Cornwall College

FdSc Animal Husbandry and Welfare

The Cornwall College Group offers a wide range of undergraduate courses across seven campuses throughout Cornwall and Devon, including Bicton College, Cornwall College, Duchy College and Falmouth Marine School. We offer specialist courses designed with employers and delivered by industry professionals. During your studies you will get the opportunity to work on live projects and start your career before you even graduate.

Course details

  • Year 1

  • Core modules

    • Fundamentals of Biology (CORN1000)

      This biology-based module provides students with an understanding of the key biological concepts and practical skills which underpin the study of living organisms.

    • Animal Nutrition (CORN1004)

      This module considers the nutrition of a range of animals. Topics covered include feeding types, nutritional requirements, digestion, natural and artificial foods, and nutritional disorders.

    • Key Professional Skills (CORN1005)

      This module parameterises the internal and external factors that defines the relevant employment sector, providing students with the knowledge and skills to begin positioning themselves professionally within that field. PESTLE factors for the industry will be covered as well as specific personal, professional and employability skills required for both academic study and the workplace

    • Fundamentals of Animal Behaviour (CORN1006)

      This module is designed to give the student a thorough grounding in 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.

  • Year 2

  • Core modules

    • Diversity, Classification and Evolution (CORN1002)

      This module provides an introduction to the main characteristics of different forms of life on Earth and how they evolved.

    • Health and Welfare of Animals (CORN1003)

      This module gives students an understanding of the ethical and practical considerations required to maintain health in animals in a variety of contexts and how to detect ill health.

    • Animal Breeding and Conservation Genetics (CORN2010)

      This module provides students with an understanding of reproductive biology and how this relates to animal population management within both a captive and a wild setting. The module will further investigate how genetics can support population management and conservation.

    • Husbandry of Captive Vertebrates (CORN2014)

      To provide students with an understanding of the taxonomy, anatomy and physiology of vertebrates including wild and captive behaviours. To explore actual and best practice in husbandry requirements of a range of animals in private and public collections

  • Final year

  • Core modules

    • Animal Disease (CORN2011)

      This module will introduce the student to the epidemiology, aetiology, pathogenesis, pathology of disease, diagnostic aids and suggested treatments and management of disease for animals.

    • Zoo Exhibit Management in Practice (CORN2013)

      This module explores the role of the animal keeper both as a husbandry specialist, and as promoter of the visitor’s understanding of the animal exhibits in a collection

    • Husbandry and Conservation of Aquatic Organisms (CORN2015)

      This module considers the scientific principles required to establish and maintain aquaria and explores conservation issues and practices as they apply to aquatic organisms

    • Individual Research Project (NQS219)

      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.

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

For further information and to apply for this course, please contact the college's admissions team directly using the contact details below. 

Progression routes

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

For further information, including the progression from foundation degree form, please visit

Our partnership with Cornwall 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 Cornwall College

Looking to study a specialist subject at university level? Want to do it in one of the most beautiful places in the world? Our wide range of courses gives you the chance to pick up the skills and experience you’ll need for your chosen profession.
Plymouth students working on a group project