Top-up degree (subject to validation by the Royal Agricultural University)

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What does the course cover?

This top-up programme will provide you with a systematic understanding of key aspects of animal behaviour and welfare, including acquisition of coherent and detailed knowledge.  Through different subject delivery you will be able to devise and sustain arguments and solve problems, using ideas and techniques at the forefront of the discipline. You will be able to apply the theory to practical scenarios giving youthe qualities and skills necessary for employment or academia.

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 the animals, you'll study a wide variety of species and look at the impact on the animal behaviour, welfare and management industries. 

Entry Requirements:
  • Minimum age: 18
  • Foundation degree in Animal Science or Animal Management (FdSc) – mean grade of 55% or equivalent
  • Science-based qualification such as an HND or FdSc Veterinary Nursing - mean grade of 55% or equivalent
  • IELTS (for students with English as a second language): Level 6.5 overall with Level 6.0 in writing

Duration:

Full-time: 1 year

Part-time: 2 years

UCAS Details:

The UCAS code for this course is P315.

Costs:

For the academic year 2018/19 the tuition fees for this course are:

  • Full-time - £8,000
  • Part-time - £4,000

Facilities

Our Animal Management unit caters to all kinds of animals, enabling students to explore several areas of interest. Major recent developments within the unit include a new dog grooming unit, 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. Plumpton also has an 800-hectare farm that has a range of livestock including cows, horses, pigs and sheep.

The department also houses modern and fully-equipped laboratories which are an excellent location for animal science experiments and behaviour studies. Some of our equipment includes a digital binocular compound microscopes, HPLC and electrophoresis equipment, and a PCR Thermocycler. This enables students to learn and experience the practical elements of animal science in a safe and stimulating environment. 

Library

The library facilities at Plumpton is located in the heart of the college campus. There is plenty of space for quiet study and plugs at every desk. The library has extensive computer facilities to support student research and there is also easy access to printers. The library is staffed by the library manager and assistants.

There are over 10,000 books on land-based subjects, plus a range of magazines and journals, including electronic resources that may be accessed from College or home. The library stocks specialist material that covers a broad range of animal management, conservation and veterinary science subjects to facilitate students in their assignments and research projects. Students also have access to subject-specific e-journals and e-publications.

I.T. Resources

We have a dedicated Higher Education I.T. room here at Plumpton, providing reliable access to a quiet study space and printing facilities.

Our Virtual Learning Environment (VLE) is based on the programme Moodle. It is used daily by both staff and students to ensure that we adhere to the College aim of using modern technology to help support outstanding teaching, learning and assessment at college. Staff are encouraged to empower their students through the use of digital tools both in and outside the classroom. For example, they can provide support before a lesson by uploading lecture slides onto the module page. Digital enhancement can be conducted in a variety of ways during a lesson, such as encouraging student interaction through the use of Virtual Reality. Meanwhile, post-lesson enrichment can come in the form of a lesson-review quiz. Students must also submit assignments online via Turnitin, allowing staff to provide accessible and detailed digital feedback.

HE Study Rooms

HE students have access to their own study rooms that is for the sole use of HE students. The rooms are located in the Research & Development building, and creates a quiet self-study environment for students. Additionally, there is also a dedicated HE common room designed to provide students with a space to relax and engage with other HE students.

Modules

Level 6 modules and assessment map

*Please note: This programme and its suite of modules are still subject to validation.

This top-up degree programme comprises of one year full-time study, or two years as a part-time student.  A Credit Accumulation and Transfer Scheme (CATS) is adopted by the College which requires students to achieve a total of 120 credits from each year of full-time academic study. Successful completion of each full module results in the award of 15 credits and a double module, 30 credits. For the award of BSc (Hons) Applied Animal Behaviour and Welfare, a total of 120 Level 6 credits must be accumulated.

 

The programme comprises of five modules, three core modules and two elective (optional) modules out of a choice of three.

 

Core modules:

Research Project (30 credits)

Animal Cognition and Neuroscience (30 credits)

Animal Welfare and the Law (30 credits)

Elective modules:

Human-Animal Interactions (15 credits)

Companion Animal Behaviour Counselling (15 credits)

Contemporary Advances in Animal Behaviour (15 credits)

Assessment Map (Please note, these are still subject to validation)

 

Level

Module

Programme work %

Written exam %

Practical assessment %

6

Research Project (core)

100%

0%

0%

6

Animal Cognition and Neuroscience (core)

50%

50%

0%

6

Animal Welfare and the Law (core)

100%

0%

0%

6

Human-Animal Interactions (elective)

100%

0%

0%

6

Companion Animal Behaviour Counselling (elective)

100%

0%

0%

6

Contemporary Advances in Animal Behaviour (elective)

100%

0%

0%

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