Hartpury College
BSc (Hons)

BSc (Hons) Applied Animal Science with Therapy



Course Overview

The BSc (Hons) Applied Animal Science with Therapy degree programme, which is new for 2016, offers students the opportunity to gain specific practical hydrotherapy skills whilst developing a strong foundation in applied animal science. Throughout the degree programme, there is an emphasis on the development of relevant vocational skills to ensure your future success working in the animal industry, but also equipping you with the skills and knowledge you need to progress on to postgraduate study.

The Applied Science with Therapy degree programme will be of interest to anyone who wants to understand how animals function, common causes of disease and how to manage animal collections to optimise health and welfare. You will develop an in-depth knowledge and understanding of the theory that underpins animal health and welfare, which you are encouraged to put into practice by applying the theory you learn to propose solutions to commonly encountered animal management problems. During their studies, students will widen their vocational skill base, equipping them to work effectively across a range of animal-related professions, develop key industry contacts and gain valuable experience working with a wide variety of animals in a range of situations.

Throughout your course, you will benefit from access to our extensive animal collection and resources and extensive industry partnerships and contacts. You will have opportunities to work with the on-site animal collection, farm, equine unit and therapy centre, and the canine and equine hydrotherapy units, plus you’ll have the wider 360-hectare estate as your classroom.

The structure of the course allows students to select from optional modules which can be tailored to support their career aspirations or their own personal interests, while there are many additional opportunities for you to gain practical experience, including short courses available on site that you can undertake alongside your studies at a reduced cost to build your vocational skill portfolio. These include first aid, health and safety, animal handling and dog grooming.

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. This field course does incur an additional cost.

The BSc (Hons) Applied Animal Science with Therapy degree programme can be completed full-time in three years or four years with the sandwich year option, providing you with the chance to spend a year working in industry. Part-time options are also available.

Learning will be achieved through a mix of lectures, seminars and practicals and assessment will be a mixture of exams, oral presentations, practical skills assessments and written assessments.

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


Five GCSES at A*-C including English, Maths and Science.

Tariff points range

280 tariff points

A level subjects grades

Two A2s to include a biological science.

Level 3 Extended Diploma subjects grades

MMM in an animal/equine or science-based subject

International Baccalaureate

25 points




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In Brief

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. 

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 the Universities admissions service (UCAS).

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Course breakdown

Modules studied as part of this programme could include:

Introduction to Animal Welfare
Applied Animal Nutrition
Management of Domestic Animals
Principles of Hydrotherapy
Animal therapy
Applied animal health and disease
Ethics and Welfare
Wildlife and Zoo Management
Animal Psychology

course blog post

Animal and Land
09 Dec 2016

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Hartpury students put their wood-chopping skills to good use and delivered dozens of bags of firewood to the Hartpury village community in time for Christmas.

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Career Opportunities

Successful completion of the BSc (Hons) Applied Animal Science with Therapy degree programme could lead on to careers within canine and equine hydrotherapy and rehabilitation centres, zoo and wildlife management, animal-related education, animal charities and the veterinary sector or allow you to progress into postgraduate study.