Course Information

Animal Behaviour and Welfare, BSc (Hons) - Top Up


Subject area: Animal Care

Course Type: Full Time

Course Overview

This unique degree combines contemporary scientific principles and practical, hands-on training, ensuring that our graduates are successful in both vocational and academic settings. A strong component of the course is work-based learning, equipping you with skills you need for a successful career in the animal industry.

Course Content

The course provides a flexible approach that will enable students to apply theoretical knowledge to their work within the Animal Management industry. For students who are not currently employed in the industry, there will be an opportunity to work at Common Leys Farm, near Witney.

Students will typically attend 10 hours of lectures a week and are required to spend additional time independently on self-directed study.

Teaching methods vary from module to module. The diverse range of teaching methods and assessment types allows students to develop a wide range of skills. You will experience lectures, laboratory-based activities, sessions at Common Leys Farm, seminars, peer and self-assessment, online resources and tutorial support.

At the Common Leys Farm Campus there is an animal unit that runs commercial activities such as the working farm, dog grooming parlour and canine hydrotherapy centre. The animal care centre is fully equipped and houses a wide range of species to include reptiles, amphibians, invertebrates, fish, small mammals, large farm mammals and birds.

The course runs two days a week; typically Wednesdays and Thursdays. The course is run over two semesters, following Oxford Brookes semester dates.

Entry Requirements

Students will usually have achieved an average grade (GPA) of 55% in the FdSc in Animal Behaviour and Welfare or an equivalent relevant animal related Level 5 qualification of 240 CAT points, subject to individual credit rating by Oxford Brookes University. Students who have studied the HND in Animal Management or equivalent HND will need an overall merit profile.

Students who have not studied the Oxford Brookes University FdSc in Animal Behaviour & Welfare will need to produce a transcript of the modules and learning outcomes they have studied on their Level 5 course to allow credit rating by Oxford Brookes University and evidence coverage of sufficient comparable, content to allow entrance to this BSc year.

Applicants with non-standard entry qualifications may be admitted with APL (accreditation for prior learning) or APEL (accreditation for prior experiential learning) in accordance with university regulations.

Mature students or students with considerable industry experience will be considered on a case by case basis.

We offer a range of courses to help students meet the academic and English language entry requirements for their courses and also familiarise them with university life.

If you are studying outside the UK, for more details about your specific country entry requirements, translated information and local representatives who can help you to apply, please have a look at our country specific information pages.

If you need a student visa to enter the UK you will need to meet the UK Visas and Immigration minimum language requirements as well as the University's requirements.

Visits and Events

Trips and visits in the past have included Heathrow Airport Quarantine and Chester Zoo. The college also works with an external organisation to take part in a conservation trip to a game reserve in South Africa every two years - this is optional and costs in the region of £2,200. The Africa trip is an amazing once in a life time experience which our learners have found both educational and rewarding on a personal development level.

Other previous trips have included Blue Cross Centres, Yorkshire Safari Park, Flamingo Land, Cotswold Safari Park, Cotswold Farm Park, Marwell Zoo, London Zoo and Living Rain Forest. Guest Speakers have included representatives from Puppy School, Dogs for the Disabled and Bio-detection Animal.

Possible Careers

Animal collection management, animal welfare organisations, animal care assistant/manager, animal training, animal technician, animal nutritionist, veterinary practice manager, pet grooming, retail management, clinical animal behaviourist, animal physical therapist, conservational research/management and animal research.

Skills I Will Develop

The course will develop a more advanced understanding of animal behaviour, learning and training skills. Modules will include stronger scientific knowledge allowing the development to apply skills from literature and understanding for behavioural problem solving. It will focus on the biological aspects of ecology and conservation, allowing for greater understand in preparation for research or field work.

Learning Methods & Assessment

At least 50% of assessment is coursework-based, and project work is assessed entirely by coursework. Transferable skills such as IT, professional seminars, practical sessions, case studies requiring problem solving and report writing often form part of the assessment of individual modules.

What Qualification Will I Receive?

BSc (Hons) Animal Behaviour and Welfare (Top Up). Awarded by Oxford Brookes University.

Course Units

Modules included in the programme:

• Companion Animal Physical Therapies and Rehabilitation
• Clinical Behaviour Management in Companion Animals
• Preventative Health and Welfare in Populations
• Conservation Biology
• Dissertation (double module)
• Advanced Animal Learning and Training
• Animal Assisted Interventions

Where Next?

MSc in a relevant topic area or postgraduate research.

Fee Information

Home/EU tuition full time off-campus fee: 2017/18: £7,200. Home/EU part time off-campus fee : 2017/18: £3,675. International fee is £8,800 per year.

Extra costs: Students will need to provide their own lab coat for science sessions. Costs for this will be in the region of £20. During the course there may be field trips where a student contribution is asked for – this would average between £40-80 dependant on trips. All students will need to consider the additional costs of books and stationary items – allow £200 per year.

In previous years, students have attended trips a conservation trip to Africa trip, organised every two years, and will cost around £2,200 but this is optional.

Applications are made through UCAS using code C865.

Course Details

Time: 09:30 - 16:30

Days: Mon - Fri

Date: 18 Sep 2017 - 29 Jun 2018

Location: Common Leys Farm

Contact Details

Abingdon Campus: 01235 555 585

Witney Campus: 01993 703464
(Avenue One, Common Leys)