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.
Application is through our online application form.
Applications for the year you wish to study open in September the year before. We continue to accept applications through to the September you wish to start with us, provided we have spaces available and the course remains open.
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.
"Assessment via video evidence is excellent... I commend this particularly and was very impressed."
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.
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Applicants should have a minimum of 80 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.
If your first language is not English, or you require a Tier 4 student visa to study and do not hold GCSE grade C English or equivalent, you will be required to provide evidence of your English language proficiency level such as International English Language Testing System (IELTS) 6.0 overall (with a minimum 5.5 in each skill).
BSc Applied Animal Behaviour and Training
Since graduating from the BSc Applied Animal Behaviour and Training course, Michael has travelled extensively working as a professional animal trainer in a variety of zoo’s and marine parks around the world.
Q: What inspired you to pursue a career working with animals?
A: I began working with animals from an early age starting with horses as a boy, and continuing on later to primates and bottlenose dolphins in research and conservation programs in South America the U.S.A. However, before I enrolled as a mature student in Bishop Burton College, much of this work had been voluntary internships where I spent a great deal of time travelling and discovering the animal training industry, learning how I could become a professional trainer.
Q: What duties does your current role include?
A: My latest adventure has taken me as far as the Middle East where I have the opportunity to implement and co-manage a brand new animal encounter program with a team of professionals introducing a colony of King and Gentoo penguins to the U.A.E. with a primary focus of raising the level of animal awareness in the region while continuing the established breeding program for these penguins who were born and raised in Seaworld, San Antonio Texas.
Q: How has the course you completed at Bishop Burton College helped you in your career so far?
A: I always knew the direction I was headed with my career. However, without the necessary academic qualifications attained from Bishop Burton coupled with my practical experience, achieving my goals would have been next to impossible in this competitive field. My time at Bishop Burton College has played a key role in shaping my career progression to date and will allow me to continue my animal adventures in whatever shape or form in the years to come.