This ‘top up’ programme is designed to give students the opportunity to acquire detailed knowledge of animal behaviour and welfare that can be related to a range of species and situations. The degree aims to build on the skills and knowledge that were developed during related Level 5 qualifications.
- Behavioural and physiological assessment of welfare
- Physiology of behaviour
- Animal cognition and ethics
- Specialism in options include advanced animal training or animals in society
Apply for the full-time course is through UCAS, using code D390, and application to the part-time course through 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 and the course remains open.
One year full-time or two years part-time.
For the one-year programme, students are in College two days a week, for 15 to 17 hours, with guided dissertation time.
An MSc in Applied Animal Behaviour and Training is also available at the College.
Students are assessed through research projects, seminars and presentations, plus practical tests to include field work and laboratory, written assignments / essays / posters and leaflets.
Careers can be pursued in rehabilitation centres, welfare organisations, animal parks and reserves and in education on completion of this programme.
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 may also be required (i.e. clicker and target stick) depending on the modules undertaken.
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 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 Bishop Burton College's policies, i.e. our Student Disciplinary Policy and Mental Health Policy.
Applicants should have a relevant Foundation Degree or HND in Animal Management. HNC students with a distinction profile may also be considered.
Life experience of mature 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)
Our new BSc Animal Behavious and Welfare (Top Up) launches in Riseholme in 2017... Find out how Toni, a student at our partner College - Bishop Burton, used her new skills to become 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.