Cornwall College

FdSc Animal Behaviour and Psychology

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Course details

  • Year 1
  • Core modules
    • CORN153 Introduction to Animal Behaviour

      This module is designed to give the student a basic understanding of the theories of animal behaviour and knowledge of behavioural research. Students are expected to undertake a small behavioural survey as part of the module assessment along with a theory test.

    • ASR113 Animal Training

      This module provides the student with an introduction to animal training techniques in a range of species. The fundamental principles of training are discussed at length, followed by detailed sessions with guest speakers and practical experience of how animals are trained.

    • CORN130 Anthrozoology

      Anthrozoology explores the relationships between humans, and animals as food; companions; workers; religious entities, scapegoats in society and experimental subjects. Domestication is compared and contrasted with non-domestication; and beliefs and cultural differences in the treatment of animals considered in the impact on animal welfare around the world.

    • CORN133 Business Skills for the Animal Care Sector

    • CORN147 Psychological Principles

      Students will be introduced to and develop knowledge and understanding of the basic principles of psychology including developmental, cognitive, biological, clinical, social, and comparative psychology in relation to animal behaviour as well as gaining an insight into the importance of individual differences and data analysis in psychological studies. The emphasis will be on the impact these principles have had on the study of animal behaviour in general.

    • CORN154 Hygiene, Health and Welfare of Captive Animals

      This module gives students an understanding of the conditions needed to maintain health in captive animals and how to detect ill health. Special consideration is given to the role of the immune system and psychological well-being in fighting disease, and the importance of the five freedoms in captive animals to maintain good health.

    • CORN155 Evolutionary Theories

      This module provides an introduction to the origins of the earth and theories of evolution.

    • CORC1013C Personal and Employability Skills Development

      This module is designed to equip students with the necessary knowledge and skills to develop themselves in terms of their personal and employability skills.

  • Final year
  • Core modules
    • NQS219 Individual Research Project

      This module gives students the opportunity to conduct their own research project. Student involvement and responsibility stretches from project conception and planning, literature research, analysis and interpretation of data to report writing and presentation.

    • CORN219 Education and Interpretation in Public Spaces

    • CORN213 Behavioural Ecology

    • CORN230 Animal Behaviour Management and Therapy

    • CORN231 Applied Psychology

    • CORN252 Animal Behaviour in Practice

      An introduction to the scientific basis of animal behaviour, including applied behaviour analysis and ethology.

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.

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 international-admissions@plymouth.ac.uk.



Progression routes

Completing this course enables you to progress onto these related courses and programmes with Plymouth University at level 5 or level 6, as specifically defined by this programme’s progression agreement.

*Your progression route application must be submitted by 28th November 2016.

Our partnership with Cornwall College

Plymouth University 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 college 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 Plymouth University. You’ll enjoy not only the facilities and services your college 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 Partners 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. 

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