Course type:
Access to Higher Education

Access to Higher Education Diploma (Land-based Studies – Animal Science and Welfare)

If you’re looking to come to university but don’t quite have the right qualifications to study at degree level, then the Access to Higher Education Diploma in Animal Science and Welfare is the ideal progression route.

  • You could get your tuition fees completely paid If you’re aged 19-23 and haven’t already studied a level 3 (for example, A-levels or diploma) qualification
  • You can study flexibly alongside your other commitments
  • On completion, you’ll be ready to succeed at your chosen animal degree

We will provide you with the necessary study skills and field specific grounding so you go on to succeed at your chosen animal degree. As well as being taught by our academic staff you will have access to our wide variety of student facilities including the College's Home Farm estate and animal collections. You will also have full access to our Higher Education learning zone and fully equipped libraries.

The Access to HE Diploma is made up of core units which include science, business, research projects and higher education study skills. The animal science and welfare route also has two specialist units which focus specifically on animals.

For students starting the course without a level two qualification in English or maths, there will also be the opportunity to study towards separate English and maths qualifications. You will demonstrate your learning in a variety of ways for each unit. This may include observed practicals, presentations, short reports and exams. On the successful completion of each unit, you will gain credits which will count towards your diploma. The course runs from September to June each year. You will need to commit to 15 hours a week of contact time over a full academic year. In addition, you will need to invest a similar number of hours for your personal study.

Teaching will take place from Wednesday to Friday, with the teaching day usually starting at 10.30am and finishing usually at 4.30pm.

Tuition fees

You may be entitled to a fee remission if you are receiving certain benefits or to have your tuition fees waived if this is your first level 3 qualification and you are under 24 years of age on the 1st September of the year you wish to study.

UK Students aged 19 to 23 years of age: £5,000 (2017 September entry)

UK Students aged 24 and over: £5,000 (2017 September entry)

UK Students aged 24+ may be eligible to apply for a 24+ Advanced Learning Loan to cover the cost of their fees. These loans may not require repayment if you then continue onto, and complete, a degree. Find out more here.

There are also government backed loans for students who are 19-23, details yet to be confirmed.

As government backed funding is always changing please be aware that this information is a guideline only and is subject to change beyond our control.  Please phone us to discuss your circumstances and what financial support may be available

How to apply for this course

Course Duration

1 Year
1 Year course
Course type:
Part Time

Entry Requirements


Each application is evaluated on its own merits, with applicants being 19 and over on 1st September in the year they wish to study. English and maths skills should be at a GCSE grade D or above, or the applicant should be able to demonstrate a comparable level of skill achieved through their work experience. The learning on the course is supported by the use of online resources, so an average level of computer literacy is required.


All applicants will have the opportunity to discuss their personal situation and long term university goals with a member of the Diploma academic team.

Why study Animal at Hartpury College?

If you want to work with animals, then Hartpury offers a dedicated environment to provide you with the practical skills, qualifications and experience employers are looking for to succeed in this thriving industry.

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