These typical entry requirements apply to the 2019 academic year of entry and may be subject to change for the 2020 academic year. Please check back for further details.
UCAS tariff points/grades required
104-112 UCAS Tariff Points at A2 (Grades BCC-BBC) to include A2 grade C in biology or human biology, or equivalent. General studies not accepted.
Pearson BTEC Level 3 National Extended Diploma in Animal Management. To include four Biology units at grade Merit or above.
Recommended Units as follows:
01, 02, 03, 04, 05, 06, 07, 08, 09, 10, 11, 20, 24
BTEC Level 3 National Extended Diploma accepted in combination with relevant Science A Level at grade C or above (see above) to achieve 104 – 112 UCAS Tariff points.
Pre 2016 BTEC:
BTEC Level 3 Extended Diploma in Animal Management. To include 60 Biology L3 credits at grade Distinction.
Recommended Units as follows:
02, 03, 07, 08, 13, 16, 19, 20, 26, 27, 28, 30, 32
Please contact the University directly if the relevant BTEC recommended units are not listed above.
Specific GCSE requirements
GCSE grade C or grade 4 in English Language, Science and Mathematics. GCSE Science and Mathematics requirement may be met through the Level 3 requirements for the course. Please contact the institution if further information is required.
Level 2 Functional Skills English and Mathematics also accepted. BTEC Level 2 in Applied Science also accepted.
Non Tariffed Qualifications
Pass Access to HE Diploma in a relevant subject (Science) with a minimum 106 UCAS tariff points.
International Baccalaureate points
26 Diploma Pts inc. HL Biology at Grade 5.
6.0 with no element below 5.5
There’s further information for international students on our international website if you’re applying with non-UK qualifications.
The first year of our Animal Behaviour degree involves core modules to get everyone up to speed. We’ll introduce key concepts and you’ll develop your academic and research skills.
Your second and third years are quite flexible. You can choose modules based around your interests. These build on the skills you’ve already learned and grow your knowledge in specialised areas.
Year 1 aims to provide you with a thorough grounding in the biological sciences and an introduction to the study of animal behaviour. Typical areas of study may include ecology, animal behaviour, genetics, anatomy, physiology and diversity. Please note that the following list of units is indicative and may be subject to change.
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Principles of Animal Behaviour
The unit will introduce the broad frameworks for the scientific study of animal behaviour. Important concepts such as natural, sexual and kin selection will be explored within a behavioural context and the debate between nature vs nurture will be examined.
This unit will introduce students to the study of ecology, the relations and interactions between organisms and their environment. Themes covered in this unit will typically include; the organisation of life in natural systems, variations in conditions (eg pH) and resources (eg light, nutrients) and their effects; functional classifications, indicators; geological, edaphic, climatic and chemical influences on habitats and ecosystems; biogeochemical and nutrient cycling; energy flow; primary productivity; trophic interactions; food webs.
This unit focuses on the development of skills in a field and/or laboratory environment. Students will have the opportunity to develop their interests in specific groups of organisms eg mammals, birds, plants, invertebrates or particular themes in biodiversity science.
Comparative Anatomy and Physiology
An introduction to the principles of plant and animal physiology at the systems level with appropriate links to anatomy, cell biology, pathology, and behaviour. It will focus on comparing and contrasting between species to identify patterns in the function of physiological systems and cells.
This unit is an introduction to the variety of life on Earth, exploring plant and animal diversity from both a functional and a systematic perspective. Students will review the origins of life, the basic evolutionary relationships of the main taxonomic groups (including fossil organisms) and examine their life histories.
Introduction to Genetics and Evolution
This unit will introduce the major concepts underpinning genetics and evolution, mechanisms of evolutionary change, adaptation, and the history of life.
How Science Works
This unit looks at how science is performed. Using relevant examples, students will examine how we ask questions, and gather data to answer them and communicate our findings.
Applied Animal Behaviour
This unit will allow students to explore the links between the theoretical framework of animal behaviour and the real world applications of this discipline. The unit will emphasise the quantitative and qualitative assessment and interpretation of animal behaviour, and will consider the application of research outputs to animal management and welfare. Learners will be encouraged to examine the relationship between humans and other animals, considering the societal and ethical drivers of our interactions.
In Year 2, you will explore modern approaches to the study of communication and social behaviour and have the opportunity to focus your degree through a range of optional subjects. Please note that the following list of units is indicative and may be subject to change.
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Brain and Behaviour
This unit covers the mechanisms and development of behaviour, or how brain and body combine to produce behaviour. The unit consists of a series of lectures, two practical sessions and tutorials.
Animal Health and Welfare
This unit will allow students to extend their knowledge of animal welfare, human-animal interactions and how these link to non-human animal and human health.
