South Devon College

BSc (Hons) Applied Animal Science

Everything at University Centre South Devon (UCSD) is designed to maximise your employability and future career opportunities. Courses are created with local employers to ensure you learn industry-relevant skills and are delivered in small classes with regular one-to-one support, covering a range of study skills – it’s no wonder we’re recognised as a leading institution in the National Student Survey.

Course details
  • Year 1

  • Core modules

    • Dissertation (SOUD3022)

    • Professional Skills & Project Management (SOUD3024)

    • Contemporary Issues in Animal Science (SOUD3082)

      This module explores current issues and challenges facing animal and environmental sectors through invited speakers, staff and student led seminars. It will encourage students to work as teams through researching and delivering their presentations on up to the minute issues. Seminars will explore emerging science and technologies as solutions to these changes

    Optional modules

    • Bioethics and Anthrozoology (SOUD3098)

      Anthrozoology is the academic study of the relationships between human and nonhuman animals. People’s perceptions of, beliefs about and attitudes to domestic, captive and free-living animals will be explored from the perspectives of a variety of cultures, focusing on how they affect interactions with and uses of animals. Ethical, welfare, political and legal elements will be examined

    • Sustainable food production (SOUD3099)

      Food security/zero starvation is a complex global issue in which we all need to play our part. As the global population continues to increase so will the demand for effective food production. History has demonstrated how agriculture has had an impact on ecosystems worldwide, this module will explore the ethical and environment issues faced by increased demand for food and discuss how needs can be met in a sustainable way.

    • Birds: Management and Conservation (SOUD3100)

      Birds are among the most charismatic and diverse of the animal groups.  Their care and conservation rely upon understanding of their behaviour and ecology.  This module explores the diversity of bird life, behaviour, captive management and conservation. 

    • Coastal Ecology (SOUD3101)

      This module presents the relationships among different phyla of organisms and their interaction with environmental factors. Primary production, microbial loop, DOM and POM production will be linked to upper benthic and pelagic trophic levels. Different feeding strategies will be correlated with spatial distribution of species and life cycles. A final presentation on a specific topic will be held by students.

The modules shown for this course are those currently being studied by our students, or are proposed new modules. Please note that programme structures and individual modules are subject to amendment from time to time as part of the University’s curriculum enrichment programme and in line with changes in the University’s policies and requirements.

In light of the Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, the changeable nature of the situation and any updates to government guidance, we may need to make further, last minute adjustments to how we deliver our teaching and learning on some or all of our programmes, at any time during the academic year. We want to reassure you that even if we do have to adjust the way in which we teach our programmes, we will be working to maintain the quality of the student learning experience and learning outcomes at all times.
Fees, costs and funding

As this course is delivered by one of our partner colleges, please contact the college directly for information on fees and funding.

How to apply
All applications for undergraduate courses are made through UCAS (Universities and Colleges Admissions Service). 

UCAS will ask for the information contained in the box at the top of this course page including the UCAS course code and the institution code. 

To apply for this course and for more information about submitting an application including application deadline dates, please visit the UCAS website.

Support is also available to overseas students applying to the University from our International Office via our how to apply webpage or email

Our partnership with South Devon College
The University of Plymouth has developed partnerships with institutions around the world with the sole purpose of making higher education more accessible to those people who need something just a little different.

Our Academic Partnerships enable students to enrol for a degree at a partnership institution closer to home, or engage in distance learning – even when they’re in the middle of the ocean. They are there for those people looking to return to education, or enhance their professional development. Full- or part-time; foundation degree to masters-level – we cater for a huge variety of needs and aspirations.

Many of our partners offer specialist degrees, unique facilities, and smaller class sizes at a competitive price. And as a student of two institutions, you get the best of both worlds; a supportive learning environment as part of a close-knit community, and a university-level qualification awarded by the University of Plymouth. You’ll enjoy not only the facilities and services your partnership institution provides, but also all of the additional support and resources you need from us, and you’ll automatically become a member of our Students’ Union, too.

We are continuing to grow the number of partner institutions and expand our academic community to new locations around the UK and overseas. Why not visit the Academic Partnerships page on our website for a full list of partners and for more details on studying with us?

One of our partners delivers this particular course – so please visit their website for full course details, entry requirements, tuition fees and information on what student life is like there. 

Open days

Partner college open days

This course is run at one of our partner colleges. Open days are held at the college and more details of these can be found on the college website. You'll find contact details below, on this page.

University of Plymouth open days

You are also very welcome to attend a University of Plymouth open day, to get a flavour of the courses you can progress to from a partner college. There will however be limited information on this specific course and college.

Studying with South Devon College

At the heart of the sunny English Riviera, we’re an award-winning Beacon status college. Add to that our ‘outstanding’ rating by Ofsted (in 2009), modern facilities and our larger-than-life Students’ Union, and you’re left with the perfect environment.
Plymouth students working on a group project