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University of Reading

Animal Science with Placement Year

UCAS Code: D300

Bachelor of Science (with Honours) - BSc (Hons)

Entry requirements


A level

B,B,B

including Biology and 1 other science (Chemistry preferred). Acceptable Science subjects: Biology, Chemistry, Physics, Maths, Further Maths, Statistics, Psychology, Geography, Environmental Studies, Applied Science, Geology.

Access to HE Diploma

D:15,M:30

including relevant science units.

Cambridge International Pre-U Certificate - Principal

M2,M2,M2

including Biology and one other science subject (Chemistry preferred).

Extended Project

B

In recognition of the excellent preparation that the Extended Project Qualification provides to students for University study, we now include achievement in the EPQ as part of a formal offer.  Eligible applicants would receive two offers,  our usual offer plus an alternative offer of a B in the EPQ and one grade lower in their A level subjects

GCSE/National 4/National 5

GCSE Maths C (or 4), English Language or English Literature C (or 4).

International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme

30

including Biology and 1 other science (Chemistry preferred) at Higher Level. Acceptable Science subjects: Biology, Chemistry, Physics, Maths, Further Maths, Statistics, Psychology, Geography, Environmental Studies, Applied Science, Geology.

Pearson BTEC Level 3 National Extended Diploma (first teaching from September 2016)

DDM

including relevant science modules.

Scottish Higher

A,B,B,B,B

including Biology and 1 other science (Chemistry preferred). Acceptable Science subjects: Biology, Chemistry, Physics, Maths, Further Maths, Statistics, Psychology, Geography, Environmental Studies, Applied Science, Geology.

UCAS Tariff

120-141

We've calculated how many Ucas points you'll need for this course.

100%
Applicants receiving offers

About this course


Course option

4.0years

Full-time | 2020

Subject

Animal science

If you would like a future working with animals, our BSc Animal Science with Placement Year degree offers the perfect route into a wide range of careers in industry, research, education or the veterinary sector.
The difference between this degree and BSc Animal Science is that it includes a relevant placement year in the UK or abroad between the second and final year.

Animal science focuses on the scientific disciplines that underpin the management of productive, captive, and companion animals. These include physiology, reproduction, nutrition, health, behaviour and welfare.

Whether you have experience working with animals or not, our supportive academics will give you the individual attention to make sure you get the most out of your studies.

There are plenty of opportunities to gain hands-on research experience on a number of active research projects where you will develop key skills in team working, problem solving and data handling. You can choose to study the science and management of horses, or small animals with specialist organisations, and our award-winning campus and satellite facilities, including our own farm, offer a range of opportunities for fieldwork.

Further afield we offer an optional one week field trip to The Durrell Wildlife Conservation Trust, Jersey, where you will learn about the maintenance of the animal collection, which includes primates, bears, birds, bats and reptiles. You will also attend lectures and seminars concerning the wider role of zoos and conservation programmes.

If you haven’t made your mind up about your future career, this degree can help you to discover new areas of interest, as well as offering the flexibility to let you adapt and specialise as you learn.

If you would like to make a difference to the health and well-being of both animals and humans in an ever-changing world, then Animal Science at the University of Reading is the degree for you.

**Careers**

This degree offers strong transferable skills with real-world application, leading to many possible career paths.

Recent graduates have found scientific, technical and management positions in companies concerned with animal health and nutrition, pharmaceuticals, biotechnology and food. These companies include Mars Petcare, DuPont, BOCM Pauls and Innovex UK Ltd and The Ocean Mammal Institute. Other graduates have progressed into further study including MSc Animal Nutrition, MSc Conservation Science, PhD in Animal Science and Bachelor of Veterinary Medicine/Science.

Modules

Sample modules may include:

* Animal science in practice 1
* Building blocks of life
* Career planning (APD students only)
* Digestion and nutrition
* Introductory physiology
* Introductory microbiology
* Metabolic biochemistry

Check our website for more details of the course structure.

Tuition fees

Select where you currently live to see what you'll pay:

Channel Islands
£9,250
per year
England
£9,250
per year
EU
£9,250
per year
International
£20,315
per year
Northern Ireland
£9,250
per year
Scotland
£9,250
per year
Wales
£9,250
per year

The Uni


Course location:

University of Reading

Department:

School of Agriculture, Policy and Development

TEF rating:

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What students say


We've crunched the numbers to see if overall student satisfaction here is high, medium or low compared to students studying this subject(s) at other universities.

78%
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Animal science

How do students rate their degree experience?

The stats below relate to the general subject area/s at this university, not this specific course. We show this where there isn’t enough data about the course, or where this is the most detailed info available to us.

Animal science

Teaching and learning

88%
Staff make the subject interesting
96%
Staff are good at explaining things
83%
Ideas and concepts are explored in-depth
71%
Opportunities to apply what I've learned

Assessment and feedback

Feedback on work has been timely
Feedback on work has been helpful
Staff are contactable when needed
Good advice available when making study choices

Resources and organisation

67%
Library resources
46%
IT resources
79%
Course specific equipment and facilities
75%
Course is well organised and has run smoothly

Student voice

Staff value students' opinions

Who studies this subject and how do they get on?

92%
UK students
8%
International students
18%
Male students
82%
Female students
74%
2:1 or above
13%
Drop out rate

Most popular A-Levels studied (and grade achieved)

C
C
B

After graduation


The stats in this section relate to the general subject area/s at this university – not this specific course. We show this where there isn't enough data about the course, or where this is the most detailed info available to us.

Animal science

What are graduates doing after six months?

This is what graduates told us they were doing (and earning), shortly after completing their course. We've crunched the numbers to show you if these immediate prospects are high, medium or low, compared to those studying this subject/s at other universities.

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Average annual salary
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Employed or in further education
100%
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Employed in a role where degree was essential or beneficial

Top job areas of graduates

17%
Animal care and control services
13%
Sales, marketing and related associate professionals
9%
Leisure and travel services
What do graduate employment figures really tell you?

These stats refer to the prospects for graduates from both general animal studies courses and those for particular animals (such as equine science). Graduates don't generally get jobs as vets when they graduate; much the most common jobs tend to be roles caring for animals, such as veterinary nurses. Some of these jobs are not currently classified as professional level occupations, but in reality, you need a degree to get these jobs (and probably always have done), and graduates in them report that they got the jobs that they wanted. So the stats you see might not completely represent just how useful these degrees are for getting into animal care careers.

What about your long term prospects?

Looking further ahead, below is a rough guide for what graduates went on to earn.

Animal science

The graph shows median earnings of graduates who achieved a degree in this subject area one, three and five years after graduating from here.

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£23k

£25k

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£28k

£28k

Note: this data only looks at employees (and not those who are self-employed or also studying) and covers a broad sample of graduates and the various paths they've taken, which might not always be a direct result of their degree.

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While there are lots of factors at play when it comes to your future earnings, use this as a rough timeline of what graduates in this subject area were earning on average one, three and five years later. Can you see a steady increase in salary, or did grads need some experience under their belt before seeing a nice bump up in their pay packet?

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