Students gain the knowledge and skills required for positions of responsibility in the animal management industry through this programme. These practical skills and theoretical knowledge are delivered through a combination of academic study, practical classes, visits and work experience. Students are also required to gain a minimum of 152 hours of work experience.
- Animal behaviour
- Animal anatomy and physiology
- Nutrition and health
- Applied husbandry
- Welfare and legislation
- Wildlife management
- Business and marketing
- Academic and research skills.
Apply for the full-time course through UCAS, using code DC33, and application to the part-time programme is through our online application form.
Two years full-time or three years part-time.
The two-year programme includes three to four days a week in College, depending on the level / year; approximately 15 - 17 hours per week with guided support.
Students can progress to any of our animal-related BSc degree programmes at year three.
Students are assessed through research projects, deminars and presentations, practical tests including field work and laboratory, written assignments / essays / posters and leaflets.
Students will undertake a minimum of 200 hours work experience over the duration of the course.
Work in animal rescue and rehabilitation, teaching, as a behaviour advisor, in employment within zoos and wildlife parks, as an animal facility manager, kennel and cattery manager, pet store manager, wildlife ranger, in conservation work and 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.
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 minimum of 48 UCAS points at A-Level, a Level 3 Extended Diploma at PPP or equivalent qualification, or an Access to Higher Education Diploma. 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.
FdSc Animal Management and Behaviour
Since studying the the FdSc in Animal Management and Behaviour, Jenni continued on to the BSc (Hons) course and now works as an Elephant Keeper.
Q: Tell us about your current role.
A: I work with four African elephants, one bull and three cows, at Port Lympne Wild Animal Park in Kent, run by the John Aspinall Foundation.
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: I absolutely love my job looking after the elephants and I am able to use the theory and practical experience learnt from Bishop Burton College within my day to day work with the elephants.