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

Course code: EHCM102P

Subject area: Animal Care & Management

Study level: Undergraduate

Course level: H

Course details

9:30am - 5:00pm

Monday to Friday

13th Sep 2021 - 24th Jun 2022

Common Leys Farm

Contact details

01993 208148

The BSc (Hons) Animal Behaviour and Welfare Top Up programme can be studied full-time for 1 year or taken part-time across two years, with classes and practical sessions taught at the College's Witney and Common Leys Farm campuses.

At Common Leys, you will find 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 unique feature of this degree is the combination of 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.

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.

Students will typically attend 2 days a week consisting of 10 hours of lectures 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 and laboratory-based activities at Witney, sessions at Common Leys Farm, seminars, peer and self-assessment, online resources and tutorial support.

Staff involved with the delivery, teaching and assessment of the course have a range of industry experience and academic skills and a keen involvement within research, whilst trips and guest speakers help strengthen links to the workplace and development of skills for employment.

This course is validated by Oxford Brookes University. Applications are made via UCAS - code C865.

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
• Human Animal Interactions

Previous students trips have included Blue Cross Centres, Yorkshire Safari Park, Chester Zoo, Cotswold Safari 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.
The course will help you develop a more advanced understanding of animal behaviour, learning and training skills. It focuses on the biological aspects of ecology and conservation, allowing for greater understand in preparation for research or field work.

Previous cohorts have gone on to work with zoological societies, animal rescue centres, and taken on careers such as Pet Insurance Advisor, Animal Technician Manager and Animal Retail Management, or taken on an MSc in a relevant topic area or postgraduate research.
Students will usually have achieved 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 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.

English Language Requirements (for students whose first language is not English): IELTS 6.0 (with 6.0 in reading and writing, 5.5 in listening and speaking).

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 include students with disabilities and/or learning difficulties into the life of the College and seek to offer opportunities for success in all courses at all levels. If you have any particular requirements, please contact our Learning Support Adviser on 01235 216440.
Home/EU tuition full time off-campus fee £7,570, part-time £5,045. International fee is £9,270 per year.

Students will need to provide their own lab coat for science sessions. Costs for this will be in the region of £20. All students will need to consider the additional costs of books and stationery items – allow £200 per year.
Students will need to budget for transport costs between sites. Typically, the bus fare between Oxford and Common Leys is £6.40 return. There is a free shuttle bus between the Witney and Common Leys college campuses, and additionally there is free parking on site at Common Leys.

Attendance on a variety of day trips and at a number of guest lectures may be a compulsory part of the course and you will be required to pay the associated fees. This would average between £40-£80 dependent on trips.

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.

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