FdSc Animal Science with Management -

FdSc Animal Science with Management

Course Details

  • Department

    Animal Management
  • Qualification

    Level 4
  • Course Type

    Full Time
  • Length

    2 Years
  • Location(s)


Course at a glance

The FdSc Animal Science with Management programme will develop your practical skills and knowledge required to be successful in a range of animal management industries.



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What you will learn

Areas relating to management of animals, ecology, conservation, behaviour and training of animals will be covered as part of the FdSc in Animal Science with Management. There is an emphasis on developing a range of skills required in employment. This programme offers students the opportunity to study a range of animals, including livestock, equine, captive animals and domestic pets.

University Centre Askham Bryan has a range of on-site resources, including a BIAZA accredited wildlife park, equine centre, working farm and well-equipped science centre with specialist laboratories. With these resources on hand, students have access to a range of resources to help them develop their skills required for industry.

Year 1 Modules (Core)

• Academic Writing and Research
• Animal Anatomy and Physiology
• Introduction to Genetics and Inheritance
• Animal Health and Disease
• Ecological Conservation Skills

Elective Modules (elect one)

• Exotic Animal Behaviour
• Canine and Feline Behaviour
• Equine Behaviour and Welfare

Year 2 Modules

• Independent Research Project
• Principles of Animal Management
• Animal Nutrition
• Animal Welfare and Ethics
• Laboratory Skills

Elective Modules (elect one)

  • Management of Habitats and Protected Areas
  • Principles of Animal Training
  • Business Enterprise

Key Information

Applicants should have achieved 48 UCAS points plus 5 GCSEs including English, Maths and Science at grade C/4 or above. Equivalent qualifications may be accepted in lieu of GCSEs. In addition applicants must have successfully completed a minimum of one year of Level 3 study and/or have significant industry experience.

An initial assessment process may be used to inform the College of your current status. Some students may be asked to attend an interview.

Applicants who believe they may be eligible for Accreditation of Prior Certificated and/or Experiential Learning (APCL/APEL) will be considered on an individual basis. If you have any queries in relation to entry qualifications, then please contact the University Centre team directly.

On successful completion, students may wish to consider progressing onto one of the University Centre’s top-up courses, (BSc Animal Management, BSc Animal Conservation, BSc Zoo Management or BSc Canine and Feline Behaviour and Welfare) allowing students to graduate with a BSc or BSc(Hons) degree.

Students alternatively may wish to consider careers in a variety of industries focused on animal management, animal nutritionist, animal health inspector and or animal charity work.

UK/EU, Isle of Man and Channel Isles Students on BSc Honours Degree/ BSc Ordinary Degree/ BSc Top up/ Foundation Degree/ Extended Foundation Degree – £9,000

Non-EU Overseas Students on Honours Degree/ Ordinary Degree/ Foundation Degree/ Extended Foundation Degree – £14,000

This programme requires students to undertake 300 hours of work placement, with 150 completed each academic year. Work placement is completed with an external provider which is arranged by the student. All work placements are subject to a health and safety check by the college to ensure that placements are suitable and safe. Support can be made available via the module tutor to help locate a suitable placement.

If you are already working in the sector, it may be possible to APEL (Accreditation of Prior Experiential Learning) this element of the course. Evidence of such employment will be needed, outlining duties etc for consideration at the APL panel, where applications will be considered on an individual basis. If you have any queries in relation to this, then please contact the University Centre team directly.

Assessments are designed to give students the opportunity to develop a range of skills, and perform tasks, which they would be asked to do in employment.


There are a range of assessment methods used including practical animal handling, professional discussions, practical laboratory and field skills, welfare assessments and reports.

In addition to tuition fees and accommodation if applicable, students will need to budget for extra costs as part of this course and will be responsible to cover them. Students will need to budget for some extra costs as part of this course, which you will need to pay for yourself. Below is a list with approximate cost to help with your budgeting.

Overalls £15- £30

Steel toe cap boots £25- £50

Lab safety glasses £10

White lab coat £10- £20

Optional course trips £20 – £2000 (Dependant on the trip/tour)

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