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FdSc Animal Husbandry & Welfare

For 2019 start - Available with a Science Gateway qualification

Cornwall College Newquay LEVEL: 5 Animal Management & Veterinary Nursing

Fancy a career working with animals in a zoo or welfare centre? If you would like to learn about domestic, exotic or companion animals, their husbandry, biology or behaviour, this programme is perfect for you.

The programme offers specialised modules to develop skills in animal care and animal health, as well as enhancing knowledge of fundamental animal biology, ranging from how animal cells function to animal nutrition.

The College has strong links with the animal industry in Cornwall, giving you the chance to gain real work experience and further insight into the sector. Trips to animal collections, farms, animal care facilities such as rehabilitation and rescue centres and other institutions, will help you to develop skills in animal care and animal health and welfare assessment, as well as giving you an insight into various animal industries.

In addition, guest speakers will give some of the lectures and workshops allowing you to gain knowledge and understanding from experts working or researching in the field.

You will be assessed in a variety of ways such as practicals, seminar presentations, exams, in-class tests and problem-based learning exercises.

The majority of our students successfully progress on to a final year and obtain a full BSc Honours degree, or gain employment directly related to their work experience placement.

You will be required to complete around 100 hours or three weeks of professional experience during the programme. This is invaluable for gaining contacts and showing future employers you have practical work experience as well as academic knowledge.


Possible Progression (subject to availability) 

– BSc (Hons) Applied Zoology (top-up) at Newquay
– BSc (Hons) Animal Conservation Science final year at University of Plymouth
– BSc (Hons) Animal Behaviour & Welfare final two years at University of Plymouth


Possible Careers

– Zookeeper
– Pet Care Industry
– Animal Welfare Officer
– Animal Related Charity or NGOs, e.g. RSPB, RSPCA
– Wildlife Parks
– Wildlife Trusts
– Teaching

Key Facts

  • UCAS Code: D301
  • Institution codes: CORN C78
  • Awarded by: University of Plymouth
  • Fees: Fees Explained
Entry Requirements

48 UCAS points from AS and A-Levels (at least 32 points must be at A2-level) or relevant level 3 qualification, ie BTEC National Diploma / BTEC Extended Diploma - PPP Grades required (specific unit grades may be requested). Access to HE Diplomas in a relevant subject - 45 credits at level 3 (specific unit grades may be requested). Plus GCSEs at grade C/grade 4 or above in English Language, Science and Mathematics: alternatives at Level 2 may be considered. Mature applicants with relevant experience but without the stated qualifications will be considered individually and are encouraged to apply.

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Course Documents

FdSc Animal Husbandry Welfare Student Handbook – updated May 2018


Indicative Module Year 1

  • Personal and Employability Skills Development
  • Fundamentals of Animal Behaviour
  • Cells & Microbiology
  • Animal Husbandry
  • Hygiene, Health and Welfare of Captive Animals
  • Diversity, Classification and Evolution

Indicative Module Year 2

  • Individual Research Project
  • Zoo Animal Management in Practice
  • Captive Diet & Feeding
  • Genetics & Reproduction of Animals
  • Biology of Exotic Species
  • Mammal Biology
  • Bird Biology
  • Animal Nursing & Disease

*Modules are subject to change and availability



FdSc Animal Husbandry & Welfare

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2 years full-time

FdSc Animal Husbandry & Welfare

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4 years part-time

FdSc Animal Husbandry & Welfare - with Science Gateway

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3 years full-time

Extra Information

This option includes an additional Science Gateway year which is ideal if you don’t have the right qualifications to apply for a degree programme straight away. If you are applying for the FdSc Animal Husbandry & Welfare - with Science Gateway route on UCAS you will need to use UCAS code: F14G. Please note that when studying the Science Gateway programme, you will be based at Cornwall College Newquay.

*Courses listed on this website are indicative of the subject, nature and level of study. The college reserves the right to alter specific qualifications titles, awarding bodies and levels of qualification, which can change in year. Any cost may also vary, based on personal funding eligibility. The Cornwall College Group reserves the right to withdraw any course listed at any time.

Careers advice available

If you are considering an undergraduate programme with us, you may wish to access our free Careers and Employability advice service. This gives you the opportunity to talk with an advisor about career options before, during and after your study with us. To make an appointment, please e-mail: H.E.Advice@cornwall.ac.uk

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