This distance learning programme is aimed at students who have already completed a Foundation Degree or equivalent.
The programme aims to produce students with a sound academic and practical knowledge of the disciplines and factors that relate to canine behaviour management. The programme builds on the skills developed from a relevant Level 5 qualification and adds knowledge that will enhance the canine professional.
This programme utilises webinars, which take place one evening a week, and compulsory block sessions. Students must fund their own accommodation for the block sessions.
- Veterinary and holistic approaches for behavioural problems
- Counselling and psychology
- Animal cognition
- Advanced learning theory
Application 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 and the course remains open.
Two years part-time blended / distance learning.
This is predominantly an online course, with seven hours per week of taught and guided learning.
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.
Many opportunities are available to enter the profession at a senior level on completion of this degree, including in dog training, management, behaviour counselling, service dog work and training dogs for commercial work, plus 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
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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 Canine Behaviour Management (Top Up)
Ian worked in the dog section at the Metropolitan Police for 27 years, which included work in narcotics and counter terrorism. He is a member of numerous animal welfare organisations and runs courses for the police, local authorities and housing providers on dog-related legislation, canine communication and staying safe around dogs. Ian has also launched a behaviour change scheme similar to a speed awareness course, aimed at reducing the need for dog owners to be prosecuted.
Q: What do you like about Bishop Burton College?
A: It is a really friendly place, with good quality lecturers and well-structured units. The freedom to do this course distance learning is a huge advantage and allows me to pay the mortgage whilst working towards my degree.
Q: What is the best thing about your course?
A: Learning all the things I wish I had known 30 years ago, although the lecturers are truly in touch with all the latest peer-reviewed information so much of what is taught is cutting edge. Although I need the flexibility of distance learning, I absolutely love the block weeks, getting together with the rest of the cohort and talking dogs all night long.
Q: What are your hopes for the future?
A: I have looked into studying at a higher level and hope my behaviour change scheme can take off nationally.