Oxford Brookes University

Degree level: Undergraduate

Animal Therapy and Rehabilitation (Top Up) (Abingdon and Witney College)

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Course summary

The animal therapy and rehabilitation industry is highly competitive. Students with a BSc (hons) have a competitive advantage when seeking work experience, new employment or progression within existing employment. The BSc in Animal Therapy and Rehabilitation promotes an understanding of contemporary aspects of complementary therapy and underpinning science, and its application in present-day situations. You can undertake this programme if you are interested in working in and contributing to the growth and development of the animal therapy and rehabilitation industry. The BSc is a progression from the FdSc programme of the same name and will further develop academic skills. Whilst some of the theory and practical sessions focus on canines, a wide range of small and large animal species will be included within the course, in line with current industry trends. A range of small and large animals will be discussed during theory sessions and will be used for demonstration/practice in practicals; for example, horses, cats, dogs, poultry, rabbits, pigs, cattle and sheep. Following completion you are likely to enter employment in this rapidly expanding industry or progress onto postgraduate studies. You can undertake applied rehabilitation and hydrotherapy modules to inform improvements in methods of therapy & management within practices and finish by researching your own chosen project with a specific focus on physical therapy practices or management of such industry establishments to enhance the complementary therapy sector. These and other modules combine to provide you with academic progression routes into Masters qualifications or further, post graduate specialised animal therapy studies as well as graduate employment opportunities in a rapidly expanding industry. During the BSc, you will have experience handling a wide range of small and large animals, carrying out massage, water therapies, pre treatment health checks, physical exercises (e.g. active and passive stretches), use of hot and cold therapies, touch therapies, electro therapies, environmental therapies and homeopathy. The practice and use of therapy machines such as pulsed magnetic fields, electro-therapies, laser and ultrasound will be introduced to students. Therapy practices restricted by veterinary regulation e.g. needle acupuncture, may be included in the programme by the teaching of theoretical underpinning knowledge and demonstration by qualified practitioners. You will also be encouraged to explore the application of existing and new therapies to species not currently the subject of therapies whilst adhering to regulatory limitations.

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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 completed the FdSc Animal Therapy and Rehabilitation or will have achieved an average GPA of 55% in a relevant animal related level 5 qualification of 240 CAT points, or equivalent. It may be possible, in certain situations, to gain accreditation of prior learning to enable students to enter the course with advanced standing or gain exemption from an element/ elements of the programme. This is assessed on an individual basis and is awarded in line with Oxford Brookes University’s regulations on accreditation of prior learning, available at https://www.brookes.ac.uk/uniregulations/2012-13/core/admissions/apl


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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
International £9270 Year 1
EU £7570* Year 1

*This is a provisional fee and subject to change.

Additional fee information

Please note tuition fees may increase in subsequent years both for new and continuing students in line with an inflationary amount determined by government. Oxford Brookes University intends to continue to set fees at the maximum level permitted for new and returning Home/EU students.
Animal Therapy and Rehabilitation (Top Up) (Abingdon and Witney College) at Oxford Brookes University - UCAS