Oxford Brookes University

Degree level: Undergraduate

Animal Behaviour and Welfare (Abingdon and Witney)

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Course summary

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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 both colleges’ close links to the industry and their excellent Animal Care Centres 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 areas such as critical thinking and academic writing, and will develop a portfolio to support your professional development alongside a work placement. You will 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

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.

Course codeD300
Institution code O66
Campus nameAbingdon and Witney College
Campus codeA

Points of entry

The following entry points are available for this course:

  • Year 1

Entry requirements

Qualification requirements

QualificationOfferFurther information
UCAS Tariff 80 points

A minimum of two years' relevant work experience and a current role in an appropriate workplace setting and a line manager's letter of support and recommendation may be accepted in lieu of UCAS Tariff points.

Fees and funding

Tuition fees

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

Additional fee information

Please note tuition fees may increase in subsequent years for both 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. Fees are subject to agreement by the Office for Students.
Animal Behaviour and Welfare (Abingdon and Witney) at Oxford Brookes University - UCAS