FdSc Animal Behaviour and Welfare

Course type:
Foundation Degrees

UCAS Code: D328

Two years full-time (Part-time options available)

This Foundation degree will give you a wealth of practical skills and work experience that will enable you to hit the ground running when you start your career or progress on to further study.

The programme will provide you with the knowledge, practical abilities and intellectual skills to challenge scientific thinking, develop new ideas and evaluate current processes and practices in animal behaviour and animal welfare sciences.

You will develop skills to measure behaviour expressed by animals and to assess their welfare, providing access to a range of careers in the industry. You’ll also benefit from our continually expanding animal collection.

You will learn the fundamentals in the first year and, in the second year, optional modules allow you to tailor your degree to your interests and career ambitions. Topics can include Animal Welfare Assessment, Animal Behaviour, Ethics and Welfare, Companion Animal Behaviour and Training, Animal Health and Disease, Behavioural and Evolutionary Ecology and a Field Course.

You will also undertake a work placement where you can refine the skills you have learned in the real world. To support this, we organise your timetable so you have one day free of lectures each week to undertake your placement.

Trips will help you apply what you have learned in lectures and are usually run on a cost recovery basis, with students given time to plan for such expenses. You’ll also hear from guest speakers from industry and other academic institutions. On completion of the programme, there is the opportunity to progress on to the BSc Animal Behaviour and Welfare degree and complete a dissertation focusing on a specialist area you are passionate about.

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Course Duration

2 Year
2 Year course
Course type:
Full Time

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Entry Requirements

GCSE | A minimum of 5 GCSE A* to C, (or 9 to 4 where numeric grades are being awarded), including English Language and Mathematics

A Level | Typical offer is CC or equivalent. This must include a minimum of one A Level preferably in a Biological Science and excludes General Studies

Level 3 Extended Diploma subjects/grades | Typical offer is a MPP in an Extended Diploma or equivalent in a relevant subject

We welcome students with equivalent qualifications, including Access and the International Baccalaureate. Contact the admissions team to discuss.

If you do not have a background in science you can complete the Principles of Animal Biology module in your first term.

Key information

  • University Finance

    The cost of studying can quickly mount up and our finance team can offer confidential advice on budgeting, information on bursaries, loans and grants, and help you explore what you are entitled to. For information on everything student finance related, click below. 

    You can contact the office by email studentfinance@hartpury.ac.uk or by phone on 01452 702189 or 01452 702190.

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  • Tuition Fees

    Fees for September 2017 entry

    UK: £9,250
    EU fees: Will remain the same as UK students, £9,250
    International: £11,250
    Please contact us to discuss part-time fees 

    EU students starting this course in Sept 2017 will be eligible to apply for UK student loans for the duration of their course. 

  • University Accommodation

    Whether it is your first time away from home, or you’re a seasoned traveller, there are options to suit you and your lifestyle while studying at Hartpury. 

    You’ll be part of a vibrant and international community of students of all ages, and from many different cultures, who share their experience of life at university together on one campus.

    We have a variety of options to suit different tastes and budgets. Whether you choose to live on or off campus you’ll get the same high standards of facilities and support. You can check out your options by clicking below. 

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How to apply

If you want to apply for an undergraduate, full-time course at Hartpury University Centre, you’ll need to apply through the Universities and Colleges Admissions Service (UCAS) here using the course code that you will find on the course page in our website.

The 'Apply' pages of the UCAS website give detailed guidance on completing your application and what happens after you apply so please read it carefully. It is important to ensure that all sections of the application are completed, paying particular attention to the qualifications, personal statement and reference sections.

The institution code for Hartpury is H22. 

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If you want to study a degree on a part-time basis, you need to apply directly to Hartpury. Complete the part-time application form and send it back to us by either:

Scanning and emailing to admissions@hartpury.ac.uk

Faxing a copy to 01452 700629

Posting it to Admissions, Hartpury College, Hartpury, Glos, GL19 3BE





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We work with a range of organisations, including industry bodies and leading companies and charities, in the UK and throughout the world to open doors to incredible opportunities for our students – from exciting work placements to amazing jobs and field trips.

But perhaps the most special thing about Hartpury is that there are many opportunities for our students to gain real world experience on our own specialist campus.

Our Animal students are able to learn about and work with a wide variety of small and large domestic and exotic species – not only with our on-site animal collection but at the farm and in the canine hydrotherapy and equine therapy centres. It’s the best possible preparation for a career in the industry.

You’ll be more than just a number as an animal student at Hartpury University Centre. With small teaching groups and your own personal tutor, your lecturers will support you as an individual to achieve your ambitions, whether that’s working in animal science, welfare and conservation or in animal therapy-related roles.

Plus you’ll be part of a thriving research community, with plentiful opportunities to support staff with their projects and develop your own ideas in a broad range of areas, from animal health to welfare, behaviour and ecology.

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