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Animal Management Top-Up (Hons), B.Sc.

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    Application Deadline
  • 12 months
Gloucester, United Kingdom
Make a difference to the lives of animals, right from day one of the Animal Management Top-Up (Hons) programme 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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Top-up your existing qualifications to a full BSc degree in one year. Develop your practical skills while learning on a campus that’s home to over 90 animal species. Focus on the topics that interest you and tailor your studies to suit your career goals during the Animal Management Top-Up (Hons) programme from Hartpury College.

Top-up your HND, foundation degree or equivalent to a full honours degree, tailoring your studies to suit you. If animal health and welfare is your passion, you could cover advanced animal nutrition, utilising our animal laboratories to develop your practical skills. Anthrozoology, which looks at the interaction between humans and animals, could be another option. You’ll explore the benefit of assistance animals, and how animals can help in education. If wildlife conservation is your passion, you could experience the behind-the-scenes working of a zoo as part of a residential trip.

You can choose from a diverse range of existing topics, including animal psychology, animal therapy, or biodiversity and conservation. You’ll have opportunities to improve you skills with access to exotic and domestic species. You could also choose to study larger species on our commercial farm, exploring animal production.

You’ll also assess current industry research focusing on the important topics in animal management through an applied project. This will develop your research skills and give you a chance to focus on an area you’re most passionate about.

Industry opportunities

Our commercial canine and equine therapy centres, as well as our commercial farm offer you the opportunity to gain industry experience ready for your career. You’ll be encouraged and supported to find volunteering opportunities. Recent students have worked at organisations such as the Blue Cross, West Midlands Safari Park, the International Centre for Birds of Prey and Bristol Aquarium. Guest lecturers will give you valuable industry insights and field trips to places such as Guide Dogs for the Blind will strengthen your learning.

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:

  • Zoo education officer
  • Animal nutrition advisor
  • Animal technician
  • School teaching or college lecturer
  • Postgraduate study

Detailed Programme Facts

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  • Programme intensity

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

    • Full-time duration 12 months
    • Intensity Flexible
    • Duration description

      Part-time study options available.

  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode
    On Campus

Programme Structure

Courses included:

  • Applied Research Project 
  • Applied Business Management 
  • Developments in Animal Science
  • Investigative Skills for the Successful Undergraduate

English Language Requirements

You need the following IELTS score:

  • Minimum required score:


    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

  • A pass at Foundation Degree or HND in a animal science or management related subject.
  • We welcome students with equivalent qualifications.

Tuition Fee

  • International

    13000 GBP/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 13000 GBP per year and a duration of 12 months.
  • EU/EEA

    9250 GBP/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 9250 GBP per year and a duration of 12 months.
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Living costs for Gloucester

  • 824 - 1570 GBP/month
    Living Costs

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