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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: D402
    • Start Date: 09/09/2019
    • 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

    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.

    There are buses from all over Norfolk and Suffolk which will drop students off at college. For details of bus routes and other transport options, please see the 'Easton Transport Information' link or Otley Transport Information .

    Once we receive your application for your course we will check your details and any grades/predicted grades to make sure that you meet any entry requirements. The College Admissions Team will then contact you to arrange your interview with a course tutor. If you are successful at your interview then you will be offered a place on your chosen course or if the tutor feels that you may be suited to another course they will advise you of this.

    We will then invite you to attend a Keep in Touch day held in early July where you can come on to campus, meet your tutors and other students hoping to study the same course, gain some campus familiarisation, learn more about your course, do some activities and ask any questions that you may have.

    Enrolment commences once GCSE results are released, you will be sent details regarding completing your enrolment in July, advising of a date and time.

    Once you have successfully completed your enrolment you will receive your timetable and confirmation of your course start date.

    You don't need to let the college know your GCSE results, instead you should attend your enrolment appointment, which will have been sent to you beforehand. Please bring all exam results with you so that we can make sure you have met the entry requirements for your course.

    Don't panic if you haven't got the grades for your chosen course, we will always try and find a suitable course for you. We will be able to offer you an alternative course in the same or similar subject area. We will do this when you attend for your enrolment where there will also be course tutors on hand to speak to you about your course options.

    If you have done better than predicted then we can also change your course offer to the most appropriate level. Again this is all done at enrolment.

    We strongly encourage all students to source their own work placement however we are aware that sometimes this can be difficult. We have work placement coordinators who can help you find your work placement and ensure that all students are able to fulfill this requirement. More information will be provided to you prior to you starting your course. Please see Work Placement for more information.

    The college term dates can found using the following link;

    College officially starts back on the first full week of September however not all courses will start on the Monday. You will advised of your actual start date at enrolment.

    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