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Animal Science

Entry requirements


UCAS Tariff

88-112

GCSE English or IELTS equivalent, GCSE Maths, and 88-112 UCAS points, ideally including at least two grade C at A level in two science subjects, preferably Biology and Chemistry

About this course


Course option

3.0years

Full-time | 2022

Subject

Animal science

If you are passionate about animal welfare, health and behaviour, this will provide you with a gateway to life-long learning about issues that will really matter to our shared future.
You will learn about animal genetics, breeding, diseases, behaviour and more, and will have the opportunity to work with a range of employers in the field by taking advantage of the University’s Life Sciences Industry Liaison Lab at Discovery Park.
Changes in animal welfare laws in Britain have meant that there is now more control and regulation of all animal-based enterprises. This has resulted in a greater need for a scientific approach to animal management and welfare across all businesses that work with animals. These sectors require well-prepared animal scientists who are able to apply their knowledge to emerging management issues.
Throughout the course, you'll be challenged to apply your thinking to different scientific issues and also undertake field studies, including a residential field trip to study animals in captivity and in their natural environment. There is a strong emphasis on practical work in our newly opened, state-of-the-art laboratories. Over three years you will develop the skills to collect and analyse scientific data independently as you research topics of your own choice, often with specific employment goals in mind.
As well as developing essential scientific knowledge and skills, you'll explore animal biochemistry, physiology, genetics and welfare in depth, investigate the diversity of life, pests and diseases including cancer and study animal reproduction and development in detail. Engaging with this course will make you a skilled animal scientist who is ideally prepared for work in areas such as zoos and wildlife parks, veterinary situations, farms, research laboratories and wildlife conservation. To help prepare you for employment, you'll also develop broad transferable skills so that you become a work-ready graduate set for a career in a wide range of animal care, welfare and management settings, and for further advanced study at MSc or PhD level.
As part of our ‘Added Value’ philosophy, you will have the chance to gain further skills and collaborate with biotech companies through the Life Sciences Industry Liaison Lab and advisory companies in the industry.

Modules

For a list of core and likely optional modules, please visit our website.

Tuition fees

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Channel Islands
£9,250
per year
England
£9,250
per year
EU
£14,500
per year
International
£14,500
per year
Northern Ireland
£9,250
per year
Republic of Ireland
£9,250
per year
Scotland
£9,250
per year
Wales
£9,250
per year

The Uni


Course location:

Canterbury Christ Church University

Department:

School of Human and Life Sciences

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What students say


We've crunched the numbers to see if overall student satisfaction here is high, medium or low compared to students studying this subject(s) at other universities.

63%
low
Animal science

How do students rate their degree experience?

The stats below relate to the general subject area/s at this university, not this specific course. We show this where there isn’t enough data about the course, or where this is the most detailed info available to us.

Animal science

Teaching and learning

75%
Staff make the subject interesting
94%
Staff are good at explaining things
75%
Ideas and concepts are explored in-depth
88%
Opportunities to apply what I've learned

Assessment and feedback

Feedback on work has been timely
Feedback on work has been helpful
Staff are contactable when needed
Good advice available when making study choices

Resources and organisation

50%
Library resources
80%
IT resources
56%
Course specific equipment and facilities
69%
Course is well organised and has run smoothly

Student voice

Staff value students' opinions
Feel part of a community on my course

Who studies this subject and how do they get on?

96%
UK students
4%
International students
31%
Male students
69%
Female students
72%
2:1 or above
20%
First year drop out rate

Most popular A-Levels studied (and grade achieved)

D
C
C

After graduation


The stats in this section relate to the general subject area/s at this university – not this specific course. We show this where there isn't enough data about the course, or where this is the most detailed info available to us.

Animal science

What are graduates doing after six months?

This is what graduates told us they were doing (and earning), shortly after completing their course. We've crunched the numbers to show you if these immediate prospects are high, medium or low, compared to those studying this subject/s at other universities.

87%
low
Employed or in further education

Top job areas of graduates

29%
Animal care and control services
13%
Sales assistants and retail cashiers
8%
Science, engineering and production technicians

These stats refer to the prospects for graduates from both general animal studies courses and those for particular animals (such as equine science). Graduates don't generally get jobs as vets when they graduate; much the most common jobs tend to be roles caring for animals, such as veterinary nurses. Some of these jobs are not currently classified as professional level occupations, but in reality, you need a degree to get these jobs (and probably always have done), and graduates in them report that they got the jobs that they wanted. So the stats you see might not completely represent just how useful these degrees are for getting into animal care careers.

What about your long term prospects?

Looking further ahead, below is a rough guide for what graduates went on to earn.

Agriculture, food and related studies

The graph shows median earnings of graduates who achieved a degree in this subject area one, three and five years after graduating from here.

£17k

£17k

Note: this data only looks at employees (and not those who are self-employed or also studying) and covers a broad sample of graduates and the various paths they've taken, which might not always be a direct result of their degree.

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Higher entry requirements
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