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Undergraduate Prospectus 2014

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Contents Why Choose Sparsholt? The Surrounding Area Accommodation and Student Life International Students Mature Students Support and Advice Viewing the College How to Apply Foundation Degrees BSc (Hons) Degrees Course Finder Animal Management, Veterinary Health and Veterinary Nursing Science Ecology and Conservation Management Equine Studies Fisheries, Aquaculture and Marine Studies Garden Design Woodland Conservation Management

College Term Dates 2013/2014 Telephone Numbers Finance and Fees QAA Summative Review College Policies The College Charter Index

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Welcome to Sparsholt College Hampshire

I hope that you find this prospectus informative and helpful in making the important decision in progressing to Higher Education. Sparsholt College Hampshire has a heritage spanning more than 100 years, so we have a very wide expertise and experience in the land-based sector. Over the years, the breadth and diversity of the subjects have widened, student numbers have grown and Sparsholt has evolved into one of the largest colleges in the country dedicated to the land and environment.

Investment in Resources The range of opportunities at Sparsholt is extensive. We have excellent resources and facilities, which support learning and study. There has been substantial investment in buildings and facilities in

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recent years and therefore I do recommend that you come and visit for yourselves at either a viewing day, a taster course, at one of our Course Information Open events, or our May Countryside Day. Sparsholt’s Higher Education programmes are validated by the University of Portsmouth with whom we have an excellent and strong partnership. Sparsholt College also has an agreement with the University of Winchester which allows all HE students to access the Student Union and sports facilities at the University. In addition, the college has 100 new very high quality en-suite residential rooms in the heart of the campus at the University of Winchester which come into service in September 2013. This arrangement provides all the benefits of a large university campus within the small city of Winchester, less than four miles from Sparsholt, together with the excellent specialist education, learning and applied research facilities at Sparsholt.


Photograph: Don Humphreys

Quality of Higher Education The reputation of Higher Education at the College is very high and the Quality Assurance Agency (QAA) confirmed this when they conducted a comprehensive “Integrated Quality Enhancement Review” (IQER) at the College between summer 2008 and summer 2009; the results of which can be seen on the QAA website. The conclusion of the QAA Assessors is that the College was given the designation of “Confidence” for all aspects reviewed. The review involved meeting with students, employers and staff to test the quality of the Higher Education we offer. “Confidence” was the judgement that the QAA awarded and College staff have taken great pride in the judgement. The QAA also judged that the specialist training facilities at the College were of a high standard. I would recommend that applicants log on to www.qaa.ac.uk in order to view

the full report for Sparsholt College and do the same for any other college or university faculty you might be considering. However, it is important to remember that a reputation alone does not ‘make’ a college, nor do excellent buildings and top class resources; it is the commitment of a dedicated staff and the motivation of the students that contribute to a vibrant community. This is why students enjoy their courses of study and why so many of our students successfully attain their degrees. I hope that you find this prospectus useful and informative. Tim Jackson BTech (Hons), PGCE Principal

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Smaller class sizes and tutorials

Strong links with industry

Expert teaching staff

Excellent facilities

Why choose Sparsholt? A unique range of Foundation Degrees and BSc (Hons) Degree programmes designed and delivered to meet the challenges and demands of the land and environment industries. Excellent facilities: the Sparsholt Campus covers four hundred acres and includes a commercial farm and a nationally renowned Animal Management Centre, National Aquatics Training Centre, Salmonid Rearing and Trials Centre, Equine Unit, Garden Design Studio and diverse natural habitat providing key facilities for research and observation. We also offer industry standard science laboratories. Expert teaching staff: our staff are all experts in their field, with extensive industry experience and contacts. Strong links with industry: facilitating research and employment opportunities. Smaller class sizes and tutorials: Sparsholt’s specialist environment means that you will always be treated as an individual and tutors are able to dedicate that little bit more time with you in lectures.

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

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High Standards 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. 0

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Student feedback within the National Student Survey from full-time Honours Degree courses shows an 81% 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 89% per cent state that staff make the subjects interesting (UNISTAT data).

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65% of BSc (Hons) students graduating in 2012 gained a 1st class or a 2:1 degree.

Sparsholt has been awarded the Training Quality Standard with excellence in Environmental and Land Based Training.

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Our Resources

Courses at Sparsholt are supported by dedicated facilities of exceptional quality and national importance including: • The National Aquatic Training Centre incorporating a fisheries trials unit. • A new Salmonid Rearing and Trials Centre, opened in January 2013, which includes modern trial and research facilities plus raceways for students to experience commercial salmonid production.

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The new Salmonid Rearing and Trials Centre


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

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• The BBC Radio 4 Gardeners’ Question Time ‘potting shed’. • Extensive, very well resourced Equine Centre, host to the Australian Paralympic Equestrian Team for their London 2012 pre-Olympic Games training. • New sports complex, to be completed in October 2013, with a full size sports hall, climbing wall, 180m² gym, a fitness suite and a sprung floor dance studio. • The College farms 307 Ha (758 acres). This includes 134 Ha (331 acres) on-site with additional local land farmed on a rental basis. The estate is managed commercially to ensure that students have access to practical skills, data and opportunities for applied research within viable enterprises. A dedicated Higher Education study and lounge centre provides a focus for the Higher Education community and accommodates the disability advisors for the Higher Education student community. Access to facilities at the University of Portsmouth include the library, online resources and clubs, and sporting facilities.

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In partnership with the University of Winchester, Sparsholt Higher Education students have access to new, en-suite residential rooms at the University of Winchester together with a range of opportunities including access to sport and recreational facilities, student clubs, the Students’ Union and NUS membership.


Our Heritage Sparsholt College has a strong heritage and in 2014 it will be celebrating 100 years at the current location in Sparsholt. It was Hampshire’s first ‘Farm School’ which was originally established in November 1899 at Old Basing, near Basingstoke.

Sparsholt is just four miles from Winchester: England’s ancient capital, former seat of King Alfred the Great and home to the Great Hall and Round Table. Winchester is now a major destination for fashion and gastro-shopping with the largest farmers’ market in the UK.

Higher Education has been on offer at the College since 1983 and continues to demonstrate a strong pedigree and expertise in its course offer. The College provides Further Education courses for students from the age of 16, plus part-time and short course study. With approximately 400 resident Further Education students and over a hundred staff and families living on-site, Sparsholt campus has a strong community focus. Dining and social functions take place in Bytes, MJ’s and Fit Jym’s and the campus also offers a shop, gym, laundry and wireless internet connections.

Sparsholt students from the early 1950s

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Celebrating Success The culmination of any successful student’s course is the presentation of Degrees, Diplomas, Postgraduate Certificates, Prizes and Awards. For Higher Education students and their families, there cannot be a more unique and dignified venue for this highpoint of the student’s year than Winchester Cathedral to provide a proud and unforgettable experience.

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Your Sparsholt Sparsholt College covers a village-sized campus, set in the heart of the Hampshire countryside, but just 10 minutes’ drive from Winchester with transport links across the south. Set apart from the village of Sparsholt, the College Campus maintains its own community feel, bringing together a mix of people from different backgrounds and ages to live and work together with the common purpose of shaping the future of environmental and land-based industries.

Teaching Facilities As well as the outstanding facilities for practical teaching, a suite of seminar rooms is dedicated to the use of Degree programmes.

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The HE Lounge The HE Lounge is a wellequipped area solely for the use of students studying Degree programmes and provides WiFi access, relaxation area, bistro tables and hot drinks. There are ‘quick stop’ computers to access personal online accounts as well as computer study stations for assignments and research.


Library and Learning Resources The library is a particularly pleasant place in which to study. Over one hundred reading places offer a comfortable research environment, with relaxing views over a landscaped park. All students have access to the Library and Learning Resource Centre. The library houses a collection of regularly updated specialist resources to support coursework and research. Students have access to a wide range of electronic resources including ebooks, ejournals and online databases that are accessible both on and off campus which sit alongside more traditional resources such as books, journals, DVDs, reference reports, a careers collection, exam papers and theses. Wireless access is provided to complement the laptops and computers available for student use. Experienced staff are always pleased to offer support and guidance. Flexible arrangements are available to part-time students (e.g. extended borrowing periods as appropriate, telephone renewals, etc). Our collaboration with the University of Portsmouth provides all Higher Education students with access to the libraries, research and study facilities available to their undergraduates. Those students resident in University of Winchester accommodation also have access to these facilities on the Winchester campus.

The Sparsholt Virtual Learning Environment Away from the campus students have access to the library, their student e-mail accounts and a range of College resources via ‘Moodle’, our virtual learning environment (VLE). You will find that your course tutors make full use of Moodle to provide you with course information and forums, timetables, reading lists and a whole lot more.

