The Society of Biology has officially recognised two of Writtle College’s three-year animal courses under its new Degree Recognition Scheme.
The BSc (Hons) Animal Management and the BSc (Hons) Animal Science have been given the recognition for the next five years as they deliver more than 50% high quality biology-related content.
By studying these degrees, students will automatically fulfil the eligibility criteria for associate membership of the Society (AMSB) on graduation. Following three years of AMSB membership comprising relevant industry or postgraduate education experience, they will then meet the requirements for membership at the MSB grade.
Nieky van Veggel, Senior Lecturer in Animal Science and Course Scheme Manager for the undergraduate animal science courses, submitted the application for the recognition along with three years-worth of external examiners’ reports, student exams and the five-yearly official review of the degrees.
He said: “This is a quality stamp for these two degrees and shows that Writtle College is delivering BSc (Hons) animal courses that fulfil the requirements of the UK’s foremost society for biology and the biosciences.
“Being able to apply for Associate Membership of the Society on graduation increases the credentials of our students, which will help them gain employment in the animal-related industries or progress in their academic careers.”
The courses had to comprise at least 50% biology content and clearly use the application of biological principles including a balance of contemporary and traditional science, half of which needed to be delivered after the first year. The courses also had to include a project or dissertation in a biology-related subject and offer ample experience of experimental work or data handling in biology.
The College has received Certificates of Recognition and can now promote the courses with the Society of Biology’s hallmark.