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Learn how and why animals behave the way they do and gain the skills you’ll need to contribute to important discoveries. Our four-year course includes a foundation year when you'll build up your scientific skills, before moving onto our BSc (Hons) Animal Behaviour
We understand more than ever before about the behaviour of animals – but with so much more to learn, could you be the one to discover one of the major scientific breakthroughs of the 21st century?
You’ll spend your foundation year covering a broad range of subjects including biology, chemistry and maths, helping you to prepare for higher-level study. You’ll then move on to the first year of our BSc (Hons) in Animal Behaviour.
Our degree is the longest-established animal behaviour course in the UK, and it’s recognised by the Society of Biology. Learn how and why animals behave the way they do, and how this can impact on the management and conservation of wild and domesticated creatures. You’ll develop the skills you’ll need to investigate animals and contribute to important discoveries in the future.
By studying animal behaviour, you’ll learn how we can manage and protect species. The development, physiology and evolution of species will form the basis of this course, but it’s not all theory. It’s a practical subject and we give you plenty of opportunities to learn and practice both in the lab and the field. In your second year you’ll take a series of half day trips to learn about and practise advanced behavioural data collection, the costs of which are included in your course fees. On our optional field trips you might experience rutting red deer on the island of Rum; marine biology in Scotland; world-class zoos in the Netherlands; wildlife and ecology in Africa; and diving and marine biology in the Red Sea. You’ll need to pay for these trips.
Our staff are involved in field and captive studies internationally and in the UK, and have research links with organisations studying British wildlife and at Britain's most respected zoos.
Studying animal behaviour could make the difference between future generations seeing live examples of a species, or reading about them in a history book. It could help you to manage and enhance the habitats of zoo animals, or to educate the public on the importance of animal welfare. What you’ll learn on this course could take you into a career relating to domestic and captive animal management, animal training and behavioural rehabilitation, or zoo education to name but a few. The transferable scientific skills you’ll develop could also open up a career in the field or the laboratory – perhaps for a government agency or an environmental consultancy.
Year one, core modulesBiology of Cells Biomolecules Mathematics for Science Chemical Principles Physical Principles Physiology Biological Diversity Introduction to Evolution
Year two, core modulesIntroduction to Animal Behaviour and Welfare Animal Behaviour Research Animal Form and Function Wildlife and Conservation Ecology Evolution and Biodiversity Biomeasurement Introduction to Marine Biology
Year three, core modulesEvolution of Behaviour Animal Health and Nutrition Vertebrate Biology Being a Biologist Animal Learning and Training Practical Skills for Animal Behaviour
Year three, optional modulesParasitology Principles of Genetics and Evolution
Year four, core modulesBehavioural Ecology Cognition, Evolution and Behaviour Applied Ethology and Animal Welfare Undergraduate Major Project
Year four, optional modulesZoos and Zoo Animal Management Population Ecology and Wildlife Management Human Behaviour Change for Animal Welfare Tropical Ecology and Management Animal Behaviour Counselling Advanced Approaches in Animal Management
We’ll assess you in a number of ways, with most modules including a combination of written assignments and exams. For some modules, you may be asked to present or produce a poster, portfolio or workbook.
How to apply
This course is not accepting applications at this time. Please contact the provider to find out more.
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!
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|Campus name||Cambridge Campus|
Points of entry
The following entry points are available for this course:
- Year 1
We welcome applications from international and EU students, and accept a range of international qualifications.
|UCAS Tariff||48 points||UCAS Tariff points from a minimum of 1 A Level (or equivalent).|
|A level||48 UCAS Tariff points from a minimum of 1 A Level (or equivalent).|
|Pearson BTEC Level 3 National Extended Diploma (first teaching from September 2016)||48 UCAS Tariff points acquired from BTEC Level 3 Diplomas are accepted.|
|Access to HE Diploma||Access to HE Diplomas at overall Pass grade are accepted.|
48 UCAS Tariff points from Scottish Highers are accepted.
48 UCAS Tariff points from Scottish Advanced Highers are accepted.
|GCSE/National 4/National 5||3 GCSEs at grade 4 or above (or A*-C), including English and Maths.|
|International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme||24 points|
If English is not your first language you will be expected to demonstrate a certificated level of proficiency of at least IELTS 6.0 (Academic level) or equivalent English Language qualification, as recognised by Anglia Ruskin University.
Please click the following link to find out more about qualification requirements for this coursehttp://www.anglia.ac.uk/study/undergraduate/animal-behaviour-with-foundation-year
Fees and funding
|Channel Islands||£9,250||Year 1|
|Northern Ireland||£9,250||Year 1|
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