Methods and Research Opportunities

during the course including written assignments, project based reports, practical based portfolios, presentations, lab reports, open and closed examinations.

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Equine Studies Learning Manager: Kathy Bamber PGCE, BA, BHS II (Reg’d)

BSc (Hons) in Equine Studies Three years full-time

BSc (Hons) in Equine Studies Top-up One year full-time Part-time option available

BSc (Hons) in Equine Science Three years full-time

BSc (Hons) in Equine Science Top-up One year full-time Part-time option available

FdSc in Equine Studies Two years full-time Three years part-time

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Sparsholt College Equine Centre Equine Centre Manager: Gabbie McHenry Cert Ed, BHSAI, INTSM, INTI The Equine Centre provides a professional teaching environment for HE learning. The facilities include stabling for up to 75 horses, a 60m x 23m indoor arena, three outdoor arenas, the largest of which measures 70m x 50m with an olympics standard surface, horse walker, grass rides and cross country schooling fences. DIY livery is available to students wishing to bring their horses with them to college.

The Equine Centre is a British Horse Society (BHS) approved examination centre endorsed by the ‘Where to Train’ guide. Horses are carefully selected by either purchase or loan to provide students with the opportunity to develop a range of riding skills and provide a diverse research population for projects and dissertations. The Equine Centre is also host to a range of affiliated and unaffiliated show jumping and dressage events throughout the year. www.sp ar sholt .ac.u k

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Extra teaching resources such as a weighbridge, full-sized equine skeleton, heart rate monitors, ETB Pegasus Limb Phasing Analysis System and high-speed camera are also available for degree students to utilise whilst collecting data for research.

academic studies, students on equitation options are also given the opportunity to access extra riding lessons. These are taught by BHS instructors for a subsidised rate. Entries into BHS exams at the Centre is greatly encouraged as appropriate.

All members of the Equine teaching team are BHS qualified and many have extensive employment and competitive experience in the equine industry.

Commercial Activity During evenings, weekends and holidays, the Equine Centre plays host to a variety of shows, events and short courses, enabling students to better understand the world of equestrian competition and BHS training standards. It has hosted research by world famous equestrian expert Monty Roberts and has also been host to the Australian Paralympic Equestrian Team for their London 2012 pre-Olympic Games training.

Training Weekly sessions in equitation and equine husbandry are time-tabled at the Equine Centre. The facility is also used to underpin theory units such as data analysis, nutrition, health and welfare, grassland management, biomechanics and rider performance. Riding is taught in maximum group sizes of eight, with students’ ability and experience taken into account to ensure safe and effective instruction. To improve riding skills alongside

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Kathy Bamber PGCE, BA, BHS II (Reg’d)

Horses have always been a passion of mine and following a break from horses whilst studying for my degree in Latin, I rediscovered my passion whilst travelling around Europe, the States and Central Africa. I returned to the UK to pursue an Equine career and attained my BHSII whilst working in the industry. During this time I competed BS up to Foxhunter and BD up to Medium.

Sarah Loveday-Lovell MBA, PGCE, PGCLTHE, BSc (Hons), FHEA, MIfL, BHSII (Reg’d)

Lorna Cameron MSc, PGCLTHE, PGCE, BA (Hons), FHEA, QTLS, BHSSM (Reg’d)

I spent 20 years as a competition groom and yard manager managing horses to World and Olympic level in showjumping, dressage and eventing. I also hold a degree in Equine Studies, the BHS Stable Manager’s qualification and an MSc in Equine Science from Hartpury. My areas of specific research interest focus mainly on the welfare of horses in varied situations.

I have an MBA at the University of Southampton, a PGCE in Learning and Teaching in Higher Education and a PGCE with Greenwich University. My specialist interests are marketing and celebrity endorsement; which was the basis for my dissertation. I am a qualified BHS Intermediate Instructor and I compete regularly at Regional, Championship and National levels with my KWPN dressage horse.

Katy Robson MSc, PGDip, PGCE, BSc, MIfL I was in the Army for 10 years prior to joining Sparsholt but have always had a keen interest in equine exercise physiology, behaviour and welfare, nutrition and behaviour, grassland science and management. I have a BSc in Health Science, a PGCE, a PGDip in Innovation and Learning and an MSc in Equine Science. I own an event horse and compete myself. www.sp ar sholt .ac.u k

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BSc (Hons) in

Course Facts

Equine Studies

Entry requirements: 240 UCAS points gained at A level, including a minimum of 2 grade Cs gained at A2 level; BTEC Extended Diploma at DDM; C&G Extended Diploma at M + 6 units at Distinction; BTEC Diploma at DD; C&G Diploma at D or appropriate professional qualifications.

Validated by the University of Portsmouth Introduction to the Course The three year full-time programme has been carefully designed to enable students to develop appropriate skills and knowledge to prepare for a career in a demanding and exciting industry. A BSc (Hons) Top-up Degree is also available. This enables students who have achieved a foundation degree, HND or equivalent qualification in Equine Studies or a related subject the opportunity to top-up to a BSc (Hons) Degree. Teaching and Learning The BSc (Hons) Equine Studies course utilises excellent teaching facilities across all subject areas, with the Equine Centre playing a pivotal role. This is an excellent learning resource where you will develop riding and husbandry skills in Year 1, through to using the resources for your dissertation in Year 3. Year 1 and 3 students also work collaboratively every year to host an inter-college event at the Equine Centre. The Equine Centre hosted ‘horse whisperer’ Monty Roberts and an international research team scientifically comparing his methods with UK conventional training when starting young horses. Students were invited to assist in the running of

this project from day to day horse care through to Year 3 dissertation data collection. Optional units in Year 3 will enable you to choose a study path appropriate to your career needs. A dissertation in your final year will focus on a particular area of personal interest. For example, one student recently presented a study assessing the possible benefits of Pilates exercise to the horse rider. Delivery of the course is complemented by a range of visits to studs, sports horse centres and competition grounds, with guest speakers in nutrition, physiotherapy and other subjects. An international study tour is invaluable in widening your awareness of the equine industry, as well as being great fun and a chance to get to know your fellow students better. Assessment Methods and Research Opportunities Tutorial support throughout your programme of study will help you to develop your skills and knowledge, using a varied range of assessments, including case studies, seminars, investigative reports and practical sessions.

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Mature students or students with non-traditional qualifications are encouraged to apply and will be considered on an individual basis. Evidence of studying a relevant science is required at A level. Alternatively, relevant GCSEs at B or above will be considered.

UCAS Course Code: D322 UCAS Institution Code: S34 Learning Manager:

Kathy Bamber PGCE, BA, BHS II (Reg’d)

Course Tutor:

Katy Robson MSc, PGDip, PGCE, BSc, MIfL

Employment and Progression Opportunities You will complete a work placement of four weeks in Year 1 and will be expected to keep up with industry developments throughout the course. The team will encourage you to select placements that not only develop your skills, but give you the opportunity to experience good practice.


The equine industry is an ever-expanding leisure sector with plenty of career opportunities for those with good qualifications and practical skills.

Areas with particular demand are teaching, livery centres, racing and studs. Progression onto appropriate PhD, MSc or MA programmes is also an option.

From September 2014 we will be delivering an MSc Course in Equine Behaviour Performance and Training.

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• Equine Anatomy and Physiology • The Equine Industry • Academic Skills • Work Placement • Equitation and Husbandry • Principles in Biology

• Breeding and Stud Management • Equine Health and Welfare • Coaching Methods • Equine Business Administration • Grassland Science and Management • Nutrition and Dietetics

• Dissertation • Equine Biomechanics and Sports Science • Equine Therapy and Rehabilitation • Strategic Marketing • Equine Genetics and Reproductive Technologies

For the first two years of the course we went out on work placements for around a month, working in the industry and getting handson experience. This was also a good opportunity to build a relationship with potential employers. Many staff at Sparsholt still also work within the relevant industries so have up-to-date and relevant knowledge.

