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This Foundation degree will give you a wealth of practical skills and work experience that will enable you to hit the ground running when you start your career or progress on to further study.
The programme will provide you with the knowledge, practical abilities and intellectual skills to challenge scientific thinking, develop new ideas and evaluate current processes and practices in animal behaviour and animal welfare sciences.
You will develop skills to measure behaviour expressed by animals and to assess their welfare, providing access to a range of careers in the industry. You’ll also benefit from our continually expanding animal collection.
You will learn the fundamentals in the first year and, in the second year, optional modules allow you to tailor your degree to your interests and career ambitions. Topics can include Animal Welfare Assessment, Animal Behaviour, Ethics and Welfare, Companion Animal Behaviour and Training, Animal Health and Disease, Behavioural and Evolutionary Ecology and a Field Course.
You will also undertake a work placement where you can refine the skills you have learned in the real world. To support this, we organise your timetable so you have one day free of lectures each week to undertake your placement.
Trips will help you apply what you have learned in lectures and are usually run on a cost recovery basis, with students given time to plan for such expenses. You’ll also hear from guest speakers from industry and other academic institutions. On completion of the programme, there is the opportunity to progress on to the BSc Animal Behaviour and Welfare degree and complete a dissertation focusing on a specialist area you are passionate about.How to apply for this course
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 Level | Typical offer is CC or equivalent. This must include a minimum of one A Level preferably in a Biological Science and excludes General Studies
Level 3 Extended Diploma subjects/grades | Typical offer is a MPP in an Extended Diploma or equivalent in a relevant subject
We welcome students with equivalent qualifications, including Access and the International Baccalaureate. Contact the admissions team to discuss.
If you do not have a background in science you can complete the Principles of Animal Biology module in your first term.
We work with a range of organisations, including industry bodies and leading companies and charities, in the UK and throughout the world to open doors to incredible opportunities for our students – from exciting work placements to amazing jobs and field trips.
But perhaps the most special thing about Hartpury is that there are many opportunities for our students to gain real world experience on our own specialist campus.
Our Animal students are able to learn about and work with a wide variety of small and large domestic and exotic species – not only with our on-site animal collection but at the farm and in the canine hydrotherapy and equine therapy centres. It’s the best possible preparation for a career in the industry.
You’ll be more than just a number as an animal student at Hartpury University Centre. With small teaching groups and your own personal tutor, your lecturers will support you as an individual to achieve your ambitions, whether that’s working in animal science, welfare and conservation or in animal therapy-related roles.
Plus you’ll be part of a thriving research community, with plentiful opportunities to support staff with their projects and develop your own ideas in a broad range of areas, from animal health to welfare, behaviour and ecology.
The cost of studying can quickly mount up and our finance team can offer confidential advice on budgeting, information on bursaries, loans and grants, and help you explore what you are entitled to. For information on everything student finance related, click below.
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EU fees: Will remain the same as UK students, £9,250
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.
Whether it is your first time away from home, or you’re a seasoned traveller, there are options to suit you and your lifestyle while studying at Hartpury.
You’ll be part of a vibrant and international community of students of all ages, and from many different cultures, who share their experience of life at university together on one campus.
We have a variety of options to suit different tastes and budgets. Whether you choose to live on or off campus you’ll get the same high standards of facilities and support. You can check out your options by clicking below.Find out more
There is currently a trend for some higher education institutions and universities to make unconditional offers to applicants who are yet to complete their Level 3 qualifications (A Levels, Diplomas, etc).
However, at Hartpury University Centre we are only make unconditional offers to applicants who have already met our entry requirements due to the strength of the applications we receive. We believe strongly that a student should be enrolled on the right course for them, and meeting the entry criteria is a key point in ensuring you have the right knowledge and skills on which to build your academic studies.
Universities and higher education institutions typically indicate that they are making an unconditional offers because they have been impressed with the candidate’s application and that the unconditional offer is a result of their belief in the applicant’s potential for future success.
When deciding which offer(s) to accept, we would encourage students to base their decision primarily on the course and institution that they feel represents the best long term opportunity for them, rather than on whether their place would be automatically guaranteed.
Here at Hartpury, we only make offers to applicants where we feel their application demonstrates that they are capable of meeting our entry requirements and succeeding on their chosen course.
If you were to choose Hartpury as your firm choice but narrowly miss the conditions of your offer, we may be able to consider whether we could still admit you during the Confirmation and Clearing period in August. This would be dependent on the number of spaces available once all offer holders who had met their offer conditions had been admitted, and as such there is no guarantee that spaces would be available.
If you are made unconditional by another institution then your insurance choice will be automatically declined, and as such you would no longer hold an offer from Hartpury. You would also be ineligible for Adjustment, and therefore the only route available to study with us would be via Clearing.
Hartpury University centre typically has a very limited number of spaces available in Clearing, and it is likely that only certain courses will have spaces available. If spaces were available, you would need to ask your firm choice to release you into Clearing.
Further details on the Clearing process can be found on the UCAS website.
Students can be tempted to accept an unconditional offer as their place on the degree will not be dependent on exam performance. However, the final few months of A Level and Diploma study may be essential in preparing you for your degree course, and many graduate employers will consider Level 3 qualifications when shortlisting applicants for graduate schemes.
You should not feel pressured into making any decisions until you have heard back from all five of your UCAS choices. An unconditional offer should not be time-limited by a university until there is a published UCAS deadline for a decision by the applicant.
During the summer before you start at Hartpury, we will send you details about your joining instructions, which includes information about induction and enrolment and the kit and books you may need before you start. You can find out more on our Coming to Hartpury page.
If you want to study for a degree but you don't have the qualifications you need, or perhaps you have been out of education for a while, our Access to Higher Education Diplomas could set you on the perfect path to your dream degree.Search for an Access to HE Diploma here