Course Information

Animal Behaviour and Welfare, Foundation Degree


Subject area: Higher Education

Course Type: Full Time

Course Overview

This course will involve an attendance of around 10 hours of lectures a week and additional time spent of independent self-directed study.

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.

To increase accessibility, some modules are delivered online, allowing students an opportunity to study in their own time. 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. From academic advisers and support co-ordinators to specialist subject librarians and other learning support staff, we want to ensure that you get the best out of your studies.

Course Content

At the Common Leys Farm Campus there is an animal unit that runs commercial activities such as the working farm, dog grooming parlour and canine hydrotherapy centre. The animal care centre is fully equipped and houses a wide range of species to include reptiles, amphibians, invertebrates, fish, small mammals, large farm mammals and birds.

The unique feature of this degree is the combination of contemporary scientific principles and practical, hands-on training, ensuring that our graduates are successful in both vocational and academic settings. A strong component of the course is work-based learning, equipping you with skills you need for a successful career in the animal industry.
The course provides a flexible approach that will enable students to apply theoretical knowledge to their work within the Animal Management industry. For students who are not currently employed in the industry, there will be an opportunity to work at Common Leys Farm, near Witney.

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. 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.

Entry Requirements

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.

If you are studying outside the UK, for more details about your specific country entry requirements, translated information and local representatives who can help you to apply, please have a look at our country specific information pages. If you need a student visa to enter the UK you will need to meet the UK Visas and Immigration minimum language requirements as well as the University's requirements.

Visits and Events

These will vary from year to year but may include visits to specialist animal collections, rescue centres, quarantine facilities, specialist seminars and conferences. Study tours in the UK and abroad may be offered.

Possible Careers

Students can top up to a full BSc animal related degree at other universities or complete an Honours Degree in Biology or Conservation Biology at Oxford Brookes University. Students can also enrol to a BSc Top Up in Animal Welfare at Abingdon & Witney College.

Skills I Will Develop

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.

Learning Methods & 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.

What Qualification Will I Receive?

Fd(Sc) Animal Behaviour and Welfare, awarded by Oxford Brookes University.

Course Units

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
• Enterprise Skills
• Animal Welfare

Year 2:

• Exotic Animal Trade and Collections
• Animal Nutrition
• Applied Animal Behaviour
• Animal Breeding and Genetics
• Animal Health and Disease
• International Zoo Practices and Conservation
• Industry Based Project (double award)

Where Next?

It will be possible for students to top up to a full BSc animal related degree at other universities or to complete an honours degree in Biological Sciences at Oxford Brookes University. Students can also complete a BSc top up in Animal Welfare at Abingdon and Witney College.

Fee Information

Home/EU tuition fee is £7,200 per year. International fee is £8,200 per year. Fees are payable to Oxford Brookes University on enrolment.

Students will need to provide their own lab coat for science sessions and personal protective equipment for animal husbandry sessions. Costs for these items will be in the region of £20 for the lab coat and £75 to provide stout boots, boiler suit and wet weather gear for animal husbandry practical sessions.

During the course there may be field trips where a student contribution is asked for – an ideal range would be £40-80, dependent on trips arranged. Students may also be interested in an optional overseas conservation programmes organised through Gap Africa – cost for these are in the region of £2,200.

Students will need to budget for transport costs between sites. Typically, the bus fare between Oxford and Common Leys is £3.50 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.

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.

Applications are made through UCAS using code D300.

Course Details

Time: 09:00 - 16:30

Days: Thu & Fri

Date: 18 Sep 2017 - 25 May 2018

Location: Common Leys Farm

Contact Details

Abingdon Campus: 01235 555 585

Witney Campus: 01993 703464
(Avenue One, Common Leys)