Currently, I have two jobs: one working with a polo player, helping to train and exercise the horses, and as this is seasonal work I can also do my second job as a graduate intern schools liaison assistant at Sparsholt. For this I work with and visit schools to help promote the College. Having studied here for three years has really helped as I am able to relate to students and answer their questions.

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Sophie Cope

I have always wanted to work with horses and study a degree, so when I found that Sparsholt College offered a degree in equine studies I was really excited. I chose Sparsholt due to their fantastic facilities, reputation and the support available for students. I am dyslexic and found the support was brilliant and all the staff were happy to help. I thoroughly enjoyed myself at Sparsholt and thought the variety of horses available to ride really helped with my riding. I really enjoyed the dissection lectures and working within the lab looking into nutrients in feed samples.

Photograph: Ellie Cope

BSc Equine Studies graduate, polo yard assistant and graduate intern

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BSc (Hons) in

Course Facts

Equine Science

Entry requirements: 240 UCAS points gained at A level, including a minimum of 2 grade Cs gained at A2 level; BTEC Extended Diploma at DDM; C&G Extended Diploma at M + 6 units at Distinction; BTEC Diploma at DD; C&G Diploma at D or appropriate professional qualifications.

Validated by the University of Portsmouth

Mature students or students with non-traditional qualifications are encouraged to apply and will be considered on an individual basis. Evidence of studying a relevant science is required at A level. Alternatively, relevant GCSEs at B or above will be considered.

UCAS Course Code: D426 UCAS Institution Code: S34 Learning Manager:

Introduction to the Course The three year full-time programme has been carefully designed to enable students to develop appropriate scientific skills and knowledge to prepare for a career within scientific support and management of the performance horse. A BSc (Hons) Top-up Degree is also available. This enables students who have achieved a foundation degree, HND or equivalent qualification in Equine Studies or a related subject the opportunity to top-up to a BSc (Hons) Degree. Teaching and Learning The BSc (Hons) Equine Science has access to

excellent teaching facilities across all subject areas, with the Equine Centre and laboratories playing a pivotal role. These are excellent learning resources which will enable you to develop riding and husbandry skills in Year 1, through to using the laboratory resources for your dissertation in Year 3. For example, a Year 3 student recently completed a study analysing stress levels in horses being trained by conventional methods and those of more modern methods. Year 1 students also work collaboratively with Year 3 BSc Equine Studies students to manage an inter-college event each year.

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Kathy Bamber PGCE, BA, BHS II (Reg’d)

Course Tutor:

Lorna Cameron MSc, PGCLTHE, PGCE, BA (Hons), FHEA, QTLS, BHSSM (Reg’d)

Optional units in Year 3 will enable you to choose a study path appropriate to your career needs with a focus on equine science subjects including Equine Exercise Physiology and Equine Genetics.


Delivery of the course is complemented by a range of visits to studs, sports horse centres and veterinary centres with guest speakers in nutrition, physiotherapy, genetics, exercise science and other subjects.

Assessment Methods and Research Opportunities Tutorial support throughout your programme of study will help you to develop your skills and knowledge, using a varied range of assessments, including case studies, seminars, investigative reports and practical sessions.

developments throughout the course. We will encourage you to select placements that not only develop your skills, but give you the opportunity to experience good practice.

You will complete a work placement of four weeks in Year 1 and will be expected to keep up with industry

The equine industry is an everexpanding sector with plenty of career opportunities for those with good qualifications and practical skills. Areas with particular demand are racing, performance studs and allied industries, all of which are dependent on scientific support. Progression onto appropriate MSc or PhD programmes is also an option.

Stage One

Stage Two

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• Equine Anatomy and Physiology • The Equine Industry • Academic Skills • Work Placement • Equitation and Husbandry • Principles in Biology

• Advanced Equine Anatomy and Physiology • Nutrition and Dietetics • Research Methods and Analytical Techniques • Rider Performance • Equine Health and Welfare • Breeding and Stud Management

• Dissertation • Equine Veterinary Science • Equine Genetics and Reproductive Technologies • Equine Exercise Physiology • Equine Therapy and Rehabilitation • Equine Biomechanics and Sports Science

An international study tour is invaluable in widening your awareness of the equine industry, as well as being great fun and a chance to get to know your fellow students better.

Employment and Progression Opportunities

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Foundation Degree (FdSc) in

Course Facts

Equine Studies

Entry requirements: 160 UCAS points gained at A level, including a minimum of grade C gained at A2 level; BTEC Extended Diploma at MMP; C&G Extended Diploma at P + 6 units at Merit; C&G Diploma at M or appropriate professional qualifications.

Validated by the University of Portsmouth

Mature students or students with non-traditional qualifications are encouraged to apply and will be considered on an individual basis. Evidence of studying a relevant science is required at A level. Alternatively, relevant GCSEs at B or above will be considered.

UCAS Course Code: D422 UCAS Institution Code: S34 Part-time Applications Application form: inside back cover Part-time course code: FdScESP

Introduction to the Course This course has been carefully developed to enable you to develop strong practical skills alongside the applied knowledge to maximise employment opportunities in the equine industry. This course can either be studied as a two year full-time or three year part-time course. Teaching and Learning The course team are looking for students with the potential to develop a high level of vocational and practical skills. Your application will be considered carefully by the Course Tutor and Learning Manager, looking for appropriate riding and

husbandry experience for both full and part-time students. You will also be offered an HE viewing day when you will have the chance to follow a typical HE Equine day. It is also possible to complete the FdSc Equine Studies as a non-rider, however, if you select the equitation option you will be expected to pass a short riding assessment at the beginning of the academic year. The practical emphasis is also reflected in the course content with units such as equitation, husbandry and training. The practical content is also underpinned by a range of units designed to develop your applied scientific knowledge and business skills.

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Learning Manager:

Kathy Bamber PGCE, BA, BHS II (Reg’d)

Course Tutor:

Sarah Loveday-Lovell MBA, PGCE, PGCLTHE, BSc (Hons), FHEA, MIfL, BHSII (Reg’d)

The Equine Centre is a vital resource for all FdSc students. Not only will you ride there during your course and complete Equine Centre duties, you will use the resources for investigating assignments, complete a Year 2 research project to understand the management


of a commercial sized centre and play a major role in helping to run events and shows. External study visits are undertaken to increase your knowledge of the wider equestrian industry. These may include stud visits, veterinary tours and an international study tour is invaluable in widening your awareness of the equine industry. Assessment Methods and Research Opportunities Tutorial support throughout the study will help you to develop your skills and knowledge, using a varied range of assessments, including case studies, seminars and investigative reports with a range of practical sessions.

Employment and Progression Opportunities Work-based learning plays an important part in the FdSc programme, both through Equine Centre duties and work placements in Years 1 and 2. We will encourage you to select placements that not only develop your skills, but give you the opportunity to experience good practice. The equine industry is an ever expanding leisure sector with plenty of career opportunities for those with good qualifications and practical skills. Areas with particular demand are teaching, livery centres, racing and studs. Progression onto appropriate BSc year 3 programmes is also an option.

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Units Covered

Stage One • Equine Anatomy and Physiology • The Equine Industry • Industry Skills • Work Placement • Equitation and Husbandry • Principles in Biology

Stage Two • Equitation and Training • Applied Industry Research • Nutrition and Dietetics • Work Placement 2 • Equine Health and Welfare • Breeding and Stud Management


Fisheries, Aquaculture and Marine Studies Learning Manager: Caroline James MSc, BSc (Hons), PGCE

BSc (Hons) in Aquaculture and Fishery Management Three years full-time

BSc (Hons) in Aquaculture and Fishery Management Top-up One year full-time

FdSc in Sports Fisheries and Aquaculture Two years full-time

FdSc in Marine Ecology and Conservation Two years full-time

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Fishery Studies Facilities

Fish holding facilities at the College can be divided into three main areas: National Aquatics Training Centre Salmonid Rearing and Trials Centre The Sparsholt Fishery The National Aquatics Training Centre is an incredible teaching facility, and is the only one of its kind in the UK. It has a 650m2 purpose-built fish house holding stocks of carp, catfish, tilapia, barramundi and an extensive range of ornamental species. It features a large indoor koi pool, research areas and up-to-date holding systems, many sponsored by industrial partners.

