UCAS code:
D329

Course type:
Undergraduate

BSc (Hons) Animal Behaviour and Welfare

Make a difference to the lives of animals, right from day one of your degree. Learn in our labs and study spaces with our on-site animal collection. It includes meerkats, prairie dogs and wallabies.

Turn your passion for animals into your career, developing your expertise in animal behaviour and welfare. Learn with 90 species on site, working with domestic and exotic animals, and assessing animal welfare in different contexts. Experience fieldwork in South Africa.

Benefit from a 360-hectare campus that’s home to a diverse range of animals. You’ll have fantastic opportunities to develop your expertise to assess animal welfare, measure behaviour, train and manage domestic, exotic and wild species. Teaching is supported by our on-site animal collection, including meerkats, rabbits, goats and wallabies, our dairy farm and equine yard.

An optional field trip to Mankwe Wildlife Reserve will give you the opportunity to study wildlife and conservation on the South African plains; this will give you valuable insights into international conservation careers.

Across all years of this degree, you’ll develop industry-standard practical skills to assess animal welfare, measure behaviour, train animals and manage domestic, exotic and wild species. Through exposure to the latest research you’ll be at the forefront of emerging scientific knowledge. You’ll also use your experiences to inspire your own research question, which you can explore further in a significant project in your final year.  You could follow in the footsteps of many of our students who have published their research with our lecturers. They’ve also presented research at national and international conferences run by organisations such as ASAB (The Association for the Study of Animal Behaviour), BIAZA (British and Irish Association of Zoos and Aquariums) and UFAW (Universities Federation for Animal Welfare).

Industry opportunities

The optional sandwich year, between the second and final year, takes you into industry to prepare for entering your dream career. Your work placement can be at any animal-based organisation, either in the UK or overseas.

Our commercial canine and equine therapy centres offer opportunities for students to gain industry experience ready for their careers. Alongside this, we’ll encourage you to find a voluntary role with a local organisation such as an animal rescue shelter, wildlife rehabilitation centre or a zoo. Our students work with organisations such as the Blue Cross and West Midlands Safari Park. Field trips to places such as Cotswold Wildlife Park, Bristol Aquarium and Guide Dogs for the Blind will strengthen your learning. Guest lecturers will give you valuable industry insights; recent visitors have included Fire Investigation dog handlers and zoo keepers.

This course is ideal for those who...

Love animals and want to make a difference to their lives through applying and improving training, management and welfare practices.

Learning and assessment

This programme comprises of different modules, which focus on specific subjects. The modular structure of the programme gives you flexibility and choice and you can attend introductory sessions for optional modules before having to finally decide which ones you wish to study. You will be assessed through a mixture of written exams, practical exams and coursework. Many of the modules will be marked based on a mixture of assessment types, whilst others will be based solely on one type of assessment.

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:

  • Instructor, Guide Dogs for the Blind
  • Animal Welfare Assistant, Blue Cross
  • Editorial Assistant, BSAVA
  • Zoo Keeper, Bristol Zoo
  • ‎Communications and Education Executive, Bristol Aquarium
  • Postgraduate study – MRes Animal Behaviour and Welfare, MRes Anthrozoology

Is there a sandwich year option?

Three years full-time (four years with sandwich year)
How to apply for this course

Course Duration

3 Year
Duration:
3 Year course
Course type:
Full Time

Entry Requirements

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

A-level | Typical offer is BBC or equivalent. This must include a minimum of two A-levels preferably in a Biological Science.

Vocational award | Typical offer is a DMM 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.

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

Previous learning towards a university-level qualification or relevant work experience may count as credit for this course. Please contact our admissions team.

 

Why study Animal at Hartpury University?

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. 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.

Key information

  • Tuition Fees

    Year of entry Mode of study UK/EU International
    2019 Full-time £9,250 £13,000

    Please note that some courses have additional fees - please see the course information sheet (available above) to see specific fee information for this course.

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  • University accommodation

    At Hartpury you could choose to live on campus surrounded by Gloucestershire’s beautiful countryside or off campus in the heart of Gloucester City centre. 

    Whichever option you go for, you’ll get the best of both worlds.

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