The Course

This vocational programme develops a range of practical and knowledge-based skills related to animal health and welfare. Compulsory work experience develops practical experience in the workplace.

There is a strong emphasis on applying theoretical knowledge to practical situations using our excellent laboratory and animal facilities.

The programme content specifically designed to be appropriate to the needs of the animal health and welfare industry. It includes business and employment elements to improve transferable skills and enable students to set up their own business or take on supervisory roles.

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  • What You Study

    Year 1: Units introduce the student to farm health and behaviour, anatomy and physiology, animal nutrition, animal health, and how this relates to behaviour and management in relation to welfare.

    Year 2: Subjects develop on the first year, becoming more applied, including welfare and legislation, integrated health management, laboratory and veterinary diagnostics techniques, wildlife care and rehabilitation management.

  • Entry Requirements

    • Applicants will have a minimum of 80 UCAS points, which may be from qualifications such as A-Levels, BTEC Level 3 Extended Diplomas, Access to HE Diplomas, and City and Guilds Advanced Technical Diplomas amongst others. Please use the UCAS Tariff points calculator to determine the UCAS points value of your qualification.
    • Applicants need GCSE English Language at grade C / 4 or above, or an equivalent qualification.
    • Applicants need an appropriate academic reference.
    • Life and / or experience of non-traditional students will be taken into account when considering applications. The successful completion of an entry task may be required when considering applications without the required formal entry qualifications.
    • If your first language is not English, or a Tier 4 student visa to study is required and GCSE grade C / 4 English or equivalent is not held, English language proficiency level such as International English Language Testing System (IELTS) 6.0 overall (with a minimum 5.5 in each skill) will need evidencing.
    • Students with an appropriate HNC can apply for direct entry to Year 2.
  • Contact Time

    Approximately 16 hours a week to include lectures, seminars, work experience, practicals and tutorials. Students are also expected to carry out a significant amount of private study (approx. 25-30 hours a week) in addition to contact time.

    A part-time option is also available.

    Students can expect to receive their timetables during induction week.

  • Work Experience

    Work experience is an integral part of the programme. Students will gain placements working with laboratory and/or animal welfare-based industries. A total of 152 hours is required in a related part of the industry over the two years of the course.

  • Learning and Teaching Approach

    This programme is delivered with a variety of learning and teaching approaches to include all students’ learning styles and preferences.

    For all modules, theory lectures are delivered that aim to deliver the core content and provide the underpinning knowledge. To complement the theory lectures, students have group seminars/practical sessions that are used to reinforce concepts delivered theoretically.

    The teaching methods focus on facilitating a student centred approach to enhance the independent learning that takes place outside of the classroom. Students can choose to study at either the Bishop Burton campus, in East Yorkshire, or the Riseholme campus, in Lincolnshire.

  • How You're Assessed

    Assessment includes practical reports and demonstrations, written assignments, portfolios, scientific posters and group or individual presentations. There are no formal examinations.

    Opportunities for feedback on assessments is available prior to the final submission to support student development and achievement. Staff aim to return assessed work within a 15 working day timeframe (not including holidays) in order that students can most benefit from the feedback.

  • Progression

    Upon successful completion, students may progress to top up their studies on the final year of the BSc Bioveterinary Science or BSc Animal Behaviour and Welfare.

  • Careers

    Graduates may pursue roles such as / in the following industries: Welfare / animal health inspector (e.g. DEFRA, RSPCA), laboratory animal technician, welfare scientist, environmental enrichment co-ordinator, agriculture consultant, laboratory scientist, animal rescue and rehabilitation, reproduction technologist, management positions, animal welfare societies.

  • Equipment Required / Additional Costs

    For your course, you will need:

    • A tablet, laptop or stationery to take notes in lectures and seminars
    • College-branded white laboratory coat
    • College-branded blue kennel coat
    • Appropriate waterproof outdoor clothing and footwear for outdoor practicals
    • Strong steel toe capped boots for practical sessions
    • The college has a strict policy of not allowing work boots inside college buildings – you will need to have alternative footwear (shoes or trainers) to attend lectures and tutorials.
    • Roughly £300 to cover the costs of field trips and visits over the duration of your programme


  • How to Apply

    Full-time applicants should apply online via UCAS using code AAHW. Part-time applications should apply via our online application form.

  • Download Programme Guide

    Download our programme guides to find out more about studying the FdSc Applied Animal Health and Welfare programme at our Bishop Burton or Riseholme campuses.

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