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To find our higher education programmes on the UCAS website please remember to search under the Institution Code G70 (for the University of Greenwich) with H as the Hadlow College campus code.

BSc (Hons) Applied Animal Behavioural Science and Welfare

The programme is designed for students who wish to pursue careers in the diverse industries of animal behaviour and animal welfare. The programme makes full use of state of the art purpose built animal facilities that have animal welfare and species specific behavioural needs embedded into their design. This enables students to develop the required practical and theoretical skills required for a successful future career.

The programme is aimed at students who have an active interest in the welfare of animals in captive situations and who wish to develop these interests into a professional career. Individuals who have an interest in the study of animal behaviour in a range of settings as well as human psychology are encouraged to apply.

For more information on the BSc (Hons) Applied Animal Behavioural Science and Welfare degree programme please see our dedicated microsite on the Rural University Experience you can expect from Hadlow College.

Course Duration:

Full Time

College Attendance:

3 years, full-time

UCAS Institution Code:

G70 (University of Greenwich)

UCAS Code:



Hadlow Campus

Course Content:

Year 1 – Level 4

  • Concepts of Animal Husbandry (15)
  • Principles of Animal Behaviour (30)
  • Concepts in Animal Welfare (15)
  • Research Skills (15)
  • Concepts in Animal Science (15)
  • Work Based Learning 1 (30)

Year 2 – Level 5

  • Breeding Management and Genetics (15)
  • Statistics for the Animal Sciences (15)
  • Applied Animal Welfare (15)
  • Animal Cognition and Learning (15)
  • Problem Behaviour Management and Animal Training (15)
  • Work Based Learning (30)
  • A choice of either: Exotic Collection Management (15) OR Animal Health and Disease Management (15)

Year 3 - Level 6

  • Honours Project For The Animal Sciences (30) 
  • Current Issues (15)
  • Advanced Animal Cognition & Behavioural Therapies (15) 
  • Anthrozoology & Personal Psychology (15) 
  • Behavioural Ecology (15) 
  • Psychopharmacology and Neuroscience (15)
  • A choice of either: Animal Production Systems (15) OR Advanced Animal Welfare and organisations (15)

Assessment Method:

Assessments include coursework, individual and group oral and PowerPoint presentations, mixed media formats, research reports, case studies and assignments, and closed and open book examination.

Entry Requirements:

96 UCAS points or a Merit grade from a relevant Level 3 Extended Diploma. UCAS points are often made up from A Levels, preferably one in a science based subject. All applicants should have GCSE Grade C or above in English, Maths and Science and have spent two years studying at Level 3.

Applications from mature students, without the standard entry requirements, who are working in the animal industry, are warmly welcomed.

Progression Routes:

Successful students may progress onto a related MSc or PhD programme, or into a wide range of management and research posts within the industry.

Specialist Equipment Needed

Protective clothing, footwear and wet weather clothing as well as overalls will be required.

Available Clothing

Animal Management Jacket

Animal Management Sweatshirt

Animal Management Polo Shirt


  • Multi-million pound animal management home to a range of species
  • Small mammals, invertebrates, reptiles, amphibians, aquatics and grazing animals
  • Extensive paddock facilities
  • 6 custom built aviaries for exotic birds
  • Commercial dog grooming salon
  • Fully functioning veterinary nursing training suite equipped for teaching purposes

Typical Employers

Animal rescue centres, animal charities, zoos and wildlife parks, as well as educational institutions and retail outlets.

Industry Links

Students benefit from close ties with a number of different organisations including the Wildlife Heritage Foundation, the Kent Wildlife Trust as well as local zoos, wildlife parks and rare breed centres.

Please note that all programme specifications and course modules are subject to annual change.

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