BSc (Hons) (top up) Animal Science and Management (full-time)
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About this course

Delivered at Wiltshire College & University Centre's Lackham campus and franchised by the Royal Agricultural University, this one year top up course provides the opportunity to achieve a full Honours degree in Animal Science and Management following an appropriate Foundation Degree or Higher National Diploma completion.

You will benefit from an advanced level of study that will provide a link into the industry preparing you for postgraduate studies or employment within the industry in the U.K. and abroad.  The college's Lackham campus provides a superb location for studying Animal Science and Management.

The Lackham campus' Animal Resource Centre is home to a wide range of animals including invertebrates, conventional companion animals, reptiles and relatively exotic mammals such as wallabies, meerkats and lemurs.

This resource, in combination with knowledgeable staff and extensive grounds, offers various possibilities for module study and dissertation research.

In previous years, as part of the International Study Tour module, learners have taken part in a study tour to Poland surveying large carnivores and experiencing current field research work.  There are further opportunities to take part in more general international study tours, most recently to South Africa.

What will I learn?

The course includes modules in the following subjects:

  • Immuno-Epidemiology
  • Animal Psychology and Behaviour
  • Anthrozoology
  • Behavioural Ecology
  • Field Biology and Conservation Management
  • Dissertation
  • International Study Tour (Optional)
  • Knowledge Dissemination (Optional)

Please note:

You will be required to study one of the two Optional modules dependent upon student numbers.

We have highly trained staff with considerable experience who will help to support your progression.  Our well appointed laboratory resources and experimental / research equipment are ideally suited to further your knowledge and understanding of the scientific theory relating to the course subject matter.  A well equipped Learning Resource Centre and excellent I.T. facilities are also available.

Entry requirements

A Foundation Degree at pass level or an Higher National Diploma with a Merit profile in the broad study area of Animal Science and Management.

Alternative HNDs or Foundation Degrees will be considered on an individual basis.  Evidence of work experience is also required.

Where English is not the applicant's first language, an IELTS score of 6.0 or equivalent qualification will normally be required.

Study, assessment and qualifications

The modules are assessed using a variety of methods.  For example, a specific module may have assessment including a written report, a write up of a practical survey and an end of module exam. 

The percentage each assessment has towards the total for a module is made clear in the programme specification and module handbook provided at the start of the course.  Some modules do not have an exam e.g. International Study Tour. 

The latter involves practical fieldwork and joining a real research centre and has some physical requirements.  There are practical studies, surveys, presentations and assessed posters for some modules.

Alongside regular attendance in lectures, students are expected to carry out their own research and reading to support their underpinning knowledge and assignment completion. 

Evidence of student's own research and understanding will help raise the grades awarded.  The Dissertation module requires data collection and analysis that may be carried out on the College's premises or externally but this needs to be discussed and approved early in the first term. 

On successful completion of this course, you will achieve a BSc (Hons) 'top up' degree in Animal Science and Management, accredited by the Royal Agricultural University.

Additional costs and information

The cost of this programme is £5,950 per year.

Students are welcome to apply to this programme through UCAS.

The UCAS institution code for this programme is W74.

The UCAS course code for this programme is D426.

You can view and download the programme handbook and the awarding body for this programme is the Royal Agricultural University.

There are additional costs associated with the BSc (Hons) 'top up' course and approximate prices are given below as a guideline.

  • Study tour to Poland approximately £750 including flights and accommodation.
  • Recommended course books £50-£70 for Anthrozoology (open book exam).
  • Dissertation materials and binding £7.

The Office for Students (OfS), the new independent regulator for Higher Education in England, has confirmed that Wiltshire College is successfully registered as a provider for Higher Education and that students are eligible for funding and student support from Student Finance England.  Please visit for more information.

What could I do next?

Our students have progressed into a variety of exciting careers such as Biology Teacher, Zoo Keeper, Bird Warden, Education Officer for Animal Charities, Field Biologist and Conservation Volunteer Organiser in Costa Rica.

Other students have gone on to complete Postgraduate studies and Masters in Biological Sciences and PGCEs in Primary, Secondary and Tertiary Education.

Apprenticeships and Adult Education Funded Courses
The College’s Adult funded courses and apprenticeships prior to 1st May 2017 and apprenticeships with non-levy paying employers post 1st May 2017, are funded by the Education and Skills Funding Agency and part financed by the European Union through the European Social Fund (ESF). ESF supports activities to extend employment opportunities and develop a skilled workforce.