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also served in MJ’s and remains open in the evening for dinner. Special diets can be catered for with advance notice. Fit Jym’s bar provides hot snacks in the evening and is open as ‘Café Revive’ for a quieter venue during the day, to provide coffees and sandwiches. The College prides itself on its good value of catering. A suite of vending machines for snacks and drinks is open all day and evening for other purchases.

Day Care Nursery For students with pre-school age children, the College has a Day Nursery for the full and parttime day care of children from six months to five years. Early booking is necessary as this is a popular facility and we frequently have a waiting list. For details, contact the Day Nursery on 01962 776439 or visit www.sparsholt.ac.uk/daynursery.

Catering services are provided across a wide range of facilities. The main student dining room is called Bytes and is currently open for breakfast and lunch. Lunch is

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The Surrounding Area With the University of Winchester and Southampton University’s School of Art also located in the city, Winchester is home to thousands of students from around the country. The city centre is easily accessible for shopping with a good selection of places to catch a bite, dine and drink, whatever your budget. There is a cinema and a wide range of pubs and bars for an evening out. As well as enjoying access to the University of Winchester Student Union sports facilities and clubs, the town’s Riverpark Leisure Centre provides swimming, sports and fitness facilities. The open country around Winchester and Sparsholt is crossed with paths and trails with the opportunity to enjoy many outdoor sports. Many students will travel to Southampton (20 minutes by

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train) to enjoy clubs and a vibrant music scene, or Basingstoke for activities like bowling, ice skating and multi-screen cinemas. Further to the south, the New Forest National Park with miles of paths, off-road tracks and cycle routes is a popular destination. Beaches at Bournemouth and Southsea and the Isle of Wight are popular day-trips, and Portsmouth also offers a variety of entertainment along the seafront and with the Naval Dockyard museum. The towns of Romsey (12 miles) and Andover (15 miles) offer more local facilities, and within approximately one hour’s drive are Salisbury, Stonehenge, Windsor, Chichester, Bournemouth, Poole, Oxford, Beaulieu and London.


Accommodation and Winchester Student Union Sparsholt students share the advantages of student accommodation and facilities with the University of Winchester. Based just four miles from Sparsholt, undergraduate students will be living in brand new halls of residence in the heart of Winchester. With easy access to shopping and leisure facilities in the city, plus the Student Union in the University Centre and sports facilities, this new accommodation will provide a rich undergraduate student experience.

Accommodation Sparsholt students living in the University of Winchester rooms will be offered use of the following University services: • Catering facilities • Student Union events • Student Union clubs and societies • Library including book loans and photocopying

be purchased through the college at a cost of £300 for the academic year. For students who 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.

Accommodation fees will be £4,900 for a 42 week occupancy. A regular bus service runs between Winchester and the Sparsholt campus. Passes can

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Student Life in Winchester The Winchester Student Union is based in the University Centre. It organises club nights, comedy, quizzes and live music. There is also a cinema with a programme of films. A variety of clubs, societies and associations are run in the Student Union, offering the chance to get involved in a wide range of activities. Sport, choirs, music ensembles, drama, dance and theatre are representative of the kind of activities available. The Union also provides support and welfare services, accompanied by awareness campaigns throughout the year. At enrolment at Sparsholt, students automatically become a member of the Student Union (a small charge will apply). Students have the right to opt out of the Student Union should they choose.

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Sports Facilities An exciting new sports complex will be completed by October 2013. The complex will include a full size sports hall, climbing wall, 180m² gym, a fitness suite and a sprung floor dance studio. The Sports Hall is the hub of many of the indoor Student Union teams - on a Wednesday afternoon you can often come down to support the teams in sports such as volleyball, basketball and netball. Winchester Sports Stadium’s athletics track comprises an eight-lane track with sandwich surface and field discipline facilities. It is currently the hub of many outdoor sports in Winchester and creates an opportunity for young and old, the unfit as well as elite athletes to participate in sport.

The Stadium also boasts a Tiger Turf All-Weather Pitch which is suitable for hockey and football. The pitch and the track are floodlit and open 7 days a week from 8am to 9pm. The SPORT-FIT card provides a brilliant opportunity to access a number of sports facilities including the Fitness Suite, Sports Hall, Squash, Tennis and

Badminton Courts as well as the Athletics Track at the Winchester Sports Stadium (subject to availability). For a small charge, this all-in-one package gives you the opportunity to keep fit in a number of ways in relaxed and friendly environments.

University of Winchester Library Students living at the Winchester halls of residence will be able to access the University library. The library offers facilities for learning and research, with study spaces for more than 450 readers, of which over 100 are equipped with computers.

University Centre, University of Winchester.

The online catalogue and virtual enquiry desk links students to the services, databases and electronic resources needed for study and research.

Aside from academic study, the library also provides a borrowing service for DVD films and popular fiction and non-fiction books, a range of newspapers and magazines and you can use the networked PCs to check your email and surf the Internet. More information can be found at www.winchester.ac.uk/ campuscitylife.

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International Students 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. Our campus team is experienced in handling the queries which international students bring. 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. For example, international students will live in accommodation at the University of Winchester (only four miles from the College). This means you get the superb course programme, research and study facilities at Sparsholt College

together with the campus experience of an established University in the historic city of Winchester with all of the cultural and social attractions that brings. 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 will be able to seek advice from the International Office at the Winchester campus. The College endeavours to cater for the religious, cultural and dietary needs of its students and

students who are resident in the halls at University of Winchester will have access to the facilities on offer to the many international students who are resident at the university campus. 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. 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. For more details of entry criteria, student visas and fees for students from outside the UK please see page 91.

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Mature Students Considering a return to study? 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.

Student Ages for all HE Courses 2012 Full-time study 40% 60%

For practical support, you have the backing of the College’s Student Support and Advice services, which is free and accessible for all. Up to 21 Over 21

Part-time study 3% 97%

As the charts show, many of our degree students are aged 21 or over. This brings a wealth of industry and life experience to the group, making the experience fruitful for all involved. 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 89 for more information. For practical support, you have the backing of the College’s Student Support and Advice services, which is free and accessible for all.

Pre-Degree Study Course Students who are returning to education after a few years away – and many students who have vocational or work-based qualifications – often benefit from finding out what it’s really like to study at degree level. Once you’ve accepted a place on a Higher Education course, you will be invited to attend a three-day Pre-Degree Study course aimed at mature students and those with vocational qualifications. The course will introduce you to the academic life at Sparsholt and includes study skills, scientific writing skills and personal development planning.

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Support and Advice Whatever age you are when you embark on your Higher Education studies, you can initially find the experience rather daunting and, over the period of your studies, you may find you need a little extra help and support. At Sparsholt we pride ourselves on the high level of academic and pastoral support given to students.

Careers Advice

Tutorial Support

The College has a dedicated careers adviser and, with their specialist experience of the industry, course tutors are often in the best position to advise on careers related to particular industries. You will have the chance to talk one-to-one about your career progression in tutorial sessions.

Regular tutorials with friendly and helpful staff provide opportunities for students to raise and discuss any problems they may be experiencing. There are also a number of targeted student support services available.

Student Services The Student Support team are available to help you with practical difficulties that may arise, which could prevent you from attending and achieving success. Information, advice and guidance can be given on a range of issues such as housing, relationships, financial matters, travel and health. Students have a dedicated help desk open all day throughout term time where all general enquiries can be made.

Counselling Support Confidential support is available from College counsellors. Sometimes, it helps to share your concerns with someone other than your course tutor and College counsellors are available for oneto-one confidential sessions as required. A drop-in session is available on a weekly basis where no appointment is necessary.

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The College is committed to the provision of comprehensive career information systems and access to careers advice and guidance. An easy to use vacancy service is accessible on the student intranet, advertising full and part-time posts which have been sent direct to the College by employers.

A comprehensive careers information section is available in the College Library. Individual guidance interviews are also available from the College Careers Adviser.


Learning Skills Support

College Nurse and GP

Appointments are available for any student as required. These sessions offer:

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 between 9am and 1pm, Monday to Friday. We recommend that students new to the area register with the local GP Surgery. This can be done prior to starting at the College or on enrolment day.

• Advice and guidance • Specialist expertise – in particular, with regards to dyslexia and language deficits • Advice on appropriate materials and equipment • Assessments leading to examination concessions where applicable For students with physical or sensory impairments, health issues or specific learning difficulties such as dyslexia, dyspraxia and Asperger 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 • 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

If you have a medical condition such as diabetes, epilepsy etc, please contact the College Nurse when you start your course.

Financial concerns Students requiring financial advice or who may be experiencing financial problems should speak to a member of the Student Administrative Support Team. Information on financial issues is found at the back of this prospectus.

