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Course summary

The one-year BSc (top-up) in Animal Behaviour and Welfare course is aimed at people who wish to upgrade a Level 5 qualification in animal-related studies, such as the FdSc in Animal Behaviour and Welfare, to a BSc (Hons) qualification. This course allows you to develop and expand on your scientific knowledge of animal behaviour and welfare, alongside practical application of this knowledge within animal-related industries. Within this course there are opportunities to develop your academic skills, through critical analysis and evaluation of contemporary research. Graduates may progress into graduate roles within animal-related industries or may continue their studies by progressing onto Level 7 studies, such as Masters degree courses. Previous graduates have progressed into careers in behaviour and training, some have entered into work in zoos, animal rescue centres and veterinary practices. This course is taught at Witney College, at the Common Leys Campus or Solihull College. Therefore you may need to consider travel costs depending on your proximity to the campus.


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

International applicants

At Oxford Brookes we are delighted to welcome international students from across the world. We have information on how to apply to Oxford Brookes as an international applicant on our website.

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.

Additional entry requirements


English language requirements

Further information on our English language requirements can be found on our website.

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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 £9900 Year 1
International £9900 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