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This will enable you to assess animal welfare and use assessment procedures relating to animal health, welfare physiology and behaviour, in addition to assessing their impact in the animal welfare and management industry. 

What does the course cover? 

Through a balanced mix of laboratory and practical field work, lectures, seminars and visits to animal collections in addition to presentations from specialist guest speakers, you can expect a variety to learning styles on this course. You'll get to explore relevant areas of animal science - fundamental to understand behaviour and welcome. This will include fascinating topics such as anatomy and physiology, behavioural ecology, evolution, welfare and ethics. Through an independently researched project, you'll have further opportunity to develop your critical analysis and interpretation. 

Entry Requirements:

Typical entry requirements: 2 A-levels (grade D) or L3 Extended Diploma (PMM) or IB (min 26 points)


Full-time: 2 years

Part-time: 4 years 

UCAS Details:

The UCAS code for this course is D329


With our superb animal management unit, farm and fully-equipped laboratories; you've got everything you need to support your course. 

We've been offering animal management courses since 1995, and it's rapidly grown to become one of our key vocational areas within the college. Major developments within the unit include a new dog grooming uni, plus areas specialising in small mammals, birds of prey, cold and tropical aquatics, and our exotics with a wide range of amphibian, reptiles and snakes. You'll also be able to make full use of our 800-hectare farm that has a range of livestock including cows, horses, pigs and sheep. 

Our modern and fully-equipped laboratories are an excellent location for animal science experiments and behaviour studies. You'll be able to use our high quality, well-maintained equipment to support your studies - such as our digital binocular compound microscopes, HPLC and electrophoresis equipment, and a PCR Thermocycler. This will enable you to learn and experience the practical elements of animal science in a safe and stimulating environment. 

Future Opportunities

Through an increased awareness of animal welfare, there are certainly lots of opportunities for a career in welfare organisations and animal collections. You'll also develop further employable skills through two invaluable work placement modules. During this time, you'll have the opportunity to work alongside animal management and welfare specialists; gaining additional first-hand experience. 

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