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FdSc Animal Behaviour & Psychology

For 2018 start - Available with a Science Gateway qualification

Cornwall College Newquay LEVEL: 5 Animal Management & Veterinary Nursing

This programme introduces you to the different ways in which zoologists and psychologists research and interpret animal behaviour.

Through study of the underpinning science you will learn about techniques used in the management of animal behaviour in a range of contexts and species, e.g. companion animals, working dogs, enrichment for captive zoo animals. You will focus on behaviour in the main vertebrate groups.

There will be a particular emphasis on consideration of the welfare of animals and the promotion of humane treatment of animals.

As an FdSc Animal Behaviour & Psychology graduate you will have developed skills which prepare you for employment in animal training, welfare assessment, animal husbandry and other related fields of work.

Work-related learning is embedded within the Personal & Employability Skills Development and Animal Behaviour in Practice modules. You will have the opportunity to experience the world of work, even if you are studying full-time.


Possible Progression (subject to availability) 

– BSc (Hons) Animal Conservation Science final year at Plymouth University
– BSc (Hons) Applied Zoology (top-up) at Newquay
– BSc (Hons) Animal Behaviour & Welfare final two years at Plymouth University


Possible Careers 

– Enrichment Advisor
– Field Researcher
– Dog Trainer
– Animal Therapy Assistant
– Animal Behaviourist

Key Facts

  • UCAS Code: DC38
  • Institution codes: CORN C78
  • Awarded by: Cornwall College & Plymouth University
Entry Requirements

48 UCAS points from AS and A-Levels (at least 32 points must be at A2-level) or relevant level 3 qualification, ie BTEC National Diploma / BTEC Extended Diploma - PPP Grades required (specific unit grades may be requested). Access to HE Diplomas in a relevant subject - 45 credits at level 3 (specific unit grades may be requested). Plus GCSEs at grade C/grade 4 or above in English Language, Science and Mathematics: alternatives at Level 2 may be considered. Mature applicants with relevant experience but without the stated qualifications will be considered individually and are encouraged to apply.

Teaching Excellence Framework (TEF) Silver Award


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Course Documents

FdSc Animal Behaviour Psychology Handbook (2018-19)


Indicative Module Year 1

  • Animal Training
  • Personal and Employability Skills Development
  • Anthrozoology
  • Psychological Principles
  • Hygiene, Health and Welfare of Captive Animals
  • Evolutionary Theories

Indicative Module Year 2

  • Behavioural Ecology
  • Animal Behaviour in Practice
  • Animal Behaviour Management and Therapy
  • Applied Psychology
  • Individual Research Project

*Modules are subject to change and availability




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*Courses listed on this website are indicative of the subject, nature and level of study. The college reserves the right to alter specific qualifications titles, awarding bodies and levels of qualification, which can change in year. Any cost may also vary, based on personal funding eligibility.

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