Marine habitats have been recreated to replicate a range of ecological systems and access to the Institute of Marine Sciences at the University of Portsmouth will provide bespoke teaching and learning facilities in local marine environments.

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The unique Salmonid Rearing and Trials Centre provides an excellent facility to support teaching and learning. This brand new ÂŁ500,000 facility, includes modern trial and research facilities to enable students to experience commercial salmonid production. Supplied by borehole water, the site produces brown trout for restocking local rivers and rainbow trout for the

table. It is also a research and development facility used by a number of the largest fish food manufacturers in Britain for feed trials. Much of this work is carried out by the students and helps fund a Year 3 European study tour.

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The Sparsholt Fishery is a one-hectare lake, fed by water from the Salmonid Centre, which holds stocks of carp, roach, rudd, bream, crucian carp, tench and perch. Students fish this lake as part of their course or recreationally, on a day or season ticket basis. This area has excellent contacts with sport fisheries, fish farms and ornamental fish businesses across much of Britain. For example, Sparsholt students and staff carry out much of the netting and electric fishing work for many fishing clubs and commercial fisheries across Southern England. For many years students have worked in France and Spain on work placement, giving students excellent experience of fishery management in Europe.

All the College’s fish facilities are used by the students for practical training and project work. Students also gain the opportunity to further their industrial experience during their courses, thanks to the extensive range of contacts the College has with fish farms, fisheries and Government organisations throughout the British Isles and beyond to all parts of the world. The College hosts fish farming, sports fishery and aquatics industry events each year and is recognised worldwide for its expertise in providing fishery studies training.

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MEET OUR EXPERTS

Caroline James MSc, BSc (Hons), PGCE

I started my career in a multi-national agri-business and now my passion lies in preparing students for employment in the land-based industries. I am involved with industry bodies such as the Environment Agency, British Trout Association, Institute of Fishery Management and OATA and I am in the final stage of my MSc.

Dr Neil Crooks Adrian Love

PhD, BSc (Hons), BA QTS (Hons)

BSc (Hons), MSc, PGCE

My interests cover a range of disciplines in both fresh water and marine environments and I have worked as a research assistant and at a charitable organisation carrying out riverine restoration. I hold a marine biology degree and a PhD and work closely with Southampton, Portsmouth and Bournemouth Universities on research and project work. I collaborate with the Environment Agency and Centre for Environment, Fisheries and Aquaculture Science on the development of future projects.

I have worked within the industry for many years in a range of roles including an Environmental ecotoxicology lab, fish farms in the UK and abroad and consultancy work in Brunei and Indonesia. My passions and interests are fish biology, water quality, fish health and aquatics. I hold an MSc, BSc and PGCE and am currently studying for a PhD on the impacts of pharmaceuticals on UK rivers.

Dr Lucy Crooks

PhD, BSc (Hons)

My undergraduate degree in Marine Biology enhanced my passion for the marine environment. I studied for my PhD at the University of Portsmouth and I worked on a DEFRA funded research project looking at the effects of agricultural pollution on the early life stages of salmonids. My research activities and projects provide good links with CEFAS and the EA.

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BSc (Hons) in

Course Facts

Aquaculture and Fishery Management

Entry requirements: 240 UCAS points gained at A level, including a minimum of 2 grade Cs gained at A2 level; BTEC Extended Diploma at DDM; C&G Extended Diploma at M + 6 units at Distinction; BTEC Diploma at DD or C&G Diploma at D.

Validated by the University of Portsmouth Teaching and Learning

Introduction to the Course The programme has been designed to meet the increasing demands of the aquaculture and fresh water fishery management industries for employees educated to degree level. These industries and support services require technologists and managers with the necessary applied scientific knowledge, managerial skills and ability for independent thought and analysis. A BSc (Hons) Top-up Degree is also available for students who have achieved a related Foundation Science Degree.

100% of students asked felt staff were enthusiastic about what they were teaching* *UNISTATS Data 2013

This three year course combines a balance of scientific, managerial and practical skills that are developed from an introductory level in Year 1 to independent research and application in Year 3. Subjects studied include: water quality; fish anatomy and physiology; fishery management and ecology; aquaculture; fish health and nutrition; business and environmental management. Integrated within the course are extensive periods of practical/industrial work experience. Recent placements have included: carp fisheries in Spain and France; salmon farms in Tasmania and New Zealand; goldfish farm in the United States; Royal aquariums in the Middle East; research into ornamental fish welfare in the Philippines; Coral Cay Foundation in Fiji; bass and bream farms in the Mediterranean and research for the Natal Shark Board, South Africa. Closer to home the College has an extensive database of potential placements within the UK including public aquariums,

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Mature students or students with non-traditional qualifications are encouraged to apply and will be considered on an individual basis. Evidence of studying a relevant science is required at A level. Alternatively relevant GCSEs at B or above will be considered

UCAS Course Code: D480 UCAS Institution Code: S34 Learning Manager:

Caroline James MSc, BSc (Hons), PGCE

Course Tutors:

George Hide BSc (Hons), MSc, PGCLTHE

Dr David Koss PhD, BSc (Hons), PGCE

Adrian Love BSc (Hons), MSc, PGCE

coarse and game fisheries, government fishery laboratories and numerous fish farms. During the third year of the course, close links with the industry enable the funding of a study tour visiting fishery and aquaculture operations elsewhere in Europe.


Assessment Methods and Research Opportunities

contacts provide a excellent resource to undertake cutting edge scientific research.

Assessment at stage one and two is primarily by formal examination and course work which includes practical portfolios, laboratory reports, case studies and essay style assignments. At stage three there is a greater emphasis on group projects and independent research. The College’s fish holding facilities and extensive industry

Employment and Progression Opportunities The newly validated MSc in Applied Aquaculture and Sport Fishery Management at Sparsholt provides progression to higher level study with alternative MSc and PhD programmes available at a number of other UK universities.

Other students gain employment with a range of industry employers. Recent graduates are employed by aquatic and fishery management consultants, specialist angling publications, tackle and bait manufacturers, public aquaria, Environment Agency, Centre for Environment, Fisheries and Aquaculture Science and as fish farmers and fishery managers.

Units Covered Each year includes an assessed work placement unit

Stage One

Stage Two

Stage Three

• Fishery Science • Water Quality • Industry Skills • Fishery Management • Salmonid Farming • Academic Skills including IT

• Fish Health and Nutrition • Aquaculture Systems • Marine and Warmwater Fish Farming • Fishery Appraisal • Financial Studies • Data Analysis

• Applied Fishery Science • Developments in Fish Production and Processing • Enterprise and Management • Environmental Management • Dissertation and Data Analysis

94% of students asked felt the course was intellectually stimulating* *UNISTATS Data 2013

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Neil Swift BSc Aquaculture and Fishery Management graduate and river keeper for the National Trust

Once I’d made the decision to study fish, I knew straight away which course and which college. If you’re interested in the world of fishing, you’ll already have heard of Sparsholt - its reputation precedes it. The tutors are experts in their fields, personable and happy to help. The course was a good mixture of practical and classroom-based studies and the practical side was really important to me as I was hoping to make a career change from advertising and knew I had a lot to learn. Things like the electro-fishing practicals and invertebrate sampling gave me the

confidence to apply for industry relevant jobs and are things I now do regularly. It’s vital to get the practical skills you need for work. I was fortunate to be able to work with some National Trust data for my final year dissertation, which I feel helped me secure my current role. I’m now employed by the National Trust as a River Keeper on the River Test, and I am responsible for the management, maintenance and presentation of the fishery. It’s a wide-reaching role that involves everything from keeping pathways neat and safe, pruning trees and cutting weeds, through to liaising

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with government agencies, working with volunteers and contractors, planning events for our fishermen and undertaking habitat improvement works. If you want to get in to the world of fisheries, I’d thoroughly recommend Sparsholt. So many people I speak to as part of my job have heard of or studied here, it’s almost a rite of passage! Sparsholt has changed my life considerably.


