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    BSc (Hons) Animal Science and Welfare (Top-Up)

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    This top-up programme allows you to progress from Easton and Otley College foundation degrees in Animal Science and Welfare or similar programmes elsewhere into a full Honours degrees programme.

    Course Information

    • Qualification: BSc (Top-Up)
    • Course Code: D900
    • Start Date: 07/09/2020
    • Duration: 1 year full-time
    • Campus: Easton
    • Entry requirements: Our typical offer is 240 credits (120 at Level 4 and 120 at Level 5) or equivalent HND qualifications in suitable subject areas are accepted - subject to an additional bridging 60 credit module Credit transfer and accreditation of prior learning or experience: If you have achieved a qualification of credits towards a Higher Education programme at another Higher Education Institution you may be able to enter this top up year or accredit matching modules. Please see our further information on our Credit Transfer/APL/APEL area.
    • Cost:Full-time £8500

    This top-up programme allows you to progress from Easton and Otley College foundation degrees in Animal Science and Welfare or similar programmes elsewhere into a full Honours degrees programme.

    The animal care industry is worth in excess of £1 billion to the UK's economy annually and encompasses a wide range of businesses and organisations. Thousands of staff are employed in roles within zoological collections, boarding establishments, trainers and behaviourists, pet food and supplies, welfare charities and sanctuaries. 

    This BSc (Hons) top-up seeks to round off the student's knowledge and skills across the breadth of the industry to an honours degree level.  Subjects studied at Foundation degree (or equivalent) are built upon and students have the opportunity to opt for specialist modules of study in business, sustainability, behaviour & training, and conservation biology.  The Dissertation is central to the year and is an extended piece of research that draws together many skills student will have developed during their studies.

    For the academic year 19-20 the tuition feed for this programme are:

    Full-time £8500

    All fees quoted are for UK/EU students. For Overseas student please contact admissions

    Level 6 (Year 1 for full time students)



    All Year


    Developments in Animal Science and Welfare


    Semester 2


    The Global Business Environment (option)


    Semester 1


    Comparative Animal Nutrition (option)


    All Year


    Conservation Biology (option)

    Non- Core

    All Year


    Advanced Canine and Feline Behaviour and Training (option)


    All Year


    Advanced Equine Training and Behaviour (option)


    All Year


    Students are taught via a combination of lectures, seminars, guest speakers and practical activities within laboratories or on our farm units and estate. This mix of teaching and learning methods allows students to develop both academic and farm competencies side by side, applying theory from the classroom in real situations. Typical groups sizes are of 18-24 but are larger for cross-college modules (40 +), this smaller group profile allows you more contact time and support from our lecturers and subjects specialists. Technical staff such as laboratory technicians, farms technicians and unit managers support the team and may deliver supportive sessions.

    Students will be expected to utilise computers widely in research and producing their work and will have access to the programme Virtual learning Environment that support lectures and provided additional materials of interest.

    Independent learning-

    When not in timetabled sessions you are expected to continue learning independently through self-study. Typically this will involve reading journals articles, books and working on individual assessments or project work and preparation for examinations. You will be expected to work in groups at time for formative tasks or for summative assessment. This independent work is supported by the college’s library facilities, HE computer suite/common room and access to online journals and VLE materials.

    Overall workload-

    Students should expect to spend 20-25% of their time in scheduled activities

    Level 6

    Teaching Learning and Assessment 264 hours

    Independent Learning 936 hours

    This programme provides you with a range of opportunities to display your understanding and application of the subject informally prior to summative assessments that will count towards your final grade. Each module normally contains at least one piece of formative (practice) work for which feedback is provided from tutors or peers but grades will not be provided for this work.

    Formal (summative) assessments may be mid or towards the end of modules. A range of methods are utilised to assess performance including (but not limited to) examinations, essays or literature reviews, presentations, posters, portfolios, observed practical work and project reports. The grades from each formal assessment count towards an overall module grade.

    The balance of assessment by examination and assessment by coursework depends on modules selected.


