Hartpury University

Degree level: Undergraduate

Animal Behaviour and Welfare

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Course summary

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Turn your passion for animals into your career. Make the most of our 360-hectare campus, working with domestic, wild and exotic species to develop your knowledge and skills in animal training, management and welfare. We have over 70 different species on-site, including meerkats, prairie dogs and wallabies, livestock and horses. You’ll be at the forefront of the latest scientific research and have opportunities to gain industry experience through our partnerships with animal charities, rescue centres and zoos, as well as with our on-site equine and canine therapy businesses. An optional field trip to a South African wildlife reserve will give you valuable insights into international careers. Recent graduate destinations have included roles for the Guide Dogs for the Blind, the Blue Cross, the British Small Animal Veterinary Association (BSAVA), zoos and aquariums, as well as postgraduate study.

Course details

Modules

Students have a range of compulsory and optional modules to choose from. Year 1 modules include Animal Behaviour, Animal Genetics, Animal Welfare and Biodiversity. There are a number of topics running through the programme including companion animal behaviour and training, exotic animal behaviour and welfare, and behavioural ecology which allow you to tailor your degree around your own areas of interest.


How to apply

Application deadlines

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!

Application codes

You will need these codes when you add a choice to your application.

Please select a course option – you will then see the application code you need to use to apply for the course.

Points of entry

The following entry points are available for this course:

  • Year 1
  • Year 2
  • Year 4

International applicants

Our international office will support students and their families to make their way through the application process smoothly, from deciding on the course, making visa applications, the cost of tuition fees and accommodation to enrolling at the University ready to start their course. When you decide to study with us, you’ll be in good company, joining students from across the UK, the EU and around the world all studying courses in either animal, agriculture, equine or sport on our specialist campus and as an international student you are also guaranteed on-site accommodation during your first year. We are committed to continued investment and development of Hartpury University ensuring an outstanding learning environment for all international students.


Entry requirements

Qualification requirements

QualificationOfferFurther information
UCAS Tariff 112 points The minimum offer for this course is 80 UCAS tariff points or equivalent, providing this is combined with relevant experience.
A level BBC Typical offer is BBC or equivalent. This must include a minimum of two A Levels.
Pearson BTEC Level 3 National Extended Diploma (first teaching from September 2016) DMM Typical offer is a DMM in an Extended Diploma or equivalent in a relevant subject.
Access to HE Diploma Typical offer is 112 UCAS tariff points in an Access to Higher Education Diploma.
Scottish Higher Typical offer is 112 UCAS tariff points in Scottish Highers. This must include a minimum of two Highers.
International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme Typical offer is 112 UCAS tariff points in an IB Diploma, to include a minimum of two Highers at H3 or above. This must also include Maths and English Language at a minimum of Standard Level S3 if equivalent GCSE's have not been obtained.
Leaving Certificate - Higher Level (Ireland) (first awarded in 2017) Typical offer is 112 UCAS tariff points in the Irish Leaving Certificate. This must include a minimum of two Highers.

In addition to the above Level 3 qualifications, a minimum of 5 GCSE A* to C, (or 9 to 4), or equivalent, to include English Language, Mathematics and a science are required. We welcome applications from mature students (aged 21 and over) and do not necessarily require the same academic qualifications as school leaving applicants. We may interview mature applicants and those with non-traditional qualifications. Each application is considered on its own merits and we will consider combinations of the above mentioned qualifications or equivalent. If you don't meet our tariff points requirement we will still consider your application. In some cases we can consider students with a lower tariff providing this is combined with relevant practical experience or we may be able to offer you a place on an alternative programme. Please see our website for more details.


Fees and funding

Tuition fees

EU £9250 Year 1
England £9250 Year 1
Northern Ireland £9250 Year 1
Scotland £9250 Year 1
Wales £9250 Year 1
Channel Islands £9250 Year 1
International £13000 Year 1

Additional fee information

Please look at the Course Information Sheet found on our website (www.hartpury.ac.uk) for a full breakdown of all course-related costs.

Sponsorship information

Hartpury offers a range of bursaries that can provide financial support to eligible students applying for degree courses, including: Support Bursary, Care Leavers Bursary, Full time Carers Bursary, Local Outreach Bursary, Local Bursary and Progression Bursary. For more information, please visit our website: http://www.hartpury.ac.uk/university/facilities/life-at-hartpury/finance/

Animal Behaviour and Welfare at Hartpury University - UCAS