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Applied Animal Behavioural Science and Welfare, Foundation Degree (Hadlow)

If you care about animal welfare, have an interest in the biological sciences, and want to work with animals, this foundation degree offers the perfect platform.

Partner College

University Centre Hadlow


2 years full-time

The course will be of interest to students who enjoy the biological sciences and have an interest in pursuing a career in the animal management industry. There is a broad diversity in the career opportunities available that relate to animal behaviour and welfare and these can often involve roles that offer both practical and theoretical elements. The varied styles of teaching delivery within the course are therefore ideal for creating graduates that can make the most of these career opportunities.

Students will develop a range of practical biological science and practical animal skills in the first year whilst studying specific animal behaviour and welfare course materials. This establishment of fundamental skills is then developed further as students progress into year two and, if they wish to proceed to a full Honours degree, into year three, where subjects taught cover a diverse range of relevant areas such as Behavioural Ecology and Psychopharmacology and Neuroscience.

What you will study

Entry requirements

64 UCAS points or a pass grade from a relevant Level 3 Extended Diploma. UCAS points are often made up from A Levels, preferably one in a science-based subject. 

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

Applications from mature students, without the standard entry requirements, who are working in the animal industry, are warmly welcomed.

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


Assessments include coursework, individual and group oral and PowerPoint presentations, mixed media formats, research reports, case studies and assignments, and closed and open book examination.


Graduates will find a diverse range of career opportunities available at the completion of the course which can involve practical based jobs as well as roles within organisations that have more of a campaigning role.

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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