Foundation prospectus

Animal Conservation and Biodiversity, Foundation Degree (Hadlow)

This foundation course is aimed at anyone interested in animal welfare, including domestic or wild animal conservation.

Why study this at Greenwich?

  • Gain a high quality broad training experience across animal conservation
  • Move into many career paths found within fields of both domestic and wild animal conservation
  • Benefit from the Hadlow multi-million pound, state-of-the-art Animal Management Centre

UCAS points

64 (view full requirements)

Course/institution codes


Partner College

University Centre Hadlow


2 years full-time

The aim of the course is to provide students with a high level vocational relevant qualification, which prepares them for a wide range of career opportunities; focusing on the theoretical and practical aspects of animal conservation and biodiversity.

The course provides a high-quality broad training experience across animal conservation. This enables graduates to move into many career paths within the fields of both domestic and wild animal conservation.

What you will study

Entry requirements

64 UCAS points made up from A-levels, preferably one in a science-based subject, or a relevant level 3 vocational qualification. 

All applicants should have GCSE Grade C or above (9-4) in English language/literature, mathematics and science following two years studying at level 3.

Applications from mature students without the standard entry requirements who are working in the industry will be considered on a case-by-case basis.

Fees and finance

Your time at university should be enjoyable, rewarding, and free of unnecessary stress. Planning your finances before you come to university can help to reduce financial concerns. We can offer advice on living costs and budgeting, as well as on awards, allowances and loans.

Fees information International fees

Funding your study

There is a range of financial support options available to support your studies, including the Aspire@Greenwich award for study resources that many full-time students will receive.

Discover more about grants, student loans, bursaries and scholarships. We also provide advice and support on budgeting, money management and financial hardship.

Financial support

Additional information


Assessment is via a combination of coursework (comprising written assignments, projects and presentations), work-based assessment and examinations.


Upon successful completion of the FdSc, students will have the opportunity to progress to the top-up honours degree, BSc Animal Conservation and Biodiversity. 

Potential career opportunities include conservation scientists, wildlife officers, protected area managers, animal keepers, reserve wardens, ecological consultants, wildlife rangers and environmental education.

Specialised equipment

Hadlow College's Animal Management Unit is one of the country's leading educational animal collections. The collection houses over 500 animals from over 125 different species, which allows the students to develop their skills and expertise. With state-of-the-art aquatics, herpetology and nocturnal sections, students have the opportunity to experience a diverse range of working environments, whilst the opportunity to work with exotic carnivores such as Asiatic shortclawed otters, canids and mongoose species provides our students with first class experience in a zoo environment. Many of the species we house are endangered and are part of national and international collaborative programmes with other UK zoos. The collection also has a substantial range of domestic species including pigs, goats, alpacas and poultry. The Animal Management Unit is well resourced to support the study of animal conservation, husbandry, zoo management and behaviour.

Other Costs

Some courses have additional costs associated with them, such as trips, clothing and materials. Students may also need to purchase some specialist equipment.

For this course, you will need the following:

Full details of costs are provided at interview or can be obtained by contacting the College Information and Recruitment Services. More information.

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