University Centre Sparsholt

Applied Animal Science University Centre Sparsholt Degree level: Undergraduate Awarded by: University of Portsmouth


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Course summary

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  • Benefit from a diverse and exciting collection of animals in our BIAZA-member centre

  • Develop strong scientific knowledge in key biological sciences, biochemistry, vertebrate anatomy and physiology

  • Gain robust data analysis and research skills needed for employment through project work and assessments

  • Build vital experience through practical handling skills, extensive work placements and strong links with industry

  • Research opportunities throughout the programme, University Centre Sparsholt actively submits student work to outside symposia, giving you the opportunity to present your work to the wider world.

What will I learn?
The programme is designed to combine knowledge and research techniques in aspects of animal welfare and behaviour, animal collections management and wildlife management. Work placements are a key feature and benefit from the College’s strong links with a variety of management organisations. Some students choose to do their work experience overseas, with recent placements including Shamwari Conservation experience in South Africa and working in Turtle Conservation in Costa Rica. More locally, students have learnt from Colchester Zoo, Marwell Wildlife, Dogs Trust, Bird World, Wild Futures, Welsh Mountain Zoo, Beale Park, HART Wildlife rescue, Paradise Park, RSPCA and Living Forest. Employability is a focus of the final year, with the opportunity to research, investigate, explore, and then gain experience in, a specific career area of your choice.

Where can I go from here?
You can progress to the MSc in Applied Zoo Biology at University Centre Sparsholt; alternatively there are many MSc and PhD programmes available at other universities. Sparsholt graduates now work in zoological collections, animal charities and conservation both in the UK and overseas.

Course details


Each year includes an assessed work placement unit or a period of work placement.
• Animal Management 1
• Analytical Techniques
• Industry Skills
• Principles of Biology
• Work Placement
• Academic Skills
• Anatomy and Physiology
• Population Biology
• Data Analysis
• Nutrition
• Ethology and Ethics
• Work Placement
• Animal Management 2
• Personal and Professional Development
• Dissertation
• Data Analysis
• Applied Animal Behaviour and Welfare
• Applied Animal Health
• Species Manipulation and Monitoring
• Professional Industrial Development
• Animal Industry and Trade

Assessment method

Assessment in Years 1 and 2 is primarily by exams and coursework which includes practical portfolios, laboratory reports, seminars and essays. Work placements offer opportunities to gather data for the dissertation project which is submitted in Year 3.

There are research opportunities throughout the programme, and University Centre Sparsholt actively submits student work to outside symposia, giving you the opportunity to present your work to the wider world.

Qualified teacher status (QTS)

To work as a teacher at a state school in England or Wales, you will need to achieve qualified teacher status (QTS). This is offered on this course for the following level:

  • Course does not award QTS

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 code D320
Institution code S34
Campus name Main Site
Campus code -

This course may be available at alternative locations, please check if other course options are available

Points of entry

The following entry points are available for this course:

  • Year 1

International applicants

We welcome applications from international students. For further details on the English language requirements, visa requirements and student life, please see our website

Entry requirements

Qualification requirements

Qualification Offer Further information
UCAS Tariff 96 - 168 points 3 'A' level passes - including 2 at grade C or above, one of which should be in a life science.
A level CCE 3 'A' level passes - including 2 at grade C or above, one of which should be in a life science.
Pearson BTEC Level 3 National Extended Diploma (first teaching from September 2016) DMM We also accept the following City & Guilds Diploma:

• C&G Advanced Technical Extended Diploma (1080) - DMM in relevant pathway;
• C&G Extended Diploma - Merit with 6 units at Distinction or above to include 3 from:
Chemistry for Biology; Inheritance & Genetics; Biochemistry & Microbiology;
Anatomy & Physiology; Fundamentals of Science; Animal Nutrition; Ecology &
Conservation; Animal Biology
Access to HE Diploma M: 45 credits A Merit profile in a relevant Access course with 45 credits at Level 3, with Science units at Merit.
International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme 24 points With HL Biology at 4

Plus GCSE Maths and English at grade C/4 or above, or Level 2 Functional Skills in Maths and English.

English language requirements

Test Grade Additional details
Cambridge English Advanced B Score 169-175 (FCE grade B; CAE level B2)
IELTS (Academic) 6.0 6.0 overall, with a minimum 5.5 in any band
PTE Academic 61.0

We will also accept the following qualifications from EU students: GCSE English Language at grade C/4 or above; IGCSE English (as a first or second language) at grade C/4 or above; AS or A level English Language or English Literature; International Baccalaureate (English A or B syllabus or English Literature Standard or Higher level) grade 4.

Further information

Fees and funding

Tuition fees

Channel Islands £9,800 * Year 1
EU £9,250 * Year 1
International £9,800 * Year 1
England £9,250 * Year 1
Northern Ireland £9,250 * Year 1
Scotland £9,250 * Year 1
Wales £9,250 * Year 1

*This is a provisional fee and subject to change.

Additional fee information

Trips and fees required to complete a course of study will be covered by the College as part of the tuition fees for full-time students. For a full breakdown of other costs associated with your course, such as PPE clothing, equipment and optional trips, please see our website

Sponsorship information

Sparsholt offers a College Bursary for financial support to 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, plus information on the loans available to both postgraduate and undergraduate students, please see our website

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