Foundation Degree (FdSc) in

Course Facts

Sports Fisheries and Aquaculture

Entry requirements: 160 UCAS points gained at A level, including a minimum of grade C gained at A2 level; BTEC Extended Diploma at MMP; C&G Extended Diploma at P + 6 units at Merit or C&G Diploma at M.

Validated by the University of Portsmouth

Introduction to the Course

During the course, you will spend at least 10 weeks on industrial placements working on fish farms, fisheries, processing units and research establishments both at home and abroad.

Foundation Degrees are courses with a stronger emphasis on work-based and practical learning than traditional BSc courses. The Foundation Degree in Sports Fisheries and Aquaculture is designed to meet the needs of the fishery management and aquaculture industry for practically skilled employees, with a good technical and scientific background. Successful students can progress to the final year of an appropriate BSc (Hons) programme.

Recent placements include: Scottish salmon farms, specimen carp fisheries in England, France and Spain, a tilapia farm in Jamaica, river keeping on local chalk streams, the London Aquarium, the Fish Disease Laboratory at Weymouth and a bait manufacturer, to name but a few!

Mature students or students with non-traditional qualifications are encouraged to apply and will be considered on an individual basis. Evidence of studying a relevant science is required at A level. Alternatively, relevant GCSEs at B or above will be considered.

UCAS Course Code: D439 UCAS Institution Code: S34 Learning Manager:

Caroline James MSc, BSc (Hons), PGCE

Course Tutors:

George Hide BSc (Hons), MSc, PGCLTHE

Dr David Koss Assessment Methods and Research Opportunities

PhD, BSc (Hons), PGCE

Adrian Love MSc, BSc (Hons), PGCE

Teaching and Learning The Foundation Degree is a two year course. There is an emphasis on vocational skills with numerous visits to fish farms, fisheries and research centres as well as the involvement of students with fish farmers, fishery managers and the support industries. Subjects studied include: water quality; fish anatomy and physiology; fishery management and ecology; aquaculture; fish health and nutrition.

Primary assessment on the FdSc is by coursework which includes practical portfolios, laboratory reports, case studies and essay style assignments. Three units at stage 2 are also partly assessed by formal examination. Group research projects including fishery survey and feed trial are also undertaken at stage 2 using the College’s industry links.

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Employment and Progression Opportunities The majority of our Foundation Degree students choose to progress to the 3rd year of an appropriate top-up degree, however, for those who progress to employment positions gained recently include sports fishery managers, fish farming and Environment Agency fishery officers.


100% of students asked felt assessment arrangements and marking were fair* Units Covered *UNISTATS Data 2013

Stage One

Stage Two

• Fishery Science • Water Quality • Industry Skills • Fishery Management • Salmonid Farming • Academic Skills including IT

• Fish Health and Nutrition • Marine and Warmwater Fish Farming • Fishery Appraisal • Financial Studies • Applied Industrial Research including Data Analysis

Each year includes an assessed work placement unit

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Foundation Degree (FdSc) in

Course Facts

Marine Ecology and Conservation

Entry requirements: 160 UCAS points gained at A level, including a minimum of grade C gained at A2 level; BTEC Extended Diploma at MMP; C&G Extended Diploma at P + 6 units at Merit or C&G Diploma at M.

Validated by the University of Portsmouth Introduction to the Course Marine ecology and conservation considers the factors that impact on these systems, such as coastal developments, over-fishing, the impact of non-native species and the increasing threat of worldwide climate change. It encompasses many branches of biological science, examining the physiology, evolution and adaptation of the organisms that inhabit the seas. Teaching and Learning The Foundation Degree programme is a two year full-time course. There is an emphasis on vocational skills with numerous visits to fish farms, coastal sites and research centres. Units will be taught with an emphasis on conservation of the ecosystems and habitats which make up the seas and management strategies will be introduced. The ecology units explore community structure, examining a wide range of habitats that include rocky shores, coral reefs and hydrothermal vents. During the course, the students will spend at least 10 weeks on industrial placements working in marine

aquaculture, coastal fisheries, marine aquaria and research establishments both at home and abroad. Assessment Methods and Research Opportunities The majority of the assessment constitutes coursework consisting of practical portfolios, laboratory reports, case studies and essay style assignments. There are research opportunities within the course, often with organisations such as the Environment Agency whereby data collection can be undertaken. There are two formal examinations in Year 1 and one formal examination in Year 2. Employment and Progression Opportunities With increasing awareness of the importance of maintaining and preserving our marine environments, career opportunities exist with national wildlife trusts, the Environment Agency, enforcement work with Government Agencies and marine research. Successful students may be able to progress to a BSc Top-up in Marine Biology at other universities where available.

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Mature students or students with non-traditional qualifications are encouraged to apply and will be considered on an individual basis. Evidence of studying a relevant science is required at A level. Alternatively, relevant GCSEs at B or above will be considered.

UCAS Course Code: CF17 UCAS Institution Code: S34 Learning Manager:

Caroline James MSc, BSc (Hons), PGCE

Course Tutor:

Dr Neil Crooks PhD, BSc (Hons), BA QTS (Hons)

Dr Lucy Crooks PhD, BSc (Hons)


Units Covered

Stage One

Stage Two

• Science and Animal Physiology • Academic Skills including IT • Marine Conservation Biology • Marine Ecology and Marine Fisheries Management • Biodiversity and Evolution OR Diving Skills (option unit)

• Aquatic Population Ecology and Conservation • Marine Animal Science including Anatomy and Physiology • Marine Aquaculture • Marine Organisms and Ecosystems • Applied Industrial Research

Each year includes an assessed work placement unit

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Garden Design Learning Manager: Jonathan Baker FICfor, Chartered Forester, MArborA, CEnv, Chartered Environmentalist, MIfL

BSc (Hons) in Garden Design Top-up One year full-time Two years part-time

FdSc in Garden Design Two years full-time Three years part-time

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Garden Design Course Facilities The Garden Design degrees operate out of a duplex studio that becomes the hub for students for teaching and drop-in work. The studio is fitted with A1 size drawing boards and computers loaded with relevant software including the main CAD programme used, Vectorworks.

The Gardeners’ Question Time Garden Since 2001, the College has been home to the Potting Shed recording studio and garden for BBC Radio 4’s “Gardeners’ Question Time”; the garden was opened to the public in May 2002. Since then, a sell-out number of over 2,500 visitors come to the College to attend the GQT Summer Garden Party.

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Other horticultural facilities include: • Ornamental grounds • Commercial production • Sports and recreation areas • Modern, controlled environment glasshouses

Sparsholt arded College was aw e Silver Guilt at th a lse ea 2013 RHS Ch Flower Show.

The ornamental grounds contains a wide range of plants used in amenity horticulture. In addition, small garden landscapes have been established around the main buildings. Garden Design students have been very successful and have exhibited at shows including the RHS Chelsea and Hampton Court Flower Shows. Students are involved in projects with Local Authorities such as designing public space, creating sensory spaces or renewing roundabouts. Several school design projects have been carried out recently some in collaboration with business sponsors. A very successful project and collaboration was the Hampshire Chronicle ‘Gardens for Schools’ projects which received praise from HRH Prince Charles.

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MEET OUR EXPERTS Dr Harry Mycock BA (Jt Hons), BSc (Hons), MSc, MBA, PhD, PGCE, QTLS, PGCLTHE, MIfL, FHEA, MIHort

I am currently completing the Master of Horticulture with the Royal Horticultural Society and hold a BSc (Hons) in Garden Design. I work closely with many industry bodies such as the Society of Garden Designers, the British Association of Landscape Industries and the Association of Professional Landscapers. I’m also on the steering group for Horticulture Matters, the RHS led institution to increase skills into the Horticulture Sector.

