Animal Therapy and Rehabilitation (BSc top-up) - Abingdon & Witney College

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Start dates

September 2024

Course length

Full time: 1 year

Part time: 2 - 4 years


The one-year BSc (top-up) in Animal Therapy and Rehabilitation course is aimed at people who wish to upgrade a Level 5 qualification in animal therapy studies, such as the FdSc in Animal Therapy and Rehabilitation, to a BSc (Hons) qualification.  This course will allow you to develop and expand on your scientific knowledge of animal therapy and rehabilitation, alongside practical application of this knowledge within animal therapy industries.  The focus is on canines but includes a range of other small and large species. Within this course there are opportunities to develop your academic skills, through critical analysis and evaluation of contemporary research.  You may also acquire an accredited Level 3 Certificate in Small Animal Hydrotherapy.

Graduates may progress into graduate roles within animal therapy industries or may continue their studies by progressing onto Level 7 studies, such as Masters degree courses. 


This course is taught at Witney College, at the Common Leys Campus. Therefore you may need to consider travel costs depending on your proximity to the campus

Tuition fees

Please see the fees note
Home (UK) full time off campus

Home (UK) part time off-campus

Home (UK) full time off campus

Home (UK) part time off-campus

Tuition fees

2024 / 25
Home (UK) full time off campus

Home (UK) part time off-campus

2025 / 26
Home (UK) full time off campus

Home (UK) part time off-campus

Please note, tuition fees for Home students may increase in subsequent years both for new and continuing students in line with an inflationary amount determined by government. Oxford Brookes University intends to maintain its fees for new and returning Home students at the maximum permitted level.

Tuition fees for International students may increase in subsequent years both for new and continuing students. 

The following factors will be taken into account by the University when it is setting the annual fees: inflationary measures such as the retail price indices, projected increases in University costs, changes in the level of funding received from Government sources, admissions statistics and access considerations including the availability of student support.

How and when to pay

Tuition fee instalments for the semester are due by the Monday of week 1 of each semester. Students are not liable for full fees for that semester if they leave before week 4. If the leaving date is after week 4, full fees for the semester are payable.

  • For information on payment methods please see our Make a Payment page.
  • For information about refunds please visit our Refund policy page

Financial support and scholarships

For general sources of financial support, see our Fees and funding pages.

Additional costs

Please be aware that some courses will involve some additional costs that are not covered by your fees. Specific additional costs for this course are detailed below.

  • Students will be required to purchase practical uniform and steel-toe capped boots for use if they work in the Animal Care Centre / Animal Unit.
  • Attendance on a variety of day trips and at a number of guest lectures may be a compulsory part of the course and students will be required to pay the associated fees.
  • There will also be additional costs for learning resources such as books, stationary and for the production of coursework.

How to apply

Entry requirements

Specific entry requirements

Students who have not studied the Oxford Brookes Fd(Sc) in Animal Behaviour and Welfare will need to produce a transcript of the modules and learning outcomes they have studied on their level 5 course to allow credit rating and evidence coverage of sufficient comparable content to allow entrance to this BSc year.

Students who have studied HND in Animal Management or equivalent HND will need an overall merit profile.

It may be possible, in certain situations, to gain accreditation of prior learning to enable students to enter the course with advanced standing or gain exemption from an element/ elements of the programme. This is assessed on an individual basis and is awarded in line with Oxford Brookes University’s regulations on accreditation of prior learning.

Applicants with non-standard entry qualifications may be admitted with APL (accreditation for prior learning) or APEL (accreditation for prior experiential learning) in accordance with university regulations.

Please also see the University's general entry requirements.

Selection process

There are limited places on the course and the above requirements are minimum requirements. Gaining a place on the course will also be subject to a successful interview and a strong UCAS application with an appropriate reference.

English language requirements

Please see the University's standard English language requirements.

International applications

International students requiring a Student visa cannot study this course at Solihull College, but can apply to study it at our other partners.

Terms and Conditions of Enrolment

When you accept our offer, you agree to the Terms and Conditions of Enrolment. You should therefore read those conditions before accepting the offer.

Credit transfer

Many of our courses consider applications for entry with credit for prior learning. Each application is individually assessed by our credit entry tutors.

If you would like more information about whether or not you may be eligible for the award of credit, for example from an HND, partly-completed degree or foundation degree, please contact our Admissions team.

We operate the European Credit Transfer System (ECTS). All undergraduate single modules are equivalent to 7.5 ECTS credits and double modules to 15 ECTS credits. More about ECTS credits.

Application process

Full time Home (UK) applicants

Apply through UCAS

Part time Home (UK) applicants

Apply direct to the University

International applicants

Apply direct to the University

Full time international applicants can also apply through UCAS

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Programme changes:
On rare occasions we may need to make changes to our course programmes after they have been published on the website. For more information, please visit our changes to programmes page.