The Study Support Service is designed to enable all students to achieve their full potential. Confidential advice on any learning support or disability access issues may be obtained from the Higher Education Disability Support Adviser. Please be aware that if you have had specialist support or exam concessions at school or college you will need to be re-assessed for Higher Education. Contact the Disability Adviser for further information.

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Visit the College!

Course Information Open Days We recommend that all prospective students come and visit the campus and speak to our tutors. Before you make your final decision, do drop-in to one of our Course Information Open Days. Staff are available to provide guidance on an informal basis about all our courses, finance and bursaries, accommodation, transport and careers advice. Current students are on hand to tell you what life is really like at Sparsholt and to take you on a tour around the College. Throughout the day you’ll be able to check out teaching areas and practical resources and facilities.

Saturday 9 March 2013

10am to 3pm

Thursday 27 June 2013

4pm to 7pm

Saturday 5 October 2013

10am to 3pm

Saturday 16 November 2013 10am to 3pm Saturday 18 January 2014

10am to 3pm

Saturday 8 March 2014

10am to 3pm

Thursday 26 June 2014

4pm to 7pm

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.

Sparsholt Countryside Day Saturday 18 May 2013 (9.30am – 4.30pm) Saturday 17 May 2014 (9.30am – 4.30pm)

A really great day out for all the family! This event attracts several thousands of people each year. The College campus is open to the general public and members of staff and students demonstrate all aspects of the College’s work. In addition to the farm, equine centre, animal management centre and aquatics centre, there is a craft fair, village fete, main arena and guest exhibitors. The day is essentially a day of interest particularly suited to prospective students and their families, with plenty of factual information for those keen to develop an understanding of the countryside. Staff are always on hand to give careers and course information when required. See the website www.sparsholt.ac.uk for the latest on this event. Sorry – no visitors’ dogs with the exception of recognised assistance dogs. We have a large number of sensitive animals all around the site. Please note – admission charges apply for this event.

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Applying to Sparsholt Entry to College – The Admissions Process Full-time

Part-time

Foundation Degrees, BSc (Hons) Degrees and BSc (Hons) Top-up Degrees

Foundation Degrees, Part-time BSc (Hons) Degrees and BSc (Hons) Top-up Degrees

All applications must be made through UCAS (Universities and Colleges Admissions Service).

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.

Applications are made online at www.ucas.com. The Institution code for Sparsholt is S34 and the Course Code can be found next to the relevant course information in this prospectus. Once you have submitted your application and received a conditional or unconditional offer you will be invited to attend a viewing day, these usually take place in March. You are encouraged to come and see what Sparsholt College has to offer. There will be student work on display, a series of guest lectures in your subject area and a chance to participate in a practical session. The tutors will be on hand to answer queries about the courses and Student Services will be available to discuss fees and student support. Lunch is included and each applicant is able to bring one guest.

Course reference codes for courses are found under “Course Facts” on course entry pages. For enquiries and/or course information, please either telephone Admissions on 01962 797280 (fulltime courses), 01962 797213 (part-time courses) or e-mail courses@sparsholt.ac.uk.

Applications for tuition fee and student loans must be made through Student Finance England if you live in England (https://www.gov.uk/studentfinance). If you are not from England relevant information can be found: Scottish -

http://www.saas.gov.uk/

Welsh -

http://www.studentfinancewales.co.uk

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

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What Degree? Foundation Degrees (FdSc)

BSc (Hons) Degrees

Like the Higher National Diploma or Certificate, a Foundation Degree is a Level 5 vocationally focused qualification, usually delivered in two years full-time or three years part-time and designed to equip students with skills and knowledge relevant to their employment.

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. Mature students (aged over 21 years) may be admitted onto Honours Degrees with good career experience and strong motivation.

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 play an important role in filling higher level skills gaps, boosting technical skills and competitiveness. Foundation Degrees also appeal to people already working in land-based industries as an opportunity to improve knowledge and career prospects. Many of our courses are available to study on a part-time or block release basis. Foundation Degrees can provide a straightforward progression route to an Honours Degree. However, it is important to remember that the Foundation Degree is a qualification in its own right and recognised in the land-based industries.

For maximum flexibility some of the Foundation Degrees at Sparsholt College have been validated with “Top-up� routes for progression to BSc (Hons) Degrees.

Foundation Degree Facts Validated by the University of Portsmouth Full-time - two years (Veterinary Nursing 3yrs) UCAS entry procedures apply Institution code: S34 Part-time - three years College entry procedures apply

BSc (Hons) Degree Facts Validated by the University of Portsmouth Full-time - three years UCAS entry procedures apply Institution code: S34 BSc (Hons) Top-up Full-time - one year Part-time - two years

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Animal Management, Veterinary Nursing and Veterinary Health

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Animal Management 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 animal 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.

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.

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.

Our herptile collection proves popular with Higher Education students who welcome the opportunity to carry out research projects with such unusual animals requiring specialist husbandry techniques. A dedicated research room has recently 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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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.


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

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.

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.

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BSc (Hons) in

Animal Management Validated by the University of Portsmouth Course Facts ---------------------------------------------Entry requirements: Standard entry requires 240-280 UCAS points. Two A Levels at C or above; or BTEC National or Extended Diploma at DMM; or BTEC National Certificate or Level 3 Diploma at DD; or C&G Level 3 Diploma at Merit. 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: D320 Institution Code: S34 ---------------------------------------------Learning Manager: Kathy Bamber PGCE, BA, BHS II (Reg’d) ---------------------------------------------Course Tutor: Kerry Hunt MSc BSc (Hons) ----------------------------------------------

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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 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 the whole three years of the course. The section has strong links with the British and Irish Association of

Zoos and Aquariums (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. There are research opportunities throughout the course, with students undertaking a behavioural observation project in the 2nd year. Work placements offer opportunities for students to gather data for the dissertation project which is submitted in the final year. Recent dissertation projects 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 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

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Units Covered

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• Animal Management 1

• Population Biology

• Dissertation

• Analytical Techniques

• Data Analysis

• Data Analysis

• Principles of Biology

• Nutrition

• Applied Animal Behaviour and

• Work Placement

• Ethology and Ethics

• Academic Skills

• Work Placement

• Applied Animal Health

• Anatomy and Physiology

• Animal Management 2

• Species Manipulation

Welfare

and Monitoring 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 34

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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. Recent 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. 


Zoe Newnham

BSc (Hons) Animal Management Graduate I studied the Diploma in Animal Management at Sparsholt and then wanted to progress onto a degree course. I looked at a range of courses but Sparsholt’s felt more well-rounded, relating not only to zoo animals but wild animals also. The facilities such as the Animal Management Centre were also very good and I fell in love with the place really. The relatively small lecture sizes meant you could get to know tutors and other students really well, and I found the lecturers very supportive and happy to share their knowledge. I am still in touch with all my classmates. The course was not always easy and some aspects were particularly challenging, but that is what you expect from an honours degree. I liked the opportunities for work experience – the tutors helped you choose and often had contacts to help you get there. I went to Edinburgh zoo, and Sparsholt’s

reputation definitely helped with this. This was an invaluable opportunity as many collections only take Sparsholt students, and allowed me to make many valuable contacts in the industry. We also got to help out with lambing at the College, which was great and something you probably wouldn’t get to do in many places! I’m now working as a trainee keeper at Marwell Wildlife, using all of the practical and theory skills I gained throughout the course on a daily basis. I worked throughout my course at another wildlife collection and started at Marwell not long after graduating. I’m a keeper in one of the hoofstock sections, looking after two of the endangered white rhino and lots of other large hoofstock, many of which are also endangered.

them a quick tickle – all from a safe distance of course! It’s great knowing you are contributing to their welfare. It’s the job I hoped I’d end up doing and I definitely wouldn’t have got here without the practical and theoretical knowledge I gained at Sparsholt. So many keepers I’ve met know of Sparsholt and it is well respected - its reputation and contacts have already opened lots of doors for me.

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BSc (Hons) in

Applied Animal Behaviour (Top-up Degree) Validated by the University of Portsmouth Course Facts ---------------------------------------------Entry requirements: HND or Foundation Degree; or Diploma of Higher Education in a suitable subject; or NVQ Level 5 Veterinary Nursing; or other equivalent qualifications. ---------------------------------------------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: Christina Crawford ----------------------------------------------

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Introduction to the Course The overall aim of this 2 year part-time, Top-up course is to provide education to first degree level for 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 pet 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 (study of natural 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. Ethical knowledge and understanding is covered and is important in all professional practice.


The programme includes an extended animal behaviour disertation 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 five, one week blocks at Sparsholt College Hampshire and you will be expected to attend additional exam and seminar dates. You will need to spend a considerable amount of time studying from home and will need access to a broadband internet connection.

Assessment Methods and Research Opportunities 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.