Chris Prior Dip Hort, Dip Garden Design, BA (Hons), MSGD

chris bird I have always had an interest in M Hort (RHS), NCH, Cert Ed, MIHort art, natural history and gardening. I hold a BA (Hons) degree in I have always been interested in plants Graphic Design and after 20 and their arrangement and work successful years running closely with outside a London based design organisations, such agency I decided to as Plant Heritage, the go back to college. RHS and the National Having gained diplomas Trust, to promote in Horticulture and their use. Since 1998 Garden Design I set up I have co-ordinated my own Garden Design the college’s display Consultancy and have for the RHS Chelsea worked in the garden Flower Show, with design industry for results including five 12 years. I am a fully Gold medals and two registered member of ROSIE yEOMANS MHort Dist. (RHS) ‘Best in Category’ the Society of Garden A Radio Solent Garden Expert with a Garden awards. Designers. Consultancy business, I lecture in Horticulture and Garden Design, regularly write for Gardeners’ World Magazine and am a guest panellist for BBC Radio 4 Gardeners’ Question Time. www.sp ar sholt .ac.u k

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BSc (Hons) in

Course Facts

Garden Design

Entry requirements: Foundation Degree or equivalent qualifications in a relevant subject.

Validated by the University of Portsmouth

UCAS Course Code: K301 UCAS Institution Code: S34

Top-up

Learning Manager:

Jonathan Baker FICfor, Chartered Forester, MArborA, CEnv, Chartered Environmentalist, MIfL

Course Tutor:

Dr Harry Mycock BA (Jt Hons), BSc (Hons), MSc, MBA, PhD, PGCE, QTLS, PGCLTHE, MIfL, FHEA, MIHort

Other expert teaching staff delivering the course are:

Chris Bird, Matt Jessop, Chris Prior and Rosie Yeomans

Introduction to the Course The BSc (Hons) programme provides students with the opportunity to achieve an Honours Degree qualification in Garden Design as a ‘top-up’ from previous HE study such as the Foundation Degree (FdSc) in a horticulture based subject, usually Garden Design.

for students who wish to gain the qualification in order to meet personal development goals. This programme caters for students who, on completing a Foundation Degree (or equivalent) in a Horticulture based subject, wish to take both their studies and experience further.

Teaching and Learning The flexible delivery strategy (up to two days a week taught delivery over one year) allows students already employed within the industry to further develop their knowledge and skills, whilst providing equally

Garden Design covers subjects such as implementation of landscape schemes, garden restoration, innovation, contemporary design, organic and sustainable design and a dissertation. There will also be the opportunity to participate

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in a national garden design competition and commercial projects. Part-time study options may be available. Please contact the College for details. Assessment Methods and Research Opportunities Assessments will be made using a combination of seminar presentations, vocationally relevant case studies and written assignments along with examinations and a major design project.


Employment and Progression Opportunities

Opportunities also exist for graduates to enter the teaching profession within land-based colleges.

Graduates may progress onto a range of Masters level programmes at universities within the UK such as the University of Greenwich, University of Bristol or the University of Buckingham.

Units Covered

Depending upon past experience within the industry, opportunities exist for employment at management and supervisory level within a variety of landscape and design practices, or more typically as self-employed garden designers.

• Historic Gardens: Innovations in History, Restoration and Conservation • Contemporary Garden and Planting Design • Organic and Sustainable Garden Design • Major Design Project • Dissertation

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Foundation Degree (FdSc) in

Course Facts

Garden Design

Entry requirements: 160 UCAS points gained at A level, including a minimum of grade C gained at A2 level; BTEC Extended Diploma at MMP; C&G Extended Diploma at P + 6 units at Merit or C&G Diploma at M.

Validated by the University of Portsmouth

Introduction to the Course The Foundation Degree in Garden Design is intended to provide students with the skills, knowledge and experience necessary to pursue a career in the design of private, domestic gardens either with a garden design company or as a selfemployed, freelance garden designer. This programme will provide you with an understanding of the principles and practices which underpin effective garden design. Teaching and Learning Garden design is a developing career opportunity area. As more domestic housing is developed in the UK and as homeowners generally develop an increased awareness of the positive benefits and value of a welldesigned garden through the influence of media sources, so the demand for welltrained garden designers has increased.

94% of students asked felt the course was intellectually stimulating*

*UNISTATS Data 2013

In the first phase, the course is an introduction to the subject of garden design followed by in-depth units preparing you for work in industry or continuation onto the BSc programme. This course has evolved over a number of years with the input of practising garden designers and academic staff. Industry contact, site visits and contact with professional bodies are an integral component of the course. You will equally spend a considerable amount of time developing your design skills in the effective use of hard landscaping materials and plants in the garden and, in your final year undertake a major investigative project and work on a full design project.

Appropriate professional qualifications.

UCAS Course Code: K300 UCAS Institution Code: S34 Learning Manager:

Jonathan Baker ICfor, Chartered Forester, MArborA, CEnv, Chartered Environmentalist, MIfL

Course Tutor:

Dr Harry Mycock BA (Jt Hons), BSc (Hons), MSc, MBA, PhD, PGCE, QTLS, PGCLTHE, MIfL, FHEA, MIHort

Other expert teaching staff delivering the course are:

Chris Bird, Matt Jessop, Chris Prior and Rosie Yeomans

Assessment Methods and Research Opportunities Assessments will be made using a combination of seminar presentations, vocationally relevant case studies and written assignments along with examinations and a major design project. Employment and Progression Opportunities Students successfully completing the Foundation Degree in Garden Design

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with the appropriate grades, may progress on to the College’s BSc (Hons) Topup Degree in Garden Design. Graduates entering employment will typically enter self-employment as practising garden designers, working on contracts within the private and public sectors. Opportunities may also exist within landscape organisations or, with the development of a greater range of landscape


construction skills, in the landscape contracting sector of the industry.

Charlotte Murrell

Whilst traditionally garden designers have always worked on a self-employed freelance basis, recent years have seen a significant increase in the number of employed job opportunities arising in this area of work. Garden designer posts have been advertised with larger garden centres and landscaping companies who have realised their need and the positive value of employing a well-trained, in-house designer. Units Covered

Stage One • Garden Art and Design • Site Assessment and Responses • Natural Processes in Plants and Landscapes • Graphics Techniques • Design with materials for Garden Designers

Stage Two • Design History and Theories • Design with Plants • Contract Specification, Costs and Contractor Liaison • Management of Businesses and Landscapes • Project Development • Investigative Project

FdSc Garden Design graduate When I started researching garden design courses, Sparsholt was recommended to me by several people in the industry who had either studied there themselves or knew people who had. I remember feeling daunted by returning to education but it became familiar very quickly. I was inspired by the tutors and their enthusiasm and various areas of expertise. The range of subjects taught at Sparsholt proved to be a real advantage, as we were able to mix with students and tutors from different disciplines, such as horticulture, arboriculture and fisheries. The course gave me a good grounding in many subjects – garden design has been described as lots of jobs in one, with so much to cover. It broke down a lot of the mystery for me and inspired me to find out more. There was a lot to learn! The horticulture side was new to me, and I learnt CAD, which has proved a necessity for business. I used a few of our course business units as a trial run for my future garden design business and started thinking about the marketing elements too. I also entered and won a student competition to design and build a garden at the RHS Hampton Court Palace Flower Show. Planning and project managing this was an exciting challenge and Sparsholt really supported me with a team of student volunteers, use of facilities and time - it was a real team achievement. The experience of design and build, dealing with suppliers, and making industry contacts really helped give me confidence starting my business after I graduated from the course. Although it can make a busy course even fuller, I would always recommend entering competitions as it was a great experience. The people I met at college and access to the network of industry contacts was also invaluable. I’m now working on a mixture of freelance design for a landscaping company and private projects for my own clients - from small, traditional designs in period properties to larger, multi-acre contemporary projects. I really enjoyed my time at Sparsholt and would thoroughly recommend it!

