Canterbury Christ Church University

Degree level: Undergraduate

Animal Science (with Foundation Year)

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Course summary

A number of our degrees are also offered with an additional foundation year (Year 0). Whether you are a school-leaver or someone considering returning to study but don’t have the entry requirements for your chosen subject, a foundation year course may be just what you’re looking for. A foundation year is the first year of a four year programme which: •provides an introduction not only to study at University but also to your chosen subject •offers you a highly supportive environment where you can develop the self-confidence, knowledge, skills and understanding for further study. We want to help you develop and succeed. This course will help you build the skills and knowledge needed for you to get into the animal industry. An introduction to the core sciences of biology, chemistry and physics in the foundation year will cement your knowledge and help develop your study skills for the three-year course ahead. You will learn about animal genetics, breeding, diseases, behaviour and more, and will have the opportunity to work with a range of employers in the field by taking advantage of the University’s Life Sciences Industry Liaison Lab at Discovery Park. Changes in animal welfare laws in Britain have meant that there is now more control and regulation of all animal-based enterprises. This has resulted in a greater need for a scientific approach to animal management and welfare across all businesses that work with animals. These sectors require well-prepared animal scientists who are able to apply their knowledge to emerging management issues. Throughout the course, you'll be challenged to apply your thinking to different scientific issues and also undertake field studies, including a residential field trip to study animals in captivity and in their natural environment. There is a strong emphasis on practical work in our newly opened, state-of-the-art laboratories. Over three years you will develop the skills to collect and analyse scientific data independently as you research topics of your own choice, often with specific employment goals in mind. As well as developing essential scientific knowledge and skills, you'll explore animal biochemistry, physiology, genetics and welfare in depth, investigate the diversity of life, pests and diseases including cancer and study animal reproduction and development in detail. Engaging with this course will make you a skilled animal scientist who is ideally prepared for work in areas such as zoos and wildlife parks, veterinary situations, farms, research laboratories and wildlife conservation. To help prepare you for employment, you'll also develop broad transferable skills so that you become a work-ready graduate set for a career in a wide range of animal care, welfare and management settings, and for further advanced study at MSc or PhD level. As part of our ‘Added Value’ philosophy, you will have the chance to gain further skills and collaborate with biotech companies through the Life Sciences Industry Liaison Lab and advisory companies in the industry.

Course details


For a list of core and likely optional modules, please visit our website.

How to apply

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Points of entry

The following entry points are available for this course:

  • Foundation

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Qualification requirements

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Fees and funding

Tuition fees

England £9250* Year 1
Northern Ireland £9250* Year 1
Scotland £9250* Year 1
Wales £9250* Year 1
Channel Islands £9250* Year 1
Republic of Ireland £9250* Year 1
EU £14500* Year 1
International £14500* Year 1

*This is a provisional fee and subject to change.

Additional fee information

The fees above are for the 2022/23 academic year but may be subject to change following any announcements by the UK Government (approved by Parliament) regarding maximum Undergraduate tuition fee caps for 2022/23. In addition, the University reserves the right to increase all full-time and part-time Undergraduate tuition fees mid-course, in line with any further inflationary increase in the Government tuition fee cap which is approved by Parliament. The University will publish information about any changes to tuition fees on its website. International Tuition Fees (including EU fees): Undergraduate tuition fees for International students are not subject to the Government’s regulations on maximum tuition fees. The University’s 2022/23 Overseas tuition fees for International students, and information about any mid-course increases, will be published on each course webpage. More details about International student fees and funding and any Scholarships which are available can be found on the following weblink which will be updated for 2022/23 entrants in due course:
Animal Science (with Foundation Year) at Canterbury Christ Church University - UCAS