Animal Behaviour and Welfare, Foundation Degree

Course code: EHWE103P

Subject area: Animal Care & Management

Study level: Undergraduate

Course level: H

Course details

9:00am - 5:00pm

Thursday & Friday

13th Sep 2021 - 23rd Jun 2023

Common Leys Farm

Contact details

01993 208148

The FdSc in Animal Behaviour and Welfare combines contemporary scientific principles and practical, hands-on training, ensuring that our graduates are successful in both vocational and academic settings.

The diverse range of teaching methods and assessment types allows students to develop a wide range of skills. You will experience lectures, laboratory-based activities, sessions at Common Leys Farm, seminars, peer and self-assessment, online resources and tutorial support. At the Common Leys Farm Campus there is an animal unit that runs commercial activities such as the working farm

Students will typically attend 2 days a week consisting of 10-12 hours of lectures and are required to spend additional time independently on self-directed study. To increase accessibility, some modules are delivered online, allowing students an opportunity to study in their own time.

Trips and guest speakers, in addition to a work placement and individual industry project, help strengthen links to the workplace and development of skills for employment. Staff involved with the delivery, teaching and assessment of the course have a range of industry experience and academic skills and a keen involvement within research.

Work placements for a minimum of 30 days are an essential part of the course where students will apply theoretical knowledge gained in the classroom to the practical care of animals. For students who are not currently employed in the industry, there will be an opportunity to work at Common Leys Farm, near Witney.

This course is validated by Oxford Brookes University. Applications are made via UCAS – code D300.

Modules of study include:

Year 1:

• Practical Animal Husbandry
• Principles of Animal Behaviour
• Animal Ethics
• Animal Anatomy and Physiology
• Animal Biology
• Professional and Academic Skills
• Business in the Animal Industry
• Animal Welfare

Year 2:

• Exotic Animal Trade
• Animal Nutrition
• Applied Animal Behaviour
• Animal Breeding and Genetics
• Animal Health and Disease
• Zoo Practices and Conservation
• Research Methods for Industry (double award)
Graduates may choose to progress to our BSc (Hons) degree in Animal Behaviour and Welfare delivered at Abingdon & Witney College and Oxford Brookes University. Some graduates progress to veterinary nurse training and apprenticeships in the animal industry. Others have secured employment in zoological collections and research, nutrition development and animal rescue centres.
GCSE Mathematics, English Language and Science at 4/C grade or above (or equivalent).

Two years' post-GCSE education (eg A-Level, National Diploma/Certificate, Advanced Diploma), equivalent to 80 UCAS points or 1 year's post-GCSE education (eg AS-Level, National Certificate), equivalent to 80 UCAS points, and 1 year's work experience in a relevant industry (a supporting reference will be required).

Applicants with non-standard entry qualifications may be admitted with APL (accreditation for prior learning) or APEL (accreditation for prior experiential learning) in accordance with university regulations.

Mature students or students with considerable industry experience will be considered on a case-by-case basis.

English Language Requirements (For students whose first language is not English): IELTS 6.0 (with 6.0 in reading and writing, 5.5 in listening and speaking).

We include students with disabilities and/or learning difficulties into the life of the College and seek to offer opportunities for success in all courses at all levels. If you have any particular requirements, please contact our Learning Support Adviser on 01235 216440.
Home/EU tuition fee £7,570. Part-time tuition fee £5,045. International fee is £9,270 per year.

Students are required to have their own personal protective equipment for animal handling practical’s; sturdy boots, overalls and indoor practical coats. Students can purchase optional uniform. This can be ordered online- please contact the College to find out more.

All learning resources are available in the University library and online, but students may wish to purchase their own specific textbooks. Prices range from £25-250.

Students will need to budget for transport costs between sites. Typically, the bus fare between Oxford and Common Leys is £6.40 return. There is a free shuttle bus between the Witney and Common Leys college campuses, and additionally there is free parking on site at Common Leys.

In previous years, students have attended a variety of day trips and a number of guest lectures, which may be a compulsory part of the course and you will need to pay the associated fees. An ideal range would be £40-£80, dependent on trips arranged.

A conservation trip to Africa trip is organised every two years and will cost around £2,200 but this is optional.

You can also find information on our fees and on Student Finance at Please note tuition fees may increase in subsequent years both for new and continuing students in line with an inflationary amount determined by the University and all college partners.

16 - 18 Fee

19+ Fee

19+ Reduced Fee

Fd(Sc) Animal Behaviour and Welfare, awarded by Oxford Brookes University.
There are many different methods of learning on this course. The teaching is a combination of theory and student centred activities where formative feedback is provided to support elements of the assessment.

At least 50% of assessment is coursework-based, and project work is assessed entirely by coursework. Transferable skills such as IT and report writing often form part of the assessment of individual modules.

Formal assignments will be returned to students within three weeks of the submission date.
The course provides a flexible approach that will enable students to apply theoretical knowledge to their work within the Animal Management industry. The course will develop a more advanced understanding of animal behaviour, learning and training skills.