This programme has also been formally recognised by the Animal Behaviour and Training Council (ABTC) Programme Recognition Committee as delivering the academic elements necessary for an individual to achieve ABTC recognition as an Animal Training Instructor.
In collaboration with the Karen Pryor Academy (KPA), The University Centre Bishop Burton is incorporating the Dog Trainer Foundations (KPA) online course into its degree programmes.
What You Study
Modules introduce the student to animal behaviour, animal anatomy and physiology, health and nutrition, research methods and academic skills.
Subjects become more applied, including human and animal psychology, animal welfare and legislation, domestic and exotic species behaviour, statistics and animal training. Students also select one option module.
Consolidation of previous knowledge and investigating new areas such as advanced training skills, alternative therapies, consulting and animal communication. The final year also includes a 10,000 word dissertation project on a relevant subject area.
- Option modules will run where there are sufficient student numbers, otherwise an alternative option module may be offered.
- The programme includes business elements to improve transferable skills and enable students to set up their own businesses or enter graduate level employment.
- There is a strong emphasis on applying theoretical knowledge to practical situations using our excellent animal facilities.
- Applicants will have a minimum of 104 UCAS points, which may be from qualifications such as A Levels, BTEC Level 3 Extended Diplomas, Access to HE Diplomas and City and Guilds Advanced Technical Diplomas, amongst others. Please use the UCAS Tariff points calculator to determine the UCAS points value of your qualification.
- Applicants need GCSE English Language at grade C / 4 or above, or an equivalent qualification.
- Applicants need an appropriate academic reference.
- Life and / or experience of non-traditional 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 first language is not English, or a Tier 4 student visa to study is required and GCSE grade C / 4 English or equivalent is not held, English language proficiency level such as International English Language Testing System (IELTS) 6.0 overall (with a minimum 5.5 in each skill) will need evidencing.
- Students with an appropriate HNC can apply for direct entry to Year 2.
- Students with an appropriate Level 5 qualification and animal training experience can apply for direct entry to year 3.
Approximately 16 hours a week to include lectures, seminars, practicals and tutorials. Students are also expected to carry out a significant amount of private study in addition to contact time (25-30 hours a week). A part-time option is also available.
Students can expect to receive their timetables during induction week.
Learning and Teaching Approach
This programme is delivered with a variety of learning and teaching approaches to include all students’ learning styles and preferences.
For all modules, theory lectures are delivered that aim to deliver the core content and provide the underpinning knowledge. To complement the theory lectures, students have group seminars / practical sessions that are used to reinforce concepts delivered theoretically.
The teaching methods focus on facilitating a student centred approach to enhance the independent learning that takes place outside of the classroom.
How You're Assessed
Assessment includes written assignments, seminars, poster presentations, training practical, practical reports and demonstrations. There are no formal examinations. Opportunities for feedback on assessments are available prior to the final submission to support student development and achievement. Staff aim to return assessed work within a 15 working day timeframe (not including holidays) in order that students can most benefit from the feedback.
Graduates may choose to progress to the MSc Applied Animal Behaviour and Training or MSc Animal Behaviour and Welfare which are available via blended learning at University Centre Bishop Burton.
This degree will prepare you for work in research, animal seizures (HM Revenues and Customs), animal training, zoo keeping and education, welfare scientist, environmental enrichment co-ordinator, behaviour advisor, companion animal trainer, training animals for commercial work, animal rescue and rehabilitation or as an assistance dog trainer.
Equipment Required / Additional Costs
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. Training equipment will also be required (i.e. clicker and target stick) for the training related modules at level 5.
We anticipate these resources will cost approximately £100.
A suitable electronic device, e.g. a laptop or tablet, with internet connectivity is required for accessing online learning.
An SPSS licence may be beneficial and can be purchased from our online shop.
There may also be additional costs for educational visits / trips and enrichment activities.
On successful completion of the programme, students have the opportunity to graduate at a ceremony wearing formal dress. The hire of the formal dress is an additional cost.
How To Apply
Application for the three-year programme is through UCAS using code C125.
If you wish to enter into the final year of the course following successful completion of a relevant Level 5 qualification, please apply via UCAS (selecting three as the year of entry).
If you are currently studying for a foundation degree at Bishop Burton or Riseholme and wish to 'top up', please apply via our online application form.
Applications for the year you wish to study open in September the year before. Whilst UCAS advertise a January deadline, we continue to accept applications through to the September you wish to start with us, provided we have spaces available and the programme remains open.
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