Animal Welfare & Science


Course Title: Foundation Degree in Animal Behaviour and Welfare (Part Time)
Course Code: AC144

Department: Animal Welfare & Science
Course Type: Part Time Day

Developed in response to continued public interest in animal behaviour and welfare, fundamental legislative changes in animal husbandry and employer demand for highly qualified individuals within a range of animal management settings, this programme is designed to provide students with a comprehensive understanding of how human and animal behaviour affects welfare. It will ultimately equip them with the necessary knowledge to assess the welfare needs and devise appropriate management strategies for farm, laboratory, zoo and companion animals. The particular concerns of wildlife and conservation programmes are addressed against an underpinning consideration of the global and cultural differences in terms of what constitutes 'animal welfare'.
Students are able to select optional units that can give career development in companion animal welfare or wildlife conservation.
This Foundation degree is delivered by a team of highly experienced staff with a breadth of industry and research experience, including input from internationally renowned organisations. This four year part time course requires 1-2 days per week attendance at Kingston Maurward College and includes a 250 hour industry placement prior to starting Level 5. The course is presented through a combination of lectures, discussions, assignments, practical activities, visiting guest speakers, specialist visits and work experience. The programme is run in association the Royal Agricultural University.


Course Content

Year One (Level 4)
Study and Research Skills.
Functional Anatomy and Physiology.
Animal Health and Disease.
Animal Welfare and Legislation.
Principles of Animal Ecolgy (10 credits)
Principles of Animal Behaviour (10 credits)
Work Based Learning.

Year Two (Level 5)
Applied Breeing and Population Genetics.
Specialist Research Project.
Applied Animal Husbandry and Nutrition.
Applied Companion Animal Behaviour.
Applied Conservation of Wildlife (Option Unit)
Physical Therpy and Rehabilitation (Option Unit)
Topics in Applied Psychology (ption Unit)

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 universities also offer similar final year courses.

Career Opportunities

This qualification offers excellent employment opportunities in the following areas; animal welfare organisations, assurance, inspection and enforecement agencies, wildlife conservation organisations, animal collections, laboratory technicians, animals behaviour consultancy and training. Graduates have progressed to postgraduate qualifications following completion of the BSc Top Up year at Kingston Maurward College.

Dates & Fees

Start Date End Date Start Time End Time Mode of Attendance Days of the Week No of sessions
23-Sep-19 27-Jul-23 9.15 a.m. 4.45 p.m. Part Time Day Mon, Tue, Wed
Total Fee Full Cost Total Fee 19-23 Total Fee 24+
£3,080.00 £3,080.00

Additional Costs

There will be an additional cost towards industry visits and study tours. Day tours from £10 - 20

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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