FdSc Animal Behaviour Welfare and Conservation

Subject Area: Course code: Course Type:
Animal Welfare & Science AC093A01/22/2 Higher Education

Course Information

The FdSc Animal Behaviour, Welfare and Conservation develops knowledge and practical skills for further study and employment in key aspects of the animal industry. Core subjects allow graduates from the programme to demonstrate understanding and application in fundamental elements of animal welfare and husbandry. Option units allow students to progress along career pathways focussing on animal behaviour or animal conservation. Students can elect to take options that cover both of these aspects, or choose module combinations that are designed to develop particular knowledge and skills in these two fields in the animal industry. The course provides opportunties to work with employers, and to develop industry-related skills through authentic style assessment.

The foundation degree is the fundmental course for progression to Top Up programmes at Level 6 to gain BSc (hons) degrees.


  • FdSc Animal Behaviour Welfare and Conservation
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
    Principles of Animal Behaviour
    Wildlife Conservation Principles and Practice
    Work Based Learning.

    Year Two (Level 5)
    Applied Breeding and population Genetics
    Specialist Research Project
    Applied Animal Husbandry
    Animal Nutrition
    Topics in Applied Psychology

    Animal Conservation Pathway recommended option Units
    Field Study Skills for Conservation
    Habitat Management for Wildlife
    Wildlife Rehabilitation

    Animal Behaviour Pathway recommended option units
    Applied Behaviour Management
    Therapy and Rehabilitation in Animals
    Wildlfie Rehabilitation
Entry Requirements
  • A minimum of 48 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 are the BSc (Hons) Animal Behaviour Welfare and Conservation Top Up programmes specialising in either Animal Conservation or Animal Collections. These are one year programmes 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:
20-Sep-2022 (Already Started) 29-Jul-2024 9.00 a.m. 4.00 p.m.
Mode of attendance
Full Time
Day of the week Number of sessions
Mon, Tue, Wed, Yr1
Course Fees

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

Water proof clothing, sturdy walking boots and wellington boots, laboratory coat and protective overalls/clothing. Students will be involved in practical animal based activities within their studies and will be required to attend with suitable clothing and PPE in these sessions.

What's next?

Applications for this course are now closed. If you'd like to know when there will be another or need more information we are happy to answer any questions.