Students will develop the skills and knowledge needed to work in positions of authority in the canine behaviour and training industry.
These practical skills and theoretical knowledge are delivered through block sessions, part-time by distance learning and using a combination of academic study, practical classes, visits and work experience. This includes webinars which take place one evening a week.
Students are required to gain a minimum of 152 hours of work experience and must fund their own accommodation for compulsory block sessions at our Bishop Burton campus in East Yorkshire.
Please note that regular access to a dog for training purposes is essential.
- Learning theory
- Canine development
- Business enterprise and industry skills
- Basic , progressive and advanced training
- Canine health, welfare and legislation
- Consulting and coaching
- Canine science
- Research skills.
Application for the course is through our online application form.
Applications for the year you wish to study open in September the year before. We continue to accept applications through to the September you wish to start with us, provided we have spaces available.
Three years part-time distance learning.
Students can progress to the BSc Canine Behaviour Management (Top Up).
Students are assessed through research projects, seminars and presentations, practical tests including field work and laboratory, written assignments / essays / posters and leaflets.
Many opportunities exist in education, management, dog training, behaviour counselling, assistance work, detection training, service dog handling, training dogs for commercial work and rescue and rehabilitation work.
Additional costs may include travel, accommodation and food for the block sessions. Dogs are not required at block sessions.
An SPSS licence is needed and can be purchased from our online shop.
There may also be additional costs for educational visits/trips and enrichment activities
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 80 UCAS points at A-Level, a Level Three Extended Diploma at MMP or equivalent qualification. They must also have GCSE English at grade C or above, or an equivalent qualification.
Students with an appropriate HNC can apply for direct entry to Level 5.
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.