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BSc (Hons) Applied Animal Welfare Science

The BSc Animal Welfare Science programme focuses on underpinning components that contribute to the overall welfare of animals in a range of settings and interactions. The programme provides students with the opportunity to consolidate and broaden valuable practical experience within a scientific setting and animal unit developed through the FdSc Animal Welfare Science. Key focus will be on developing the student’s ability to critically analyse and evaluate key concepts within animal welfare science. Students have access to our purpose-built animal unit which houses a wide range of native and exotic mammals, birds, reptiles and amphibians enabling the study and assessment of physiological and behavioural systems, providing students with an understanding of animal welfare in a range of contexts. Specific emphasis is given to the importance of animal welfare within the broader context of the animal sector. The programme aims to: 1. Provide students with the subject knowledge, understanding and skills to enable them to become effective animal welfare science graduates who meet the needs of local employers. 2. Equip learners with the ability to apply detailed scientific knowledge to a range of settings and environments within animal welfare science. 3. Provide students with the opportunities to study, evaluate and contribute to emerging animal welfare science research in an international context 4. Encourage students to recognise the interdisciplinary nature of animal welfare science and apply their knowledge to a range of settings 5. Develop learners with a systematic understanding and coherent knowledge of animal behaviour, exotic animal biology, animal health and a range of contemporary issues within the field of animal welfare

This Programme is validated by the University of Hull.

UCAS Course code: ND25

Institution code N64

Campus name North Lindsey College

Campus code N

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    The dissertation module is a long-thin module with key delivery within the first trimester and supported tutorials and seminars in the second trimester to enable students to build on knowledge and experiences developed within the Research Project module within the FdSc Animal Welfare Science programme. The structure of the Dissertation module enables students to develop key concepts of their independent project and apply general theory gained from delivered sessions. Within the programme team, a broad range of specialisms will be supported to ensure an appropriate dissertation supervisor is allocated to provide tailored advice and guidance. The Dissertation module is structured in a way that guides students through the entire process of project proposal, approval, development and presenting outputs.
    The Companion Animal Behaviour and Management module builds on and cements key theory and knowledge developed within the animal behaviour focused modules delivered within the FdSc Animal Welfare Science programme. A practical focus is embedded throughout the module and utilises the UCNL Animal Unit. The Companion Animal Behaviour and Management module also has external trips planned to consolidate theoretical learning in meaningful way.
    Within the FdSc Animal Welfare programme, core scientific knowledge is embedded alongside the practical laboratory skills sought within industry. These modules ensure students are prepared for the Exotic Animal Biology module where key biological theory is applied to a range of non-native species. This module also considers the anatomy, physiology and homeostatic mechanisms of animals from a broad range of taxa. A practical laboratory element is embedded within this module where students will undertake dissections of exotic species and relate form to function in a practical setting. This application of theory developed throughout the FdSc Animal Welfare Science is applied to a range of species within this module and forms some of the basis for the Advanced Principles of Animal Health and Welfare module delivered in trimester B.
    The Advanced Principles of Animal Health module develops from the Animal Oncology, Animal Health and Nutrition module and Animal Behaviour and Welfare modules delivered within the FdSc Animal Welfare Science. This module consolidates key scientific knowledge and enables students to develop autonomy and apply knowledge to a range of species and settings.
    Finally, the Contemporary Issues in Animal Welfare is delivered within the final semester of the programme and draws on skills and experience developed within the Ecology and Conservation and Anthrozoology modules delivered within the FdSc Animal Welfare Science. Students are given the independence and autonomy to select a case study relating to a selected species and critically analyse the human, habitat and animal impacts.

    Level 6 – Full Time
    Semester 1
    Dissertation (40 credits)*
    Companion Animal Behaviour and Management (20 Credits)
    Exotic Animal Biology (20 Credits)

    Semester 2
    Dissertation (40 credits)*
    Contemporary Issues in Animal Welfare (20 Credits)
    Advanced Principles of Animal Health
    (20 Credits)

    * Dissertation is studied over Semester 1 & 2

    Practical Assessment
    Case Study Report

    HND Animal Management, FdSc Animal Welfare Science, Diploma of Higher Education in an animal or science related discipline

    Upon successful completion of the BSc Applied Animal Welfare Science programme, students will be able to progress onto a broad range of MSc or MRes programmes focusing on animal welfare.


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    Your Tuition fees cover the majority of costs associated with your programme (including registration, tuition and assessment).
    Students will be required to purchase a lab coat and a kennel coat in preparation for starting the programme.
    There will also be occasions when additional costs will occur, e.g. poster printing, trips and educational visits.
    Books (you will have access to books from your module reading lists in the HE library, but you may want to buy your own copies).
    If your programme includes a work placement, you may be required to pay for a Basic or Enhanced Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) check.

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