Animal Welfare and Science


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

Department: Animal Welfare and Science
Course Type: Higher Education

Developed in response to continued public interest in animal behaviour and welfare, fundamental legislative changes affecting how animals are kept 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 animal behaviour. 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'.
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-Timecourse 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. Students can also expect to attend a study tour. 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 Research 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 (Option 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 MERIT at Level 3 Extended Diploma (previously National Diploma) in Animal Management OR Distinction in 90 Credit Diploma Animal Management. 4 GCSEs in Maths, English (grade C 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.