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Woodland Conservation Management Learning Manager: Jonathan Baker FICfor, Chartered Forester, MArborA, CEnv, Chartered Environmentalist, MIfL

Accredited by the Institute of Chartered Foresters

BSc (Hons) in Woodland Conservation Management Three years full-time

BSc (Hons) in Woodland Conservation Management Top-up Two years part-time One year full-time

FdSc in Woodland Conservation Management Two years full-time Three years part-time

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Woodland Conservation Management Facilities All courses in Woodland Conservation Management have access to a wide range of facilities, both on campus and in the surrounding area. Off campus, extensive use is made of local forests, woodlands and arboreta for visits and practical field trips, together with operational planning and assessment exercises. Other resources include computer suites and research laboratories, engineering and chainsaw workshops, an in-house sawmill and timber processing area, and tractor driving training areas. www.sp ar sholt .ac.u k

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MEET OUR EXPERTS Jonathan Baker FICfor, Chartered Forester, MArborA, CEnv, Chartered Environmentalist, MIfL

I work extensively within the industry with bodies such as LANTRA, Confederation of Forest Industries, Bath and West Woodlands and Wildlife Committee and the Forestry Commission. Prior to Sparsholt I worked as a forest manager and head forester and have valuable industry experience as well as a range of qualifications including Fellow of the Institute of Chartered Foresters and Member of the Arboriculture Association.

Dr Freia Bladon PhD, MSc, BSc (Hons), PGCE

I have worked at one of the world’s leading centres of research into woodlands and forestry, Forest Research and I have completed a BSc in Biology, an MSc in Forest Protection and Conservation and a PhD in Forestry. I am passionate about sharing my research and knowledge with my students to future proof our resources.

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Ian Cooling MSc, Cert Ed

I was inspired to work in arboriculture and forestry during a reconnaissance mission in the army. I studied a National Certificate at Merrist Wood and have since completed an MSc in Environmental Forestry. I am passionate about future proofing our woodland resources and sharing the knowledge and expertise with my students to ensure this happens.

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BSc (Hons) in

Course Facts

Woodland Conservation Management

Entry requirements: 240 UCAS points gained at A level, including a minimum of 2 grade Cs gained at A2 level; BTEC Extended Diploma at DDM; C&G Extended Diploma at M + 6 units at Distinction; BTEC Diploma at DD or C&G Diploma at D.

Validated by the University of Portsmouth

5 points towards Chartered Status Introduction to the Course With the onset of climate change and increased public engagement, there is greater emphasis for improving and maintaining woodlands for biodiversity, recreation and rural enterprise with respect to conservation and sustainability. Woodland managers now need to be able to manage woodlands with these multi-objectives in mind. The aim of the programme is to develop the key skills in science, data

analysis and land management to be able to address future challenges and manage UK woodlands effectively. Teaching and Learning The course will draw on essential elements of sustainable woodland management and expansion that meet the Biodiversity 2020 Strategy for England and National Ecosystem assessment plans with respect to priority habitats and species.

Mature students or students with non-traditional qualifications are encouraged to apply and will be considered on an individual basis. Evidence of studying a relevant science is required at A level. Alternatively relevant GCSEs at B or above will be considered.

UCAS Course Code: D44S UCAS Institution Code: S34 Learning Manager:

Jonathan Baker FICfor, Chartered Forester, MArborA, CEnv, Chartered Environmentalist, MIfL

Course Tutors:

Ian Cooling MSc, Cert Ed

Dr Freia Bladon PhD, MSc, BSc (Hons), PGCE

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This is a three year full-time programme. Students also have the option of a four year sandwich programme. A BSc (Hons) Top-up Degree is also available on either a one year full-time or two year part-time basis. This enables students who have achieved a Foundation Science Degree in Woodland Conservation Management or a related subject the opportunity to top-up to a full BSc (Hons) qualification.

Assessment Methods and Research Opportunities

Employment and Progression Opportunities

Assessment at Stage 1 and 2 is primarily by formal examination and course work which includes practical portfolios, laboratory reports, case studies and essay style assignments.

Due to the increasing importance and awareness of trees in the urban and rural environment, there is a demand for woodland and tree conservation and management. Career opportunities may be in local authority work such as urban woodland management, tree hazard assessment and forestry and land management organisations, such as the Forestry Commission, and private management firms.

At Stage 3 there is a greater emphasis on industrially relevant projects and independent research, including a dissertation.

Units Covered

Stage One

Stage Two

Stage Three

• Global Ecosystems • Woodland Habitat and Species Identification • Environmental Policies and Legislation • Foundation Science • Applied Ecological Science • Work-based Learning

• Woodland Resource Management • Woodland Surveying and Mensuration • Integrated Pest and Disease Management • Business Skills • Work Practice

• Forest Management Plans • Sustainable Resource Management • Dissertation and Data Analysis

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Foundation Degree (FdSc) in

Course Facts

Woodland Conservation Management

Entry requirements: 160 UCAS points gained at A level, including a minimum of grade C gained at A2 level; BTEC Extended Diploma at MMP; C&G Extended Diploma at P + 6 units at Merit or C&G Diploma at M.

Validated by the University of Portsmouth

5 points towards Chartered Status Assessment Methods and Research Opportunities

Introduction to the Course Woodland conservation management is a key aspect to achieving sustainable land management within the UK. With the onset of climate change and increased public engagement, there is greater emphasis for improving and maintaining woodlands for biodiversity, recreation and rural enterprise with respect to conservation and sustainability.

Assessment on the FdSc is primarily by coursework which includes practical portfolios, laboratory reports, case studies and essay style assignments. One unit each at Stages 1 and 2 are also partly assessed by formal examination. An introduction to research projects is included at Stage 1. Employment and Progression Opportunities

Teaching and Learning

Mature students or students with non-traditional qualifications are encouraged to apply and will be considered on an individual basis. Full-time applications

UCAS Course Code: D44R UCAS Institution Code: S34 Part-time Applications Application form: inside back cover Part-time course code: FDSCLWOOD Learning Manager:

Jonathan Baker FICfor, Chartered Forester, MArborA CEnv, Chartered Environmentalist, MIfL

Course Tutor:

The Foundation Degree in Woodland Conservation Management is taught in parallel to the BSc Degree course but with a greater emphasis on assessment through work-based learning. This is an ideal Degree programme for those working in the industry who would like to improve their knowledge and skills base. This course is offered as a two year full-time or three year part-time course.

Students who successfully complete this Foundation Degree can top-up to the full-time or part-time third year of the BSc (Hons) Woodlands Conservation Management programme.

Ian Cooling

Alternatively, following this course, career opportunities are varied and range between The Forestry Commission, The Ministry of Defence (managing woodlands for military training and conservation purposes) and private management firms (managing woodlands for private clients, trusts and conservation bodies).

The subject area of the course is diverse and allows for employment opportunities in a wide range of woodland and urban forestry areas.

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MSc, Cert Ed


Units Covered

Stage One

Stage Two

Stage Three

• Global Ecosystems • Woodland Habitat and Species Identification • Environmental Policies and Legislation • Foundation Science • Applied Ecological Science • Work-based Learning

• Woodland Resource Management • Woodland Surveying and Mensuration • Integrated Pest and Disease Management • Business Skills • Work Practice

• Woodland Resource Management • Integrated Pest and Disease Management • Applied Industrial Research

and I have just been promoted to Beat Manager, covering South Hampshire and the Isle of Wight. My new role is partially people management – I line manage a team of four, delivering their work programmes on a daily basis – and also budget management, forest operation planning, from planting to harvest, liaison with the public to ensure good relationships with our neighbours, and volunteer management. I’m not directly working on the ground so

much now, I have a bigger overview of the organisation and that’s a nice position to be in.

