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Animal Behaviour and Welfare BSc (Hons) Degree (Top Up - Full-time) - 2019:20

Location:  Merrist Wood College
UCAS Code:  D300
Year:  2019:20
Start Date:  16/09/2019
Duration:  1 Year
FT/PT:  Full-Time 
Awarding Body:  Kingston University
Level: 6
Tuition Fees: £ 7974 per academic year
Awarding Body Fee: £ 0
Subject Area

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Content / Overview

This programme is designed for students who have already completed a Foundation Degree in Animal Behaviour and Welfare or equivalent qualification. It allows for more in-depth specialist knowledge development and the opportunity for research into a chosen field of study. You will assess animal welfare and behaviour in a range of settings, including farming, zoos, the leisure and entertainment sectors, laboratory and domestic environments.

Course Modules

Practical and professional skills development (30 credits), animal cognition and behaviour (30 credits), advanced animal welfare (30 credits), research project (30 credits). Total 120 credits.

All students are supported with academic development and you will have access to a personal tutor.

Why Study Here

  • New exciting Animal Management Centre including state-of-the-art facilities such as a desert biome, tropical biome and nocturnal room.
  • Over 130 different animal species including meerkats, coatis, hornbills and red squirrels.
  • Industry experience provides an invaluable opportunity to work in a variety of settings to support your chosen career path.
  • Friendly learning environment with small class sizes and excellent student support.
  • Merrist Wood College is highly regarded in the animal industry as the leading animal education establishment in Surrey.
  • Taught by expert, passionate tutors with industry experience.
  • You will have the opportunity to take part in one of our optional residential study tours which currently run in South Africa and Jersey.

Application Process

Apply online through UCAS at

Entry Requirements

Animal Behaviour Welfare Foundation Degree or HND (or suitable equivalent subject) with a minimum Merit profile. Plus a minimum of Grade C at GCSE for English, maths and science. A minimum IELTS score of 6 /TOEFL equivalent is required for those for whom English is not their first language.

Knowledge & Understanding

On successful completion students will be able to:
  • Acquire, interpret and analyse information and apply a critical understanding of the appropriate context for their use
  • Explain the behavioural and welfare needs of animals and how management systems meet those needs
  • Recognise and use appropriate theories, concepts and principles from a range of disciplines

Cognitive (Thinking) Skills

On successful completion students will be able to:
  • Critically analyse information, synthesise and summarise the outcomes
  • Design and experiment, investigation, survey or other means to test a hypothesis or proposition
  • Evaluate conflicting theories, concepts and principles from a range of disciplines
  • Collect and integrate several lines of evidence and apply them in a balanced way
  • Recognise the moral and ethical issues of investigations and appreciate the need for professional codes of conduct

Practical Skills

On successful completion students will be able to:
  • Plan, conduct and report on investigations, including the use of secondary data
  • Collect and record information and summarise it using appropriate qualitative and/or quantitative techniques
  • Devise, plan and undertake investigations in a responsible and safe manner, paying due attention to risk assessment, rights of access, relevant health and safety regulations, legal requirements and sensitivity to the impact of investigations on the environment and stakeholders
  • Demonstrate a high standard of professional behaviour and apply ethical codes of conduct
  • Reference work in an appropriate manner

Transferable (Key) Skills

On successful students will have acquired transferable skills as follows:

  • Receive, evaluate and respond to a variety of information sources (e.g. electronic, textual, numerical, verbal, graphical)
  • Communicate accurately, clearly, concisely, confidently and appropriately to a variety of audiences in written, verbal and graphical forms
  • Contribute constructively to group discussions
  • Listen to, appreciate and evaluate the views of others
  • Appreciate issues of sample selection, accuracy, precision and uncertainty during collection recording and analysis of data
  • Prepare, process, interpret and present data, using appropriate qualitative and quantitative techniques and packages
  • Solve numerical problems using computer-based and non-computer based techniques
Information, Communication and Technology
  • Use the internet critically as a means of communication and a source of information
  • Demonstrate competence in the use of computer-based information handling and data processing tools
  • Use computer packages to create effective ways to communicate information
  • Organise teamwork and set realistic targets
  • Identify individual and collective goals and responsibilities
  • Plan, allocate and evaluate the work of self, individuals and teams
  • Perform in a manner appropriate to these roles and responsibilities
  • Recognise and respect the views and opinions of other team members
  • Reflect on and evaluate own performance as an individual and as a team member
Independent Learning and Self Management
  • Identify and work towards targets for personal, academic and career development
  • Develop and adaptable and flexible approach to study and work
  • Develop the skills necessary for self-managed and lifelong learning (e.g. working independently, time management and organisation skills)
  • Display the potential for competence, behaviour and attitudes required in a professional working life including initiative, leadership and team skills
  • Apply professional codes of conduct where applicable


You will be continually assessed through assignments, project work, oral presentations, poster presentations, seminars, group discussions and a dissertation. There will also be a small number of exams, for which you will be prepared.

Further Studies

Continue your studies with a masters degree in a range of specialist areas or apply for membership of professional bodies including the Zoological Society of London, Institute of Biology or the British Ecological Society and attend further courses.


You could become a zoo keeper; animal behaviouralist; welfare officer or post-graduate researcher with organisations such as the RSPCA or WWF, zoos, safari parks, local government agencies or a teacher.

Additional Information

You are advised to ensure that anti-tetanus protection via a course of injections or booster is up to date prior to the commencement of the course. You should also ensure that you have adequate clothing for outdoor work in inclement weather. Fees shown are per year. Please contact the College if you require further information, on 01483 88 40 40. Our full terms and conditions of enrolment can be found on our website The academic regulations for this programme can be found on the University’s website Applicants should apply through the UCAS (the Universities and Colleges Admissions Service) website. This includes students already at Merrist Wood College. All courses will be listed under Guildford College on the UCAS website.


All students aged 19 years or over on 1 September in the first year of their course are expected to pay tuition, registration, exam fees and all other course related costs. Some assistance with these costs may be available depending on your circumstances and the latest government funding position.

There are normally no tuition, registration or examination fees to pay if you are aged 16-18 on 1 September in the first year of your course and are a British or European Union resident. This does not apply to HNCs/Ds, Foundation Degrees, Degrees or courses that do not attract government funding (identified as 'no fee remission available on this course').


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