Animal Ethics and Welfare Diploma Level 4

Animal Ethics and Welfare Diploma Level 4

Key Information

Course Level



Study Mode


Up to 2 Years



Course Fees




Unit 1

Welfare, Rights & Ethics 

The first unit of this Animal Ethics Course explores the differences between Animal Welfare & Animal Rights. 

Learn about the global perspectives, the differences & consequences that occur within the proposal of Animal Rights and about the main controversies concerning Animal Ethics.

Unit 2

Attitudes towards Animals

Unit 2 explores the attitudes of humans towards animals. The unit begins with exploring the scientific basis of animals, including humans. It continues with historical & current attitudes toward animals, including how religions refer to & regard animals.

Unit 3

Ethology, Comparative Psychology, Philosophy

The third unit of the Animal Ethics Course explores the links between academic interests & animals. Learn about  ethology, philosophy, comparative psychology; animal behaviour; human-animal behaviour; philosophy of attitudes toward animals. Explore the Moral Status of animals, contemporary proponents of Animal Ethics & Welfare and animal cognition.

Unit 4

Uses of Animals – Experimentation & Research

Learn about laboratory uses of animals (UK) and current basic welfare standards (UK). Understand the ‘3R’s’ of animal welfare: Reduce, Replace, Refine; acceptability of the 3 R’s; who implements/controls them, the alternatives & why enrichment is not always a priority for experimental animals.

Unit 5

Uses of Animals – Human Well-being & Gain

This unit explores the topic of animals used for human well-being such as companion, therapy & assistance animals. The unit also explores those used for financial gain both legal and illegal e.g. in sport, entertainment & tourism. Finally, this unit studies the consequences to the human if full rights were given to all animals.

Unit 6

Ethics & Welfare – Evidence from Animal Behaviour

Unit 6 introduces the idea that the ethical treatment of animals can be promoted through the understanding drawn from animal behaviour research. It includes how evidence of animal behaviour suggests there should be equality with humans. Explore the use of animal behaviour studies in promoting improved attitudes, welfare & ethical treatment of animals.

Animal Ethics and Welfare Course


The approach to the Animal Welfare Course is based upon a pro-animal point of view. The course investigates what it means when we say “Animal Rights” and how animals fit into a world dictated by humans. 

Animal Ethics and Welfare 


The Animal Ethics Course is ideal for anyone wanting to pursue a career in animal welfare or working for a campaigning charity such as the  BUAV, Animal Aid, PETA, WSPA, RSPCA, Born Free, Uncaged etc. It is also  relevant for anyone interested in the subject of Animal Ethics.

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