University Centre Sparsholt has opted into the TEF and received a Gold award.
WHY CHOOSE THIS DEGREE?
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.
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.
Each year includes an assessed work placement unit or a period of work placement.
• Animal Communication Learning and Training
• Ethology Domestication and Anthrozoology
• Mechanisms of Behaviour
• Ethics Welfare and Law
• Human Psychology and Clinical Practice
• Dissertation and Data Analysis
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
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 https://www.sparsholt.ac.uk/international/.
|UCAS Tariff||Not accepted|
|A level||Not accepted|
|Pearson BTEC Level 3 National Extended Diploma (first teaching from September 2016)||Not accepted|
|Access to HE Diploma||Not accepted|
|Scottish Higher||Not accepted|
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.
English language requirements
|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|
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.
Fees and funding
|Channel Islands||£4,900 *||Year 1|
|EU||£4,625 *||Year 1|
|England||£4,625 *||Year 1|
|Northern Ireland||£4,625 *||Year 1|
|Scotland||£4,625 *||Year 1|
|Wales||£4,625 *||Year 1|
*This is a provisional fee and subject to change.
Additional fee 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 https://www.sparsholt.ac.uk/university-centre/fees-and-funding/.