Hartpury College
BSc (Hons)

Applied Animal Science



Course Overview

This programme is designed to train potential animal scientists, equipping them with the knowledge and ability needed to work within the rapidly expanding animal industry.  Themes of study include nutrition, health & disease, behaviour & welfare, production of animals, laboratory science and wildlife management. During their studies, students will widen their skill base, develop key contacts and gain valuable experience working with animals in a range of situations.  

Visits to external organisations (including Sequani, Slimbridge and Birmingham Sealife Centre) will allow you to appreciate how theories are applied in commercial organisations. There are also two optional field trips available as part of the programme. A field course module to South Africa runs in the second year of the programme. This will give you an opportunity to explore African ecology and ethology. Activities will include animal tracking, day and night game drives, a visit to a Pillansberg National Park and individual student projects. Much of the teaching is delivered by the field staff based in South Africa. In the third year of the course there is a three day field course to Marwell Wildlife Park that is part of the Management of Animal Collections module. This trip will enable you to identify and evaluate the environmental and behavioural needs of a range of non-domestic animal species and provide the opportunity to investigate the necessary criteria for the reintroduction of animals into the wild. Much of the teaching for this module is delivered by full-time zoo staff, including the vet and a stud book keeper.

You will be assessed via a range of methods including written examinations, multiple choice questions, practical assessments, oral examinations, written assignments, practical notebooks and seminar presentations. An optional sandwich year can be taken at the end if year two, and there may be opportunities to undertake some of your studies abroad, as part of a collaborative exchange programme. There are a number of complementary studies courses available on site that you can undertake alongside your studies at a reduced cost. These include first aid, health and safety, animal handling and dog grooming.

The programme can be completed full time in three years, or four years with a sandwich year. Part time routes are also available and should be planned with your programme manager

Our students have gone on to some fantastic careers in a wide range of industries and enjoyed some exceptional work placements all over the world, helping them open doors to their dream careers. 

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Entry Requirements


A minimum of 5 GCSE A* to C, (or 9 to 4 where numeric grades are being awarded), including English Language and Mathematics.

A level subjects grades

Typical offer is BBB or equivalent. This must  include a minimum of two A Levels including one in a Biological Science and excludes General Studies.

Level 3 Extended Diploma subjects grades

Typical offer is a DMM in an Extended Diploma or equivalent in a relevant subject.

International Baccalaureate

We welcome students with the International Baccalaureate Diploma qualification. Offers will be based upon the constituent components to include a grade 3 at higher level biological science. Please contact the admissions team for more information.


We welcome students with Access qualifications. Certain programmes require a pass at level 3 in specific units. Please contact the admissions team for more information.


We may interview mature applicants and those with non-traditional qualifications.

For the most up to date information on your programme, you can find your course information sheet here

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In Brief


3 Years

Tuition fees

Fees for September 2017 entry

UK: £9,250
EU fees: Will remain the same as UK students, £9,250
International: £11,250
Please contact us to discuss part-time fees 

EU students starting this course in Sept 2017 will be eligible to apply for UK student loans for the duration of their course. 

The fees you pay at registration will cover the costs associated with the learning outcomes of the programme.  There are a number of opportunities to enhance your programme experience and employability through an optional work placements sandwich year, which you can complete between year 2 and 3 of your course. This year we have students on placements in South Africa, in the Seychelles and in Kenya! There are also some optional field trips; in your second year you could choose to complete the Field Course module, which involves a 12 day trip to South Africa (at a cost of approx. £1500) and a three day trip to a UK zoo, for the Wildlife and Zoo Management module. The College aims to keep any additional costs to the minimum and will frequently subsidise / support student in accessing funding routes for these optional activities.

When should I apply

You can apply for September 2017 entry now.  Please check the UCAS website for application deadlines.

How to apply

You must apply through the Universities and Colleges Admissions Service (UCAS).
Hartpury is an Associate Faculty of the University of the West of England. The Hartpury UCAS code is H22. If you feel that you have accredited prior learning please contact us to discuss your application.
If you want to study this degree on a part-time basis, please apply directly to Hartpury. Contact the Admissions team on +44 (0) 1452 702244 or email admissions@hartpury.ac.uk  to request a part-time university application form.

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Graduate profile : Laura Tennant – Research Technician at The Institute for Medical Research


What I do

I’m at the National Institute for Medical Research, which has 700 scientists. A massive part of medical research is animal research, which is where my degree comes in.   My job is in genotyping – so while I’m not directly responsible for discovering a new drug, I can say that everything I do plays a part.  

I specialised in dairy fertility at Hartpury and my thesis looked at a condition called mastitis in the dairy cow.   When I graduated I got really good advice from my lecturer that I should consider getting experience in human sciences so I went to St George’s in London for a masters in human reproductive science and medicine.

Getting my job at the institute was very competitive.  There were 135 applicants and  I think the fact that I had an animal science degree stood out because a lot of the other applicants had biology or human biology degrees – so my background was different.  My boss looked at my animal reproduction knowledge and saw how it would be helpful with the research we do at the institute. 

Why I chose Hartpury

The original plan was to be a vet, but I didn’t get the grades at A level.  I wanted to stay in animal science and carve out a new career.  A big part of choosing Hartpury was that I could bring my horse and the fact that I could specialise in large animals. 

While I was putting together my dissertation project, I had to spend a lot time at the Hartpury dairy unit swabbing the cows and the team on the unit were massively helpful with my research.   They even asked me to work part-time at the dairy and I absolutely loved it. 

Advice for graduates

My ultimate goal is to do a PhD and move back into dairy research. I am an animal scientist through and through, but in a time of change you have to adapt and be open to new possibilities. 

For me it’s about finding something you are passionate about. If you go into something half-hearted, it’s never going to work.  I love dairy, but I know some people thinking about university won’t be exactly sure what their passion is.   Animal research is a really good place to start and once you get to uni you need to be really homing in on what fires you up and grab it with both hands.

Work experience is also key. You might not want to be a vet, but if you are interested in animal and animal science, you should get experience in a vet practice, or a cattery or help out with lambing.  Be around animals and it will progress from there.

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Career Opportunities

Animal Nutrition / Health Advisor

Laboratory Technician

Zoo Keeper

College lecturer / Teacher