BSc (Hons)

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You'll be encouraged to develop your analytical and critical skills; enabling you to assess animal welfare and to use assessment procedures of animal behaviour to evaluate animal wellbeing. Focusing on issues that relate to animal health, you'll study a wide variety of species and look at the impact on the animal welfare and management industry. 

What does the course cover?

You can look forward to a very varied course. This will include laboratory studies and practicals, lectures, seminars and workshops. You'll spend time with our animal collections including aquatic, companion and exotic species as an additional study resource. It's a particularly fascinating course that will see you develop a knowledge and understanding of the neurological and physiological aspects of behaviour and their subsequent impact on animal wellbeing. By carrying out research projects, you'll also be able to develop your skills further, analysing key factors that affect behaviour and welfare. 

What research is involved?

You'll gain invaluable guidance and support from our experience academic staff who have extensive experience in animal behaviour and research. During your final year research project, you'll have the opportunity to work closely with companion animals, exotics and farm livestock here on site. You'll be able to research animal cognition, aspects of behaviour and behaviour management. This will enable you to present a critical analysis in a thoroughly scientific format. You'll be further encouraged to undertake your research in an industry setting; developing the relevance and application of your findings in respect of animal behaviour and welfare. 

Entry Requirements:

3 A-levels (grades BBC)


Full-time: 3 years

Part-time: 5 years

UCAS Details:

The UCAS code for this course is D328


With our superb animal management unit, farm and fully-equipped laboratories; you've got everything you need to support your course. 

We've been offering animal management courses since 1995, and it's rapidly grown to become one of our key vocational areas within the college. Major developments within the unit include a new dog grooming uni, plus areas specialising in small mammals, birds of prey, cold and tropical aquatics, and our exotics with a wide range of amphibian, reptiles and snakes. You'll also be able to make full use of our 800-hectare farm that has a range of livestock including cows, horses, pigs and sheep. 

Our modern and fully-equipped laboratories are an excellent location for animal science experiments and behaviour studies. You'll be able to use our high quality, well-maintained equipment to support your studies - such as our digital binocular compound microscopes, HPLC and electrophoresis equipment, and a PCR Thermocycler. This will enable you to learn and experience the practical elements of animal science in a safe and stimulating environment. 

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