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FdSc Animal Husbandry & Welfare*

For 2020 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.

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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 Handbook (2019-20)
CORN Module Records Newquay (10 Sept 19)


Indicative Module Year 1

  • Diversity, Classification and Evolution
  • Animal Nutrition
  • Health and Welfare of Animals
  • Key Professional Skills
  • Fundamentals of Animal Behaviour
  • Fundamentals of Biology

Indicative Module Year 2

  • Individual Research Project
  • Animal Breeding and Conservation Genetics
  • Animal Disease
  • Zoo Exhibit Management in Practice
  • Husbandry of Captive Vertebrates
  • Husbandry and Conservation of Aquatic Organisms

*Modules are subject to change and availability



FdSc Animal Husbandry & Welfare

Start Date

September 2020




2 years full-time

FdSc Animal Husbandry & Welfare Part-time

Start Date

September 2020




3 years Part-time


Liz Bates Programme lead FdSc Animal Husbandry and Welfare

Liz Bates gained her degree in Environmental Biology from Plymouth University followed by a PhD at the University of Bristol studying animal behaviour. She has taught and been active in research both nationally and internationally and joined the college in 2019 after 2 years of postdoctoral work at the University of Guelph in Canada.

She is an entomologist and her research has involved the study of ants and bumble bees. She has a passion for scientific communication and outreach activities for those of all ages, from school children to the university of the third age. Liz is truly enthusiastic and committed to helping students get the most of their degree and all the opportunities available to them during their time at the college.

*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

If you come into the International category (non EU*) and Channel Island (inc. Isle of Man) the tuition fee may vary – click here for full fee information