Glyndwr University

FdSc Applied Animal Behaviour, Welfare & Conservation

If you’re passionate about animals there’s never been a better time to prepare for your dream career with this course which covers animal behaviour, ethics and welfare. This course is part of a subject area rated 1st in the UK for student satisfaction in the Complete University Guide 2023.

Entry Requirements

The academic requirements for the course are 48-72 UCAS tariff points from A/AS level, National Diploma or equivalent (max of 60 points obtained from AS levels). Appropriate AS-Level and Level 3 Key Skills qualifications will also be taken into account. An animal-related qualification, such as National Diploma in Animal Management or Science related A2 qualifications are particularly welcomed. In addition four GCSEs at grade C/4 or above (including Science, English/Welsh (First Language) and Mathematics) or equivalent.

Although not required for the course itself, depending on the nature of work placement on this course you may be required to have Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) clearance (previously known as CRB), and pay the appropriate fee, so that a check can be made on your suitability for working with children and vulnerable adults.


6.0 (with no individual skill score below 5.5)

Career Prospects

Career opportunities in the animal care industry are wide-ranging. You could be working in animal welfare organisations, conservation, zoos and wildlife parks, veterinary practices, animal feed companies and veterinary or pharmaceutical companies.

Further study opportunities are also available, such as progression to teaching qualifications or postgraduate level research.

Our Careers & Employability service is there to help you make decisions and plan the next steps towards a bright future. From finding work or further study to working out your interests, skills and aspirations, they can provide you with the expert information, advice and guidance you need.

Course Details


In this year you are introduced to the concepts of biology, animal behaviour and welfare that you will use throughout the rest of your course. Laboratory skills are essential to science and you will receive a foundation in these. You will develop animal husbandry skills and knowledge.  You will also undertake a period of work experience so that you become familiar with the animal sector and develop practical skills necessary for the workplace.


In this year you will build upon knowledge gained in your first year and develop your understanding of a variety of topics in more detail. You will learn about anatomy and physiology, survey skills for conservation, learning and training. You will also learn research skills and report writing within research methodologies. In addition, the Applied Practice module will allow you to gain further hands on experience in the workplace.

Year 1

• Biological Concepts
• Husbandry
• Ethology and Anthrozoology
• Ethics and Welfare
• Academic and Personal Development
• Professional Practice

Year 2

• Research Methodologies
• Applied practice
• Anatomy and Physiology
• Learning and Training
• Survey Skills for Conservation

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