Animal Behaviour and Welfare (Top Up) at University Centre Bishop Burton - UCAS

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Course summary

Focused on animal behaviour and welfare, this programme is designed to allow those with a relevant level 5 qualification to top up to a level 6 BSc (Hons) degree. With an emphasis on applied knowledge and skills, you will learn in a flexible environment that encourages you to achieve your full potential within a structured and vigorous framework. Your academic curriculum will be supported by our extensive facilities. Year 1 Modules Behavioural Assessment of Welfare Animal Cognition and Ethics Physiology of Behaviour and Assessment of Welfare Animals in Society Dissertation Learning and Teaching Approach This programme is delivered with a variety of learning and teaching approaches to include all students' learning styles and preferences. For all modules, theory lectures are delivered that aim to provide the core content and underpinning knowledge. To complement the theory lectures, you will have group seminars and practical sessions that are used to reinforce concepts delivered theoretically. The teaching methods focus on facilitating a student-centred approach to enhance the independent learning that takes place outside of the classroom. What is the contact time? Approximately up to 12 hours a week (full-time) to include lectures, seminars, practical's and tutorials. Students are expected to carry out a significant amount of private study (approx. 25-30 hours a week) Independent study includes extra reading and research, preparing for tutorials and seminars, preparing for and completing module assessments, and applying theoretical knowledge in practical settings where the opportunity arises, forming an essential part of a student’s learning journey. A part-time option is also available. Students can expect to receive their timetables during induction week. What else can I expect?

  • Animal Management Unit housing a wide range of species including meerkats, racoon dogs, primates, alpacas, marsupials, invertebrates, tropical and marine fish, reptiles, rodents and a nocturnal house.
  • Dedicated dog training area, commercial dog kennels and grooming facilities, commercial sheep and beef enterprises, equine yard and schools.
  • Additional facilities include Science Centre, IT suites, dedicated University Centre, study spaces and social areas, and modern Learning Resources Centre.
  • Online Virtual Learning Environment (VLE) used to enhance and facilitate teaching and independent learning on all programmes.
  • Experienced, supportive and motivated staff with both academic and industrial experience.
  • Our experienced Life Coaches are on hand to help you through your University journey from mentoring and coaching to health, wellbeing and resilience. Learn more about how our Life Coaches can support you:
  • Talks from a range of visiting speakers.
  • Opportunities to attend trips to enhance learning.
  • Students have access to a range of support through our study skills, and health and wellbeing teams. Further information can be found on our website:
  • Relevant extra-curricular activity and/or work experience is encouraged of all students in order to enhance learning.
What kind of job could I get when I graduate? After developing extensive knowledge of animal behaviour and welfare, Graduates may pursue a number of varied careers, including but not limited to, welfare inspectors (e.g. DEFRA, RSPCA), laboratory animal technician, welfare researcher, environmental enrichment co-ordinator, behaviour advisor, animal training, charity employee (Dogs Trust, Guide Dogs for the blind etc) zoo keeping or education.


You will study; Behavioural Assessment of Welfare Animal Cognition and Ethics Physiology of Behaviour and Assessment of Welfare Animals in Society Dissertation

Assessment method

Assessment can include written essays, seminars, poster presentations, podcast recordings, animal training practical (option module), practical reports and practical demonstrations. There are no formal examinations. Opportunities for feedback on assessments are available prior to the final submission to support your development and achievement. Staff aim to return assessed work within a 20 working day timeframe (not including holidays) so that you can utilise the feedback for the benefit of future assignments.

How to apply

Application codes

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Points of entry

The following entry points are available for this course:

  • Year 1

International applicants

University Centre Bishop Burton and Riseholme College welcome applicants from overseas. You will need to be issued with a Confirmation of Acceptance for Studies (CAS) to apply for your student visa to the UK. You will need to pay your course fees in full prior to a CAS being sent to you. In order for us to process this and for us to comply with our duties as a Sponsor we are required to check other aspects of your application, for example your financial status. For more details please visit

Entry requirements

Qualification requirements

Applicants should have a relevant Level 5 qualification. Life and/or experience of non-traditional students will be taken into account when considering applications. The successful completion of an entry task will be required when considering applications without the required formal entry qualifications.

Additional entry requirements


GCSE English language at grade C/4 or above.

English language requirements

If first language is not English, or a Tier 4 student visa to study is required and GCSE grade C/4 English or equivalent is not held, English language proficiency level such as International English Language Testing System (IELTS) 6.0 overall (with a minimum 5.5 in each skill) will need evidencing.

Student Outcomes

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Fees and funding

Tuition fees

EU £8950 Year 1
England £8950 Year 1
Northern Ireland £8950 Year 1
Scotland £8950 Year 1
Wales £8950 Year 1
International £12782 Year 1

Additional fee information

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Animal Behaviour and Welfare (Top Up) at University Centre Bishop Burton - UCAS