BSc (Hons) Top Up Animal Behaviour & Welfare

Arguably the UK’s leading college-based animal care facility, BCA’s ever-growing animal collection includes small mammals, exotic animals, livestock, aviary birds and a British Wildlife Area with red squirrels, pine martens and charismatic Scottish Wildcats.

Even more reasons to choose Animal Behaviour & Welfare at BCA

The BCA Animal Management Centre (AMC) has full accreditation from the British and Irish Association of Zoos and Aquariums (BIAZA), the professional organization representing the best of the zoo and aquarium community. This accolade recognises that our AMC not only meets Zoo Licensing laws, but also excels in the fields of education, animal welfare, research and conservation.

AMC staff are active in the management of European studbooks and breeding programmes, including those for a number of endangered species, facilitating ongoing participation in external research programmes and providing a key resource for BCA’s own Centre for Animal Welfare Research (CAWR) with its annual conference for students, staff and guests.

Engagement with industry brings the real world to the AMC and students alike. For example, a UK leader in sheep-breeding technologies, Innovis, has been involved with the breeding and rearing of the BCA flock, demonstrating to students the economical, efficient production of meat stock animals.

Awarding body: The Royal Agricultural University (Subject to Validation)


Available Course

  • BSc (Hons) Top Up Animal Behaviour & Welfare

    About the course

    This Top-Up course has been developed to enable students with prior qualifications at Foundation Degree level to progress to an Honours Degree award. This one year, full time programme builds on key subject areas in cognition, human relations with animals and the role of captivity in animal conservation in order to enable students to develop skills in critical evaluation and analysis of the management of zoo, livestock and companion animals.

    One of only a handful of educational establishments to be awarded a Zoo Licence and BIAZA (British and Irish Association of Zoos and Aquariums) accreditation, BCA’s exceptional facilities support the study of a wide range of behaviours and hands-on experience of the highest standards of welfare in a professional environment supervised by a highly qualified and dedicated team. The Centre for Animal Welfare (CAWR) is a collaborative research group between staff and students which has several scientific articles published annually.


    •Module 1 : (30 credits) Research project (Honours).
    •Module 2 : (30 credits) Anthrozoology and Ethics.
    •Module 3 : (30 credits) Cognition.
    •Module 4 : (30 credits) Elective.


    Either Zoo Animal Behaviour OR Companion Animal Behaviour Modification.

    Programme Leader:

    Kirsty Ronkainen MSc, BSc (Hons), QTS

    UCAS code:



    £6,000 per annum

    Is an interview required?


    Is fee remission available?


    How do I apply?

    Apply online through UCAS: with course code D330.

    Entry Requirements

    Pass at Foundation degree or HND in a relevant subject.

    Course Duration

    One Year (Full time)