Cornwall College

FdSc Animal Husbandry and Welfare

The Cornwall College Group offers a wide range of undergraduate programmes across eight 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
    • ASR103 Cells and Microbiology

    • 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.

    • CORN115 Diversity, Classification and Evolution

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

    • CORN152 Animal Husbandry

      This module is designed to provide the student with knowledge of animal husbandry, animal anatomy and the practical skills for successful animal husbandry to promote health and welfare.

    • 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.

    • CORN180 Fundamentals of 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.

  • Final year
  • Core modules
    • CORN2004 Zoo Animal Management and Practice

      Students will evaluate the role of zoos in education and captive breeding, and investigate a range of organisations that house and breed animals. Organisation, research, conservation and education within managed zoological collections is explored, students will also develop their employment skills and reflecting on their own professional practice.

    • CORN258 Biology of Exotic Species

      This module provides students with a knowledge of invertebrate, fish, amphibian and reptilian species and their biology.

    • CORN259 Bird Biology

      This module will enable students to study the biology of a range of birds, including a session on observing various birds in flight. The student will be able to understand major biological systems, and wild and captive behaviour. Some sessions are delivered at Paradise Park Wildlife Sanctuary.

    • CORN260 Captive Diet and Feeding

      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.

    • CORN261 Mammal Biology

      This module introduces students to the anatomy and physiology of mammals and explains the inter-relationship of the systems for homeostatic control. Various practical investigations are undertaken in the laboratory at Newquay.

    • CORN262 Animal Nursing and Disease

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

    • NQS204 Genetics and Reproduction of Animals

    • 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.

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

EU applicants should refer to our dedicated Brexit webpage for details of the implications of the UK’s plans to leave the European Union.

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

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. 

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.

Find out more about studying at Cornwall College