Degree Level


Course Title: BSc (Hons) Animal Behaviour and Welfare
Course Code: AC071

Department: Degree Level
Course Type: Full time

This Top up course has been developed to enable students with prior qualifications at Foundation Degree level to progress to an Honours Degree award. The degree provides an ideal grounding in the developing and highly competitive areas of animal management, welfare assessment and conservation.

This one year programme builds on key subject areas in cognition, human relations with animals and the role of captivity in animal conservation to enable students to develop skills in critical evaluation and analysis of our management of wild, captive and companion animals.

Through option units students can specialise in areas such as the role of zoos in conservation or the control of disease in wild and captive populations. A key element of the course is the dissertation, through which students will manage a research based project to a successful completion and develop an understanding of the process of active research including the effective presentation of their findings.



BSc (Hons) - Animal Behaviour and Welfare

Course Content

Personal Research Dissertation.
Animal Cognition and Behaviour Management.
Behavioural Ecology (Option Unit).
Epidemiology, Health and Welfare (Option unit).
Zoo Conservation Biology (Option Unit)

Entry Requirements

The programme is designed as a specific continuation of the FdSc in Animal Behaviour and Welfare at Kingston Maurward College. However, applications are warmly welcomed from external applicants with qualifications in an appropriate range of animal behaviour and welfare related subjects at Foundation Degree or HND level. Entry requirements are for a Pass grade at Level 5. Application through UCAS.

Next Steps

The key route following the foundation degree is the BSc (Hons) Animal Behaviour and Welfare top up year at Kingston Maurward College. Other colleges and univerisities also offer similar final year courses.

Career Opportunities

This qualification offers excellent employment opportunities in the following areas: animal welfare organisations, assurance, inspection and enforcement agencies, wildlife conservation organisations, animal collections, laboratory technicians, animal behaviour consultancy and training. Graduates have progressed to postgraduate qualifications in active areas of animal welfare research. Recent graduate outcomes surveys show that 100% of our graduates are in employment or further study.

Dates & Fees

Start Date End Date Start Time End Time Mode of Attendance Days of the Week No of sessions
23-Sep-20 31-Jul-21 9.15 a.m. 4.45 p.m. Full time Wed, Thu, Fri
Total Fee Full Cost Total Fee 19-23 Total Fee 24+
£9,250.00 £9,250.00 £9,250.00

Additional Costs

There will be an additional cost towards industry visits and study tours. 5 day field trip to Lundy Island (Behavioural Ecology) estimated cost £275 Some day trips may have entrance fee costs c£15-30.

Location & Contact Details


Kingston Maurward College Main Campus | Directions


Course Helpline 01305 215215

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Materials Required

Water proof clothing, sturdy walking boots and wellington boots, laboratory coat and protective overalls/clothing.


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