University Centre Sparsholt

Degree level: Undergraduate
Awarded by: University of Portsmouth

Applied Animal Behaviour (Top-up)

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Course summary


  • Gain the knowledge needed to become a Certified Clinical Animal Behaviourist accredited by The Association for the Study of Animal Behaviour (ASAB)
  • Combine study and work with this flexible, part-time course
  • Develop expertise through an extended animal behaviour dissertation project
What will I learn? Focusing on the practical application of animal behaviour science and theory, this programme studies human and animal psychology and ethology, as well as considering the anatomical and physiological control of behaviour and legislation and ethics. Knowledge of the relationship between humans and animals is explored, including domestication and welfare. Through the extended dissertation project you will produce a behavioural study and analyse, explain and interpret the results using techniques gained throughout the course. Attendance Requirements  The degree is taught during six UCS-based block weeks and via LEDGE, a virtual learning environment (VLE). Students are required to attend four UCS-based block weeks in Year 1 and two UCS-based block weeks in Year 2. During block weeks students will attend classroom-based lectures and onsite practical sessions. Between block weeks students will participate in a range of online teaching and learning activities, delivered via the VLE, for example using videos to analyse behaviour, participating in online forums and completing online task sheets. Students need to be prepared to occasionally attend UCS for some additional activities for example exams. Typically this may be 2–3 days per year and considerable notice will be given. Where can I go from here? The course works towards the knowledge elements that are required for certification as a Clinical Animal Behaviourist as identified by the Association for the Study of Animal Behaviour and the Animal Behaviour and Training Council. You can also continue your studies to MSc and PhD level. Sparsholt students have developed their own businesses focusing on behavioural consultations with domestic species including dogs, cats and horses, as well as becoming involved with the behaviour of wild animals and conservation work. Setting up and running training schemes, for example puppy socialisation classes, and rehoming of rescue animals are also popular career choices.

Course details


Each year includes an assessed work placement unit or a period of work placement. YEAR 1 • Animal Communication Learning and Training • Ethology Domestication and Anthrozoology • Mechanisms of Behaviour • Ethics Welfare and Law YEAR 2 • Human Psychology and Clinical Practice • Dissertation and Data Analysis

Assessment method

You will showcase your knowledge through a combination of written assignments, case studies, seminar presentations and exams. At Level 6 the dissertation unit will prove your skills within the field of research and we encourage students to present this work to other organisations.

How to apply

To apply for this course you will be taken to the provider's website, where you can find out more information and make an application.

Points of entry

The following entry points are available for this course:

  • Year 1

International applicants

We welcome applications from international students who have permissions to study on a part-time course. For further details on the English language requirements, visa requirements and student life, please see our website

Entry requirements

Qualification requirements

Diploma of Higher Education, FdSc or HND in a relevant subjects including FdSc Veterinary Nursing; or Recognition or Prior Learning (RPL) Portfolio. Plus GCSE Maths and English at grade C/4 or above or Level 2 Functional Skills in Maths and English.

Additional entry requirements


GCSE Maths and English at grade C/4 or above or equivalent.

English language requirements

TestGradeAdditional details
IELTS (Academic)6Overall score of 6.0 with minimum scores of 5.5 in any of Speaking, Reading, Writing and Listening (CEFR B2)
Trinity ISEPassPass in each of Speaking, Reading, Writing and Listening (CEFR B2)
PTE Academic60Minimum score of 60 or higher in each of Speaking, Reading, Writing and Listening (CEFR B2)

We will also accept the following qualification: LanguageCert International ESOL SELT - minimum score of 33/50 in each of Speaking, Reading, Writing and Listening (CEFR B2)

Please email [email protected] for details

Unistats information

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Fees and funding

Tuition fees

England £4625 Year 1
Northern Ireland £4625 Year 1
Scotland £4625 Year 1
Wales £4625 Year 1
Channel Islands £4900 Year 1

Additional fee information

Sponsorship information

Sparsholt offers a College Bursary of up to £750 per annum to all eligible students. Degree students can also apply for a grant to help cover non-travel costs associated with dissertations/ research projects, and subscriptions. For further details please see our website

Applied Animal Behaviour (Top-up) at University Centre Sparsholt - UCAS