Welcome to our Animal Science course, if we haven’t met you already at an open day or applicant day, we are really looking forward to meeting you. Recent changes in animal welfare laws in Britain mean that there is now more control and regulation of all animal-based enterprises. This has resulted in a greater need for a scientific approach to animal management and welfare across all businesses working with animals.

Dr Carol Trim
Course Advocate and Director

Key dates

Start date: 19 September 2022

Academic Calendar: Semesters - click here for more about this Academic Calendar including key dates for learning and teaching, breaks and assessment periods

You will be studying a subject that is essential for the continued wellbeing of animals and one that offers many exciting and fulfilling career opportunities as well as being intellectually stimulating and satisfying. Our graduates go onto careers in veterinary medicine, zoo keeping, education within universities and animal enterprises, conservation, research, postgraduate study, and laboratory animal science to name a few. We pride ourselves that this is a very friendly and supportive place to study, so I believe you will have an enjoyable and productive time with us. We have a thriving Science Society, and you would be welcome to join in. The society has a Facebook page, CCSU Science Society, which is a closed group. You would be welcome to join here. You can also follow our section’s staff and student activities on Twitter @CCCU_LifeSci to see what’s going on in the lab and on our field courses. 

Getting started

You will study a wide range of animals large and small including zoo animals during your animal science degree, so we suggest you do some further research in this area in preparation for your studies. Howletts is a wild animal park based in Kent. Have a look at their website, particularly in the 'animals' section. What are the scientific names for the animals? What are their husbandry requirements? Which would be your favourite animal at the park?

You can also watch short videos on a variety of scientific topics via our Summertime Science YouTube channel delivered by your science team. These videos are a great way to see who will be teaching you as well as showcasing the breadth of research and activities within the science section.

The first time we will meet will be week commencing 19th September when you will be invited to join a number of Welcome Activities and you will receive the key information you need to get started with your studies. You will receive information from the University on this is due course. You will learn a lot about studying at CCCU, so please engage with as many of the activities as you can. Following Welcome Week, teaching on your first 3 modules will begin on Monday 26th September. You will also be assigned your Personal Academic Tutor (PAT), who will provide you with academic and personal support and signpost you to other relevant departments for any additional help you may need throughout your time with us.

Year 1 Core Modules:

  • Biochemistry 1
  • Statistics and Introduction to ‘R’ Software
  • Cell Biology and Genetics
  • Microbiology
  • Chemistry for Life and Environmental Science
  • Diversity, Evolution and Ecology

Your welcome and induction will be w/c 19 September 2022 - we look forward to meeting you then.

Pre-course reading

We would like you to enjoy your holiday time and start refreshed, however please see below if you would like some recommended reading for the summer:

  • Hillis, D., Heller HC., Hacker, SD., Hall, D., Sadava, D., Laskowski, M. Life: The Science of Biology (12th edition) Publisher: Macmillan Learning
    ISBN: 9781319315788
  • Hosey, G, Melfi, V, Pankhurst, S.(2013) Zoo animals - Behaviour, management and welfare. 2nd Ed. Oxford University Press.

It is useful to note that the University Bookshop offers 10% discount on most titles in print and have some price-beating book bundles. They also price match Amazon on core texts recommended in the module handbooks you will receive when you start in September.