FdSc Applied Animal Behaviour, Welfare & Conservation
Year of entry
2 YRS (FT) 3 YRS (PT)
Why choose? this course?
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. This course is part of a subject area rated 1st in the UK for student satisfaction in the Complete University Guide 2023.
- *study in a subject area rated 1st in the UK for student satisfaction in the Agriculture & Forestry subject league tables, Complete University Guide 2023
- 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 veterinary clinical suite, bespoke training area and Cruft’s standard agility course
- 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.
Key course features
- *Subject area is ranked 1st in the UK for student satisfaction in the Agriculture & Forestry subject league tables, Complete University Guide 2022
- Develop high-level knowledge of animal behaviour, husbandry and training
- Urban and rural study environments - split your study time between the Northop campus set in stunning North Wales countryside and our Wrexham campus, on the edge of the largest town in North East Wales
- Excellent links with industry and opportunities to secure work placements which will enhance your career prospects.
- Gain experience in a range of practical situations from zoo work to training assistance dogs
- Industry-active staff with specialist academic and practical skills, and experience of working with a range of domestic and wild animals
- Top up to a full BSc (Hons) degree in Animal Behaviour, Welfare and Conservation once you’ve completed the foundation degree (further one year of study needed)
What you will study
YEAR 1 (LEVEL 4)
In this year you are introduced to the concepts of biology, animal behaviour and welfare that you will use throughout the rest of your course. Laboratory skills are essential to science and you will receive a foundation in these. You will develop animal husbandry skills and knowledge. You will also undertake a period of work experience so that you become familiar with the animal sector and develop practical skills necessary for the workplace.
- Biological Concepts: This module aims to develop students’ understanding of the key principles of animal biology, biological pathogens, laboratory skills and anatomical structure and function. The origins and classification of life will be covered together with cell and tissue structure and function. The main organs and systems of the animals’ body will also be introduced.
- Husbandry: This module aims to develop students’ knowledge and understanding of animal husbandry and provides the opportunity to gain practical experience with a wide range of animal species. Lectures, practical sessions and visits to local animal establishments will enable students to consolidate their practical experiences with appropriate husbandry theories. Use will be made of case study materials and guest speakers.
- Ethology and Anthrozoology: This module enables students to investigate the biological basis of natural behaviour, and evaluate the relationship between natural behaviour and captive animal welfare. Students will carry out a practical study of a captive animal and discuss the link between animal welfare and the captive environment. Students will also examine a range of human and animal interrelationships and the costs and benefits associated with these interactions.
- Ethics and Welfare: This module aims to investigate contemporary issues within animal welfare and to introduce students to a range of relevant ethical issues. A variety of contemporary welfare issues will be critiqued during the module. Students will have the opportunity to deliver their own workshops and seminars.
- Academic and Personal Development: This module aims to familiarise learners with higher education culture, to build on key skills (logical, mathematical and critical) necessary for successful study in higher education.
- Professional Practice: A range of career opportunities and associated challenges with gaining employment within animal sector will be studied in this module. Students will also have the opportunity to develop their skills, knowledge and competencies within a workplace setting of their choice.
YEAR 2 (LEVEL 5)
In this year you will build upon knowledge gained in your first year and develop your understanding of a variety of topics in more detail. You will learn about anatomy and physiology, survey skills for conservation, learning and training. You will also learn research skills and report writing within research methodologies. In addition, the Applied Practice module will allow you to gain further hands on experience in the workplace.
- Research Methodologies: This module will enable you to understand the role of relevant research within the field of animal studies. In addition it will provide you with sufficient capability to plan a research project in your field of study, to define the research parameters, assess appropriate methodologies, and present your findings. You will learn how to examine and assess the appropriateness of different research methodologies to various research briefs and become aware of ethical and political issues in social research.
- Applied practice: This module will enable you to gain further work based learning and act as a consultant researching and critically assessing issues within the organisation in conjunction with an employer. You will have the opportunity to make recommendations for development based on the experience you have gained.
- Anatomy and Physiology: This module aims to equip students with a working knowledge of topographical and skeletal anatomy and to enable them to identify anatomical landmarks. You will learn to relate anatomical structure to function and further develop your practical laboratory skills.
- Learning and Training: In this module you will develop a working knowledge of the principles of learning theory as applied to animals. You will link animal learning to training practices and will write and implement your own plan to train an animal to complete a task. You will also evaluate traditional and contemporary training methods and associated equipment.
- Survey Skills for Conservation: The Survey Skills for Conservation module will equip students with the skills necessary to carry out a range of surveys for animal species. Students will identify and survey a range of animal species, and analyse and interpret data collected. The development of these skills will be achieved through practical field work, such as during visits to nature reserves and local woodlands.
The information listed in this section is an overview of the academic content of the programme that will take the form of either core or option modules. Modules are designated as core or option in accordance with professional body requirements and internal academic framework review, so may be subject to change.
Entry requirements & applying
UCAS code: D300
The academic requirements for the course are 48-72 UCAS tariff points from A/AS level, National Diploma or equivalent (max of 60 points obtained from AS levels). Appropriate AS-Level and Level 3 Key Skills qualifications will also be taken into account. An animal-related qualification, such as National Diploma in Animal Management or Science related A2 qualifications are particularly welcomed. In addition four GCSEs at grade C/4 or above (including Science, English/Welsh (First Language) and Mathematics) or equivalent.
Although not required for the course itself, depending on the nature of work placement on this course you may be required to have Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) clearance (previously known as CRB), and pay the appropriate fee, so that a check can be made on your suitability for working with children and vulnerable adults.
Teaching & Assessment
The course comprises a range of modules that are assessed by theoretical and in some cases practical coursework. Types of assessment include, portfolios, posters, laboratory reports, essays, presentations, seminars, practical exams, written exams and reflective diaries.
TEACHING AND LEARNING
This programme includes a variety of learning and teaching methods in the class, practical settings and sessions delivered within the workplace. These include:
- Lectures and demonstrations
- Seminars and workshops
- Group and project work
- Reflective reports
- External speakers
- Educational visits and study days
- Tutor and students led sessions
- Critical appraisal
- Portfolio development
- Work placements
Wrexham University is committed to supporting our students to maximise their academic potential.
We offer workshops and support sessions in areas such as academic writing, effective note-making and preparing for assignments. Students can book appointments with academic skills tutors dedicated to helping deal with the practicalities of university work. Our student support section has more information on the help available.
In terms of particular needs, the University’s Inclusion Services can provide appropriate guidance and support should any students require reasonable adjustments to be made because of a recognised prevailing disability, medical condition, or specific learning difference.
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.
Career opportunities in the animal care industry are wide-ranging. You could be working in animal welfare organisations, conservation, zoos and wildlife parks, veterinary practices, animal feed companies and veterinary or pharmaceutical companies.
Further study opportunities are also available, such as progression to teaching qualifications or postgraduate level research.
Our Careers & Employability service is there to help you make decisions and plan the next steps towards a bright future. From finding work or further study to working out your interests, skills and aspirations, they can provide you with the expert information, advice and guidance you need.
Fees & funding
You do not have to pay your tuition fees upfront.
Wrexham University’s tuition fees for 2023/24 for a full-time undergraduate degree course are £9000 per year.
The fees you pay and the support available will depend on a number of different factors. Full information can be found on our fees & finance pages.
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