Students will develop the skills and knowledge needed to work in positions of authority in the canine behaviour and training industry.
These practical skills and theoretical knowledge are delivered through block sessions, part-time by distance learning and using a combination of academic study, practical classes, visits and work experience. This includes webinars which take place one evening a week.
Students are required to gain a minimum of 152 hours of work experience and must fund their own accommodation for compulsory block sessions.
Please note that regular access to a dog for training purposes is essential.
- Learning theory
- Canine development
- Business enterprise and industry skills
- Basic, progressive and advanced training
- Canine health, welfare and legislation
- Consulting and coaching
- Canine science
- Research skills.
Three years part-time blended / distance learning.
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 152 hours work experience over the duration of the course.
Many opportunities exist in education, management, dog training, behaviour counselling, assistance work, detection training, service dog handling, training dogs for commercial work and rescue and rehabilitation work.
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.
Training equipment will also be required (i.e. clicker and target stick).
There may also be additional costs for educational visits/trips.
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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 and Maths 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.
BSc Canine Behaviour Management (Top Up)
Ian worked in the dog section at the Metropolitan Police for 27 years, which included work in narcotics and counter terrorism. He is a member of numerous animal welfare organisations and runs courses for the police, local authorities and housing providers on dog-related legislation, canine communication and staying safe around dogs. Ian has also launched a behaviour change scheme similar to a speed awareness course, aimed at reducing the need for dog owners to be prosecuted.
Q: What do you like about Bishop Burton College?
A: It is a really friendly place, with good quality lecturers and well-structured units. The freedom to do this course distance learning is a huge advantage and allows me to pay the mortgage whilst working towards my degree.
Q: What is the best thing about your course?
A: Learning all the things I wish I had known 30 years ago, although the lecturers are truly in touch with all the latest peer-reviewed information so much of what is taught is cutting edge. Although I need the flexibility of distance learning, I absolutely love the block weeks, getting together with the rest of the cohort and talking dogs all night long.
Q: What are your hopes for the future?
A: I have looked into studying at a higher level and hope my behaviour change scheme can take off nationally.