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BSc (Hons) Bioveterinary Science

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Animal Sciences


Bachelors Degree (Level 6)

Study Mode



3 years full-time or 1 year as a 'top up'

Start Date

September 2023

UCAS Course Code


The course

Our Bioveterinary Science degree programme will help you to develop sound academic and practical knowledge of the disciplines and factors related to animal science in relation to a range of species and areas of the animal industry.

There is an increasing demand for people with a combination of both academic and practical competence within the animal management industry, which is why this course allows you to learn in a vocational and applied nature.

A final year 'top up' is also available for applicants who have a foundation degree in an appropriate subject.

Course Information

  • Allow you to develop sound academic and scientific knowledge of concepts, as well as practical knowledge of the disciplines and factors that underpin and support the animal industry
  • Encourage appropriate professional attitudes such as initiative and motivation, to help you meet the needs of employers
  • Provide you with the knowledge, intellectual rigour and skills for various aspects of the animal industry
  • Provide you with the practical skills needed for working within the animal industry
  • Allow you to demonstrate an awareness of health, welfare and ethical issues related to a range of species
  • Develop your analytical skills and professional attitudes, ready for working in the animal industry

Year 1

  • Academic and Professional Skills
  • Animal Health and Nutrition
  • Comparative Anatomy and Physiology
  • Personal and Professional Development in the Animal Industry
  • Practical Animal Behaviour and Science
  • Animal Biology and Introduction to Laboratory Science

Year 2

  • Animal Welfare and Legislation
  • Business Management
  • Research Design and Statistical Analysis
  • Reproduction and Breeding Management
  • Behaviour and Management of Production Species
  • Cellular Processes and Biochemistry

Year 3

  • Animal Production Systems
  • Laboratory and Veterinary Diagnostic Techniques
  • Disease, Processes, Immunology and Healing
  • Molecular Biology
  • Dissertation

You will need:

A minimum of 104 UCAS points

GCSE English Language at grade 4 or above, or an equivalent qualification

An appropriate academic reference

UCAS points may be from qualifications such as A-Levels, BTEC Level 3 Extended Diplomas, Access to HE Diplomas, and City and Guilds Advanced Technical Diplomas amongst others. Please use the UCAS Tariff points calculator to determine the UCAS points value of your qualifications.

Life and/or experience of non-traditional students will be taken into account when considering applications. The successful completion of an entry task may be required when considering applications without the required formal entry qualifications.

If your first language is not English, or a Tier 4 student visa to study is required and GCSE grade 4/C English or equivalent is not held, English language proficiency level such as International English Language Testing System (IELTS) 6.0 overall (with a minimum 5.5 in each skill) will need evidencing.

Advanced entry may be possible due to prior experience or certificated learning; applicants will be invited to complete the recognition of prior learning approval process. If you have an appropriate HNC, you can apply for direct entry to Year 2 (Level 5). If you have an appropriate Level 5 qualification and animal training experience, you can apply for direct entry to year 3 (Level 6).

This programme is delivered with a variety of learning and teaching approaches to include all students learning styles and preferences.

For all modules, theory lectures are delivered that aim to deliver the core content and provide the underpinning knowledge. To complement the theory lectures, students have group seminars/practical sessions that are used to reinforce concepts delivered theoretically.

The teaching methods focus on facilitating a student-centred approach to enhance the independent learning that takes place outside of the classroom.

You will study at our Bishop Burton campus in East Yorkshire, UK.

The full-time pathway includes up to 16 hours a week, incorporating lectures, seminars, practicals and tutorials. You are also expected to carry out a significant amount of independent study in addition to contact time (approximately 25-30 hours a week). Independent study includes reading around the subject, preparing for tutorials and seminars, preparing for, and completing, module assessments; forming an essential part of your learning journey.

You can expect to receive your timetable during induction week.

Relevant extra-curricular activity and/or work experience is encouraged to enhance your learning.
Assessment includes written assignments, seminars, poster presentations, training practical, practical reports and demonstrations. There are no formal examinations. Opportunities for feedback on assessments are available prior to the final submission to support your development and achievement. Staff aim to return assessed work within a 15 working day timeframe (not including holidays) so that you can most benefit from the feedback.
  • A tablet, laptop or stationery to take notes in lectures and seminars.
  • College-branded white laboratory coat.
  • College-branded blue kennel coat.
  • Appropriate waterproof outdoor clothing and footwear for outdoor practical sessions.
  • Strong steel toe capped boots for practical sessions.
  • The college has a strict policy of not allowing work boots inside college buildings you will need to have alternative footwear (shoes or trainers) to attend lectures and tutorials.
  • Roughly 300 to cover the costs of field trips and visits over the duration of your programme.
  • A wide range of resources are available for use both on and offsite for dissertation projects but it may not be possible to purchase/service all requests, therefore students need to be aware that they may need to self-fund some elements.
  • On successful completion of the programme, you will have the opportunity to graduate at a ceremony wearing formal dress. The hire of the formal dress is an additional cost.
Graduates may be able to progress to the MSc Applied Animal Behaviour and Training or MSc Animal Behaviour and Welfare, which are available through blended learning at University Centre Bishop Burton.
Graduates can pursue roles as a welfare inspector (e.g. DEFRA, RSPCA), laboratory animal technician, welfare scientist, environmental enrichment co-ordinator, agriculture consultant, laboratory scientist, animal rescue and rehabilitation, reproduction technologist, in research, management positions or animal welfare societies.

Validated by University of Hull

We are proud to collaborate with University of Hull on the validation of this course.

View the policies and procedures you would be agreeing to comply with by registering for this programme. This encompasses University of Hull Quality and Standards, including a Guide for Collaborative Provision students.

Financial Information

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