Bicton College

Animal Health and Management Bicton College Degree level: Undergraduate Awarded by: University of Plymouth


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Gain a sound understanding of issues surrounding animal health, disease, causes of ill health and modern advances in treatment, and the management of a wide variety of species. Making use of our excellent practical facilities, building on links with the Queen’s Anniversary Prize winning Rural Business School, Dartmoor Zoological Park and more than 40 veterinary practices across Cornwall and Devon, we can ensure that you have excellent access to hands-on experience and the benefit of up-to-date veterinary knowledge.
Aspects of animal health and management are studied through a range of inter-related modules, giving you a solid grounding in this specialist area. Study tours in Year 1 and Year 2 will allow you to further your knowledge and experiences both nationally and internationally. You will have amazing opportunities to develop your knowledge of health, welfare and husbandry, and to work with a wide range of species within our Animal Management Centres at our Bicton College, Duchy Stoke and Duchy Rosewarne campuses.
You will have access to our Equine Yard and the Duchy College Home Farm and its new hi-tech dairy unit. We have links with Dartmoor Zoological Park and there are sound opportunities for you to broaden your experiences to a wider range of exotic species, including big cats, wolves, monkeys, capybara, tapirs and wallabies; we also work closely with The Donkey Sanctuary and The Dog and Wolf Development Centre in Cornwall.

Assessment will be via a range of written assignments and practical assessments, reports, in-class tests, formal examinations, presentations and group discussions. You will compile a portfolio of skills developed during practical sessions.

Possible Progression (subject to availability)

– BSc (Hons) Animal Conservation Science final year at Plymouth University
– BSc (Hons) Applied Zoology (top-up) at Newquay
– BSc (Hons) Animal Behaviour & Welfare final two years at Plymouth University
– BSc (Hons) Biological Sciences final year at Plymouth University

Possible Careers

– Animal Nutritionist
– Animal Health Inspector
– Animal Technician or Welfare Officer
– Epidemiologist
– Veterinary Pharmaceuticals
– Veterinary Practice Management
– Veterinary Scientist
– Wildlife Biologist
– Zookeeper, Curator or Manager

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Course details



Indicative Module Year 1
•Introduction to Animal Health
•Principles of Animal Science
•Practical Animal Health & Management
•Animal Behaviour
•Animal Health Industry
•Personal & Employability Skills Development
•Research Skills

Indicative Module Year 2
•Contemporary Issues in Animal Health
•Applied Animal Nutrition
•Animal Health & Disease
•Animal Health Planning
•Research Project
Options (choose one) •Welfare, Care & Rehabilitation
•Pharmacy & Diagnostics

*Modules are subject to change and availability

Assessment method

Assignments, formal examinations, practical exam/s, presentation/s and debate/s.

How to apply

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15 January

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Points of entry

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  • Year 1

Entry requirements

Qualification requirements

Qualification Offer Further information
UCAS Tariff 48 points From acceptable level 3 qualifications.
A level DD 48 tariff points to include at least 32 from A2 level qualification/s.
Pearson BTEC Level 3 National Extended Diploma (first teaching from September 2016) PPP In an appropriate subject
Access to HE Diploma Pass Access to HE with at least 45 credits at level 3. Merits and Distinctions may be required for particular subjects.
Scottish Higher A minimum of 48 tariff points in total from appropriate subjects.
GCSE/National 4/National 5 Plus GCSEs at grade C/grade 4 or above in English Language, Science and Mathematics: alternatives at level 2 may be considered.
International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme 24 points
Leaving Certificate - Higher Level (Ireland) (first awarded in 2017) A minimum of 48 tariff points in total from appropriate subjects.

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Fees and funding

Tuition fees

Channel Islands £9,950 Year 1
EU £8,600 Year 1
International £9,950 Year 1
England £8,600 Year 1
Northern Ireland £8,600 Year 1
Scotland £8,600 Year 1
Wales £8,600 Year 1

Additional fee information

International applications: We can accept applications from UK/EU applicants who live outside the EU, however The Cornwall College Group is unable to accept applications from non-UK/EU nationals who require a Tier 4 visa to study in the UK at this time.

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