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Animal Behaviour and Welfare (With Foundation Year) (Hons), B.Sc.

  • Anytime
    Application Deadline
  • 48 months
    Duration
Gloucester, United Kingdom
Make a difference to the lives of animals, right from day one of the Animal Behaviour and Welfare (With Foundation Year) (Hons) course from Hartpury College. Learn in our labs and study spaces with our on-site animal collection. It includes meerkats, prairie dogs and wallabies.
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Overview

Turn your passion for animals into your career, developing your expertise in animal behaviour and welfare. Learn with 90 different species on campus. Strengthen your understanding of animal biology in a foundation year before progressing onto a full BSc degree.

Benefit from a 360-hectare campus that’s home to a diverse range of animals. You’ll have fantastic opportunities to develop your expertise to assess animal welfare, measure behaviour, train and manage domestic, exotic and wild species. Teaching is supported by our on-site animal collection, including meerkats, rabbits, goats and wallabies, our dairy farm and equine yard.

An optional field trip to Mankwe Wildlife Reserve will give you the opportunity to study wildlife and conservation on the South African plains; this will give you valuable insights into international conservation careers.

This foundation year pathway provides an alternative route into degree-level study. It’s ideal for those who need to gain subject-specific knowledge and skills in order to progress onto the full BSc qualification.

Across all years of this Animal Behaviour and Welfare (With Foundation Year) (Hons) course from Hartpury College, you’ll develop industry-standard practical skills to assess animal welfare, measure behaviour, train animals and manage domestic, exotic and wild species. Through exposure to the latest research you’ll be at the forefront of emerging scientific knowledge. You’ll also use your experiences to inspire your own research question, which you can explore further in a significant project in your final year.  

You could follow in the footsteps of many of our students who have published their research with our lecturers. They’ve also presented research at national and international conferences run by organisations such as ASAB (The Association for the Study of Animal Behaviour), BIAZA (British and Irish Association of Zoos and Aquariums) and UFAW (Universities Federation for Animal Welfare).

Industry opportunities

The optional sandwich year, before the final year, takes you into industry to prepare for entering your dream career.  Your work placement can be at any animal-based organisation, either in the UK or overseas.

Our commercial canine and equine therapy centres offer opportunities for students to gain industry experience ready for their careers. Alongside this, we’ll encourage you to find a voluntary role with a local organisation such as an animal rescue shelter, wildlife rehabilitation centre or a zoo. 

Our students work with organisations such as the Blue Cross and West Midlands Safari Park. Field trips to places such as Cotswold Wildlife Park, Bristol Aquarium and Guide Dogs for the Blind will strengthen your learning. Guest lecturers will give you valuable industry insights; recent visitors have included Fire Investigation dog handlers and zoo keepers.

Graduate destinations

As an animal graduate you may go on to work in zoos, aquariums, wildlife parks, rescue, conservation or welfare centres. Studying an animal degree will also give you the transferable skills you need for other graduate careers. Recent graduate destinations have included:

  • Instructor, Guide Dogs for the Blind
  • Animal Welfare Assistant, Blue Cross
  • Editorial Assistant, BSAVA
  • Zoo Keeper, Bristol Zoo
  • ‎Communications and Education Executive, Bristol Aquarium
  • Postgraduate study – MRes Animal Behaviour and Welfare, MRes Anthrozoology

Detailed Programme Facts

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    Missed the 15 January UCAS deadline? Don’t worry, you can still apply for many of our courses. 

  • Programme intensity

    You can choose to do this programme part-time or full-time.

    Full-time
    • Full-time duration 48 months
    Part-time
    • Intensity Flexible
    • Duration description

      Part-time study options available.

  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode
    On Campus

Programme Structure

Courses included:

  • Animal Behaviour
  • Animal Genetics
  • Animal Health and Disease 
  • Introduction to Animal Welfare
  • Systems Biology 
  • Biodiversity

English Language Requirements

You need the following IELTS score:

  • Minimum required score:

    6

    The IELTS – or the International English Language Test System – tests your English-language abilities (writing, listening, speaking, and reading) on a scale of 1.00–9.00. The minimum IELTS score requirement refers to which Overall Band Score you received, which is your combined average score. Read more about IELTS.

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General Requirements

  • GCSE - A minimum of 5 GCSE A* to C, (or 9 to 4 where numeric grades are being awarded) or equivalent, to include English Language and Mathematics.
  • A-level - Typical offer is DD-EE or equivalent. This must include a minimum of one A-level.
  • Vocational awards - Typical offer is a PPP in an Extended Diploma or equivalent in a relevant subject.
  • We welcome students with equivalent qualifications, including Access and the International Baccalaureate.
  • We may interview mature applicants and those with non-traditional qualifications.

Tuition Fee

  • International

    13000 GBP/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 13000 GBP per year and a duration of 48 months.
  • EU/EEA

    9250 GBP/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 9250 GBP per year and a duration of 48 months.
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Living costs for Gloucester

  • 824 - 1570 GBP/month
    Living Costs

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Funding

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