Degree Level


Course Title: Foundation Degree in Animal Behaviour and Welfare
Course Code: AC004

Department: Degree Level
Course Type: Full time

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 two year Full-time course requires 3 days per week attendance at Kingston Maurward College and includes a 250 hour industry placement prior to starting Year 2. 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.



FdSc - Animal Behaviour and Welfare

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 Ecology (10 credits)
Principles of Animal Behaviour (10 credits)
Work Based Learning.

Year Two (Level 5)
Applied Breeding and population Genetics
Specialist Researc Project
Applied Companion Animal Behaviour.
Applied Animal Husbandry and Nutrition.
Applied Conservation of Wildlife (Option Unit).
Physical Therapy and Rehabilitation (Option Unit)
Topics in Applied Psychology (Otion Unit).

Entry Requirements

A minimum of 64 new UCAS tariff points. Normally one A Level in a Biological /Environmental Science or Psychology plus other subjects, or a MPP at Level 3 Advanced Technical Extended Diploma (1080) in Animal Management OR MM in Level 3 Advanced Technical Extended Diploma Animal Management (720). 4 GCSEs in Maths, English (grade 4/5 or above) are required. Mature entry is actively encouraged and relevant work experience will be considered in place of formal qualifications, but Access to HE courses in Science are highly recommended. International students required to meet IELTS (Academic) 6.0 or above (with minimum 5.5 in each component)

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 following completion of the BSc Top Up year at Kingston Maurward College. In 2017-18, 100% of our graduates were employed or in further study on Top Up programmes.

Dates & Fees

Start Date End Date Start Time End Time Mode of Attendance Days of the Week No of sessions
21-Sep-20 31-Jul-22 9.15 a.m. 4.45 p.m. Full time Mon, Tue, Wed Yr1. Wed, Thu, Fri Yr2.
Total Fee Full Cost Total Fee 19-23 Total Fee 24+
£6,500.00 £6,500.00 £6,500.00

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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