The Course

The programme provides a sound scientific knowledge base of animals and livestock production systems that underpins a thorough understanding of the applied aspects of animal science.

Emphasis is placed on the integration of applied knowledge and skills providing hands-on experience with companion, farm and exotic animals. Students will practise a wide range of laboratory techniques required by the animal science industry.

The programme includes business elements to improve transferable skills and enable students to set up their own businesses.

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

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

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  • What You Study

    Year 1:

    Modules introduce the student to animal anatomy and physiology, health and nutrition, husbandry, animal behaviour, research methods and academic skills.

    Year 2:

    Subjects become more applied in relation to reproduction and breeding management, domestic production, animal behaviour, welfare and legislation, cellular processes and biochemistry, business management and statistics.

    Year 3:

    Applied modules such as animal production systems, molecular biology, and laboratory diagnostic techniques are studied along with disease processes, immunology and healing. The final year also includes a 10,000 word dissertation project on a relevant subject area.

  • Entry Requirements

    • Applicants will have a minimum of 104 UCAS points, which 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 qualification.
    • Applicants need GCSE English Language at grade C / 4 or above, or an equivalent 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 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.
    • Students with an appropriate HNC can apply for direct entry to Year 2. 
    • Students with an appropriate Level 5 qualification and animal training experience can apply for direct entry to year 3.
  • Contact Time

    Approximately 16 hours a week to include lectures, seminars, practicals and tutorials. Students are also expected to carry out a significant amount of private study in addition to contact time (25-30 hours a week). A part-time option is also available.

    Students can expect to receive their timetables during induction week. 

  • 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, 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 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 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.

  • 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. We anticipate this will cost approximately £100.

    An SPSS licence may be beneficial and can be purchased from our online shop.

    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

    Application is through UCAS using code D422.

    If you wish to enter into the final year of the course following successful completion of a relevant Level 5 qualification, please apply via UCAS (selecting three as the year of entry).

    If you are currently studying for a foundation degree at Bishop Burton or Riseholme and wish to 'top up', please apply via 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) Bioveterinary Science at either our Bishop Burton campus or Riseholme campus.

    You can also download the programme guide for the Top Up option.

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