BSc (Hons) Animal Science (Bioveterinary Science)

We are pleased to confirm that Writtle University College and ARU (Anglia Ruskin University) are joining together. The merger will happen during the 23/24 academic year. Writtle’s full range of Higher and Further Education courses will continue to be delivered on site at the Writtle campus, enhanced by resources available at nearby ARU. If you are starting your course in September 2024, your degree will be awarded by ARU. Find out more about ARU, including our recent Gold rating in the Teaching Excellence Framework, at

Welcome to the BSc (Hons) Animal Science (Bioveterinary Science) programme. This comprehensive course is designed to provide you with a solid foundation in various disciplines related to animal science, enabling you to apply your skills across a wide range of fields.

Throughout your studies, you will gain a deep understanding of biochemistry, microbiology, anatomy and physiology, health and disease, breeding and reproduction, nutrition, and behaviour.

Our programme emphasises the integration of pure and applied sciences in the study of animals and can be studied over three years full-time or six years part-time. You will not only acquire practical and laboratory skills but also delve into the underlying biological principles of biochemistry, genetics, and animal growth alongside core subjects of behaviour and nutrition. Allowing you to develop a strong scientific understanding of animal biology and its implications for animal health, disease, growth, and development.

Professional Skills for the Animal Industry
(30 credits)
Animal Biology
(30 credits)
Ethics of Animal Use
(15 credits)
Introduction to Biochemistry
(15 credits)
Animal Husbandry
(15 credits)
Ecology and Evolution
(15 credits)

These are the modules that are offered in this academic year; however, the optional modules available may be subject to change for the following reasons:

  • Staff availability - for example the availability of staff to deliver specialist modules, which cannot be delivered by staff who do not have the relevant specialist expertise.
  • In response to feedback and annual review processes to ensure we continually enhance our programmes. Changes in these circumstances will usually be made for the benefit of students.
  • Student demand - to ensure there are adequate numbers on a module to support the provision of an excellent Learning & Teaching experience.
  • The currency of the relevant module. Some modules are specified at a time when they reflect the issues that are currently topical in the subject area. They may have lost that currency by the time that the student is required to exercise the option. In the circumstances, in order to ensure that students are provided with an appropriate learning experience, those modules will be replaced by those which are relevant to the changing nature of the subject area.

The Writtle University College will endeavour to ensure that any impact on students is limited if such changes occur.


The following information provides the entry requirements for this particular course.

UCAS Tariff Points


GCE A Levels

96 UCAS tariff points, to include one GCE A level grade C or above

Irish Certificate

96 UCAS tariff points, to include 4 x H3 higher, one of which in a relevant science-based subject

Scottish Highers

96 UCAS tariff points, to include 3 x B

International Baccalaureate (IB) Diploma

Total (IB) Diploma point score of 24 or more

BTEC Level 3 Extended Diploma


BTEC Level 3 Diploma


C & G Level 3 Advanced Technical Extended Diploma (720)

Distinction (96)

C & G Level 3 Extended Diploma

Merit (96)

C & G Level 3 Diploma

Distinction (96)

Please note:

An equivalent or higher combination of grades to that indicated above will also be accepted.


All applicants must hold a minimum of four GCSE passes at grade C/4 or above to include English, Maths and Science.

Access course

Writtle University College welcomes applicants studying Access to HE Diploma courses. For more information please contact Admissions.

Accreditation of Prior Learning (APL/APEL)

Information about our Accreditation of Prior Learning (APL/APEL) policy can be found on our Higher Education Regulations and Policies page.

The following list shows the variety of learning and teaching methods experienced on this course.

  • Animal handling practicals involving work with a wide range of domesticated and captive animal species including pigs
  • Tutorials
  • Seminars and debates
  • Inquiry-based learning
  • Visits
  • Online quizzes, wikis and activities
  • Laboratory practical classes including dissections

This course provides a mix of assessment methods including.

  • Practical assessments with companion and zoo animals, farm livestock and horses
  • Examinations - both multiple choice and essay questions
  • Presentations - both individually and in small groups
  • Essays and technical reports
  • Assessed seminars
  • Case studies
  • Experimental work and laboratory reports
  • Poster presentations
  • Debates
  • Capstone Project/Dissertation

Our goal is to provide you with a comprehensive scientific understanding of the factors that influence animal health and welfare, combined with the ability to apply that knowledge practically. By completing this program, you will be well prepared to enter the professional field and make a positive impact on the lives of animals.

Employment Opportunities

On completion, graduates could seek a career/employment within a range of animal health roles including:

  • Research
  • Disease Surveillance
  • Quarantine Officers
  • Welfare Enforcement
  • Animal Health Inspectors e.g. DEFRA
  • Wildlife Conservation and Management
  • Independent Wildlife Agencies (RSPB, Scottish Natural Heritage, Natural England)
  • Animal Production
  • Animal Science Education
  • Animal Nutritionist and Pet Food Manufacturing

Educational Progression

Graduates will also be able to consider relevant graduate schemes or progress to postgraduate study in programs such as MSc Animal Welfare and Conservation or MSc Conservation Education and Engagement.