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Stage One • Animal Communication Learning and Training • Ethology Domestication and

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 opportunities are supported and encouraged. Recent 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. Previous graduates have now developed their own 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 opportunity for students graduating from the BSc (Hons) in Applied Animal Behaviour.

Stage Two • Human Psychology and Clinical Practice • Dissertation

Anthrozoology • Mechanisms of Behaviour • Ethics Welfare and The Law

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Foundation Degree (FdSc) in

Animal Management and Applied Science Full-time Validated by the University of Portsmouth Course Facts ---------------------------------------------Entry requirements: Standard entry requires 140-180 UCAS points. One A Level at C or above; or BTEC National or Extended Diploma at MPP; or BTEC National Certificate or Level 3 Diploma at DM; or NVQ Level 3; or C&G Level 3 Diploma at Pass. 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 PGCE, BSc (Hons), PGdip, Dip Zoo An Man, MIfL ----------------------------------------------

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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 some time will be particularly suited to the style of Foundation Degrees. Practical animal handling 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. 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.

as part of the Applied Industrial Research unit.

Employment and Progression Opportunities 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 to combine work place learning with paid or voluntary employment or travel overseas.

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.

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• Animal Management 1

• Population Biology

• Principles of Biology

• Ethology and Ethics

• Anatomy and Physiology

• Applied Industrial Research

• Work Practice

• Work Practice 2

• Industry Skills

• Animal Health

• Academic Skills

• Animal Management 2

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 2nd year 01962 776441

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Foundation Degree (FdSc) in

Veterinary Nursing Science Subject to Validation by the University of Portsmouth Course Facts

Introduction to the Course

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Five GCSEs at C or above to include English language, Maths and Science; and two A Level passes at C or above, one should be a science; or National or Extended Diploma at DMM (to include animal science elements and animal nursing). 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 ---------------------------------------------Learning Manager: Kathy Bamber PGCE, BA, BHS II (Reg’d) ---------------------------------------------Course Tutors: Mandy Tamba BSc (Hons), RVN Cert Ed, Cert SAN, D32 V1, MIfL Emma Skirrow BSc (Hons), RVN Cert Ex ---------------------------------------------40

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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 3 year full-time programme incorporating the RCVS Veterinary Nursing Occupational Standards. Upon successful completion of the FdSc VNS, 60 weeks work placement and achievement of the RCVS Objective Structured Clinical Examination (OSCEs), 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. Throughout the course you will benefit from insights into various veterinary related industries through visits, guest speakers and work placements.


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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 (subject to demand) to participate in animal training and behaviour, large animal handling and a dangerous wild animal handling certificated course. Qualified Veterinary Nurse status together with the excellent links within the industry results in a very high number of graduates gaining employment in their chosen profession.

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.

Units Covered

Stage One • Functional Anatomy

• Surgical Theatre Practice and Anaesthesia

• Analytical Techniques

• Applied Industrial Research

• Animal Husbandry

• Radiography and Diagnostic Techniques

• Inheritance and Disease

• Application of Veterinary Nursing Care

• Practice Organisation and IT

• Pharmacology

• Principles of Veterinary Nursing

• Animal Behaviour

• Professional Development

• Recent Advances in Animal Health

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Work placement blocks will be interspersed with blocks in College to underpin the Foundation Degree elements of the course. You will be responsible for your own RCVS registration and examination fees. For registration and examination fee information see www.rcvs.org.uk.

Employment and Progression Opportunities 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.

Many graduates are employed in small animal practice, equine practice and referral hospitals. 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) Veterinary Nursing Science, BSc (Hons) Animal Management or BSc (Hons) Applied Animal Behaviour.

Hannah Prince

FdSc Veterinary Nursing Science Graduate When I starting looking at universities I found Sparsholt had the best veterinary nursing facilities compared to the others I visited. The Animal Management Centre had a wide variety of species for practicals and there were also amazing library resources and a dedicated Veterinary Nursing Centre. I also like the fact there is lots of green outdoor space on and around campus. I met some great new friends for life here and enjoyed the mix of study time and practical experience throughout the course. Sparsholt has a nice working environment and great teachers. We learnt so many new skills and of course achieved the end goal of

qualifying after a lot of hard work. I did all my training with a primary care vet but am now working as a Registered Veterinary Nurse at a renowned referrals practice in Guildford. Over 80 people work here and we are one of the most advanced and innovative diagnostic and rehabilitation facilities for small animal neuro-orthopaedics in the UK. It’s a completely new way of nursing here, we work in teams and every day is different. I’ve been involved in so much new technology and innovative work with prosthetics and have added a lot of new skills to my existing ones.

My tutor was really supportive and encouraged me to apply for demanding roles straight after graduating. Studying at Sparsholt gave me the confidence to land an amazing job and achieve the qualification I’ve always wanted.

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Ecology and Conservation Management

BSc (Hons) in

Ecology and Conservation Management Three years full-time

BSc (Hons) in

Ecology and Conservation Management (Top-up) FdSc in

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Ecology and Conservation Management Facilities

The section has close working links with all the major game, wildlife and conservation organisations and is recognised as the leading college in this field. There are twelve full-time academic staff within the section, all of whom have practical experience and qualifications relevant to their particular specialism.

The staff are 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 at firsthand. Site visits and talks given by visiting speakers with extra expertise are integrated into our courses.

Photograph: Don Humphreys

Sparsholt College has run specialist Ecology, Conservation and Wildlife Management courses since 1973 and has developed an enviable reputation for its work.

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The Ecology and Conservation programmes go from introductory courses for school leavers through to Honours Degree level, as well as a wide range of industry-relevant short courses. They cross all areas of ecology, wildlife, conservation, game and countryside management. So whatever your experience, current qualifications and career aspirations are, we have the course to suit your requirements. The courses have been carefully designed to allow a progression through the levels and also across the subject specialisms. Supporting these areas of work on-site is the 176-hectare College Farm Estate. The grounds are subject to a conservation management plan and are currently subject to a Stewardship agreement. The farm operates a viable range of enterprises to service the education and teaching requirements of the College. It also provides a managed rural environment which students on a wide variety of courses use for their study, including an ancient semi-natural woodland designated as a Site of Importance for Nature Conservation, grassland, ponds and a fishing lake, a park herd of Sika deer, an indoor 25 metre .22 calibre Rifle Range and a newly opened Game and Wildlife Centre.

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Tim Bernhard

BSc (Hons) Conservation and Wildlife Management Graduate My original degree was in Graphic Design at the University of the West of England in Bristol and that lead to a successful career as a graphic designer with ITV and later GMTV for nearly twenty years. After that, and with rapidly changing technology, I felt like I really needed a change. I had always had a strong interest in wildlife and the countryside and I researched the possibility of returning to college and re-training. I looked at various colleges and universities and after reading about Sparsholt, I made an appointment to meet one of the lecturers back in the winter of 2004. I was immediately impressed by the location and very much inspired by meeting Andy Quayle, the course tutor (with whom we shared a particular interest in herpetology). After being shown around and meeting other members of staff, I felt fairly certain that I had found the right course for me - Conservation and Wildlife Management. As Hampshire is my home county, I was delighted to have the opportunity to study wildlife and conservation, in such a rich and varied landscape which I have grown to love. I really enjoyed being with other students who shared a

similar interest and with the encouragement of the various lecturers, I was able to gradually re-enter the world of academia and get used to taking notes in class, research material and take exams after nearly twenty years. To begin with, this was a terrifying prospect, which was made much easier with the excellent staff and facilities, especially the library. After graduating in the summer of 2012, I was very fortunate to be offered a short term contract with Natural England, based in Winchester. This is my first ‘professional’ post in the world of ecology and I love every minute of it. Most of the projects I am currently working on are Higher Level Stewardship agreements and also regular site visits to undertake site assessments/botanical surveys. Now that I am employed in conservation, on reflection, I think going to Sparsholt was probably the best decision I ever made. The course broadened my view of conservation on a global scale and introduced me to many aspects which I would not have considered previously. As well as teaching me how to research assignments well, I also learnt to write precisely and accurately within a specified time schedule, ultimately leading to my

dissertation which I particularly enjoyed. My project researched why particular Primulas were chosen for egg-laying by the Duke of Burgundy butterfly. Research was undertaken over three years on two different habitat types. I hope that some of my research will help in the conservation of this endangered species and I plan to publish some of my results in 2013. Part of the course was undertaken on work experience (in my case with the National Trust), which was a superb opportunity to understand how a conservation organisation works. Another great part of being at Sparsholt was noticing the gradual change in the quality my work and now that I have left, I never thought that I would miss researching and writing assignments! I had some great help and advice on the production of my CV and on leaving, I felt very well prepared to enter the world of professional ecology.

