The study of how and why animals behave as they do is a subject of enduring fascination, and one that helps humans understand the welfare needs of other animals. In addition, understanding the behaviour of animals has become an essential tool in promoting their conservation. Our course offers you an ideal opportunity to explore the study of animal behaviour practically and theoretically.
Why Study Animal Behaviour with us?
One key strength of this course is that it is firmly rooted in the biological sciences and adopts a rigorous scientific approach to the study of the behaviour, welfare and conservation of animals.
|Typical Entry||112 UCAS points|
|GCE A Level||
112 UCAS points from GCE A Levels (or equivalent). Typical offer - BCC/BBC
BTEC Extended Diploma: (Animal Care/Management or Applied Science): Typical offer - DMM
Grades BBBB including Biology, Chemistry or Human Biology
26 points including 5 in HL Biology
Access to HE (Science) Diploma, to include 45 credits at level 3, 30 of which must be at Merit.
OCR National Extended/Diploma: Accepted in addition to one of the GCE A level subjects listed above
Please note that we accept a maximum of 8 UCAS points from GCE AS Levels and that the Welsh Baccalaureate (core) and A Level General Studies will be recognised in our offer. We will also consider a combination of A Levels and BTECs/OCRs. Applicants must hold a grade C in GCSE in Mathematics or equivalent.
This section aims to provide you with a course overview, as well as information on how you will be taught and assessed.
What will I learn?
Year 1 (Level 4) aims to provide you with a theoretical base in animal behaviour, as well as practical experience in laboratory work and the handling and care of animals.
What will I learn?
In Year 2 (Level 5), you will explore how animals are adapted to their environment, ecological and conservation issues. You will also have the opportunity to undertake a module in work-based learning, where you will work alongside a local employer, or undertake other modules that enable you to spend time abroad (subject to availability) or develop your entrepreneurship skills.
What will I learn?
In Year 3 (Level 6), you will undertake an independent research project with tutorial support. There is some choice at this level, and you will be able to construct your course from a suite of modules. These modules vary from year to year and reflect the research interests and specialisms of the staff.
" This degree is a scientifically rigorous examination of animal behaviour taught by enthusiastic and research active staff with a passion for their subject."
How will I be taught?
The theory of animal behaviour will be delivered by means of lectures and seminars. Practical experience is essential in this discipline, and we work closely with Reaseheath College, and Chester Zoo; the UK’s number one zoo, and foremost zoo in terms of conservation. You may also be entitled to free membership of The Association of British and Irish Wild Animal Keepers (ABWAK), which provides free and reduced-price entry to many UK zoos.
Teaching is varied and interesting and encompasses lectures, practical sessions, seminars and tutorials. Field trips are an integral part of this course.
You can expect about 12- 18 contact hours per week.
How will I be assessed?
Assessment is very varied. Over the course of the degree it is split approximately 50/50 in terms of coursework and examinations. Coursework tasks include essays, lab reports, field trip reports, posters and presentations. Examinations will make use of multi-choice and essay style questions
Work Based Learning
As part of your studies you may take our Work Based Learning module, where you will be fully supported in securing a work placement of at least 150 hours, which you may be able to use in trying out a future career. Alternatively, you may wish to undertake Experiential Overseas Learning, where you can take advantage of our long-established links with organisations worldwide. Most students have the opportunity to undertake either one of these options as an integral part of their undergraduate course.
Fees and Funding
UK/EU Fees 2018
It is not currently possible to state what our exact fees will be for students starting an undergraduate degree in 2018.
Our full-time undergraduate tuition fees for UK and EU students entering University in 2017/18 are £9,250 a year, or £1,540 per module for part-time study. The University may increase these fees at the start of each subsequent year of your course in line with inflation at that time, as measured by increases in the Retail Price Index. These fee levels and increases are subject to any necessary government, and other regulatory, approvals.
The level of fees that students starting their studies in 2018 will pay is expected to be determined by outcomes of the Teaching Excellence Framework (TEF). The TEF has been introduced by the Government to encourage universities to focus on the quality of the teaching that they offer and to help prospective students find clear information about where teaching quality is high, and where students have achieved the best outcomes.
The TEF outcomes are not currently known. The TEF process has been designed to help students applying for university places for 2018 and the outcomes will be announced at the end of May 2017 in time for prospective students for 2018 entry to apply from September 2017. Following the announcement of the TEF outcomes, fees for University of Chester students starting in 2018 will be published here.
Bursaries are a form of financial help in addition to student loans and grants that do not have to be paid back. The bursaries we are offering for 2017 entrants are listed below.
Application Process for University Bursaries
There is no application process (except for the part-time bursary); but do remember to give consent to share your household income with the University of Chester when you apply for student funding.
We will automatically review your eligibility and notify you if you are eligible; normally by letter to your home address.
If you are not sure whether you have consented to share your information with the University, you can contact the Consent to Share Helpline on 0845 603 4016 and agree to share your information over the telephone. Please note that your parents or sponsor will also have to contact the helpline.
Please email email@example.com if you have specific questions.
Available to new full-time undergraduate students (paying a tuition fee of over £6,000) who have a means tested household income of £25,000 or less.
Cash payment and ‘in-kind’ beneﬁts of £500 per year of study.
Chester Bursary for Part-Time Students
Available to new part-time undergraduate students (paying a tuition fee of at least £7,000), enrolled for a minimum of 40 credits at the start of Level 4, and with a declared residual household income of £25,000 or less.
Bursary: up to £1,500
Cash payments made on a pro-rata basis depending on the number of credits studied each academic year.
Care Leavers Bursary
Available to new full-time Level 4 undergraduate home students under the age of 25, paying a tuition fee of over £6,000, who have evidence of their care leaver status.
Bursary: up to £7,000
Mixture of cash, 'in-kind’ beneﬁts and fee waiver.
Contact Martina Ferrari at firstname.lastname@example.org for more information about the Care Leavers Bursary.
Young Adult Carers Bursary
Working in partnership with Young Carers organisations locally, this bursary is available for eligible young carers.
Bursary Package totalling: £4,500
Contact Martina Ferrari at email@example.com for more information about the Young Adult Carers Bursary.
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