FdSc Animal Behaviour and Welfare

Gain a fascinating insight into the behaviour and welfare of a range of animal species and application of theory to maintain animal welfare.

The Animal Behaviour and Welfare Foundation Degree provides a fascinating insight into the behaviour and welfare of a range of animal species and application of theory to maintain animal welfare. This includes, but is not limited to, companion animals, production livestock, zoos and aquaria and free ranging wild animals. Through academic course-based delivery, supported by integrated professional development, students will be able to engage with National Occupational Standards (NOS) and enhance their employment opportunities. Study of the subject area can open up a broad range of career pathways.

You must have an interest in pursuing a career in animal behaviour or welfare. The programme is ideal if you have previous animal experience or if you have achieved a Level 3 related animal course, however this is not compulsory.

  • New exciting Animal Management Centre including state-of-the-art facilities such as a desert biome, tropical biome and nocturnal room.
  • Over 130 different animal species including meerkats, coatis, hornbills and red squirrels.
  • Industry experience provides an invaluable opportunity to work in a variety of settings to support your chosen career path.
  • Friendly learning environment with small class sizes and excellent student support.
  • Merrist Wood College is highly regarded in the animal industry as the leading animal education establishment in Surrey.
  • Taught by expert, passionate tutors with industry experience.
  • You will have the opportunity to take part in one of our optional residential study tours which currently run in South Africa and Jersey.

Tuition Fees

Home/EU* Fee for September 2021 entry: £4,000 per year

Please note: Tuition fees are published for the first year of entry only and may increase in subsequent years both for new and continuing students in line with an inflationary amount determined by the Office for Students.

*Fee information for European Union (EU) students: If your course starts on or after the 1st August 2021, you will no longer be eligible for financial support from Student Finance England unless you meet one of the following criteria:

  • you are able to benefit from the citizens’ rights agreements
  • you are an Irish national living in the UK or Republic of Ireland – benefits of Irish nationals under Common Travel Area guidance arrangement will continue

If you need any further information or guidance, please contact us at HE@activatelearning.ac.uk 

Year 1: professional development in the work environment 1 (30 credits), animal behaviour (30 credits), animal health, welfare and nutrition (30 credits), practical projects, enrichment and training (30 credits). Total 120 credits.

Year 2: professional development in the work environment 2 (30 credits); research methods (30 credits); animal and human interactions (30 credits); animal welfare and ethics (30 credits). Total 120 credits.

All students are supported with academic development and you will have access to a personal tutor.

Top up to a degree in one more year on the Animal Behaviour and Welfare BSc (Hons) at the College.

You could become an animal trainer; researcher, teacher, wildlife rescuer or wildlife rehabilitator in a wide range of organisations at home and overseas such as zoos, safari parks, rescue centres, animal orphanages, welfare centres, specialist animal collections, central and local government departments and educational establishments. Or, you could purse work in the media.

The minimum entry qualifications for the programme are:

  • A levels: 64 UCAS points normally in science based subjects
  • BTEC: 64 UCAS points normally in science-based subjects
  • Access Diploma: Pass

Plus: You’ll need an English and maths GCSE Grade 4 (C) and it is advantageous to have science (biology) or psychology.

Please note: These entry requirements are subject to change.

A minimum IELTS score of 6, TOEFL equivalent is required for those for whom English is not their first language. 

Fees shown are per year. The academic regulations for this programme can be found on the University’s website.

Terms and conditions for enrolment can be found on our website.

Applicants should apply through the UCAS (the Universities and Colleges Admissions Service) website.

This includes students already at Merrist Wood College. All courses will be listed under Activate Learning on the UCAS website.

Applicants should apply online through the Activate Learning website.

Why Banbury and Bicester College?

  • Clear routes of progression with qualifications ranging from foundation level to degree level!
  • Industry experienced teaching staff give you the responsibility and independence you need to take charge of your own future.
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    Rated "good with outstanding areas" by Ofsted in 2018

  • 79+

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