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.
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.
Apply for the full-time course through UCAS, using code DC33, and application to the part-time programme is through our online application form.
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
Lydia now assists on a range of Wildlife Trust projects, following completion of the FdSc Animal Management and Behaviour course.
Q: What attracted you to your current role?
A: I have always had an admiration of the environment and a fascination with animals. From a young age I was fortunate enough to grow up in the countryside with regular interaction with wildlife and nature. Playing outdoors; using sticks, climbing hay bails, hiding in fields and making hollowed or broken trees into dens was a natural part of my childhood, which understandably is not the case for many children. Therefore, when the opportunity rose to be a voluntary assistant with the Yorkshire Wildlife Trust delivering running wild projects I put my all into becoming a part of it.
Q: What duties does this role include?
A: The aim of my position is to involve, inspire and engage children with nature and to educate children on native wildlife. The project is essentially after school clubs and therefore the activities have to be fun and interactive, however with a age range of 5 to 11 years old the games need to be understood and entertaining for a variety of abilities. As the project has evolved I have been challenged and through determination and ability to make something I am passionate about interesting to children the Wildlife Trust has given me the opportunity to take on more responsibility, organising and delivering my own activities, proving to potential employers that I am responsible and gaining more valuable employment and life experience.
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: From start to finish of the foundation degree at Bishop Burton my opinions have been challenged and changed, it has opened my eyes to the range of jobs available within the animal sector, but also that you don’t have to be mucking out to make a difference and educate people on how to enjoy and respect animals. Bishop Burton gave me the knowledge and confidence to get involved with this project, without it I would not have enjoyed the rewarding experiences the position has given me.