FdSc Applied Animal Behavioural Science & Welfare

FdSc Applied Animal Behavioural Science & Welfare


Hadlow Campus

Start Date


UCAS Codes

Institution Code: G70
Course Code: D322HFdSc/LLAB
The programme will be of interest to students who enjoy the biological sciences and have an interest in pursuing a career in the animal management industry. There is a broad diversity in the career opportunities available that relate to animal behaviour and welfare and these can often involve roles that offer both practical and theoretical elements. The varied styles of teaching delivery within the programme are therefore ideal for creating graduates that can make the most of these career opportunities.

Students will develop a range of practical biological science and practical animal skills in the first year whilst studying specific animal behaviour and welfare course materials. This establishment of fundamental skills is then developed further as students progress into year two and if they wish to proceed to a full Honours degree, into year three, where subjects taught cover a diverse range of relevant areas such as Behavioural Ecology and Psychopharmacology and Neuroscience.



Assessments include coursework, individual and group oral and PowerPoint presentations, mixed media formats, research reports, case studies and assignments, and closed and open book examination.

Graduates will find a diverse range of career opportunities available at the completion of the programme which can involve practical based jobs as well as roles within organisations that have more of a campaigning role. Typical empployers include animal rescue centres, animal charities, zoos and wildlife parks, as well as educational institutions and retail outlets.

Student who begin the programme are expected to purchase equipment that will allow them to work on the Animal Management Unit. The items required are steel toe capped boots, black cargo trousers, green Hadlow branded polo shirt (jumpers also available) and students are also encouraged to buy appropriate outdoor weather gear as well.

The need for these items is also highlighted to students in induction week and in paperwork sent out with conformation of their place on the programme.

Course specific reading lists can be made available to students if requested but it is stressed they are subject to change before the start of the academic year.

Students benefit from close ties with a number of different organisations including the Wildlife Heritage Foundation, the Kent Wildlife Trust as well as local zoos, wildlife parks and rare breed centres.

Please note that all programme specifications and course modules are subject to annual change.

Year 1 – Level 4

• Concepts in Animal Husbandry (15)
• Principles of Animal Behaviour (30)
• Concepts in Animal Welfare (15)
• Research Skills (15)
• Concepts in Animal Science (15)
• Work Based Learning 1 (30)

Year 2 – Level 5

• Breeding Management and Genetics (15)
• Statistics for the Animal Sciences (15)
• Applied Animal Welfare (15)
• Animal Cognition and Learning (15)
• Problem Behaviour Management and Animal Training (15)
• Work Based Learning 2 (30)
A choice of either: • Exotic Collection Management (15) OR • Animal Health and Disease Management (15)

    Hadlow Campus

  • 2 Years

    Full time

  • £6,165.00

  • Awarding body

    University of Greenwich

Entry requirements

64 UCAS points are made up from A Levels, preferably one in a science-based subject, or a relevant level 3 vocational qualification. All applicants should have GCSE Grade C or above in English, maths and science and have spent two years studying at Level 3.

Applications from mature students, without the standard entry requirements, who are working in the industry are considered on a case by case basis.