Berkshire College of Agriculture

Animal Behaviour Management and Welfare (Top Up) Berkshire College of Agriculture Degree level: Undergraduate Awarded by: Royal Agricultural University


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Course summary

  • Set on a stunning 400 acre estate, yet in easy reach of London and the M25, Berkshire College of Agriculture (BCA) is an established provider of university level courses in land-based studies.

  • Validated by the Royal Agricultural University, this 1 year Level 6 Top-Up takes full advantage of BCA's outstanding Animal Centre which houses around 1,200 individual animals from over 100 species.

  • This Top-Up course has been developed to enable students with prior qualifications at Foundation Degree or HND level to progress to an Honours Degree award. This one year programme builds on key subject areas in cognition, human relations with animals and the role of captivity in animal conservation in order to enable students to develop skills in critical evaluation and analysis of the management of zoo, livestock and companion animals.

  • One of only a handful of educational establishments to be awarded a Zoo Licence and BIAZA (British and Irish Association of Zoos and Aquariums) accreditation, BCA's exceptional facilities support the study of a wide range of behaviours and hands-on experience of the highest standards of welfare in a professional environment supervised by a highly qualified and dedicated team.

  • In addition, the BCA ‘Centre for Animal Welfare Research’ facilitates innovative staff/student collaboration, resulting in the publication of several papers each year since its foundation.

  • The programme provides a sound academic basis for further progression in postgraduate and/or professional education.

Course details

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 D330
Institution code B42
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

Entry requirements

Qualification requirements

Qualification Offer Further information
UCAS Tariff Pass at Foundation degree or HND in a relevant subject.

Fees and funding

Tuition fees

Channel Islands £6,000 Year 1
EU £6,000 Year 1
England £6,000 Year 1
Northern Ireland £6,000 Year 1
Scotland £6,000 Year 1
Wales £6,000 Year 1

Additional fee information

In addition to the annual Course Fee, students are required to pay an annual facilities fee (currently £95). Students may be be required to contribute to the cost of some external visits or trips: this will be advised in advance and may vary year on year. For practical/field work, students are required to purchase their own PPE and, if not already owned, a budget of approximately £100 should be allowed.

Provider information

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Berkshire College of Agriculture
Hall Place
Burchetts Green

Course contact details

Main Contact

01628 827567

Fax: 01628 824695