Students gain the knowledge and skills required for positions of responsibility in the animal management industry through this programme. These practical skills and theoretical knowledge are delivered through a combination of academic study, practical classes, visits and work experience. Students are also required to gain a minimum of 152 hours of work experience. On completion of this programme, students can 'top up' to four varying routes in Animal Training, Welfare, Bioveterinary and Wildlife Conservation.
- Animal behaviour
- Animal anatomy and physiology
- Nutrition and health
- Applied husbandry
- Welfare and legislation
- Wildlife management
- Business and marketing
- Academic and research skills.
Application for the full-time course is through UCAS, using code DC33, and application for the part-time course is 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.
Two years full-time or three years part-time.
Students can progress to a number of higher level degrees at Riseholme College.
Work as a zookeeper, animal trainer, nutritionist, wrangler, care technician, breeder and farmer, ecologist, rehabilitator and many more.
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 and ICT 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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Visit our Document Downloads page to access Riseholem College's policies, i.e. our Student Disciplinary Policy and Mental Health Policy.
Applicants should have 80 UCAS points at A-Level or a Level 3 Extended Diploma or equivalent qualification. Students should also have GCSE English at grade 4 or C or above.
Life experience will also be taken into account when considering applications from students without the formal entry requirements.
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.