What will I learn?
Focusing on the practical application of animal behaviour science and theory, this programme studies human and animal psychology and ethology, as well as considering the anatomical and physiological control of behaviour and legislation and ethics.
Knowledge of the relationship between humans and animals is explored, including domestication and welfare.
Through the extended dissertation project you will produce a behavioural study and analyse, explain and interpret the results using techniques gained throughout the course.
The BSc (Hons) Applied Animal Behaviour Top-up degree is taught during six college-based block weeks and via Moodle, a virtual learning environment (VLE). Students are required to attend four college-based block weeks in Year 1 and two college-based block weeks in Year 2. During block weeks students will attend classroom-based lectures and on-site practical sessions. Between block weeks students will participate in a range of on online teaching and learning activities, delivered via a VLE, for example using videos to analyse behaviour, participating in on-line forums, contributing to blogs and completing on-line task sheets.
Students need to be prepared to occasionally attend college for some additional activities for example exams, typically this will be 2-3 days per year with a minimum of 8 weeks notice provided.
How will I be assessed?
You will showcase your knowledge through a combination of written assignments, case studies, seminar presentations and exams. At Level 6 the dissertation unit will prove your skills within the field of research and we encourage students to present this work to other organisations.
Where can I go from here?
The course works towards the knowledge elements that are required for certification as a Clinical Animal Behaviourist as identified by the Association for the Study of Animal Behaviour and the Animal Behaviour and Training Council. You can also continue your studies to MSc and PhD level.
Sparsholt students have developed their own businesses focusing on behavioural consultations with domestic species including dogs, cats and horses, as well as becoming involved with the behaviour of wild animals and conservation work. Setting up and running training schemes, for example puppy socialisation classes, and rehoming of rescue animals are also popular career choices.
Each year includes an assessed work placement unit or a period of work placement.
• Animal Communication Learning and Training
• Ethology Domestication and Anthrozoology
• Mechanisms of Behaviour
• Ethics Welfare and Law
• Human Psychology and Clinical Practice
• Data Analysis
HND or Foundation Degree
Diploma of Higher Education in a suitable subject
FdSc Level 5 Veterinary Nursing