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, which take place at University Centre Bishop Burton. 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
- University of Hull Library Regulations
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Applicants should have a relevant Level 5 qualification.
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 Canine Behaviour Management (Top Up)
Karen has been a student at Bishop Burton College for a number of years, first completing the FdSc Canine Behaviour and Training Course. She is currently studying Bsc Canine Behaviour and Training (Top Up) and is self-employed as a dog groomer and training.
Q: What does your current role involve?
A: My work involves the overall care and welfare of dogs, grooming all breeds including cross breeds to a high standard, ensuring that stress and anxiety is maintained. I also advise and educate customers on correct coat care & home grooming techniques. The other part of my role is dog training. I teach a variety of classes and dog sports at all levels. I coach the owners in a variety of skills to enable them to continue to teach their dogs after the courses have ended. Additional services I offer include 1:1 training, advice and guidance for new puppy owners. I strive to provide a high level of customer service in both roles.
Q: How has the course you completed at Bishop Burton College helped you in your career so far? Are there any skills that you learnt at College that you use regularly in your current position?
A: My interest in dogs and a strong desire to move into a job where I could work with them all day is what originally attracted me to the course. One of the most valuable things I gained from Bishop Burton is meeting a group of like-minded people who appear to be as mad about dogs as I am. The network of knowledge and experience is invaluable.
The most valuable improvement to my existing skills was time management and planning and I continue to use these skills gained. Having to juggle a full time job, a part-time job, studying for the degree and running a home requires a lot of much organisation but is achievable with the part time study route. I definitely do not believe that without the course studied at Bishop Burton College I would not have been able to move to self employment and would have still been commuting to London every day doing a very stressful job that I had long outgrown. Moving to self-employment was as a direct result of learning new skills both at Bishop Burton and through the work based learning modules.