This programme provides a comprehensive practical and theoretical understanding of animal behaviour. Students are equipped with an understanding of companion and wild animal behaviour which can be applied to both domestic and commercial environments.
- Animal behaviour and physiology
- Health and nutrition
- Research methods
- Human and animal psychology
- Animal welfare and legislation
- Domestic and exotic species’ behaviour
- Advanced animal training
- Research skills
- Business and marketing
- Consulting and animal behaviour management
- Animal communication
Application for the three-year programme is through UCAS using code C125.
If you wish to enter into the final year of the course following successful completion of a relevant Level 5 qualification, please apply via UCAS (selecting three as the year of entry).
If you are currently studying for a foundation degree at Bishop Burton or Riseholme and wish to 'top up', please apply via our online application form.
Applications for the year you wish to study open in September the year before. Whilst UCAS advertise a January deadline, we continue to accept applications through to the September you wish to start with us, provided we have spaces available.
Three years full-time or one year as a 'top up' degree, following completion of a relevant Level 5 programme.
Students are assessed through research projects, seminars and presentations, plus practical tests to include field work and laboratory, written assignments / essays / posters and leaflets.
This degree will prepare you for work at a senior level in areas including animal rehabilitation, management, behaviour consultancy and counselling, education and training, plus many more.
Students are required to have a kennel coat or overalls in blue and a white lab coat, which are available from our online shop. Steel toe-capped footwear is also required. We anticipate this will cost approximately £100.
Training equipment will also be required (i.e. clicker and target stick) for the training related modules.
An SPSS licence may be beneficial and can be purchased from our online shop.
There may also be additional costs for educational visits/trips.
Upon registering to become a student of Bishop Burton College on a programme validated by the University of Hull, each student agrees to comply with the following:
- University of Hull Complaint Regulations (so far as it applies to Collaborative Provision students)
- University of Hull Academic Appeal & Queries Regulations (so far as it applies to Collaborative Provision students)
- Guide for Collaborative Provision Students
- University of Hull Library Regulations and Guidelines
- Any other University of Hull policy, procedure, regulation or requirement as may be communicated from time to time. Find out more about the University of Hull's Quality and Standards.
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Applicants should have a minimum of 104 UCAS points at A-Level, a Level 3 Extended Diploma at DMM or equivalent qualification. They must also have GCSE English at grade 4 or C or above, or an equivalent qualification.
Students with an appropriate HNC can apply for direct entry to year two. Students with an appropriate Level 5 qualification and animal training experience can apply for direct entry to year three.
All applicants need an appropriate academic reference.
Life and / or experience of non-traditional students will be taken into account when considering applications. The successful completion of an entry task may be required when considering applications without the required formal entry qualifications.
If your first language is not English, or you require a Tier 4 student visa to study and do not hold GCSE grade C English or equivalent, you will be required to provide evidence of your English language proficiency level such as International English Language Testing System (IELTS) 6.0 overall (with a minimum 5.5 in each skill).
BSc Animal Behaviour and Welfare (Top Up)
Toni pursued her passion for animals, studing for a BSc in Animal Behaviour and Welfare before becoming a park ranger.
Q. What made you choose to pursue a career in animal management?
A: Before I started university I taught Physical Education as a supply instructor and coached sport and various fitness classes. However, my passion has always been to work with animals. I decided that I wanted to become an RSPCA inspector but I wanted to gain more skills before I applied.
Q. How did the course help you to find the job you really wanted?
A: The BSc Animal Behaviour and Welfare course has enabled me to acquire skills that I once did not have and at the end of university I started my role as a park ranger on the East Park animal unit. My duties include; educating the public on animal husbandry and welfare, maintaining the animal unit, feeding and enriching the lives of the animals. I had worked as a seasonal park ranger twice before but this time the skills I developed at Bishop Burton College helped to improve my confidence and led to a permanent position.