The Foundation Degree Animal Welfare Science programme focuses on underpinning components that contribute to the overall welfare of animals in a range of settings and interactions. The programme provides students with the opportunity to gain valuable practical experience within a scientific setting and animal unit whilst consolidating knowledge through the delivery of interactive theory sessions. Our purpose-built animal unit houses a wide range of native and exotic mammals, reptiles and amphibians, enabling the study and assessment of physiological and behavioural systems, providing students with an understanding of animal welfare in a range of contexts. Specific emphasis is given to the importance of animal welfare within the broader context of the animal sector. Students who leave the course will have the skills that will enable them to go and work in a variety of roles within the Animal Industry.
Full time: 2 years with lessons typically over two days a week Part time: 3 years part with lessons typically over one day a week A total of 80 hours of work placement across the years of study
This course includes the following core modules that all students complete:
Full-time and part-time options are available for both years of the programme. Students are required to commit to attending for two days per week in term time. Past students have found this very helpful for balancing childcare and employment commitments. Work experience is a key component of the programme and students are given the time during the academic year to identify and undertake placements. Independent study is required throughout to complete assessments and prepare for lectures, seminars and tutorials.
Professional Development and Academic Skills (20 credits)
Animal Health and Nutrition (20 credits)
Practical Animal Handling and Husbandry (20 credits)
Introduction to Animal Behaviour (20 credits)
Biological Systems (20 credits)
Ecology and Conservation (20 credits)
Research Project and Data Analysis (20 credits)
Anthrozoology (20 credits)
Breeding & Genetics (20 credits)
Continuing Professional Development (20 credits)
Applied Animal Behaviour and Ethology (20 credits)
Animal Oncology (20 credits)
Occasional changes to modules and course content may take place. Students will be notified when applicable.
Applicants would normally be expected to have a minimum of 32 UCAS Tariff points or equivalent qualifications. We also encourage applications from mature students, and we are committed to creating educational opportunities for people from a variety of backgrounds and situations. If you have been out of formal education for some time, and/or you do not have the qualifications stated, we might still be able to consider your application and offer you a range of support.
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This course is particularly relevant to people already working in, or looking to develop a career within the Animal Industry. This course provides a range of skills relevant across a variety of different professions. People who have completed this course have gone on to work in areas including; laboratory work, animal nutrition, veterinary pharmaceuticals, teaching and zoos. If you wish to continue studying beyond this course, it will provide you with a strong academic basis to do so. Course progression routes could include Zoology, Animal Biology, Animal Behaviour, Animal Studies and Animals Welfare and the BSc (Hons) Applied Animal Welfare Top Up.
Depending on your situation, you may be able to access a range of financial support available.
Your Tuition fees cover most costs associated with your course (including registration, tuition and assessment.)
There may be some extra costs that you might need to make, or choose to pay, for example:
Books (you’ll have access to books from your module reading lists in the HE library, but you may want to buy your own copies)
Printing and photocopying
Trips and enhancement opportunities
Students will be required to purchase a lab coat and a kennel coat in preparation for starting the programme. There will also be occasions when additional costs will occur, e.g. poster printing, trips and educational visits
If your course includes a work placement, you may be required to pay for a Basic or Enhanced Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) check.
Information for EU Students
From January 2021, how you apply for a course will change. For more information, read the UK Government's guide for the UK points-based immigration system for EU students (pdf).
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