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Animal Behaviour and Welfare
BSc (Hons) Single
The scientific study of animal behaviour and welfare is an exciting and rapidly changing field. It allows us to increase our understanding of the diverse ways in which non-human animals function and react to their environment. An animal’s welfare can range on a sliding scale from very poor to excellent; when managing animals in captivity or conserving them in the wild, it is important that we understand how we can try to meet their biological needs.
During this course you will be taught at Reaseheath College in Year 1, and then at the University of Chester in Years 2 and 3.
The formal study of animal behaviour is a relatively new science, but humans’ fascination with animals is probably as long as our species’ existence. By applying cutting-edge scientific research to animals living under human care, such as on farms or in zoos, or to companion animals such as dogs, cats and horses, we can make recommendations for how to improve conditions and maintain excellent animal welfare. Knowledge of behaviour and welfare can also contribute to changes in attitudes towards animal ethics and care and to the legislation in place to protect them. Increasingly, the study of animal behaviour and welfare is also contributing to the conservation of wild animals in their natural habitats, especially where these are heavily managed.
This course offers an integrated, scientific approach to the study of the theory and practice of animal behaviour and welfare, and the wider role of this discipline within the biological sciences. It includes a combination of academic skills development, practical experience and the enhancement of wider employability skills, drawing on staff expertise in teaching, research and industry.
Students are taught at Reaseheath College during the first year; students wishing to live in can do so at Reaseheath’s Halls of Residence.
You will then be taught at the University of Chester’s Parkgate Road Campus during your second and third years.
The modules given below are the latest example of the curriculum available on this degree programme. Please note that programme structures and individual modules are subject to change from time to time as part of the University’s commitment to curriculum enhancement.
The curriculum at the University of Chester is informed by research and offers a challenging, yet supportive, academic environment at the cutting edge of knowledge. Lecturing staff are active in animal behaviour and welfare research across a wide range of species, and provide opportunities for students to join ongoing research projects in their final year.
Year 1 (Level 4) - Delivered at Reaseheath College
Year 2 (Level 5) - Delivered at the University of Chester
Year 3 (Level 6) - Delivered at the University of Chester
* Compulsory modules
Students may also opt to take a complementary year of study abroad in their third year, and then return to Chester to undertake Level 6 in their fourth year.
We are keen to use a variety of assessment methods to help you find your strengths and give you the maximum opportunity to demonstrate your abilities. As such, your learning on the degree will be tested by a combination of coursework assignments and exams. Depending on the nature of the specific modules, these might include:
Our assessments are designed to encourage the demonstration of academic skills, as well as wider transferable skills for the workplace.
The course will prepare you for a wide range of jobs including:
Jobs directly related to your degree:
Jobs where your degree would be useful:
You will be equipped with transferable skills which are valued by employers such as:
If you are studying this course on a combined basis you should look at options with both subjects.
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|UCAS points:||280 UCAS points from GCE A Levels. Typical offer - BCC/BBC|
|GCE A LEVEL:||
The Department requires one of the following subjects as essential for entry:
GCE A Level: Biology, Human Biology, Chemistry or Applied Science
BTEC Extended Diploma (Animal Care/Management or Applied Science): Typical offer - DMM
BTEC Diploma (Animal Care/Management or Applied Science): Typical offer - D*D*
|Irish/Scottish Highers:||B in 4 subjects, including Biology, Chemistry or Human Biology|
|International Baccalaureate:||26 points, including 5 in HL Biology|
|Access||Access to HE (Science) course to include 45 credits at level 3, 30 of which must be at Merit|
|OCR:||OCR National Extended/Diploma: Accepted in addition to one of the GCE A level subjects listed above|
Please note that we accept a maximum of 20 UCAS points from GCE AS Levels and that the Welsh Baccalaureate (core) and A Level General Studies will be recognised in our offer. We will also consider a combination of A Levels and BTECs/OCRs.
International students requiring a Tier 4 Visa will need to contact Reaseheath College regarding sponsorship.
With a wide range of modules on offer throughout the course, you are able to tailor the course to your own interests."
Graduate Sarah Caunt