Animal Science (top-up) - BA (Hons)

This is a one year top up degree taught at Canterbury College and awarded by the University of Kent. It is designed to be a progression route for students who have successfully completed the HND in Applied Animal Science or equivalent award.


On this programme you have access to well-equipped laboratories and an animal centre. You will have as much practical involvement with animals as possible and a number of trips and activities are organised each year.

Entry requirements

The University will consider applications from students offering a wide range of qualifications. All applications are assessed on an individual basis but some of our typical requirements are listed below. Students offering qualifications not listed are welcome to contact our Admissions Team for further advice. Please also see our general entry requirements.

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  • medal-empty BTEC Level 5 HND


  • medal-empty BTEC Nationals


  • medal-empty International Foundation Programme


  • medal-empty T level

    The University will consider applicants holding T level qualifications in subjects closely aligned to the course.

You will need at least a Merit grade at HND in Applied Animal Science or other relevant discipline or a foundation degree with a value of 240 credits.

International students cannot be admitted to this programme at this time due to visa restrictions.

English Language Requirements

Please see our English language entry requirements web page.

Please note that if you do not meet our English language requirements, we offer a number of 'pre-sessional' courses in English for Academic Purposes. You attend these courses before starting your degree programme.


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Course structure

Duration: 1 year full-time

The six modules studied will be selected from:

  • Animal Adaptations
  • Clinical Animal Behaviour
  • Pathology and Immunology
  • Conservation and Wildlife Heritage
  • Animal Reproduction
  • Anthrozoology
  • Clinical Animal Science

There will also be an independent research project which will undertaken alongside the taught modules.

Additional costs

There will be an additional cost for any trips.

Find out more about accommodation and living costs, plus general additional costs that you may pay when studying at Kent.


We have a range of subject-specific awards and scholarships for academic, sporting and musical achievement.

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Please check with Canterbury College for potential funding opportunities. 

Annual tuition fees


Teaching and assessment

Assessment is by coursework projects, essays, presentations and examinations.

Delivery is through lectures, seminars and tutorials, normally over three days a week:

Hours year 1: 360

Self-directed study hours: 840

Contact hours

For a student studying full time, each academic year of the programme will comprise 1200 learning hours which include both direct contact hours and private study hours.  The precise breakdown of hours will be subject dependent and will vary according to modules.  Please refer to the individual module details under Course Structure.

Methods of assessment will vary according to subject specialism and individual modules.  Please refer to the individual module details under Course Structure.


Many students gain employment in the animal science sector. Students may also wish to progress to postgraduate study.

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Full-time applicants

Full-time applicants (including international applicants) should
apply through the Universities and Colleges Admissions Service
(UCAS) system. 

If you need help or advice on your application, you
should speak with your careers advisor or contact UCAS Customer Contact
Centre. You can also write to UCAS at:

UCAS Customer Contact Centre
PO Box 28
GL52 3LZ

The institution code number of the University of Kent is K24, and the code name is KENT.

As this course is delivered at Canterbury College, you should add the campus code C in Section 3(d).

Application deadlines

See the UCAS website for information about deadlines and an outline of the UCAS process.

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United Kingdom/EU enquiries

Enquire online for full-time study

For enquiries, please contact Canterbury College:

T: 01227 811164


International student enquiries

Enquire online

T: +44 (0)1227 823254


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