This unit will explore the ecology and evolution of species interactions. Key topics will include pollination, manipulation of reproduction, impacts of diseases and defence responses.
Sex and Survival
The unit will cover the principles of evolution, and explore the concept of behavioural traits as adaptations to an individual's environment.
Professional Skills for Biologists
This unit introduces students to the professional skills involved with being a Biologist. It develops knowledge of key methodologies, skills and experiences needed for professional development. It supports the students to enable them to formulate research proposals, apply for research projects and present their professional skills succinctly.
Conservation Science in Practice
This unit provides an overview of the historical and contemporary issues in biological conservation science and the practical applications of conservation research.
This unit will introduce students to applied ecological techniques and behavioural data collection. Students will design and deliver a research project during a residential or non-residential Field Course.
The unit will embrace the principles of conservation biology, namely, biodiversity, conservation genetics, habitat disturbance and species extinction using examples of research-based conservation interventions.
Wildlife Rehabilitation and Release
This unit introduces students to current approaches to the rehabilitation and release of wildlife casualties in the United Kingdom and is facilitated by the RSPCA.
An employability based skills unit with opportunities to work with both internal and external partners. The unit encompasses employability skills development workshops including cover letter and C.V. construction, job search strategies, interview techniques, and placement preparation.
If you opt for the four-year sandwich or study abroad route, Year 3 will be spent on placement or studying in Europe, North America or Australasia. Your final year enables you to specialise in animal behaviour and includes a laboratory or field-based research project.
You will also have an opportunity to attend an overseas residential field course. Typical areas of study include animal behaviour and conservation, movement physiology and ecology and the social life of animals. Please note that the following list of units is indicative and may be subject to change.
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Animal Behaviour and Conservation
This unit will address the importance of animal behaviour as a component of conservation biology.
Project in Animal Behaviour
Students will develop a research question, plan an appropriate methodological approach, and collect and analyse the data from that investigation under the guidance of an allocated project supervisor. The project may take a number of approaches and may include, but is not limited to, a combination of laboratory, fieldwork or secondary data collection and analysis and will consider any health and safety issues, and ethical issues as well as developing scientific communication skills.
The Social Life of Animals
This unit will discuss the variation in social behaviour and communication between and within species in relation to ecological requirements and the evolution of cognition.
Movement Physiology and Ecology
This unit will discuss key physiological adaptations in animals and plants, and use them to explain how organisms disperse, locomote and migrate.
Wildlife Ecology and Behaviour
This unit observes the key elements of the basic taxonomy, biology, ecology and behaviour of groups such as birds, mammals and insects.
Tropical Ecology and Conservation
You will examine effects of anthropogenic environmental changes on terrestrial tropical habitats, biodiversity, and human livelihoods, and ways to integrate conservation with human development goals.
In this unit students will look at the main features and way of life of different vertebrates and compared and contrast and how aspects of physiology, biomechanics, ecology and behaviour have responded to different selection pressures throughout vertebrate evolution.
Biological Responses to Environmental Change
You will examine the physiological, behavioural, ecological and distributional changes in species that result from global change, and consider community and ecosystem consequences of these.
Tropical Field Course
The tropic field course will provide experience of tropical habitats and the biodiversity that they support. There will be an emphasis on identification skills, the methods needed to study and carry out research in tropical habitats and also assess human impacts on these ecosystems. An integral element will be learning the skills to identify key plants, animals and habitats, and particularly those which require conservation management.
The Undergraduate Consultancy
This unit challenges students to deliver high-quality outputs from live projects to address the needs of professional clients.
Assessment weightings and contact hours
10 credits equates to 100 hours of study, which is a combination of lectures, seminars and practical sessions, and independent study. A 3 year degree qualification typically comprises of 360 credits (120 credits per year). The exact composition of your study time and assessments for the course will vary according to your option choices and style of learning, but it could be:
- Year 1 25% lectures, seminars or similar; 75% independent study
- Year 2 25% lectures, seminars or similar; 75% independent study
- Year 3 35% lectures, seminars or similar; 65% independent study
- Year 1 60% coursework; 40% examination
- Year 2 80% coursework; 20% examination
- Year 3 80% coursework; 20% examination
Additional information about this course
Students are expected to comply with the Department's codes of conduct and behaviour on field courses, placements and exchanges. Placements and study exchange opportunities are dependent on passing each stage at the first opportunity and being of good standing.
The four-year sandwich route gives you the opportunity to spend your third year on a placement with a relevant employer, like a conservation or environmental body, zoo or animal welfare organisation, or local government or a molecular diagnostics company. It’s a great chance to gain experience, build your network and develop transferable skills – all of which can boost your career prospects.
The four-year study abroad route gives you the opportunity to study overseas during your third year in Europe, North America or Australasia.
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