    Feedback on coursework is provided via an online system. Feedback on examination performance is available in a broad summary but further feedback is available on request to the module leader.

    Feedback is intended to help you to learn and to build your performance over time, therefor we encourage discussion of performance and progress with your programme tutor.

    We aim to provide feedback within 21 working days

    Whilst there are no modules within this programme including specified work experience hours. It is expected that students will build their CV and transferable skills with suitable work or commitment. Your undergraduate dissertation may be undertaken utilising working farms, food producers or other industry organisations.


    The College provides a bursaries and funds available for undergraduate students which you may be eligible to apply for. You can check your eligibility for these types of financial support along with their value for more information see the Financial Support pages.


    220 hectare farm

    Dedicated HE area including common room, study facilities and kitchen

    4 on site laboratories

    Farm units include- agricultural engineering workshop and machinery, pig unit , poultry unit, suckler cattle, flock of sheep (varying varieties including the Norfolk Horn

    Animal Care Centre – housing a range of small animals species indoors and outdoors, exotics and aquatic, goats and alpaca

    Equestrian Centre – with Olympic sized indoor arena, outdoor arena, stabling for 42 horses, loan horses and livery horses, hosts a range of equestrian events and dog agility throughout the year

    Range of teaching and learning rooms including lecture theatre and conference facilities

    Commercial Facilities – including dog grooming parlour, veterinary area, hydrotherapy unit, pet retail outlet, kennels and cattery

    Well equipped library

    Free wi -fi

    Free parking

    HE accommodation

    On successful completion of the BSc (Hons) students may apply for post graduate study at other institutions in similar subjects at other institutions (subject to APL/APEL and/or entry requirements) Students may select to enter employment or graduate internships in a range of industry based careers such as agronomy, food production, farm business management, research, data analysis, agricultural engineering, freelance or contract farming.

    Applications for Further Education full time, access to HE, apprenticeships and part time courses are made online. Go on to the relevant course page and click on the 'Apply Now' button to start the application process. Applications for short courses are made by contacting the College Admissions Team on 08000 224556. Higher Education programme applications should be made via UCAS in the first instance, UCAS website

    Applications for accommodation usually open late Spring. For more information pleae see the following link; Student accommodation

    Students aged 19 ( as of 31 August) and above can study any of our part time or short courses as well as our Access to Higher Education and Higher Education programme. Some of floristry, horticulture and arboriculture courses may also be available to adult learners. Please contact the College Admissions Team for more information, 08000 224556. Adult learning

    Yes, you can speak to the College Admissions Team on 08000 224556 who can provide general course choice advice and guidance or you can drop in to one of our Course Advice Days.

    Course Advice Days are normally held on Saturday morning's from 9am-12pm. They provide an excellent opportunity to speak to course tutors, find out more about the courses we offer, have a tour of the facilities and speak to Student Services about any non academic questions like transport or bursaries. Dates are advertised on our website. Course Advice Day

    We also have our campus open days, known as a 'Big Day Out' which take place in the summer term. Both campuses and facilities are available for you to explore, speak to tutors and students, watch demonstrations and have a go at activities. If you like what you see you can also make an application on the day. Details on the Big Day Out will be advertised on our website nearer the time

    Please see the following links for more information on applying for your bus pass;Easton transport information or Otley transport information

    Please contact the College Admissions Team on 08000 224556 who will be able to advise of any future interview dates and rebook your interview to a suitable date.

    To cancel your application pleae contact the College Admissions Team on 08000 224556 or use the contact us form on our website.

    The College Admissions Team will send out letters to all students aged 19 and over, on relevant courses, providing all the information needed from Easton & Otley College to enable you to make an online application with Student Finance England. These letters will be sent out during the summer term.

    Applications for the college bursary are made online. You should make sure that you read the guidance notes prior to making an application to ensure that you are eligible. Further information can be found on Financial Support

    For students resident in England and aged 18 and under on 31 August, before they are due to start their course in September, then your full time course fees are fully funded. For students aged 19 and over, and those looking to study a short course, please contact the College Admissions Team for more details on 08000 224556.