B.Sc. On Campus

Applied Animal Science with Therapy (with Foundation Year) (Hons)

Hartpury College

48 months
13000 GBP/year
9250 GBP/year
Tuition fee
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Make a difference to the lives of animals, right from day one of the Applied Animal Science with Therapy (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.


Gain experience in our canine and equine animal therapy centres. Develop essential business skills and work with a range of animals on site. Progress onto degree-level study through a foundation year.

As part of the Applied Animal Science with Therapy (with Foundation Year) (Hons) course from Hartpury College you’ll gain essential experience in our Canine Hydrotherapy Centre and Equine Therapy Centre. Alongside developing valuable therapeutic knowledge, you’ll experience multi-disciplinary teams -  including veterinary professionals, hydrotherapists and nutritionists - working towards the optimal health or performance of an animal. You’ll gain insights into different career options as well valuable knowledge and

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.

Your first year will introduce you to fundamental areas of animal therapy including working with both the animal and human. You’ll study animal anatomy and physiology, with particular emphasis on the muscoskeletal system, animal genetics, health, disease and nutrition. On the human side, you’ll develop your expertise in effective scientific communication, both oral and written, as well as working with colleagues and animal owners in a therapy-type setting.

You’ll have the opportunity to undertake a work placement in industry as part of your degree, study business management subjects and undertake research to uncover new knowledge in an area you’re passionate about. Students across our animal degrees often co-publish with lecturers and present their research at industry conferences.

This course will equip you with a range of scientific animal therapy skills to prepare you for employment or further study. It will not qualify you to be an animal therapist or physiotherapist.

Industry opportunities

You’ll be able to gain experience in commercial therapy centres, as well as through a sandwich year in industry. We have strong industry connections, and host regular guests in lectures as well as professionals undertaking practical demonstrations. Recent activities have included clinical canine massage, physiotherapy assessments on canines, assessing and treating horses on the equine treadmill, as well as discussions about post-surgical management from veterinary professionals.

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:

  • Animal therapy
  • Animal nutrition
  • Animal physiotherapy (postgraduate study)
  • Lab technician
  • Sales and education
  • Postgraduate research

Programme Structure

Courses included:

  • Anatomy and Physiology for Animal Therapy
  • Animal Behaviour and Welfare
  • Animal Nutrition
  • Animal Genetics
  • Animal Health and Disease
  • Fundamental Skills for the Animal Therapist

Key information


  • Full-time
    • 48 months

Start dates & application deadlines

More details

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


On Campus

Academic requirements

We are not aware of any academic requirements for this programme.

Other requirements

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.
  • All applications for the Foundation year will be considered individually.
  • 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

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  • International

    13000 GBP/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 13000 GBP per year during 48 months.
  • EU/EEA

    9250 GBP/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 9250 GBP per year during 48 months.

Living costs for Gloucester

824 - 1563 GBP /month
Living costs

The living costs include the total expenses per month, covering accommodation, public transportation, utilities (electricity, internet), books and groceries.


Studyportals Tip: Students can search online for independent or external scholarships that can help fund their studies. Check the scholarships to see whether you are eligible to apply. Many scholarships are either merit-based or needs-based.

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