FdSc Animal Behaviour and Welfare

Subject Area: Course code: Course Type:
Animal Welfare & Science AC004A01/20/2 Higher Education

Course Information

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.


  • Foundation Degree in 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 Learnig

    Year Two (Level 5)
    Applied Breeding and population Genetics
    Specialist Researh Project
    Applied Companion Animal Behavior
    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 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

Dates & Times
Start date: End date: Start time: End time:
21-Sep-2020 31-Jul-2022 9.15 a.m. 4.45 p.m.
Mode of attendance
Full Time
Day of the week Number of sessions
Mon, Tue, Wed Yr1. Wed, Thu, Fri Yr2.
Course Fees
Tuition fees (Full Time) £6500.00

Students on this course are normally eligible for a student loan depending on their circumstances.
There will be an additional cost towards industry visits and study tours.Day tours from £10 - 20

Materials Required

Students will need steel toe capped boots. Cargo trousers and a polo shirt/jumper are also required (these can be purchased from the College).

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