Hartpury University

Degree level: Undergraduate

Animal Training and Performance

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Course summary

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Animals are big business. Now is an exciting time to pursue a career in this field. This course provides a fantastic opportunity for you to develop your expertise in animal training and performance. You’ll work with domestic and non-domestic animals – we have over 70 species on campus. Emerging science and technology gives us scope to analyse and understand animals like never before. Training methods place priority on the physical, psychological and emotional needs of an animal to ensure maximum wellbeing and performance. This degree provides opportunities for you to develop both practical and theoretical knowledge and skills in this specialist developing area. You’ll work with both domestic and non-domestic animals on this course, tailoring your learning to your interests. You’ll analyse performance, develop and implement training plans and aid the rehabilitation of animals. This includes: training to strengthen the complex human-animal bond in pet and therapeutic settings; training for optimal performance of animal athletes, preparing them for the biomechanical, psychological and physiological demands of a competitive environment; training non-domesticated animals for husbandry and enrichment purposes; and rehabilitating different species for optimum physical health and wellbeing.

Course details


How to apply

Application deadlines

If your application is completed by the following date, it’s guaranteed to be considered:

15 January

*If you apply after this deadline, universities or colleges don’t have to consider your application if they’ve filled their spaces, so the sooner you apply, the better!

Application codes

You will need these codes when you add a choice to your application.

Please select a course option – you will then see the application code you need to use to apply for the course.

Points of entry

The following entry points are available for this course:

  • Year 1

International applicants

Our international office will support students and their families to make their way through the application process smoothly, from deciding on the course, making visa applications, the cost of tuition fees and accommodation to enrolling at the University ready to start their course. When you decide to study with us, you’ll be in good company, joining students from across the UK, the EU and around the world all studying courses in either animal, agriculture, equine or sport on our specialist campus and as an international student you are also guaranteed on-site accommodation during your first year. We are committed to continued investment and development of Hartpury University ensuring an outstanding learning environment for all international students.


Entry requirements

Qualification requirements

QualificationOfferFurther information
UCAS Tariff 112 points The minimum offer for this course is 80 UCAS tariff points or equivalent, providing this is combined with relevant experience.
A level BBC Typical offer is BBC or equivalent. This must include a minimum of two A Levels.
Pearson BTEC Level 3 National Extended Diploma (first teaching from September 2016) DMM Typical offer is DMM in a Extended Diploma or equivalent in a relevant subject.
Access to HE Diploma Typical offer is 112 UCAS tariff points in an Access to Higher Education Diploma.
Scottish Higher Typical offer is 112 UCAS tariff points in your Scottish Highers. This must include a minimum of two Highers.
International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme Typical offer is 112 UCAS tarif points in an International Baccalaureate Diploma, to include a minimum of two Highers at H3 or above. This must also include Maths and English Language at a minimum of standard level S3 if equivalent GCSEs have not been obtained.
Leaving Certificate - Higher Level (Ireland) (first awarded in 2017) Typical offer is 112 UCAS tariff points in the Irish leaving certificate. This must include a minimum of two Highers. This must also include Maths and English Language at a minimum of Ordinary level.

In addition to the above Level 3 qualifications, a minimum of 5 GCSE A* to C, (or 9 to 4), or equivalent, to include English Language, Mathematics and a science are required. We welcome applications from mature students (aged 21 and over) and do not necessarily require the same academic qualifications as school leaving applicants. We may interview mature applicants and those with non-traditional qualifications. Each application is considered on its own merits and we will consider combinations of the above mentioned qualifications or equivalent. If you don't meet our tariff points requirement we will still consider your application. In some cases we can consider students with a lower tariff providing this is combined with relevant practical experience or we may be able to offer you a place on an alternative programme. Please see our website for more details.


Fees and funding

Tuition fees

EU £9250 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

Please look at the Course Information Sheet found on our website (www.hartpury.ac.uk) for a full breakdown of all course-related costs.

Sponsorship information

Hartpury offers a range of bursaries that can provide financial support to eligible students applying for degree courses, including: Support Bursary, Care Leavers Bursary, Full time Carers Bursary, Local Outreach Bursary, Local Bursary and Progression Bursary. For more information, please visit our website: http://www.hartpury.ac.uk/university/facilities/life-at-hartpury/finance/

Animal Training and Performance at Hartpury University - UCAS