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BSc (Hons) in

Ecology and Conservation Management Validated by the University of Portsmouth Course Facts

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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.

Teaching and Learning The course seeks to encourage independent thought and analysis with students undertaking investigativestyle 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:

Employment and Progression Opportunities

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

A BSc (Hons) Top-up Degree is also available. This enables students who have achieved a Foundation Science Degree in Ecology and Conservation Management or a related subject the opportunity to top-up to a full BSc (Hons) qualification.

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.

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 will also prepare you for postgraduate study and some students do opt to progress onto MSc courses and beyond once they have completed their studies at Sparsholt. This course will develop existing practitioner’s skills to run their own business successfully.

Units Covered

Stage One • Global Ecosystems • Science Foundations

Stage Two • Land Use Policies and Legislations

Stage Three • Dissertation and Data Analysis

• Work Practice

• Applied Practical Skills

• Landscape Ecology and GIS

• Habitat and Species

• Project design and

• Sustainable Resource

Identification Skills • Introduction to Ecological Science • Academic Skills

Research Statistics • Conservation Land Management • Applied Ecology • Field Ecology Techniques

Management Project and Site Management • Global Biodiversity and Conservation Issues

Assessment Methods and Research Opportunities Assessment will be both formative and summative throughout the programme. Formative assessments will allow for skill development and the potential for learners 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 during the course including written assignments, project based reports, practical based portfolios, presentations, lab reports, open and closed examinations. 01962 776441

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Foundation Degree (FdSc) in

Ecology and Conservation Management Validated by the University of Portsmouth Course Facts ---------------------------------------------Entry requirements: Standard entry requires 140-180 UCAS points. This could include a relevant BTEC National or Extended Diploma, with overall performance at MMP; a BTEC National Certificate or Level 3 Diploma with overall performance at DM, an NVQ Level 3 or at least one A Level at grade C or above. Other equivalent academic qualifications or appropriate professional qualifications will be considered. Mature students will be considered on a case-by-case basis with evidence of experience and interest in the subject area given priority. Evidence of studying Science required. ---------------------------------------------UCAS Course Code: C18M UCAS Institution Code: S34 ---------------------------------------------Part-time Applications Application form: inside back cover Part-time course code: FDSCWILDM ---------------------------------------------Learning Manager: Robin Taylor-Milton MEd, BSc (Hons), Cert Ed, OND ---------------------------------------------Course Tutors: Dr Andrew Barker PhD, BSc (Hons), MIEEM, FGS, PGCE Matthew Norris-Hill PGCE, BSc (Hons), NDGW Andrew Quayle BSc (Hons) Abby Parsons PGCE, BSc (Hons)

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Introduction to the Course There is a need for professionally trained ecology and conservation management professionals who have academic knowledge and competence integrated 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.

Teaching and Learning 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. The programme units provide an understanding of the legislative, financial and personnel-related framework within which the conservation manager operates. You will also develop an understanding of how the social, political and economic environment impacts on your activities and decisions. All aspects of the course are enhanced by work-based learning with appropriate ecology, conservation and wildlife management organisations. This course is offered, subject to demand, 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.


Units Covered

Stage One

Stage Two

• Global Ecosystems

• Countryside Law and Policies

• Fundamentals in Science

• Applied Work Practice

• Work Practice 1A

• Applied Industrial Research

• Habitat and Species Identification

• Conservation Land Management

Skills • Academic Skills

• Applied Ecology • Field Ecology Techniques

• Introductory Land-based Ecology

Assessment Methods and Research Opportunities Assessment will be both formative and summative throughout the programme. Formative assessments will allow for skill development and the potential for learners 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 during the course including written assignments, project based reports, practical based portfolios, presentations, lab reports, open and closed examinations.

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 practitioner’s skills to run their own business successfully. 01962 776441

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Equine Studies

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

Facilities 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 the Olympic 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. 01962 776441

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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 means to develop a range of riding skills and provide a diverse research population for projects and dissertations. Extra teaching resources such as a weigh-bridge, 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. All members of the Equine teaching team are BHS qualified and many have extensive employment and competitive experience in the equine industry.

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 academic studies, students on equitation options are also, subject to demand, 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.

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Tiffany Riman

BSc (Hons) Equine Studies Graduate I chose Sparsholt initially because of its good reputation – everyone I knew who had studied here enjoyed it. I remember coming to meet the tutors and thinking how friendly they all were. I chose to study the Diploma in Horse Management and had such a good experience I carried on to the degree course. I found the College had a good atmosphere to learn in, informative but not pressurised. The tutors were easy to talk to, willing to help and nothing seemed too much trouble. I enjoyed the options in the third year of the degree which enabled me to tailor the topics to my own interests, such as genetics and reproductive technology and nutrition and dietetics.

My dissertation was an investigation into the physiological and cardiovascular demands on the polo pony, comparing summer and winter polo seasons. I’ve had an interest in polo all my life and after graduating was approached to run a large polo yard in Perth, Australia for six months and play for the team there. It’s a 90-horse yard with a very prestigious reputation and I can’t wait! Ultimately though I want to go into Pharmacology and Veterinary Medicine so am planning to study for a Masters when I return. Before I started my studies I didn’t plan to go into this field but the degree course enlightened and inspired me. The tutors also really supported me throughout my course and dissertation and a lot of my results reflect this help.

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BSc (Hons) in

Equine Studies Validated by the University of Portsmouth Course Facts ---------------------------------------------Entry requirements: Standard entry requires 240-280 UCAS points. This could include a BTEC National or Extended Diploma with overall performance at DMM, a BTEC National Certificate or Level 3 Diploma at DD; C&G Level 3 Diploma at Merit; or at least two A Level passes at Grade C or above; or equivalent academic qualifications; or appropriate professional qualifications. ---------------------------------------------UCAS Course Code: D322 UCAS Institution Code: S34 ---------------------------------------------Learning Manager: Kathy Bamber PGCE, BA, BHS II (Reg’d) ---------------------------------------------Course Tutor: Carmen Bloxham PGDip, PGCE, BSc (Hons), BHSII (Reg’d) ----------------------------------------------

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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 Science degree in Equine Studies or a related subject the opportunity to top-up to a full BSc (Hons) qualification.

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.

awareness of the equine industry, as well as being great fun and a chance to get to know your fellow students better.

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.

Assessment Methods and Research Opportunities

Delivery of the course is complemented by a range of visits to studs, sports horse centres and visits, with guest speakers in nutrition, physiotherapy and other subjects. An international study tour is invaluable in widening your

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.

Employment and Progression Opportunities

Year 1 and will be expected to keep up with industry developments throughout the course. The team will encourage students to select placements that not only develop their skills, but give them the opportunity to experience good practice. The equine industry is an everexpanding 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.

Students will complete a work placement of four weeks in

Units Covered

Stage One • Equine Anatomy and Physiology

Stage Two • Breeding and Stud Management

• Dissertation

• Equine Health and Welfare

• Equine Biomechanics and

• The Equine Industry

• Coaching Methods

• Academic Skills

• Business Planning

• Work Placement

• Grassland Science and

• Equitation and Husbandry • Introductory Biology and Chemistry

Stage Three

Management • Nutrition and Dietetics

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

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BSc (Hons) in

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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 Science Degree in Equine Science or a related science subject the opportunity to top-up to a full BSc (Hons) qualification.

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 enable students 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

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3 BSc Equine Studies students to manage an intercollege event each year.

Assessment Methods and Research Opportunities

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.

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.

Tutorial support throughout the study will help you to develop your skills and knowledge, using a varied range of assessments, including case studies, seminars, investigative reports and laboratory practicals. 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.

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. 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 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.

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.

Units Covered

Stage One • Equine Anatomy and Physiology

Stage Two • Advanced Equine Anatomy and Physiology

• The Equine Industry

• Nutrition and Dietetics

• Academic Skills

• Research Methods and Analytical

• Work Placement

Techniques

• Equitation and Husbandry

• Rider Performance

• Introductory Biology and

• Equine Health and Welfare

Chemistry

Stage Three • Dissertation • Equine Veterinary Science • Equine Genetics and Reproductive Technologies • Equine Exercise Physiology • Equine Therapy and Rehabilitation

• Breeding and Stud Management

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Foundation Degree (FdSc) in

Equine Studies Validated by the University of Portsmouth Course Facts ---------------------------------------------Entry requirements: Standard entry requires 140-180 UCAS points e.g. a relevant National or Extended Diploma at MMP or a BTEC National Certificate or Level 3 Diploma at DM; or C&G Level 3 Diploma at Pass; or an NVQ Level 3; or at least one A Level pass at Grade C or above; or equivalent academic qualifications; or appropriate professional qualifications. ---------------------------------------------UCAS Course Code: D422 UCAS Institution Code: S34 ---------------------------------------------Part-time Applications Application form: inside back cover Part-time course code: FdScESP ---------------------------------------------Learning Manager: Kathy Bamber PGCE, BA, BHS II (Reg’d) ---------------------------------------------Course Tutor: Sarah Loveday-Lovell MBA, PGCE, BSc (Hons), BHSII (Reg’d) ----------------------------------------------

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Introduction to the Course This course has been carefully developed to enable students 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 years full-time or three years 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 form 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 equitation is selected, students must 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. 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.

