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.
A final year 'top up' is also available for applicants who have a Foundation Degree in an appropriate subject.
- Animal behaviour and physiology
- Health and nutrition
- Research methods
- Human and animal psychology
- Animal welfare and legislation
- Domestic and exotic species’ behaviour
- Animal training
- Research skills
- Business and marketing
- Consulting and animal behaviour management.
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 Foundation degree, please apply either via UCAS (selecting three as the year of entry).
If you are currently studying for a 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 and the course remains open.
Three years full-time or one year as a 'top up' degree, following completion of a relevant Level 5 programme.
An MSc Applied Animal Behaviour and Training is also available at Bishop Burton 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.
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.
There may also be additional costs for educational visits / trips.
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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 C or above, or an equivalent qualification.
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.
For advanced entry to the third year of this programme, a relevant Foundation Degree is required.
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 Applied Animal Behaviour and Training
Since graduating from the BSc Applied Animal Behaviour and Training course, Michael has travelled extensively working as a professional animal trainer in a variety of zoo’s and marine parks around the world.
Q: What inspired you to pursue a career working with animals?
A: I began working with animals from an early age starting with horses as a boy, and continuing on later to primates and bottlenose dolphins in research and conservation programs in South America the U.S.A. However, before I enrolled as a mature student in Bishop Burton College, much of this work had been voluntary internships where I spent a great deal of time travelling and discovering the animal training industry, learning how I could become a professional trainer.
Q: What duties does your current role include?
A: My latest adventure has taken me as far as the Middle East where I have the opportunity to implement and co-manage a brand new animal encounter program with a team of professionals introducing a colony of King and Gentoo penguins to the U.A.E. with a primary focus of raising the level of animal awareness in the region while continuing the established breeding program for these penguins who were born and raised in Seaworld, San Antonio Texas.
Q: How has the course you completed at Bishop Burton College helped you in your career so far?
A: I always knew the direction I was headed with my career. However, without the necessary academic qualifications attained from Bishop Burton coupled with my practical experience, achieving my goals would have been next to impossible in this competitive field. My time at Bishop Burton College has played a key role in shaping my career progression to date and will allow me to continue my animal adventures in whatever shape or form in the years to come.