Where will this course lead?

The Animal Behaviour and Welfare BSc (Hons) top-up degree programme is designed to enable people who have successfully completed a Level 5 qualification in animal related studies to upgrade their qualifications to a vocationally relevant, BSc (Hons) qualification.

Graduates are equipped with the knowledge and skills required to pursue employment in advanced animal behavioural or welfare based roles, e.g. animal welfare inspectors, animal behaviour therapists, animal trainers, animal facility managers or animal science researchers.

The curriculum allows for continued progression on to level 7 courses.

What will I study?

The Animal Behaviour and Welfare Degree year builds on your previous study and offers completion of an Honours Degree. The programme develops contemporary, high-level animal behaviour and welfare knowledge and skills, through modules which are at the cutting edge of their fields and/or look at new and emerging subject areas.

During this year you also get the opportunity to pursue a research interest of your choice whilst completing your dissertation module.

The modules you will study are:

- Companion Animal Physical Therapies and Rehabilitation
- Clinical Behaviour Management in Companion Animals
- Populations, Health and Welfare
- Conservation Biology
- Dissertation (double module)
- Advanced Animal Learning and Training
- Animal Assisted Interventions

How will this course be delivered?

The course is delivered in a variety of ways including face to face in the classroom with lectures, group activities, discussions and seminars; via practical work in the field or at the Animal Care Centre; also on-line resources and activities are used in modules for independent learning; support is provided via one to one tutorials. Trips and guest speakers help strengthen links to the workplace and development of skills for employment.

The Animal Care Centre is fully equipped to industry standards and houses a wide range of species to include reptiles, amphibians, invertebrates, fish, small mammals, large farm mammals and birds.

You will also be required to complete extensive independent study outside the hours spent at college.

The full time mode of study requires you to be at college 3 days a week. Attendance is an important part of the course and you need to attend all sessions.

If in permanent employment within the Land Based Sector you may be considered for the part time mode of study for this course attending college one day a week and completing the course over 1 year and 1 semester. Please enquire about this mode of study via Solihull College Admissions.

What qualifications will I get?

Oxford Brookes University BSc (Hons) in Animal Behaviour and Welfare

How will I be assessed?

Assessments are through a range of different coursework and presentations designed to develop academic and employability skills and through examinations in some modules.

How do I get a place on the course?

All applications are via UCAS and will go directly to Oxford Brookes University via UCAS before being forwarded to Solihull College.
You will be interviewed at Solihull College and may also be asked to complete a written and/or practical task as part of this process.

What are the entry requirements?

Students will usually have achieved an average grade of 55% in the FdSc in Animal Behaviour and Welfare year 2 or an equivalent relevant animal related level 5 qualification of 240 CAT points, subject to individual credit rating by Oxford Brookes University. Students who have studied the HND in Animal Management or equivalent HND will need an overall merit profile.

Students who have not studied the Oxford Brooke University FdSc in Animal Behaviour & Welfare will need to produce a transcript of the modules and learning outcomes they have studied on their level 5 course to allow credit rating by Oxford Brookes University and evidence coverage of sufficient comparable, content to allow entrance to this BSc year.

There are limited places on the course and the above requirements are minimum requirements. Gaining a place on the course will also be subject to a successful interview and a strong UCAS application with an appropriate reference.

What else do I need to know?

If you have a learning difference or disability please let us know when you apply. You will be offered support in your interview and we can support you on the course.

There is an exit point where students can leave with a Degree without honours.

Students may be required to purchase practical uniform and steel-toe capped boots for use if they work in the Animal Care Centre.

Attendance on a variety of trips is a compulsory part of the course and students will be required to pay the associated fees.

There will also be additional costs for learning resources such as books, stationary and for the production of coursework.

Solihull College and University Centre offers full time and part time courses for businesses and residents in Birmingham, Walsall, Wolverhampton, Coventry Warwickshire and the whole of the West Midlands.




Please note that when you enrol you are accepting that the course content and module descriptions are accurate at the time of publishing and that the course content as described is based on what is possible to deliver under the government advice and social distancing rules at that particular time. In the event of changes made to those rules, by national or local government, the College may need to make further alterations to the published course content. By enrolling with the College, you will be confirming that you are content to proceed with the course as detailed at that time and on the basis that the programme may be subject to reasonable change.

What can I do after this course?

On completion of this course you may wish to progress to study at level 7 on a Masters Degree course.


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