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What does the course cover? 

The FdSc Applied Animal Behaviour and Conservation programme enables you to gain a thorough knowledge and understanding of the established principles of Animal Behaviour, Welfare and Conservation and their development within industry. The programme also enables you to gain knowledge and understanding of the principles of business management and apply this in a relevant work related context. An ability to apply underlying concepts and principles outside the context in which they were first studied, and employ those principles in Animal-related industries or other work-relevant context, will allow you to gain the experience required for future careers.

You’ll benefit from working with our wide range of species including aquatics, companion large animals, exotics and small mammals in the Animal Management Centre, gaining experience in handling and management experience. This programme incorporates key business skills, providing you with the sound skills and knowledge that you’ll need.

We have excellent links with the industry, and host regular guest speakers and visits to other centres, including a visit to Mankwe Wildlife Reserve, South Africa, as part of the Wildlife Conservation module. You'll be able to discover 3000 large mammals on the reserve, which is made up of 42 species plus over 250 types of bird, plus a wide variety of amphibians, invertebrates and reptiles.

Entry Requirements:
  • Minimum age: 18
  • GCSE: 5 x GCSE (C/4) including English, Maths and Science
  • UCAS points: 56
  • A-level: CD
  • International Baccalaureate: 24
  • IELTS (for students with English as a second language): Level 6.5 overall with Level 6.0 in writing
  • Other: Access to HE Diploma in Science


Full-time: 2 years

Part-time: 4 years 

UCAS Details:

The UCAS code for this course is P300.


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 unit, 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 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 both work placement and business modules. During this time, you'll have the opportunity to work alongside animal management and welfare specialists; gaining additional first-hand experience. 


Level 4

Research and Skills (Core)

Business Environment and Finance (Core)

Animal Biology (Core)

Management of Animal Collections (Core)

Health and Welfare (Core)

Field and Laboratory Methods (Core)

Behaviour and Communication (Core)

Level 5

Research Project (Core)

Work Placement (Core)

Introduction to Conservation (Core)

Project Management (Core)

Welfare and Ethics (Core)

Wildlife Conservation (Elective)

Animal Learning and Training (Elective)

Behavioural Ecology (Elective)

Research and Statistics (Elective)

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