Units Covered

Stage One • Equine Anatomy and Physiology

Stage Two • Equitation and Training • Applied Industry Research

• The Equine Industry

• Nutrition and Dietetics

• Industry Skills

• Work Placement 2

• Work Placement

• Equine Health and Welfare

• Equitation and Husbandry

• Breeding and Stud

• Introductory Science

Management

Assessment Methods and Research Opportunities

Equine Centre duties and work placements in Years 1 and 2.

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.

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.

Employment and Progression Opportunities Work-based learning plays an important part in the FdSc programme, both through

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Fisheries, Aquaculture and Marine Studies

BSc (Hons) in

Aquaculture and Fishery Management Three years full-time

BSc (Hons) in

Aquaculture and Fishery Management Top-up Two years part-time

FdSc in

Sports Fisheries and Aquaculture Two years full-time

FdSc in

Marine Ecology and Conservation Two years full-time Three years part-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, without match in the UK. The building is a 650m2 purpose-built fish house holding stocks of carp, catfish, tilapia, barramundi and an extensive range of ornamental species. The building features a large indoor koi pool, research areas and fully up-todate holding systems, many sponsored by industrial contacts. 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. 01962 776441

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The Salmonid Rearing and Trials Centre provides a facility for rearing cold water species. Supplied by borehole water, the site produces brown trout for restocking local rivers and rainbow trout for the table and includes a dedicated R&D facility for a number of commercial trials on fish feed for the largest fish food manufacturers in Britain; much of this work is carried out by the degree students and helps fund a Year 3 European study tour. This new £500,000 facility, completed in September 2012, includes modern trial and research facilities plus there are a small number of raceways to enable students to experience commercial salmonid production. The Sparsholt Fishery is a one-hectare lake, fed by water from the fish hatchery, 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. In recent years, the area has worked in France on several occasions to carry out fishery work, 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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Jack Taylor

BSc (Hons) Aquaculture and Fishery Management Graduate I was a mature student and wanted to study something I had a real interest in. I was an avid angler with a keen interest in science, and once I saw the course at Sparsholt I knew it was the right one for me. I spoke to one of the tutors, who was a fantastic ambassador for the course and the rest is history! One of the teaching high points was environmental studies, with inspirational teaching and enjoyable lectures. The study trip to Spain to look at European aquaculture systems was fantastic and a real eye-opener, bringing our classroom learning to life. All of the lectures were packed with information, it was just so interesting. The outside learning was also fantastic, including electro fishing and visits to a local research station. Since leaving Sparsholt I joined Carpology magazine as Digital Editor. I developed my camera skills in video and still photography, as well as working on the social media side of the magazine. I’m now currently researching setting up my own company producing promotional videos within the aquaculture industry to help bring products to market. What I took away from Sparsholt was an area of expertise and the ability to talk confidently and credibly on a range of subjects, from fish health to the environmental impact of pollution, European regulations etc. I’m really excited about the future.

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BSc (Hons) in

Aquaculture and Fishery Management Validated by the University of Portsmouth Course Facts ---------------------------------------------Entry requirements: Standard entry requires 240-280 UCAS points. This could include a BTEC National or Extended Diploma with overall performance at DMM, a BTEC National Certificate or Level 3 Diploma at DD or at least two A Level passes at Grade C or above; or equivalent academic qualifications; or appropriate professional qualifications. Evidence of studying Science required. ---------------------------------------------UCAS Course Code: D480 UCAS Institution Code: S34 ---------------------------------------------Learning Manager: Caroline James BSc (Hons), PGCE ---------------------------------------------Course Tutors: George Hide BSc (Hons), MSc, PGCLTHE Dr David Koss PhD, BSc (Hons), PGCE Adrian Love BSc (Hons), MSc, PGCE ----------------------------------------------

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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.

Teaching and Learning This three-year course combines a balance of scientific, managerial and practical skills that are developed from an introductory level in Year One to independent research and application in Year Three. 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.

Assessment Methods and Research Opportunities

Employment and Progression Opportunities

Recent placements have included: carp fisheries in the South of France; a salmon farm in Tasmania and another in New Zealand; a goldfish farm in the United States; Royal aquariums in the Middle East; research into ornamental fish welfare in the Philippines; the Coral Cay Foundation in Fiji; bass and bream farms in the Mediterranean and research for the Natal Shark Board, South Africa.

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. At stage 3 there is a greater emphasis on group projects and independent research. The college’s fish holding facilities and extensive industry contacts provide a fantastic resource to undertake cutting edge scientific research.

Graduates regularly progress to higher-level study, particularly MSc and PhD programmes, whilst others 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, Cefas and as fish farmers and fishery managers.

Closer to home the College has an extensive database of potential placements within the UK including public aquariums, 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.

Units Covered Each year includes an assessed work placement unit

Stage One

Stage Two

Stage Three

• Fishery Science

• Fish Health and Nutrition

• Applied Fishery Science

• Water Quality

• Aquaculture Systems

• Developments in Fish

• Industry Skills

• Marine and Warmwater

• Fishery Management • Salmonid Farming • Academic Skills including IT

Fish Farming

Production and Processing • Enterprise and Management

• Fishery Appraisal

• Environmental Management

• Financial Studies

• Dissertation and Data Analysis

• Data Analysis

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Foundation Degree (FdSc) in

Sports Fisheries and Aquaculture Validated by the University of Portsmouth Course Facts ---------------------------------------------Entry requirements: Standard entry requires 140-180 UCAS points e.g. a relevant National or Extended Diploma at MMP or a BTEC National Certificate or Level 3 Diploma at DM or an NVQ Level 3; or at least one A Level pass at Grade C or above; or equivalent academic qualifications; or appropriate professional qualifications. Evidence of studying Science required. ---------------------------------------------UCAS Course Code: D439 UCAS Institution Code: S34 ---------------------------------------------Learning Manager: Caroline James BSc (Hons), PGCE ---------------------------------------------Course Tutors: George Hide BSc (Hons), MSc, PGCLTHE Dr David Koss PhD, BSc (Hons), PGCE Adrian Love BSc (Hons), MSc, PGCE ----------------------------------------------

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Introduction to the Course 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 Year 3 of an appropriate BSc (Hons) programme.

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.


During the course, you will spend at least 12 weeks on industrial placements working on fish farms, fisheries, processing units and research establishments both at home and abroad. 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!

Assessment Methods and Research Opportunities

Employment and Progression Opportunities

Primarily 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.

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.

Units Covered Each year includes an assessed work placement unit

Stage One

Stage Two

• Fishery Science

• Fish Health and Nutrition

• Water Quality

• Marine and Warmwater Fish

• Industry Skills • Fishery Management

Farming • Fishery Appraisal

• Salmonid Farming

• Financial Studies

• Academic Skills including IT

• Applied Industrial Research including Data Analysis

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Foundation Degree (FdSc) in

Marine Ecology and Conservation Validated by the University of Portsmouth Course Facts ---------------------------------------------Entry requirements: Standard entry requires 140-180 UCAS points e.g. a relevant National or Extended Diploma at MMP or a BTEC National Certificate or Level 3 Diploma at DM or an NVQ Level 3; or at least one A Level pass at Grade C or above; or equivalent academic qualifications; or appropriate professional qualifications. Evidence of studying Science required. ---------------------------------------------UCAS Course Code: CF17 UCAS Institution Code: S34 ---------------------------------------------Part-time Applications Application form: inside back cover Part-time course code: FDSCMEC ---------------------------------------------Learning Manager: Caroline James BSc (Hons), PGCE ---------------------------------------------Course Tutor: Dr Neil Crooks PhD, BSc (Hons) Marine Biology, BA QTS (Hons) ---------------------------------------------72

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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 course programme may be studied two years full-time or three years part-time. 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 the 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 12 weeks on industrial placements working in marine aquaculture, coastal fisheries, marine aquaria and research establishments both at home and abroad.


Units Covered Each year includes an assessed work placement unit

Stage One

Stage Two

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

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

Assessment Methods and Research 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.

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.

Photograph: Don Humphreys

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

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Garden Design BSc (Hons) in

Garden Design Top-up Degree 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 2012.

The GQT 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.

