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FdSc Applied Animal Behaviour, Welfare and Conservation

Applied Animal Behaviour, Welfare and Conservation

2nd in the UK

Complete University Guide 2020*

1st in the UK

in the 2019 National Student Survey*


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UCAS code: D300

Year of entry: 2020

UCAS Tariff: 48

Duration: 2 YRS (FT) 3 YRS (PT)

Institution code: G53

Location: Northop

Why choose this course?

The animal care industry is now worth £1 billion to the UK economy with 13,000 businesses and numerous animal charities, zoos, conservation organisations, wildlife parks and animal visitor attractions.

This course came 1st in the UK for overall satisfaction and learning community in the National Student Survey 2019 (WGU analysis of unpublished NSS data 2019) and 2nd in the UK for student satisfaction in the Complete University Guide 2020. If you’re passionate about animals there’s never been a better time to prepare for your dream career with this course which covers animal behaviour, ethics and welfare.

Students will:

  • study zoological science, animal husbandry, animal learning and training, and survey skills for conservation
  • take part in work placements to develop practical skills and demonstrate the knowledge and skills they have gained
  • have access to a rare breeds farm, animal unit, equestrian facility and woodland at our Northop campus 
  • enjoy off-site visits to animal charities, wildlife centres and other industry related venues


You can also choose to study this course with a foundation year over three years FdSc Applied Animal Behaviour, Welfare and Conservation (three years including foundation year) UCAS code: 85D4


Following the completion of the Foundation course, you may choose to study the top-up degree BSc Animal Behaviour, Welfare and Conservation.


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