Oxford Brookes University

Degree level: Undergraduate

Animal Behaviour and Welfare (Abingdon and Witney College)

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Course summary

This course produces graduates at the cutting edge of their profession and emphasises current thinking and novel developments in animal behaviour and welfare. These topics have been interwoven throughout all modules to form the core focus though this course remains broad based. A key feature of the course is the emphasis on practical opportunities for work-based learning, which takes advantage of the college's close links to the industry and its excellent Animal Care Centre where practical work can be undertaken. There will also be external visits and guest speakers.

Course details


This is a full-time, modular course requiring two days attendance per week for two years at Abingdon & Witney College with additional time spent developing practical skills at Common Leys Farm and in a work placement. In Year 1 you will be introduced to critical thinking and academic writing, and will develop a portfolio to support your professional development alongside a work placement. You also progress practical handling and husbandry skills. You are introduced to the principles of animal behaviour alongside current welfare and ethical issues. This will lead to an exploration of welfare issues in a diverse range of contextualised scenarios in Year 2. You will undertake applied behaviour studies to improve welfare in husbandry management practices. In Year 2 you also start developing research skills as you carry out an individually chosen research project. This will have a specific focus on monitoring and improving animal behaviour and welfare within the industry.

How to apply

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Points of entry

The following entry points are available for this course:

  • Year 1

Entry requirements

Qualification requirements

Students will usually have achieved an average grade (GPA) of 55% in the Fd(Sc) 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.

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Fees and funding

Tuition fees

England £7570 Year 1
Northern Ireland £7570 Year 1
Scotland £7570 Year 1
Wales £7570 Year 1
Channel Islands £7570 Year 1
EU £9270 Year 1
International £9270 Year 1

Additional fee information

Please note tuition fees for Home students may increase in subsequent years both for new and continuing students in line with an inflationary amount determined by government. Tuition fees for International students may increase in subsequent years both for new and continuing students. Oxford Brookes University intends to maintain its fees for new and returning Home students at the maximum permitted level.
Animal Behaviour and Welfare (Abingdon and Witney College) at Oxford Brookes University - UCAS