Animal Management (Behaviour and Welfare) (Top-Up) at University Centre Reaseheath - UCAS

University Centre Reaseheath

Degree level: Undergraduate
Awarded by: University of Chester

Animal Management (Behaviour and Welfare) (Top-Up)

Course summary

Do you want to explore a career with captive domestic or exotic animals that aspires to the highest standards of welfare and behavioural diversity? As a student on the course, you will have regular access to the zoo-licensed animal centre facilities at University Centre Reaseheath, which boasts a range of exotic zoo species, in addition to domestic species. Additionally, you can expect an interactive and personable learning experience that draws upon the expertise of our team of industry experienced staff. As part of this course, you will develop a range of academic and professional skills, related to the behaviour and welfare of captive animals. Through practical husbandry sessions, ethical debates and behavioural observations, you will gain a greater appreciation for the goals and challenges of managing animals in a captive situation. This knowledge can be applied to a range of careers, with transferable skills working with animals in large- or small-scale collections. Course Features

  • Ethical debates on animal welfare, including guest speakers from a range of backgrounds
  • Opportunities to specialise in domestic or exotic species
  • Campus zoo, home to over 1,000 animals and 125 species including ring-tailed lemurs, porcupines, raccoon dogs, otters, tapir, capybaras, owls, hawks, bearded dragons, kingsnakes, dart frogs, marine fish and much more
  • Opportunity to engage in overseas field courses to a range of localities in Africa and Europe
Career Options
  • Animal welfare officers
  • Animal behaviourists
  • Animal therapy and rehabilitation
  • Rescue centre animal care
  • Scientific research
  • Zoo-based husbandry and research


Dissertation† Animal Cognition Animal Rehabilitation Therapies Animal Parasitology* Conservation Education* Behavioural Enrichment & Training* Anthrozoology*

  • Denotes optional modules
† Dissertation is a double-weighted module, worth 40 credits. Only five modules are selected for study on this programme

Assessment method

A wide variety of assessment methods are used in this programme. These are designed to develop a range of industry relevant skills and knowledge. The dissertation is assessed through a written proposal and scientific article which represents the research carried out by the student. Other assessments include a microteach for Conservation Education, reports and case studies, seminars and an assessed workshop for Behavioural Enrichment.

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

Applicants are required to gain 120 credits from a Level 5 qualification (HND, Foundation Degree, Diploma of Higher Education) in a related discipline.

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Student Outcomes

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Fees and funding

Tuition fees

EU £13000 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

Students may be offered the chance to engage in both domestic and overseas learning opportunities with which to enhance their classroom-based learning experience. These may include opportunities to study zoological collections in Europe, as well as undertaking conservation field courses in locations such as Africa and the UK. The main emphasis placed on these field courses is the development of professional, industry relevant skills and the application of students’ knowledge in a novel, stimulating, yet challenging environment. Costs associated with the field courses range from £500 – £1000 (UK & Europe), and between £2,200 – £2,800 (Africa). Please note that precise pricing of all field courses is subject to change, pending availability and recruitment. Students may also wish to purchase their own personal copies of recommended set-texts to assist them with their studies. A full list of recommended text’s is made available prior to enrolment. However, our campus library boasts sufficient stocks of all major texts to support student learning, frequently in e-book format, and the purchasing of texts is therefore not enforced. **Equipment Costs** * Boiler suit: £20-£30 OR UCR Polo shirt (£12)/UCR Sweatshirt (£16) + work trousers (£15-£20) * Steel toe capped boots: from £30 * Lab coat: £13-£20 * USB drive: from £5 Prices of equipment are subject to change dependent on retailer.
Animal Management (Behaviour and Welfare) (Top-Up) at University Centre Reaseheath - UCAS