FdSc Animal Science
This new programme has been developed as a joint initiative between the RAU and Cirencester College, utilising the expertise and resources of both partners, including new state-of-the-art bioscience laboratories and an animal centre with more than 80 species.
Whether you’re interested in domestic animals, exotic species or farm animals, studying the science and technology of the field is a gateway to many rewarding careers. Our degree course in Animal Science will give you the academic and practical experience to ultimately take your pick from a range of careers including a nutritionist, laboratory technician and veterinary specialist.
Studying with us gives you access to the expertise and resources of the RAU and our partners, Cirencester College, including new state-of-the-art bioscience laboratories and an animal centre with more than 80 species.
On this specialist Animal Science degree, you will gain in-depth laboratory training and practical animal handling and husbandry skills – all underpinned by a strong theoretical core of knowledge relevant to a range of animal species and animal business contexts.
When it comes to applying your knowledge, you will have the added advantage of commercial experience and entrepreneurial nous, developed on a work experience placement during the summer holiday after your first year. This will significantly strengthen your portfolio, whether you use it to gain future employment or continue your studies in a range of animal-related subjects, including farm animals, equine, wildlife and zoology-based areas.
Upon successful completion of the foundation degree, you will have the opportunity to progress on to an appropriate BSc Honours top-up programmes delivered or validated by the RAU, including BSc (Hons) in Agricultural Management, BSc Honours Equine Studies, BSc Honours Wildlife Conservation, BSc Honours Animal Science & Management. Progression opportunities will also be available to appropriate Honours conversion courses at other HEIs in the UK.
When it comes to applying your knowledge, you will have the added advantage of commercial experience and entrepreneurial know-how developed on a work experience placement during the summer vacation between your first and second year. You will produce a portfolio of evidence of your learning experience which will feed into the level 5 Work Based Learning module.
This will significantly enhance your graduate prospects, whether you decide to enter employment or continue your studies in a range of animal-related subjects; including farm animals, equine, wildlife, and zoology-based areas
- A Level: CD – min.56 UCAS Tariff points (to include at least one A Level pass.)
- BTEC: MPP
- GCSE: (Minimum five GCSEs) - English and Mathematics (or Maths Numeracy for Welsh applicants) at Grade C / 4 or higher are required.
- International Baccalaureate: 24 points.
- Access to HE: 45 credits at level 3, of which 15 must be awarded at Merit or higher. (Pass at Literacy & Numeracy skills at level 2 are accepted in lieu of GCSE English & Mathematics)
Whilst a Level 3 science background is preferred, the programme has been structured to enable those without a science subject at level 3, but who are keen to follow such a route, to enter and progress through the programme.
Alternative entry routes are available for a range of other qualifications. Prior experience is also considered, subject to approval by the programme manager and admissions staff.
Read more general information about our entry requirements.
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As well as laboratory classes and animal handling classes at both the RAU and Cirencester College campuses, you will learn via lectures, seminars, and a period of practical work-based learning at both level 4 and level 5, enabling you to apply theoretical learning to real-life practical situations in a range of different commercial businesses.
You will be assessed on the basis of your research projects, examinations, case studies, management plans, portfolio, presentations, and practical animal handling skills.
Timetables are normally available one month before registration. Please note that while we make every effort to ensure that timetables are as student-friendly as possible, scheduled teaching can take place on any day of the week. Wednesday afternoons are normally reserved for sports and societies activities.
Each module is worth a specified number of credits. Each credit equates to 10 hours of total study time. Total study time includes scheduled teaching, independent study and assessment activity.
Full-time students normally take modules worth 60 credits per 15 week semester but this can vary depending on your elective choice. Part-time students taking proportionally fewer credits per semester. All students take a total of 120 credits per level and 240 credits for the foundation degree as a whole. The overall grade for your foundation degree is based on marks obtained for modules taken at level 4 and level 5 (weighted 30:70) accordingly.
Modules studied on this course include:
- 1308 Bioscience Laboratory Skills 1
- 1312 Anatomy and Physiology 1
- 1309 Fundamentals of Biology
- 1310 Animal husbandry
- 1311 Introduction to Animal Behaviour, Ethics and Environmental Impact
- 1115 Work Based Learning 1
- 2309 Bioscience Laboratory Skills 2
- 2310 Animal Health and Nutrition
- 2307 Genetics and Breeding
- Innovation and Entrepreneurship in the Animal Science sector
- 2131 Work Based Learning 2
- Specialist Elective [focused on either agriculture, equine, wildlife or exotic/companion animal species]
All the module sheets can be found here.
Course modules are subject to change.
This course is subject to revalidation.
Tuition fees cover the cost of a student’s academic studies. This usually includes teaching costs, registration and examination fees (not repeat or trailing modules, re-sit fees or coursework resubmission) and relevant courses at the RAU Rural Innovation Centre. Any costs associated with work placements will be the student's responsibility.
For the academic year 2019-20 the tuition fees for this course are:
|Full-time||£9,250 per year||£10,000 per year|
Tuition fees may be subject to an inflationary increase each year as set out in our Access and Participation Plan 2019/20.
For full details, please visit the fees and funding webpage.
The University offers a wide range of generous fee waivers and bursaries. To find out more about the scholarships, awards and bursaries available, please visit the scholarships webpage.
The programme has been designed to enable graduates to pursue a range of careers in the following areas:
- Animal Nutritionist
- Laboratory technician
- Veterinary practices
- Animal conservation bodies
- Zoos and animal collections
93%* of our graduates are in employment or further study six months after leaving the RAU.
*2016/17 UK-based leavers studying a first degree, full time. Source: HESA
Applications to study at the Royal Agricultural University must be made through the UCAS system. This applies to all undergraduate courses.
Applications need to be made by the UCAS deadline to ensure we are able to offer you a place on your first choice course.
If you would like to apply during UCAS Extra or Clearing, please check that we have places available.
Applicants wishing to study on a course on a part-time basis will need to apply directly to the RAU.
Please contact firstname.lastname@example.org to discuss your requirements and obtain an application form.