This programme provides students with a sound academic and practical knowledge of the disciplines and factors that relate to animal behaviour, management, science and welfare. Students are given a solid foundation in scientific, intellectual, investigative, management and husbandry skills, which are all essential in the animal industry.
- Animal health and welfare
- Business and the business environment
- Managing a successful project
- Animal husbandry
- Animal anatomy and physiology
- Animal behaviour in society
- Animal collection management.
This is a vocational programme with an applied nature that is emphasised throughout the programme. It includes business and the opportunity for students to gain skills in managing a project – providing excellent transferable skills and enable students to set up their own business.
There is a strong emphasis on applying theoretical knowledge to practical situations using our excellent animal facilities.
The course content is specifically designed to be appropriate to the needs of the animal management industry and to enable students to progress to the second year of the FdSc Animal Management & Behaviour.
One year full-time or two years part-time.
Progress onto Level 5 (second year) on the FdSc Animal Management and Behaviour after successful completion of HNC with a Merit grade overall.
Animal rescue and rehabilitation, teaching, behaviour advisor, employment within zoos and wildlife parks, animal facility manager, kennel and cattery manager, pet store manager, wildlife ranger, conservation work.
Assessment includes practical reports and demonstrations, written assignments, portfolios, scientific posters and group or individual presentations.
- Excellent animal facilities including Animal Management Zoological Collection that houses meerkats, primates, exotic hoof stock, wallabies, invertebrates, fish, reptiles, rodents, dogs.
- Commercial sheep, pig and dairy units, equine yard and schools, dog training area.
- Additional facilities include Science Centre, IT suites, HE learning resource centre and brand new learning resource centre
- Online Virtual Learning Environment (VLE) used to enhance and facilitate teaching and independent learning on all courses.
- Talks from a range of visiting speakers.
- Experienced staff with both academic and industrial experience.
Approximately 16 hours a week to include lectures, seminars, work experience practicals and tutorials. This may include some evening teaching. Students are also expected to carry out a significant amount of private study (approx. 25-30 hours a week) in addition to contact time. Part-time is currently studied on an infill basis.
Students will need to buy a white laboratory coat for lab practicals, a kennel coat or overalls for animal practicals and also a pair of safety boots for animal/farm practicals. Students will also need to buy clickers and target sticks for training. Trips and short courses may also be offered at extra cost.
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.
All applicants need an appropriate academic / employment reference.
Mature applicants will also be considered subject to the completion of an admissions assignment.
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.