Certificate of Higher Education in Animal Bioscience - Writtle University College
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Certificate of Higher Education in Animal Bioscience

UCAS Code: C312

The CertHE Animal Bioscience is an introduction to the biological sciences relating to animals, the way they work, their health, their diseases and their relationships with humans. Students will be taught by a range of skilled scientists and clinicians with extensive experience of animal disease and research. We will cover a wide variety of introductory topics in animal biology, management and disease that is likely to be of interest to the student.

The award is designed for students who are changing career, have no formal qualifications or are looking to see if the animal health industry is right for them .

We welcome applications from all individuals with great potential and the dedication to commit to the course and succeed. We demand high levels of motivation and, in return, promise a rich and rewarding experience at Writtle.
UCAS Tariff Points
GCE A Levels
48 UCAS tariff points, to include one GCE A level grade C or above in a science-related subject
Irish Certificate
48 UCAS tariff points, to include 2 x B3 or H3 higher, including a suitable science subject
Scottish Highers
48 UCAS tariff points, to include 1 x B & 1 x C, including a suitable science subject
International Baccalaureate (IB) Diploma
Total (IB) Diploma point score of 24 or more
BTEC Level 3 Extended Diploma
BTEC Level 3 Diploma

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.

Students will be trained in skills appropriate to bioveterinary science .

Skills development will include the development of basic skills of word processing, use of spread-sheets, databases and presentation software, as well as basic skills in data analysis.

By the end of the programme students will be able to find, cite and use information and be able to communicate through both oral and written approaches and to a range of audiences.

There will be an approach to the development of individual and teamworking skills, including reflective practice. Graduate skills developed include the ability to demonstrate an understanding of key biological concepts and communicate findings effectively. Graduates will demonstrate basic laboratory skills, allowing them to find employment in bioscience laboratories.

The acquisition of knowledge and understanding is approached through an emphasis on student-centred learning. Integration of theoretical and practical learning ensures the strong vocational focus as a priority in the provision. The following list shows the variety of learning and teaching methods experienced on this course.

  • Lectures
  • Practical laboratory sessions
  • Fieldwork
  • Group work
  • Tutorials
  • Seminars
  • Independent learning

Knowledge and understanding is assessed mainly via examination and coursework. The following list shows the variety of assessment methods experienced on this course.

  • Presentations
  • Discussions
  • Coursework
  • Reports
With an understanding of the science behind animal form and function, and related laboratory skills, graduates are prepared for a range of introductory animal health-related careers. There is a wide range of potential careers available for our graduates. Writtle University College aims to expose them to a variety of opportunities that may broaden their horizons so they are prepared for a fulfilling career.

Alternatively, students have the option to undertake further study: after the CertHE in Animal Bioscience students are prepared for further undergraduate study, such as the BSc (Hons) Bioveterinary Science at Writtle, or similar courses elsewhere. Successful completion of the award will allow students to enrol in year 2 of the BSc (Hons) Bioveterinary Science at Writtle.