South Devon College

FdSc 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.

In 2017 UCSD was awarded ‘Gold’, the highest level possible, by the Teaching Excellence Framework which recognises outstanding teaching within our university-level curriculum.

Course details

  • Year 1
  • Core modules
    • SOUD1124B Developing Research and Practice

    • SOUD1262 Animal Husbandry and Handling

      This module explores the husbandry and housing requirements of a range of animal species in private and commercial establishments. Genetic, environmental and ethical influences are considered in conjunction with private and commercial husbandry practices, veterinary manipulation of the reproductive process and advances in reproductive science. Appropriate handling and restraint techniques and associated health and safety considerations for a range of species are also covered.

    • SOUD1263 Anatomy and Physiology

      This modules aims to provide a comprehensive insight into the anatomy and physiology of companion, domestic and exotic animal species. It will develop an appreciation of biological and physiological differences between specified species to inform efficient management. The module also explores the endocrinology of reproduction in both sexes from conception to parturition for a range of animal species.

    • SOUD1264 Nutrition

      This unit enables the student to apply the basal principles of Nutrition to a range of animal species with consideration to their physiological status. Application of this knowledge to formulate effective dietary protocols to promote health will be introduced.

  • Year 2
  • Core modules
    • SOUD1022 Principles of Animal Behaviour

      This module introduces the concept of animal psychology and explores the underpinning principles of animal behaviour to enable analysis of normal and abnormal animal behaviour. Research methodologies and their application are considered to allow the learner to propose and perform basic behavioural research studies.

    • SOUD2020 Principles of Behaviour Management and Analysis

      Behavioural therapy is a complementary branch of veterinary medicine; critical evaluation of the rationale for the exhibition of specific behaviours can inform treatment of behavioural disorders. This module defines and clarifies research methodologies to formulate behavioural manipulation strategies to improve animal health and welfare.

    • SOUD2090 Animal Health and Welfare

      This module aims to provide a basic understanding of the principles of maintaining animal health, prevention of infection and provision of palliative care for animal species. It will incorporate discussion of disease processes, veterinary diagnosis and treatment regimes and the practical application of emergency medicine in animals.

    Optional modules
    • FDB1032R Business Environment

    • SOUD1023 Habitat Conservation and Ecological Sampling

      Habitats and the ecosystems they support are commonly coming under threat from human and environmental influences in the modern world. This module considers the diversity of environments within Britain and the issues that surround their conservation. To demonstrate common fieldwork techniques undertaken in ecological surveys and use statistics to analyse data to inform management decisions.

    • SOUD1024 Principles of Ecology

      An introduction to the concepts of Ecology with exploration in relation to a local, national and international perspective. The complex relationship between speciation and competition are considered to explain ecosystem dynamics. The module will also investigate aspects of behavioural ecology relevant to wildlife conservation.

    • SOUD1025 Conservation Management

      Conservation management is essential in the modern world to preserve the diversity that occurs within nature. This module will investigate the processes involved with activating the conservation process: effective communication, funding, improvement strategies for short and long term management of conservation areas to promote biodiversity.

    • SOUD1032 Wildlife Management and Rehabilitation

      Growing human populations and subsequent changes to land use impact greatly on wildlife populations. This module considers the diversity of wildlife within Britain and the issues that surround management and conservation. It also explores the role of wildlife charities and organisations including rehabilitation and release processes for wildlife causalities.

    • SOUD1265 Foundation Bioscience

      This module introduces a range of essential elementary principles of biological science. It is designed for the learner from a non-scientific background to establish their knowledge of key concepts that will feature throughout their programme of study.

    • SOUD1268 Introduction to Ecology, Behaviour and Conservation

      This module offers an introduction to the basic concepts of ecology such as and nutrient cycling and energy transfer. The complex relationship between speciation, genetics and populations are considered in relation to contemporary conservation issues. The module also demonstrates how conservation management and techniques are influenced by an understanding of behavioural ecology.

  • Final year
  • Core modules
    • SOUD2070 Specialist Research Study

      This module will enable the student to demonstrate their ability to work independently in the production of a substantial piece of work that demonstrates significant investigation in a field related to their relevant subject sector.

    • SOUD2104 Wild and Domestic Animal Behaviour

    • SOUD2105 Applied Zoological Science

    Optional modules
    • SOUD2023 Sustainable Management

      The object of this module is to introduce the concept of sustainable management to a range of environments and industries. The legislative boundaries, human exploitation and globalisation will be considered to inform effective decision making for sustainable practices and natural resource conservation.

    • SOUD2024 Marine Biology and Environmental Management

      This module investigates the key concepts specific to marine ecosystems and their management in the UK and globally. A diverse range of marine habitats will be examined as will contemporary environmental issues such as exploitation and pollution to preserve biodiversity for future generations.

    • SOUD2050 Managing Financial Resources

      This module is designed to build upon and further develop knowledge and develop around the issues faced by managers when making decisions regarding financial resources.

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 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 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. 

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.

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