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 during the Canine Behaviour and Training Foundation Degree and adds knowledge that will enhance the canine professional. Students must fund their own accommodation for compulsory block sessions.
- Veterinary and holistic approaches for behavioural problems
- Counselling and psychology
- Animal cognition
- Advanced learning theory.
Two years part-time.
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.
Students are required to have a kennel coat or overalls in blue, which are available from our online shop. Steel toe capped footwear is also required. We anticipate this will cost approximately £65.
There may also be additional costs for educational visits/trips.
Please use the following links to learn more about our policies and procedures.
- Academic Regulations: This programme follow the regulations of University of Hull.
- Student Disciplinary Policy
Please visit our Document Downloads page to access the College's other policies, i.e. our Mental Health Policy.
Applicants should have a relevant Foundation Degree. Relevant HND / HNC students with a distinction profile will 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.
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.