Other horticultural facilities include: • Ornamental grounds • Commercial production • Sports and recreation areas The ornamental grounds area contains a wide range of plants used in amenity horticulture. In addition, small garden landscapes have been established around the main College buildings. Garden Design students have been very successful and have exhibited at shows including the RHS Hampton Court Flower Show and the Chelsea Fringe. Students are involved in projects with Local Authorities such as designing public space, creating sensory spaces or renewing roundabouts. There have been several school design projects carried out in recent years 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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BSc (Hons) in

Garden Design Top-up Degree Validated by the University of Portsmouth Course Facts ---------------------------------------------Entry requirements: Foundation Degree or equivalent in Garden Design. ---------------------------------------------UCAS Course Code: K301 UCAS Institution Code: S34 ---------------------------------------------Learning Manager: Jonathan Baker FICfor, Chartered Forester, MArborA, CEnv, Chartered Environmentalist, MIfL

---------------------------------------------Course Tutors: Dr Harry Mycock PhD, MBA, MSc, BA (Jt Hons), BSc (Hons) Garden Design, QTLS, PGCE, MIfL, MI Hort, DipM, MCIM, Chartered Marketer, MNLP

---------------------------------------------Other teaching staff delivering the course are: Chris Bird, Matt Jessop, Chris Prior and Rosie Yeomans ----------------------------------------------

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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.

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 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.


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

Units Covered

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

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.

University of Bristol or the University of Buckingham. 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. Opportunities also exist for graduates to enter the teaching profession within land-based colleges.

Employment and Progression Opportunities Graduates may progress onto a range of Masters level programmes at universities within the UK such as the University of Greenwich,

• Dissertation

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Foundation Degree (FdSc) in

Garden Design Validated by the University of Portsmouth Course Facts ---------------------------------------------Entry requirements: 140-180 UCAS points or above At least one A Level at grade C or above BTEC National or Extended Diploma at MMP or above, BTEC National Certificate. or Level 3 Diploma at DM or above; C&G Level 3 Diploma at pass. Equivalent academic qualifications. 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 PhD, MBA, MSc, BA (Jt Hons), BSc (Hons) Garden Design, QTLS, PGCE, MIfL, MI Hort, DipM, MCIM, Chartered Marketer, MNLP

---------------------------------------------Other teaching staff delivering the course are: Chris Bird, Matt Jessop, Chris Prior and Rosie Yeomans ----------------------------------------------

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 self-employed, 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 well-designed garden through the influence of media sources, so the demand for well-trained garden designers has increased. 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 their final year undertake a major investigative project and work on a full design project. Part-time study options may be available. Please contact the College for details.

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Units Covered

Stage One

Stage Two

• Garden Art and Design

• Design History and Theories

• Site Assessment and

• Design with Plants

Responses • Natural Processes in Plants and Landscapes • Graphics Techniques

• Contract Specification, Costs and Contractor Liaison • Management of Businesses and Landscapes

• Design with materials

• Project Development

• Computer Based Tools for

• Investigative Project

Garden Designers

Assessment Methods and Research Opportunities

Employment and Progression 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.

Students successfully completing the Foundation Degree in Garden Design with the appropriate grades, may progress on to the College’s BSc (Hons) Top-up Degree in Garden Design. Graduates entering employment will typically enter self-employment as practising

Luke Roeder

studio had everything I needed and the library was also very good. I found the tutors very supportive and easy to contact.

FdSc Garden Design Graduate I’ve worked in Horticulture since leaving school, first commercially as a grower, then as a professional gardener. Having worked with lots of designers, going back to study Garden Design seemed like a good next step and a natural thing to do. I ordered the Sparsholt prospectus and the course included everything I wanted, including the CAD facilities. The location suited me and being able to study part-time meant that I could keep my role as Head Gardener at a local garden. I really enjoyed studying with likeminded individuals who share an interest in Horticulture. The design

I’m now working on two main gardens, both of which are open under the National Gardens Scheme. One is four acres, with a walled garden of one and a half acres and the other about two acres. They are both village style gardens and quite traditional. I’ve also worked on a variety of small domestic projects within a 100-mile radius, but recently had the opportunity to carry out a very different project, designing and landscaping a half acre wild flower meadow from scratch,

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. 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.

including all the sowing. I was interviewed about the project by the Garden Design Journal, which was fantastic. Sparsholt enabled me to learn new skills and take my business to another level. I also found the study tours very helpful, and learnt so much through being able to visit many famous gardens that wouldn’t usually have been accessible, with knowledgeable staff to put them into context. 01962 776441

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Woodland Conservation Management

BSc (Hons) in

Woodland Conservation Management Three years full-time

BSc (Hons) in

Woodland Conservation Management Top-up Two 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.

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BSc (Hons) in

Woodland Conservation Management Validated by the University of Portsmouth Course Facts ---------------------------------------------Entry requirements: Standard entry requires 240-280 UCAS points. This could include a relevant BTEC National or Extended Diploma, with overall performance at DMM; a BTEC National Certificate or Level 3 Diploma with overall performance at DD or at least two A Levels at C or above in relevant subjects. Other equivalent academic qualifications, or appropriate professional qualifications, will be considered. Mature students will be considered on a case-by-case basis with evidence of experience and interest in the subject area given priority. Evidence of studying Science required. ---------------------------------------------UCAS Course Code: D44S UCAS Institution Code: S34 ---------------------------------------------Learning Manager: Jonathan Baker FICfor, Chartered Forester, MArborA, CEnv, Chartered Environmentalist, MIfL

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

Employment and Progression Opportunities

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.

Due to the increasing importance and awareness of trees in the urban and rural environment, there

Units Covered

Stage One • Global Ecosystems • Woodland Habitat and Species Identification • Environmental Policies and Legislation • Foundation Science

Stage Two • Woodland Resource Management • Woodland Surveying and Mensuration

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

• Integrated Pest and Disease Management

• Applied Ecological Science

• Business Skills

• Work-based Learning

• Work Practice

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Foundation Degree (FdSc) in

Woodland Conservation Management Validated by the University of Portsmouth Course Facts

---------------------------------------------Entry requirements: 140-180 UCAS points or above. At least one A Level at grade C or above National or Extended Diploma at MMP or above National Certificate or Level 3 Diploma at DM or above. Equivalent academic qualifications. Appropriate professional qualifications. ---------------------------------------------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

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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.

Teaching and Learning The Foundation Degree in Woodland Conservation Management is taught in parallel to the BSc Degree course but with a greater emphasis of 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.

Assessment Methods and Research Opportunities 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 Stage1.


Units Covered

Stage One • Global Ecosystems • Woodland Habitat and Species Identification • Environmental Policies and Legislation • Foundation Science

Stage Two • Woodland Resource Management • Woodland Surveying and Mensuration • Integrated Pest and Disease • Business Skills

• Work-based Learning

• Work Practice

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.

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

Management

• Applied Ecological Science

Employment and Progression Opportunities

Stage Three

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 and 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.

Lee Hulin

FdSc Lowland Woodland Management Graduate Having worked in Arboriculture for a few years, I was becoming frustrated with the lack of career progression and unanswered industry-related questions I had stored at the back of my mind. A chat with some family in Hampshire concluded that the Foundation Degree at Sparsholt would answer those questions and provide me with the springboard for career progression. I found that I thrived in the Higher Education environment and made the most of the opportunity to develop my analytical research and writing technique with informed reading. So much of the course has direct parallels with topical events

in tree and land management, which enables me to be fully updated with the current pressures and opportunities surrounding our countryside. I found it very empowering. I now work for the National Trust as a Ranger in the New Forest. This can see me working with volunteers and communities to help maintain our precious Heathland landscapes. I also get involved with managing the tree resource through safety inspections, felling and marketing. I have recently been organising community tree planting events at our Foxbury regenerating landscape project.

HE at Sparsholt built on my previous working experiences and, combined with membership of the Royal Forestry Society (RFS), enabled me to become a more rounded, flexible and capable employee. I was fortunate to spend a year in industry on student placement with the National Trust and the opportunity to demonstrate my abilities whilst consolidating my studies was, I believe incredibly valuable in today’s competitive job market. None of this would have been possible without embarking on my educational journey at Sparsholt. 01962 776441

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College Terms 2013 / 2014 Autumn Term 2013 Monday 23 September 2013 to Friday 20 December 2013

Reading Break - Friday 25 October 2013 to Friday 1 November 2013

Spring Term 2014 Tuesday 7 January 2014 to Friday 4 April 2014

Reading Break - Friday 14 February 2014 to Friday 21 February 2014

Summer Term 2014 Tuesday 22 April 2014 to Friday 6 June 2014

Reading Break - Friday 23 May 2014 to Friday 30 May 2014 NOTE: Each reading break commences at 5.00pm End of term break commences 12.30pm

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Useful Telephone Numbers Sparsholt College Hampshire

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Animal Management and Veterinary Health

01962 797373

Ecology and Conservation Management

01962 797526

Equine Studies

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Fisheries, Aquaculture and Marine Studies

01962 797200

Horticulture and Garden Design

01962 797487

Woodland Conservation Management

01962 797487

Accommodation Co-ordinator

01962 797486

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 797445

Full-time Prospectus Answerphone

01962 797280

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 (Student Administrative Support)

01962 797346

Wessex Conference Centre

01962 797259

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Finance and Fees The Information provided here is accurate as at February 2013. Students are advised to confirm the situation at time of application.

