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Access to Higher Education Diploma in Animal Health and Welfare (Veterinary Studies)
Access to Higher Education Diploma in Animal Health and Welfare (Veterinary Studies)
Course Overview

This course has been designed specifically for mature students who do not have the relevant qualifications for entry to higher education.

You will attend college four days a week between 9.30 and 3.30.

You will be assigned a personal tutor who will support you with studies and personal development.

Good time-management skills are necessary as assessment of the course is on an on-going basis.

The curriculum is structured so that core units are delivered together with the cohorts of the other Access courses in the college. The specialist animal science units are delivered to the veterinary nursing students separately. There are weekly tutorials where one to ones take place and you set your own targets for the development of specific skills and knowledge, including completion of the UCAS process. All resources, assignments are available on the Google Classrooms for your use and specific resources for eLearning sessions are updated weekly

Course Content

In addition to the core study skills units the course will give you experience of animal science and animal management including some practical animal husbandry in the college Animal Discovery Centre. The course will also offer you a foundation in both biology and chemistry to enable applications to a range of related degree courses.

The course units will include:

Animal Science

Animal Behaviour

Animal Management

Animal Health

Animal Nutrition


Cell Biology

Inheritance, Evolution and Ecology

Pathogens and Disease

Applied Science

Exploring Science

English and Maths
If you are aged under 19 and if you do not hold a GCSE grade C or higher in English and Maths, you will be required to work towards these qualifications.
Specialist Facilities
You will have opportunity to work with the animals in the college Animal Discovery Centre where you will learn about the husbandry of small mammals, reptiles, fish, amphibians, insects and spiders.
Entry Requirements

You should have a minimum of GCSE English and Maths at grade C or above. You will also be invited for an Advice & Guidance interview with the tutor.

If you do not meet the entry requirements, we would advise you to consider enrolling on our Pre-Access to Higher Education course and GCSE English and maths

This course is assessed in a variety of ways including: presentations, discussions, tests, projects, animal husbandry, essays, diagrams. 
What does this course lead to?

This course can lead on to a range of University degree courses, for example:

  • BSc Veterinary Nursing
  • BSc Veterinary Studies
  • BSc Animal Management
  • BSc Animal Science
  • BSc Zoology
  • BSc Ecology and Wildlife Conservation

Equipment Required
You will need to bring your own stationery items (pens, paper, folders etc). Your own USB/memory stick would also be helpful for saving work.
Additional Costs
Contributions towards transport and entrance fees for visits to local animal collections such as Marwell Zoo, Living Rainforest and to the Natural History Museum, London.
Financial Information
If you are aged 16-18, tuition and registration fees are free.
If you are aged 19 or over, tuition and registration fees are payable at the start of each year of study; please ask for details.
If you are aged 24 or over, you may be eligible for a Student Loan to assist with your fees; please ask for details.

Staged Payment
A staged payment plan is available to help with course fees.
Reduced Fees
Fee concessions may be available if you are out of work, on low income or studying for your first Level 1 or Level 2 qualification.
If you are unable to pay any of the course costs, or need financial assistance you may be eligible to receive a college bursary.
For further details on fees and financial help please contact Student Welfare on 01256 306393.
Travel Subsidy
BCoT offers discount on travel to and from the college for full time students. We offer 50% discount on rail fares and if you are travelling by bus, we offer 25% off Zone 2 buses outside of Basingstoke. There is financial assistance available for those families on a low income.