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.
The course features guest lecturers, regular workshops with professionals and a teaching team with experience in both practical and academic aspects of animal behaviour and psychology.
The analytical, research and group skills which are developed are highly valued by employers. As part of the Animal Behaviour in Practice module, there are video recordings of role play situations which add significantly to the practice and theory skills that you will learn. This is also a huge advantage when looking for work after the degree.
Employer Engagement is a priority for Cornwall College Newquay: the college has sought to work with employers who are dedicated and committed to supporting students who are work-ready and passionate about their subject.
Excursions to local zoos, bird and wildlife sites are available throughout the course. There are occasional trips to other locations when appropriate, such as the Natural History Museum in London, Bristol Zoo and Paignton Zoo.
Possible careers available with this qualification:
– Enrichment Advisor
– Field Researcher
– Dog Trainer
– Animal Therapy Assistant
– Animal Behaviourist
The application process for full-time and part-time degree level courses with The Cornwall College Group starting in September 2017 is still open and we are taking applications. Full-time applicants should apply via UCAS and part-time applicants directly via the College website.
- UCAS Code: DC38
- Institution codes: CORN C78
- Awarded by: Cornwall College & Plymouth University
- Course Fee (per annum): £7500
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. Access to HE Diplomas - 45 credits at level 3. 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.
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Course DocumentsFdSc Animal Behaviour & Psychology
Indicative Modules Year 1
- Psychological Principles
- Evolutionary Theories
- Hygiene, Health & Welfare of Captive Animals
- Personal & Employability Skills Development
- Introduction to Animal Behaviour
- Animal Training
- Business Skills for the Animal Care Sector- Anthrozoology
Indicative Modules Year 2
- Animal Behaviour Management & Therapy
- Applied Psychology
- Behavioural Ecology
- Individual Research Project
- Education & Interpretation in Public Spaces- Animal Behaviour in Practice
*Modules are subject to change and availability
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