Full-time Higher Education Courses (commencing September 2014)

Every student will be liable to pay an annual tuition fee for the course of their choice. Fees for 2014 will be published on our website – 2013 fees are given below as a guide. Annual course Fees for 2013-14*

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, nor whilst they are studying. All students will be eligible for a student tuition fee loan to cover the costs of fees during the period of study, regardless of family income. 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 2013/14*

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

*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 full details.

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Working out the finances? The Money Experts offer the following advice: • Once you are earning £25,000 a year, your monthly repayments will be around £30. • 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.

Financial Support 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.

Maintenance Loan (Full-time students only)

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.

Additional Financial Support

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

Access to Learning Fund (ALF)

For UK students with specific needs, such as single parents, mature students, students with childcare costs and so on.

Paying in Instalments

Sparsholt College Hampshire provides an interest-free payment plan for students to help spread the cost of things like accommodation or transport.

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. 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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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.

Monthly Repayment Example 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.

National Scholarship Programme The National Scholarship Programme (NSP) is a government programme designed to benefit individual students from disadvantaged backgrounds as they enter Higher Education. The Scholarships will be allocated as a package. In the first year a full-time student will receive: • Tuition Fee reduction of £1,000 • Discounted accommodation/travel £1,000 • A cash award capped at £1,000 In years two and three support will continue to be provided through a fee waiver of £1,000 and a discounted accommodation or other similar institutional service of £500 with prorated scholarships for part-time students. 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 Where applications exceed the National Scholarships available, consideration will be given to students who meet at least one of the following additional criteria: • • • • •

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)

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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Sparsholt College Bursary

International Students

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.

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 Bursary will be to the value of £1,500. This will be made up of a fee waiver of £1,000 and a grant of £500 towards accommodation and/or transport.

Invoicing, Payment of Fees and Refunds All fees are payable within 30 days of invoicing unless arrangements have been made through Finance to pay by termly or monthly instalments. Students who cannot show written evidence that they have applied for an award or those who are attending as privately funded students will be expected to pay all fees, within 30 days, on receipt of an invoice. Students who do not pay their fees within the given timescale or by instalments may be suspended or requested by the Principal to terminate their course. The Finance team are happy to assist students in financial difficulties by negotiating payment plans and the Student Administrative Support team can advise students on Access to Learning Funds and other means of funding. Students who are unable to pay invoices on the required dates must speak to Finance staff. We regret that once you have enrolled onto your course we are unable to refund any tuition or examination fees.

You must be over the age of 18 to commence Higher Education at the College. Your level of proficiency in English must be sufficient to enable you to succeed on your course. Full details are published on www. ucas.ac.uk. Overseas students are required to pay 25% of all fees upon receiving their offer of a place, 25% on the first day of term, 25% on the last day of the Autumn Term and 25% on the last day of the Spring Term. Contact the College for fee details +44 1962 797445 or email: courses@sparsholt.ac.uk.

Part-time Higher Education Courses at Sparsholt College (commencing September 2013)

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. Students facing financial hardship may be eligible to apply for assistance through the Adult Learning Fund. For further information, contact the Student Administration Team on 01962 797267.

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Enhanced Learning Credits 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 3 years (NVQ3, Advanced National Certificate or Foundation Degrees). Please contact the Student Administration Team on 01962 797267 for further details.

Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) or

Accreditation of Prior Learning (APL) Make your experience count towards a qualification as part of an approved course or training programme. 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. It could also make you eligible for study or training at a higher level than you anticipated. 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.

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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. 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. The QAA reviewers focus on three areas: Academic Standards, Quality of Learning Opportunities and Public Information. In essence this asks: oes the College deliver Higher Education to the • D required standard? o students have the best opportunity to achieve • D their award?

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 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.

an reliance be placed on what the College says • C 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.

In June 2009 the QAA Summative review team found that for Sparsholt College:

Visit http://www.qaa.ac.uk/InstitutionReports/Pages/ Sparsholt-College.aspx to read the full report.

• T here 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. • T here can be confidence in the College’s management of its responsibilities for the quality of learning opportunities it offers. • T here 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.

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College Policies Equal Opportunities

Parking

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.

There are extensive parking facilities at the Sparsholt College campus and usually space for everyone. Vehicle users must drive safely on the College campus. Disregard of College vehicle regulations (including parking in bays clearly designated for the disabled) may result in fines or the exclusion of a vehicle from the site. All students will be required to register their vehicle with the College and display a parking permit. Vehicles are left on site at the owner’s risk.

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.

College Code of Performance and Conduct 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.

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.

No Smoking The College has a “no smoking” policy in buildings and during external classes. External training areas are also “no smoking” zones.

Access for Students with Difficulties and Disabilities 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. If you require support, please be sure to inform the College on your application form and discuss your needs at interview. 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.

Photographs or Video Recordings of student activities During a student’s course programme, it is possible that photographs may be taken or video recordings made for College publicity purposes (e.g. for inclusion in prospectuses, press releases, College DVD, or advertisements). Where a student or group is the specific subject of the picture/video, the use of such images will

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be discussed and approval for use sought from individuals concerned. The College will not use any images for these purposes which, in its opinion, portray a student to their disadvantage; nor will it permit them to be used by any other organisation, other than as stated above, to the College’s/student’s perceived advantage. If you do NOT wish to appear in such images for these purposes, please tick the appropriate box in the Registration forms that will be sent to you. If, at some stage, you are requested to appear in the College marketing/publicity pictures, please state your preference not to be included at that time. It should be recognised, however, that it is possible that, in general College views, any students may be seen incidentally; for example, as part of the background of an image. No images will be used which, in our opinion, appear to show any of our students to their disadvantage.

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. 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.

The College Charter Sparsholt College Hampshire is committed, within our resources, to providing access and the delivery of high quality learning programmes and opportunities that meet the individual and collective needs of all our students. Implicit in this ethos of the College is the belief in the student being at the heart of all we do and that every student matters. The College prepares students for life through developing their personal endeavour, enterprise and commitment to their course of study together with preparing them for making a worthwhile contribution to the workplace and the community in which they live. The College Charter has been written to provide information on how the College will meet these commitments and, in return for this service, what the College expects of its students. It is available in three parts – for students, for employers and for the local community. These are all publicly available on our website at www.sparsholt.ac.uk. A detailed copy of the College Charter for Students is given to all full-time and part-time students and includes these key areas: • T he offer of impartial course and career advice. • The equality of opportunity and appropriate support to participate. • How courses will be taught and assessed and how the courses will be managed. • Tutorial support and feedback. • Wider learning opportunities and relevant workrelated experience. • The procedures by which a student’s application is handled. • Information on course fees and advice on grants and financial help. • Expected behaviour of students. 

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Index A

Accommodation Accredited Prior Learning (APL) Admissions Address Animal Management courses Animal Management facilities Application procedures

15 92 24 inside front cover 28 29 24

Careers advice Car parking Catering Codes of conduct College Charter Countryside Day Course conditions Course Information Days

D

Day Nursery Degree courses Disability access

20 94 13 94 95 22 95 22

13 25 94

I

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93 18, 91

L

Learning support

20

M

Mature students

P

Part-time courses Presentation of awards Principal’s welcome

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24, 91 10 2

Q

QAA review report

E

Ecology and Conservation Management 46 Email address inside front cover Enhanced Learning Credits 92 Enrolment/entry procedures 24 Equal Opportunities Policy 94 Equine Centre 55 Equine Studies 54

F

Fax number Fees information Financial support Fishery studies courses Fishery studies facilities Foundation degrees

G

Garden Design courses Garden Design facilities Grants and awards Graduation

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Health and Safety requirements Honours degrees Horse management facilities Horse management courses Horticultural facilities

Inspection reports International students

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74 75 90 10

R

Recreational facilities

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16, 17

S

Scholarships and Bursaries Smoking policy Social life Sport and recreation Student support Surrounding area

90 94 16 17 20 14

T

Telephone numbers Term dates

V

Veterinary Nursing Studies

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87 86

28, 40

Woodland Conservation Management courses Woodland Conservation Management facilities

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