This course will provide you with a broad range of knowledge and understanding about a wide range of animals, whilst preparing you for progression by supporting your development of employability skills or progression on to your year two programme in Animal Management, depending on your career goals.
You will have the exciting opportunity to work with a range of species in our highly prized and industry relevant animal unit, including; cockroaches and crickets, to tortoises in our new chelonian room and Nocturnal room, to meerkats, skunks and more. Developing animal handling and husbandry skills and building knowledge about each species you work with in their specialist environments, with a critical look at behaviour, habitat and welfare.
- Animal welfare and ethics
- Practical animal husbandry
- Animal behaviour
- Animal health and diseases
- Work experience (including a two-week external placement each academic year)
- Animal biology
- Animal nursing.
- Animal breeding and genetics
- Investigative research project
- Practical skills in animal science
- Business management
- Animal metabolism
- Exotic animal husbandry
- Advanced animal nutrition
- Farm livestock husbandry.
Two years, full-time.Three days per week normally in college and one day in work placement.
Almost all areas of the animal industry require experience and qualifications. Our Level 3 courses allow you to collect UCAS points to enable you to move on to a Foundation Degree or BSc Hons Degree, which in turn gives you the best start in the industry. This course will support your progression into Animal Science and / or Welfare, as well as into a Bioveterinary Science or Veterinary Nursing degree. Please check with the university you wish to study with to ensure you choose the correct units.
The practical skills that are gained and consolidated throughout the course stand you in good stead for joining the animal industry with a strong work ethic and reputation behind you launch your career. Whether it be working in commercial kennels, animal rescue centres, laboratories, veterinary practices, zoos and animal collections or self-employed as a dog walker, pet sitter, dog groomer or running animal parties.
A range of coursework, exams and practical assessments, graded at pass, merit or distinction.
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Four GCSEs at grade C or 4 or equivalent, including all Sciences, English and Maths. A satisfactory academic reference is also needed.
*If you have four GCSEs at grade 4 but not Science you will be offered Level 2 Diploma in Animal Care and will then move to one of our other Level 3 courses following successful completion.
If you have Science at grade 4 but Maths and English are at grade 3 or below, but you have other grade 4 GCSEs, we may offer you the Level 3 with English and Maths.
MSc Applied Animal Behaviour and Training
After graduating as Student of the Year, Sandra used the skills she learnt studying from the MSc Applied Animal Behaviour and Training course to pursure a career within bovine welfare monitoring.
Q: Tell us about your current role?
A: The MSc in Applied Animal Behaviour and Training from Bishop Burton College gave me the confidence to accept work in bovine welfare monitoring at a DIY artificial insemination course for farmers.
Q: How have the skills you learnt at Bihop Burton College helped within your role?
A: As a result of the experience I gained from the course, I was able to search the literature, critically analyse relevant research, adapt it and fuse it with my veterinary knowledge to design a welfare monitoring programme. In addition, the course also equipped me with the ability to teach farmers about bovine welfare through the medium of PowerPoint.