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Foundation Degrees

FdSc Animal Science and Management

Make a difference to the lives of animals, right from day one of your degree. Learn in our labs and study spaces with our on-site animal collection. It includes meerkats, prairie dogs and wallabies. 

Develop practical skills in animal biology, husbandry and business. Work with over 90 animal species on campus. Undertake an internship in industry and qualify ready to move into employment or further study.

This course will enable you to develop skills in a range of animal science and management subjects, before deciding which route you’d like to pursue in employment or further study. Alongside classroom studies, you’ll undertake practical learning, developing new skills and confidence to work effectively with different animals on campus and in industry. On successfully completing the course you will have the option to progress onto a one-year Level 6 qualification and top-up your FdSc to a full BSc degree in your chosen subject.

Your first year will give you the knowledge and skills you need to tailor your qualification to suit your interests and career goals later on. You’ll develop your understanding of animal physiology and biomechanics, getting close-up in lab-based dissections. Animal nutrition, welfare and husbandry will be pivotal to your learning – you’ll understand different nutritional requirements, feed qualities, as well as developing a range of handling techniques suitable for different species. Your second year will give you options to further your knowledge in these areas, as well as study animal production, and health and disease.

You’ll gain industry experience through internships as well as leading small teams of college students to develop their own skills caring for species in our walled animal garden. Business management topics will prepare you for employment or setting up your own enterprise. You’ll also have the opportunity to undertake a field trip to experience conservation in Mankwe Wildlife Reserve, South Africa, in your second year.

Industry opportunities

You'll undertake 222 hours in industry as part of this course, to prepare you for employment. Alongside gaining experience in our equine and canine therapy centres, commercial farm and labs on campus, students undertake internships at city farms, equine yards, catteries, kennels, as well as doing conservation work with the RSPCA.

This course is ideal for those who...

Want to develop their knowledge and skills through practical learning, whilst exploring a range of animal related career pathways ready for their next step.


This programme comprises of different modules, which focus on specific subjects. The modular structure of the programme gives you flexibility and choice and you can attend introductory sessions for optional modules before having to finally decide which ones you wish to study.

Learning and assessment

You will be assessed through a mixture of written exams, practical exams and coursework. Many of the modules will be marked based on a mixture of assessment types, whilst others will be based solely on one type of assessment.

Graduate destinations

  • City farm manager
    Veterinary practice administrator
  • Kennel supervisor
  • Pet store manager
  • Self-employed dog groomer
  • Further study  BSc level-6 top-up degree
How to apply for this course

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.

Previous learning towards a university-level qualification or relevant work experience may count as credit for this course. Please contact our admissions team.

Why study Animal at Hartpury University Centre?

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.

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 2018 entry

    UK: £9,250
    EU fees: Will remain the same as UK students, £9,250
    International: £12,000
    Please contact us to discuss part-time fees 

    EU students starting this course in Sept 2018 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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