Marcus Stroud FdSc Lowland Woodland Management graduate and Beat Manager, Forestry Commission I wanted to enter the Forestry industry but had virtually no experience, so Sparsholt was a great starting point for the basic skills and also the science behind it all. The College has good relationships both locally and nationally so there were lots of opportunities for placements and advice. I undertook paid work with the Forestry Commission as a Supervisor whilst studying and then went self-employed for a while after the course while I waited for something more permanent to come along. It did, and I’ve been with the Forestry Commission for eight years now, with four or five different roles within that time. Firstly, I was a Forest Works Supervisor for various areas,

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I’m still using the skills I learnt at Sparsholt – everything from basic tree identification, timber measurement and the sustainability side of it is still relevant now. In this area the vast majority of my colleagues have studied at or heard of Sparsholt, it has a good reputation.


College Terms 2014 / 2015 Autumn Term 2014 Monday 22 September 2014 to Friday 19 December 2014 Reading Break - Friday 24 October 2014 to Friday 31 October 2014

Spring Term 2015 Tuesday 6 January 2015 to Friday 27 March 2015 Reading Break - Friday 13 February 2015 to Friday 20 February 2015

Summer Term 2015 Monday 20 April 2015 to Friday 12 June 2015 Reading Break - Friday 22 May 2015 to Friday 29 May 2015

Useful Telephone Numbers Sparsholt College Hampshire

01962 776441

Animal Management and Veterinary Nursing

01962 797373

Ecology and Conservation Management

01962 797286

Equine Studies

01962 797373

Fisheries, Aquaculture and Marine Studies

01962 797200

Horticulture and Garden Design

01962 797487

Woodland Conservation Management

01962 797487

Accommodation Co-ordinator

01962 797346

Careers Adviser

01264 360006

Children’s Day Nursery

01962 776439

Dyslexia Support

01962 797337

Fax (central number)

01962 776587

Full-time Course Adviser (Admissions)

01962 797269

Marketing and Schools Liaison

01962 797562

Part-time and Short Course Adviser (Admissions)

01962 797213

Student Finance Team (Student Administrative Support)

01962 797267

Training for Businesses and Employers

0845 8500916

Student Transport

01962 797267

Sparsholt Weddings, Conferences and Events

01962 797259

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Finance and Fees The information provided here is accurate as at February 2014. Students are advised to confirm the situation at time of application.

Full-time Higher Education Courses (commencing September 2015) Every student will be liable to pay an annual tuition fee for the course of their choice. Fees for 2015 will be published on our website – 2014 fees are given below as a guide. Annual course Fees for 2014-15*

Fee (UK/EEA)

Fee (Overseas)

Animal Management Ecology and Conservation Management Equine Studies Fisheries, Aquaculture and Marine Studies Woodland Conservation Management

£7,800

£9,420

Garden Design

£7,500

£9,420

Veterinary Nursing (three year course)

£6,000

£7,300

No full-time UK or EEA undergraduate will have to pay fees from their own means before beginning their course, or while they are studying. All students will be eligible for a student tuition fee loan to cover the costs of fees, regardless of family income. More information about student loans can be found on the Student Finance England website (www.gov.uk/student-finance). The government will pay the tuition fee directly to the College and no money will pass through the student’s bank account.

Part-time Higher Education Courses Annual course Fees for 2014-15*

Fee (UK/EEA)

Fee (Overseas)

FdSc (except Garden Design)

£5,200

£6,280

FdSc Garden Design

£5,000

£6,280

BSc Top-ups (except Garden Design)

£3,900

£4,710

BSc Top-up Garden Design

£3,750

£4,710

Loans are available for students studying part-time courses. Please see page 80 for more details. *For students going directly from a Sparsholt FdSc course onto a BSc top-up, a lower rate of fees may apply. Please contact the Admissions team on 01962 797445 for details.

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Financial Support

Repaying Loans Full-time students have to pay back any loans (Tuition Fees and Maintenance Loans) plus interest from the April following the end of the course, once they start earning more than £21,000 a year. Repayments will be taken out of gross salary every month, the same as tax. The term of the loan is 30 years, after which time any remaining loan will be written off. Grants, scholarships or bursaries do not have to be paid back.

Tuition Fees All students, regardless of family income, will be eligible for a government loan to cover the full cost of their tuition fees. This will be paid directly to the Institution. Repayments do not start until the April following graduation and earnings are in excess of £21,000 per annum. Maintenance Grant (Full-time students only) If your household income is less than £42,600 per annum, you may be entitled to a grant. Grants do not have to be repaid.

Monthly Repayment Example

Maintenance Loan (Full-time students only)

• You pay 9% of your income over the threshold of £21,000 a year. • For example, your course starts in September 2014 and you finish in June 2017. In September 2017 you’re earning £25,000. • This is £4,000 over the £21,000 threshold. You pay 9% of £4,000 which is £360. This means from April 2018 you pay back £30 per month. • Please check www.gov.uk/studentfinance for the repayment information relevant to your course entry year.

This loan is available to any full-time student to help with living costs like rent. The loan has to be repaid once the course is completed and you start earning more than £21,000 a year. Scholarships and Bursaries Special grants from the College. These do not have to be repaid. New ‘Academic and Endeavour’ scholarships are available for UK and EU students applying to full-time BSc or FdSc Courses only (not a top-up course). Additional Financial Support

Working out the finances?

If you have a disability, or children or adults dependent on you, you may be entitled to extra government support.

The Money Experts (Martin Lewis) offer the following advice:

Access to Learning Fund (ALF)

• Once you are earning £25,000 a year, your monthly repayments will be around £30.

Paying in Instalments

Scottish, Welsh and Northern Irish students should contact their local assessment body and European Economic Area (EEA) students should go to the website: www.gov.uk/studentfinance and follow links for information regarding student finance.

• Don’t pay it off as soon as you can. • If you’ve started repaying the loan, but then lose your job or take a pay cut, then your repayments drop accordingly. • All outstanding loan repayments will be written off after 30 years and you never know what life will bring. If your salary never reaches the level to repay the entire loan – perhaps you take a career break, or are unable to work through illness – anything outstanding will be written off after 30 years.

All other students will be classified as overseas students and charged a full rate tuition fee. See pages 18 and 91.

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Sparsholt College Bursary Full-time Learners

National Scholarship Programme For Part-time Learners in 2014/15 The National Scholarship Programme (NSP) is a government programme designed to benefit individual students from disadvantaged backgrounds as they enter Higher Education.

This Bursary will be available to students who are on household incomes of less than £25,000 but not in receipt of a National Scholarship Programme.

The Scholarships will be allocated as a package.

The Bursary will be a maximum of £750 and will be awarded depending on need.

In the first year a part-time student will receive: • A travel award of £650 • A cash award of £650

Academic and Endeavour Scholarships

In years two and three support will continue to be provided through a travel award of £350 and a cash award of £500.

Sparsholt College recognises high achievement and has introduced scholarships for students who demonstrate achievement related to their course. UK and EU students who hold a conditional or unconditional offer to study a full time BSc or FdSc course (not including topup courses) are invited to apply.

The Scholarships will be available for students who meet the following eligibility criteria: • are students from England • are subject to tuition fees • are a new undergraduate student starting either a Foundation Degree or Honours Degree for the first time in 2014 • have an assessed household income of £25,000 or less

Academic Achievement Scholarships • £1,000 - first year, £500 - second year. • ABB+ students (or equivalent) only • Letter to the Principal with a personal statement of 750 words • Conditional offer based on results • Evidence of commitment to the subject

Where applications exceed the National Scholarships available, consideration will be given to students who meet at least one of the following additional criteria:

Endeavour Scholarships

• are registered disabled students • were looked after children/care leavers • were previously receiving educational support • are living with dependants • are an independent student (for student funding purposes)

• £1,000 - first year, £500 - second year. • Letter to the Principal with a personal statement of 750 words detailing commitment to the subject • Conditional offer based on a place being awarded at Sparsholt College.

