The Course

This unique degree programme offers the opportunity to study the behaviour and welfare assessment of a range of domestic and exotic species and apply this to their management.

There is a strong emphasis on applying theoretical knowledge to practical situations using our excellent animal facilities.

The degree aims to build on the skills and knowledge that were developed during related Level 5 qualifications.

Students have the opportunity to specialise through the Dissertation: 10,000 words on a relevant subject area.

This programme is now closed for 2021 / 22 applications at Riseholme College. 

This programme is available in Clearing at University Centre Bishop Burton, CLICK HERE for more information. 

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Financial Information

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  • What You Study

    The programme aims to:

    • Provide students with a sound academic understanding of behaviour theories.
    • Provide theoretical knowledge and understanding of animal welfare.
    • Understand the application of welfare improvement strategies.
    • Provide practical skills enabling students to undertake welfare assessments.
    • Give a greater understanding of the disciplines and factors that relate to animal behaviour and welfare.


    • Behavioural Assessment of Welfare
    • Animal Cognition and Ethics
    • Physiology of Behaviour and Assessment of Welfare
    • Option modules: Advanced Animal Training or Animals in Society (students select one)
    • Dissertation

    Option modules will run where there are sufficient student numbers, otherwise an alternative option module may be offered. 

  • Entry Requirements

    • Applicants should have a relevant Level 5 qualification.
    • Applicants need an appropriate academic reference.
    • 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 C / 4 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.
  • Contact Time

    Approximately up to 12 hours a week (full-time) to include lectures, seminars, practicals and tutorials. Students are expected to carry out a significant amount of private study (approx. 25-30 hours a week) in addition to contact / lecture time. A part-time option is also available.

    Students can expect to receive their timetables during induction week.

    Fridays are reserved for extracurricular activities.

  • Learning and Teaching Approach

    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.

    Students can choose to study at either our Bishop Burton campus, in East Yorkshire, or our Riseholme campus, in Lincolnshire.

  • How You're Assessed

    Assessment includes written assignments, seminars, poster presentations, animal training practical (option module), practical reports and demonstrations. There are no formal examinations. Opportunities for feedback on assessments are available prior to the final submission to support student development and achievement. Staff aim to return assessed work within a 15 working day timeframe (not including holidays) in order that students can most benefit from the feedback.

  • Progression

    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.

  • Careers

    Graduates may pursue a career as a welfare inspector (e.g. DEFRA, RSPCA), laboratory animal technician, welfare scientist, environmental enrichment co-ordinator, behaviour advisor, in research, animal seizures (HM Revenues and Customs), animal training, zoo keeping or education.

  • Equipment Required / Additional Costs

    Students are required to have a kennel coat or overalls in blue and a white lab coat, which are available from our online shop. Steel toe-capped footwear is also required.

    Training equipment will also be required (i.e. clicker and target stick) for the training related modules.

    We anticipate these resources will cost approximately £100. An SPSS licence may be beneficial and can be purchased from our online shop.

    A suitable electronic device, e.g. a laptop or tablet, with internet connectivity is required for accessing online learning.

    There may also be additional costs for educational visits / trips and enrichment activities.

    On successful completion of the programme, students have the opportunity to graduate at a ceremony wearing formal dress. The hire of the formal dress is an additional cost. 

  • How To Apply

    Apply for the full-time course is through UCAS, using code D390, and application to the part-time course through our online application form.

    Applications for the year you wish to study open in September the year before. Whilst UCAS advertise a January deadline, we continue to accept applications through to the September you wish to start with us, provided we have spaces available and the programme remains open.

  • Download Programme Guide

    Download our programme guides to find out more about studying the BSc (Hons) Animal Behaviour and Welfare (Top Up) at either our Bishop Burton or Riseholme campus.

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