Teaching and learning
This is a full-time, modular course requiring two days' attendance per week for two years at Abingdon and Witney College, with additional time spent developing skills at Common Leys Farm and/or in a work placement. There are eight compulsory modules per year and the course has been designed to provide logical progression through the two years of study.
All teaching takes place at Abingdon and Witney College, although you also have access to Oxford Brookes' facilities. Teaching methods vary from module to module. Usually they include lectures, laboratory-based practical activities, sessions at Common Leys Farm, IT workshops, problem-solving classes, use of online resources and tutorial support. We also organise external visits and invite guest lecturers.
Throughout the course, teaching strategies adopted by module leaders will encourage a range of learning styles. The course aims to provide a balance between giving information and enabling students actively to assimilate, apply, question and critically reflect on what they have learnt.
At least 50% of assessment is coursework-based, and project work is assessed entirely by coursework. Transferable skills such as IT and report writing often form part of the assessment of individual modules.
Upon successfully completing this course, students will be able to demonstrate:
- knowledge in a range of scientific business disciplines and in particular those related to the care of animals
- the ability to apply that knowledge in developing appropriate solutions to work-based problems in animal-related industries
- the ability and discipline to complete a major body of work, to a required standard and to specific deadlines
- the motivation to develop their skills, thereby enhancing their value to industry.