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

UCAS code D390

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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.

Course structure

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.

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


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

Entry requirements

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.

Home/EU students

The University will consider applications from students offering a wide range of qualifications. Students offering alternative qualifications should contact us for further advice. 

It is not possible to offer places to all students who meet this typical offer/minimum requirement.

New GCSE grades

If you’ve taken exams under the new GCSE grading system, please see our conversion table to convert your GCSE grades.

Qualification Typical offer/minimum requirement
Access to HE Diploma


BTEC Level 5 HND


BTEC Level 3 Extended Diploma (formerly BTEC National Diploma)


International students

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 are required to meet an English language condition, we offer a number of 'pre-sessional' courses in English for Academic Purposes. You attend these courses before starting your degree programme. 

General entry requirements

Please also see our general entry requirements.

Additional costs

There will be an additional cost for any trips.

General additional costs

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


Please check with Canterbury College for potential funding opportunities. 

Annual tuition fees