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Do you long to find out why animals behave the way they do and what this can tell us about their welfare? Do you care passionately about the welfare of animals but realise that applying scientific principles is likely to achieve better results than responding in a purely emotional way? Then this course is for you. This degree enables those interested in the behaviour and welfare of companion and farm animals to study at degree level without covering the broader animal health sciences in detail. You will examine animal biology as it relates to the behaviour and welfare of animals, and have the opportunity to study ecology in relation to animal habitats. All main groups of farm animals are represented on our farm and the Companion Animal House has a range of exotic and companion animals. Students carry out an animal-based investigational project in their final year, looking at an aspect of animal behaviour or welfare. The clinical route has been validated by the Association for the Study of Animal Behaviour (ASAB) accreditation committee as delivering the academic elements necessary for an individual to achieve ASAB certification as a clinical animal behaviourist (CCAB). All of the modules on this course are core (compulsory) to satisfy ASAB’s requirements. 4 years (full-time) including a one-year work placement. A three year programme is available for applicants with at least two years, full-time relevant work experience. Please contact Admissions for further information on this option.
A wide range of assessment methods are used. Depending on the module these include examination, assignments, practical spot-tests and presentations.
How to apply
This course has limited vacancies, and is no longer accepting applications from some students. See the list below for where you normally live, to check if you’re eligible to apply.
If your application is completed by the following date, it’s guaranteed to be considered:
15 January*If you apply after this deadline, universities or colleges don’t have to consider your application if they’ve filled their spaces, so the sooner you apply, the better!
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Points of entry
The following entry points are available for this course:
- Year 1
|UCAS Tariff||88 - 104 points|
|Pearson BTEC Level 3 National Extended Diploma (first teaching from September 2016)||D*DD|
|Access to HE Diploma||D: 15 credits M: 30 credits|
|International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme||28 points||Pass with 28 overall with a relevant subject passed with 5 at higher level|
|Welsh Baccalaureate - Advanced Skills Challenge Certificate (first teaching September 2015)||We accept the Welsh Baccalaureate as equivalent to a full A level. For further information please contact the Admissions team.|
|Leaving Certificate - Higher Level (Ireland) (first awarded in 2017)||H3, H3, H3, H3||BBBB under previous system|
|GCSE/National 4/National 5||Applicants must have a minimum of 4 GCSEs at grade C/4 or above including English Language, Maths and a Science.|
Applicants must have a minimum of 4 GCSEs at grade C/4 or above including English Language, Maths and a Science. An understanding of a biological science based subject, for example Biology, Human Biology, Applied Science or Physical Education would be preferable. We would welcome applications from candidates offering other evidence of their suitability for this programme. When combining qualifications, no more than one Subsidiary Diploma will be considered alongside A levels (2 A levels for BSc and 1 A level for FdSc) Applicants are encouraged to gain around 6 weeks relevant work experience with animals before the start of the course.
Please click the following link to find out more about qualification requirements for this course
Additional entry requirements
This course is eligible for the Harper Adams Excellence and Opportunity Scheme. This Scheme recognises and rewards a limited number of applicants whose academic performance to date and anticipated level three achievements, when considered against the normal entry requirements, are excellent. Eligible applicants will receive an Unconditional offer, that is with no conditions attached. Applicants who also qualify for the Access to Harper Scheme on the basis of disadvantage will be assessed against a slightly lower threshold of ‘excellence’ so that their prior performance is judged in line with the offer grade adjustment, which is normally by one grade.
Fees and funding
|Northern Ireland||£9250||Year 1|
|Channel Islands||£9250||Year 1|