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Bioveterinary Science (with Foundation Year) (Hons), B.Sc.

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    Application Deadline
  • 48 months
Gloucester, United Kingdom
Study bioveterinary science in dedicated labs and work with a range of animals during the Bioveterinary Science (with Foundation Year) (Hons) course from Hartpury College. Progress into degree-level study through a Foundation year. Gain professional experience on campus.
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This Bioveterinary Science (with Foundation Year) (Hons) course from Hartpury College is ideal for those who want to pursue a range of specialist scientific areas that focus on the processes underpinning disease. You’ll apply theory to practice in our dissection and microbiology laboratories, as well as working with our diverse range of animal species on campus. Your first year will provide the foundation you need to tailor your degree to suit your interests and career goals.

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.

There are three core streams running throughout: animal health and disease; microbiology; and animal therapy. Animal health and disease focuses on the science underpinning animal health. As part of each stream, you’ll be able to examine the cause, transmission, diagnosis and cure of notifiable and zoonotic diseases, studying farm animals, equine and companion species.

Microbiology will enable you to understand microorganisms and how laboratory techniques can help to diagnose bacterial diseases. You’ll conduct research in our specialist laboratories, examining the mechanisms of infection and use of antibiotics. Animal therapy will introduce you to different types of physical therapies and  hydrotherapy. You’ll examine the efficacy of different therapies for different conditions and species, working with horses and dogs in our equine and canine therapy centres.

You’ll also be able to pursue modules on breeding and genetics, as well as livestock production and reproduction which include practical sessions on our commercial farm. Production modules will enable you to study different production systems across a range of enterprises and evaluate cutting edge research in the field of animal production.

Industry opportunities

We’ll support you to gain voluntary work, right from your first year, with students recently undertaking roles in our commercial equine and canine therapy centres, our commercial farm and assisting with practical sessions in our science labs. You’ll benefit from guest lecturers, with recent speakers including vets from the Three Counties Equine Hospital running practical seminars on lameness in horses. Tynsdale Vets also run short practical courses on foot trimming, mastitis and calf rearing on our farm.

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:

  • Veterinary medicine
  • Journal Editor, Wiley
  • Research Assistant, Animal Health Trust
  • Master’s and PhD study
  • Lab technician
  • Pharmaceuticals

Detailed Programme Facts

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  • Programme intensity

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

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

      Part-time study options available.

  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode
    On Campus

Programme Structure

Courses included:

  • Anatomy and Physiology 
  • Animal Genetics 
  • Animal Health and Disease 
  • Animal Nutrition
  • Biochemistry 
  • Animal Behaviour and Welfare
  • Fundamental Skills for the Animal Scientist

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.

General Requirements

  • GCSE - A minimum of 5 GCSE A* to C, (or 9 to 4 where numeric grades are being awarded), including English Language and Mathematics.
  • A-levels - Typical offer is DD-EE or equivalent. This must include a minimum of one A-level.
  • Extended diploma - 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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