BSc (Hons) Animal Behaviour Welfare and Conservation (Animal Collections) Top Up

Subject Area: Course code: Course Type:
Animal Welfare & Science AC094A01/23/1 Higher Education

Course Information

This programme is one of two Top Up courses offered by the college in Animal Behaviour, Welfare and Conservation. Both are designed to provide clear career based pathways at BSc (Hons) level into key aspects of the animal industry.

Core units on both programmes provide a fundamental basis for the development of skills and understanding in Human-Animal Interactions and Animal Behaviour, that are relevant to both husbandry and conservation. Alongside this the programmes develops skills for employment with the industry, or further study or research at postgraduate level.

The Animal Collections Top Up uses specialist units to develop a clearer understanding the purpose of animal collections within current ethical, legislative and societal constructs. Alongside this is the development of skills and knowledge to successfully manage whole collections of species to maintain welfare as well as the other aims of any collection.


  • BSc (Hons) in Animal Behaviour Welfare and Conservation (Animal Collections) Top Up
Course Content
  • Individual Research Dissertation (30)
    Anthrozoology (15)
    Animal Cognition (15)
    Skills for Industry Practice (15)
    Emerging Infectious Diseases (15)
    Advanced Collections Management (15)
    The Role of the Modern Zoo (15)
Entry Requirements
  • The programme is designed as a specific continuation of the FdSc in Animal Behaviour Welfare and Conservation at Kingston Maurward College. However, applications are warmly welcomed from external applicants with qualifications in an appropriate range of animal behaviour and welfare related subjects at Foundation Degree or HND level. Entry requirements are for a Pass grade at Level 5.
    Application through UCAS.
Next Steps
  • Those interested in access this course need to complete the FdSc Animal Behaviour Welfare and Conservation at Kingston Maurward first, or an equivalent qualification such as a subject related foundation degree or HND. Application through UCAS.
Career Opportunities
  • This qualification offers excellent employment opportunities in the following areas: animal welfare organisations, assurance, inspection and enforcement agencies, animal collections, laboratory technicians, animal behaviour consultancy and training. Graduates have progressed to postgraduate qualifications in active areas of animal welfare research. Recent graduate outcomes surveys show that 100% of our graduates are in employment or further study.

Dates & Fees

Dates & Times
Start date: End date: Start time: End time:
28-Sep-2023 (Already Started) 31-Jul-2024 10.00 a.m. 4.00 p.m.
Mode of attendance
Full Time
Day of the week Number of sessions
Wed, Thur, Fri
Course Fees
Tuition fees (Full Time) £9250.00

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.
Option to join 5 day field trip to Lundy Island estimated cost £275
Some day trips may have entrance fee costs c£15-30.

Materials Required

Steel toe-capped boots, cargo trousers, and polo shirts with a jumper (can be ordered from campus) will be required to attend practical sessions. Additionally, learners are expected to abide by health and safety principles within the animal based industry (for the benefit of both humans and animals) by removing all jewellery and nail products prior to practical 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.