BSc (Hons)

Animal Biology

  • UCAS code(s): C302 / C301
  • Level(s) of study: Undergraduate
  • Study mode(s): Sandwich / Full-time
  • Location: Brackenhurst campus
  • Starting: September 2016
  • Course duration: 4 / 3 year(s)
  • Entry requirements: More information
  • ***The entry requirements may be different while in clearing***

This course will give you a sound knowledge and understanding of animal biology, and the ability to apply this knowledge to the rapidly expanding animal industry. You will study topics like anatomy and physiology, behaviour, ecology, welfare, breeding and nutrition. Core scientific study is supported by hands-on animal handling in our specialist unit.

Why choose this course?

  • The course is recognised by the Society of Biology
  • You will have access to our modern animal unit on campus which houses over 200 animals
  • A 1,000 square metre, £2.5 million campus eco-library
  • You will have the opportunity to complete research or a work placement abroad.
* 100% of students are satisfied with this course. (National Student Survey 2016)

What you'll study

You will learn about all aspects of welfare, breeding, conservation and management whilst combining the study of wild animal populations with that of captive, both domestic and exotic. Lectures will cover major scientific principles such as:

  • anatomy and physiology
  • behaviour
  • ecology
  • nutrition.
  • Year One

    • Anatomy and Physiology
    • Animal Management
    • Animal Behaviour and Welfare
    • Ecology and Biodiversity
    • Principles of Animal Science
  • Year Two

    • Animal Health and Disease
    • Animal Reproduction and Breeding
    • Biological Basis of Behaviour
    • Contemporary Issues in Animal Science
    • Research Skills
    • Nutritional Biochemistry
  • Year Three

    • Adaptive Physiology
    • Anthrozoology
    • Applied Animal Nutrition
    • Animal Genetics
    • Dissertation

Course specification

View the full course specification
Please note that course specifications may be subject to change

How you’re taught

You will learn from a combination of seminars, practicals and project work.

Your assessment will be based on coursework and formal examinations. During your studies you will also be encouraged and supported to gain important experience at welfare organisations and government departments throughout the course.

You will be assessed using a variety of methods including the following:

Coursework  - 67%

  • Assignments – 17%
  • Portfolio - 50%

Exams  - 33%

Careers and employability

Your future career

This course will give you the skills and knowledge you need to pursue a career in a variety of roles, such as:

  • Animal Health Officer
  • Animal Trainer and Presenter
  • Biochemistry Technician
  • Laboratory Technician
  • Medical Secretary
  • Pet Behaviour Therapist
  • Reptile House Manager
  • Toxicologist
  • Tropical Fish Consultant
  • Unit Pet Care Officer
  • Veterinary Care Assistant
  • Wildlife Conservation Advisor.

Following successful completion of the course you could work for companies and organisations such as:

Placement opportunities

The work placement route of study can be included and involves a year working in industry. Previous employers of students selecting a sandwich year include:

You will be given the opportunity to focus your studies/work placements on the species of animal that is of most interest to you.

Entry requirements

For 2016 entry you will need one of the following:

  • 280 UCAS tariff points from three A-levels (or two AS-levels and two A-levels) including A-level Biology at grade C or above, excluding General Studies
  • a BTEC Extended Diploma grades Distinction, Merit, Merit (including relevant Biology modules)

You will also need GCSE Maths, English and Science at grade C or above.

Applicants without A-levels will have their qualifications assessed for subject compatibility.

Other requirements: Work experience in the animal sector is highly desirable - sectors include pet shops, zoos, animal conservation projects, wildlife sanctuaries, stables, veterinary practices, kennels, the RSPCA and similar.

If you are unsure whether the qualifications you have, or are currently studying for, meet the minimum entry requirements for this course, please contact us before submitting an application through UCAS.

Getting in touch

If you need anymore help or information, please email our Admissions Team or call on +44 (0)115 848 4200.

We accept qualifications from schools, colleges and universities all over the world for entry onto our courses. If you’re not sure how your international qualification matches our course requirements please visit our international qualifications page.

Foundation courses

If you need to do a foundation course to meet our course requirements please visit Nottingham Trent International College (NTIC). If you’re already studying in the UK at a school or college and would like to know if we can accept your qualification please visit our foundation courses page.

English language entry requirements

If English is not your first language you need to show us that your language skills are strong enough for intensive academic study. We usually ask for an IELTS test and we accept some alternative English language tests.

Help and support

If you have any questions about your qualifications or about making an application to the University please email our international team for advice.

How to apply

Ready to join us? Then apply as soon as you can. Just click the Apply button at the top of the page and follow our step-by-step guide. Make sure you check the entry requirements above carefully before you do.

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Keeping up to date

After you've applied, we'll be sending you important emails throughout the application process - so check your emails regularly, including your junk mail folder.

Good luck with your application!

Getting in touch

If you need any more help or information, please email our Admissions Team or call on +44 (0)115 848 4200.

Please read our notes on the University's commitment to delivering the educational services advertised.

Further information on how to apply

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Fees and funding

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While we aim to keep any extra study costs to a minimum, please see our page on Additional costs and optional extras to find out about any additional expenses you may incur on your course.

Please see our fees page for more information.

We offer prestigious scholarships to new international students holding offers to study at the University.

For more information on these and other opportunities for funding please visit our international scholarships page.

For more information on how to pay your fees to the University please visit our international fee payment page.

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