Glyndwr University

FdSc Applied Animal Behaviour, Welfare & Conservation (with Foundation Year)

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

Applications are welcomed from candidates who do not possess the standard qualifications but who can demonstrate their capacity to pursue the course successfully.

Entrance for these candidates is dependent on an assessment of past experience, a successful interview, references and diagnostic assessment to determine suitability for the course. Enthusiasm and commitment are essential.

Career Prospects

The animal care industry is now worth £1 billion to the UK economy with 13,000 businesses and numerous animal charities, zoos, conservation organisations, wildlife parks and animal visitor attractions.

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.

Course Details


The foundation year will introduce you to a range of scientific concepts and methods which underpin biological sciences.  You’ll gain thorough training in laboratory skills and will develop your analytical and mathematical skills.  Students will be encouraged to develop their own abilities in science, with a basic bank of knowledge across the main scientific areas. The Foundation year is taught at our Wrexham campus, with Level 4 (year 2) studies moving to our Northop campus.


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.

Year 1

• The Skills You Need
• Contextual Studies
• Science and the
• Laboratory and Field Skills in Biology (Biosciences)
• Introduction to Experimental Design and Mathematical Analysis (Biosciences
• Introduction to Science

Year 2

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

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