Applicants will also be required to complete an application form in which they will be required to set out a statement (300 -500 words) explaining why the Scholarship will benefit their future study and employment.

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International Students

Enhanced Learning Credits

Unless you qualify as a UK or EEA resident, i.e. you have been ordinarily resident in the British Isles or an EEA country for purposes other than full-time education for the three years prior to the start of your course, you will have to pay Overseas Tuition Fees. Where doubt exists over status, Sparsholt College reserves the right to request documentary evidence (notably a passport).

The College is an Approved Learning Provider for the Ministry of Defence’s Enhanced Learning Credits (ELC) scheme. Under this scheme the MOD will pay up to 80% of your tuition fees for study at Level 3 or above for up to three years (NVQ3, Advanced National Certificate or Foundation Degrees). Please contact the Student Administration Team on 01962 797267 for further details.

You must be over the age of 18 to commence Higher Education at the College. You must have a minimum IELTS score of 6. Full details are published on www.ucas.ac.uk.

Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) or

Accreditation of Prior Learning (APL) Experience which you have gained in the workplace, through a qualification you have already completed, or even through a hobby, could provide you with exemption from part of a course or qualification – potentially benefiting you in a saving of time. If you feel that this service could be relevant to you and you would like to apply for this accreditation, you will need to discuss your previous experience and qualifications with a tutor at the interview stage. The tutor will then be able to evaluate your previous experience and the extent of likely accreditation. All Recognition or Accreditation of Prior Learning must be agreed and validated before your course commences.

Part-time Higher Education Courses at Sparsholt College All UK and EEA Higher Education students are subject to tuition fees. All new applicants are eligible to apply for a tuition fee loan to cover the cost of fees. Loans are not repayable until the April of the fourth year after the start of your course or the next April after you leave the course, whichever comes first, and you are earning over £21,000 per annum. Visit www.direct.gov.uk/studentfinance for further information.

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QAA Summative Review Report The Quality Assurance Agency (QAA) is responsible for reviewing the standards and quality of Higher Education throughout universities and colleges.

• There can be reliance placed on the accuracy and completeness of the information that the College is responsible for publishing about itself and the programmes it delivers.

For colleges, including Sparsholt College, the QAA conduct an Integrated Quality Enhancement Review (IQER). This involves the College being reviewed over a period of 12 to 18 months. The review comprises two processes: developmental engagement and summative review, and culminates in the publication of a publicly available Summative Review report.

In particular, the QAA noted as good practice: the existing arrangements for the management of Higher Education, the commitment of the College to promoting good quality teaching and providing for the development needs of staff teaching in Higher Education. The committed and dedicated approach of learning resource managers to identify and meet the needs of Higher Education students was also noted. The quality assurance and reporting procedures in place to review the accuracy of information and to identify when to take appropriate action was also seen as good practice.

The QAA reviewers focus on three areas: Academic Standards, Quality of Learning Opportunities and Public Information. In essence this asks: • Does the College deliver Higher Education to the required standard?

The review team also noted areas where the College could build on its existing practice to enhance the quality of its Higher Education and student experience even further. The College has developed an action plan to make this happen.

• Do students have the best opportunity to achieve their award? • Can reliance be placed on what the College says about itself?

This was a very pleasing result and builds on the success of previous QAA reviews and the recognition of the Sparsholt Higher Education experience. Visit http://www.qaa.ac.uk/ InstitutionReports/Pages/Sparsholt-College.aspx to read the full report.

In June 2009 the QAA Summative review team found that for Sparsholt College: • There can be confidence in the College’s management of its responsibilities for the standards of the awards it offers on behalf of its awarding bodies.

The next review date was set as March 2014 (after publishing of this prospectus, so please visit the above website for the most up to date report)

• There can be confidence in the College’s management of its responsibilities for the quality of learning opportunities it offers.

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College Policies Equal Opportunities

Access for Students with Difficulties and Disabilities

Sparsholt College Hampshire is committed to promoting equal opportunities in all its activities. Applications are warmly welcomed from all candidates regardless of age, disability, gender, sexuality, ethnic background and religion.

Sparsholt College is committed to ensuring that people with difficulties and disabilities are treated fairly. Wherever possible, reasonable adjustments will be made to ensure that students with difficulties and disabilities are not disadvantaged.

The College will take into account any learning difficulties or disabilities for eligible candidates and will endeavour to make reasonable adjustments so that a suitable and appropriate curriculum can be accessed.

If you require support, please be sure to inform the College on your application form and discuss your needs at interview.

College Code of Performance and Conduct

Enabling students with difficulties and disabilities to have equal access to all teaching and learning environments is a College priority and is under constant review to ensure that all students can participate fully in all College activities.

The College has obligations to all its customers, whether they are full-time or part-time students, commercial clients or summer visitors. The Students’ Handbook and Course Handbooks highlight the College’s expectations of good performance and conduct for the benefit of the majority.

Please Note - Course Conditions The information contained in this Prospectus is correct as far as can be ascertained at the time of publication. You are advised to enquire about any amendments or alterations which may affect your particular course when you make your application.

Health and Safety at Work Act (1974) Students should note that they now have a legal obligation to take reasonable care for the health and safety of themselves and others who may be affected by their actions; and to comply with the College policy on health and safety, a copy of which is available from the College Student Reception or library.

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Whilst the College will make every effort to provide all courses as planned, it is obliged to reserve the right to cancel a course, amend course delivery or reduce the student numbers. Any offer of a place is conditional on the College being able to provide the course and, in the unlikely event that it is not able to do so, applicants will be informed individually and the offer will lapse. In such circumstances, it is usual for a student to be offered a place on a similar or related course or given advice on the nearest alternative course available.

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Index A

H

Accommodation 8 Accredited Prior Learning (APL) 81 Admissions 12 Address inside front cover Animal Management courses 16 Animal Management facilities 17 Application procedures 12

Health and Safety requirements Honours degrees Horse Management facilities Horse Management courses

I Inspection reports International students

B Bursaries and Scholarships

C

Mature students

Part-time courses Principal’s welcome

7 13 83

82

S

Ecology and Conservation Management 32 Email address inside front cover Enhanced Learning Credits 81 Enrolment/entry procedures 12 Equal Opportunities Policy 83 Equine Centre 41 Equine Studies 40

Scholarships and Bursaries Social life Sport and recreation Student support

80 9 6 15

T Telephone numbers Term dates

F 78 79 50 51 13

77 77

V Veterinary Nursing Science

30

W Woodland Conservation Management courses Woodland Conservation Management facilities

G 61 62

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12, 81 1

Q QAA review report

Garden Design courses Garden Design facilities

11

P

E

Fees information Financial support Fishery Studies courses Fishery Studies facilities Foundation degrees

15

M

15 83 84

D Day Nursery Degree courses Disability access

82 10, 80

L

80

Learning support Careers advice Code of conduct Course Conditions

83 13 41 40

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Newbury

Whitchurch

Overton

A343

Basingstoke

A342

ANDOVER

A30

B3400

A303

7 London

B B3048 Popham

A34

Abbotts Ann Upper Clatford

A303 Wherwell

A3057 B3420

Micheldever A30

Nether Wallop

A33

Leckford

A272

A30

Stockbridge

B3049

M3

South Wonston

B3046

Crawley Kings Worthy B3047

A3057 King’s Somborne

SPARSHOLT COLLEGE

Littleton

Sparsholt Village

Itchen Abbas

B3420

New Alresford

9 B3049

B3404

WINCHESTER

A31 Cheriton

10

A272 11 11

Morestead Twyford

A3090

M3 Colden Common

12

Romsey A27

B3335 Southampton

Sparsholt College Hampshire Sparsholt, Winchester, Hampshire SO21 2NF United Kingdom

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