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Animal Behavioural Science & Welfare

Foundation Degree (FdSc)

Study mode Full time / Part time
Location Moulton
Level Level 5
Start date Sep 2023
Duration 2 years / 3 years
Awarding body University of Northampton

This course is suitable for anyone wishing to work with animals and will give students the knowledge and expertise to enter a wide range of professions in this area. This is a two year Level 5 programme with the opportunity to enter the BSc (Top Up) upon achievement.

Our on-site facilities include a working farm; animal welfare centre; animal therapy centre; equine yard; and veterinary practice, where you can gain hands-on commercial experience alongside your studies. We also have links with a wide range of animal organisations, such as Woburn Safari Park, Colchester Zoo, The Raptor Foundation, Yorkshire Wildlife Park, Dodson and Horrell Feed Specialists, RSPCA;, Woodgreen Animal Shelter and Twycross Zoo.

The first year provides the underpinning knowledge of how animal bodies work and how different species are managed as well as allowing you to sample a variety of areas to specialise in later. You will be able to gain hands-on experience of working with a wide range of species alongside studying the more scientific aspects of keeping animals.

In year two, you will further explore animal body systems and the law and ethics behind the animal industry whilst specialising in one of the following: Animal Science, Veterinary Health, Animal Behaviour and Welfare or Conservation. Industrial experience and research forms a key part of this course whereby you must also complete an industrial placement and project of your choice within the animal sector.

For information about course fees please refer to our Fees and Financial Support pages.

The course is assessed through a rage of assessments including written assignments, poster presentations, seminar presentations, portfolios, exams and project work. The course is mostly assessed through individual assessments, but elements of group work may be incorporated to bring in a real-world learning experience. The Foundation degree is unique in that it includes two modules with strong industry links; a work placement at an agreed placement and an industry linked project.

Our variety of assessment methods, providing students with an increased chance of success, have been commended by external examiners.

Please see the typical offer list below. A wide range of qualifications are accepted. Applicants may also be offered a place on the basis of their experience and we would welcome applications from mature students or people currently working in industry who are seeking Continuing Professional Development (CPD) or part time study opportunities

QualificationGrade ProfileUCAS Tariff Points
Level 3 Extended Diploma
64 points
Level 3 Diploma
48 points
48 points
International Baccalaureate

24 points
Scottish Highers
30 points
Higher Irish Leaving Certificate
54 points

We also have Access to Higher Education course options which can support you in gaining the qualifications required for a degree level programme.

The UCAS code for this course is D302.

The facilities you'll be using

No other college in the UK can rival the world class facilities we have at Moulton College.

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Amphibian, Crustacean and Invertebrate Centre

Animal Welfare Centre
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Aquatics Centre

Animal Welfare Centre
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Rodent Centre

Animal Welfare Centre
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Outdoor Unit

Animal Welfare Centre
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Reptile Centre

Animal Welfare Centre
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Exotic Species Centre

Animal Welfare Centre
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Africa Section

Animal Welfare Centre
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Twilight Centre

Animal Welfare Centre

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