The Course

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.  

The programme is designed to give students the opportunity to acquire detailed knowledge that can be related to a range of species and situations.

This programme is currently undergoing revalidation with the University of Hull to ensure you get the best experience and opportunity to achieve as an employment-ready graduate.


Whilst the title and award of the programme will likely remain unchanged or will be similar, other details such as the modules, teaching and learning strategy, contact hours and assessment strategies may change. Full details of the newly validated programme will be available from late January 2023.

Awarded by University of Hull

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Financial Information

Find the full details on the fees associated with this programme and the financial support available here.

Formal Recognition

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.

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  • What You Study

    Year 1:

    Modules introduce the student to animal behaviour, animal anatomy and physiology, health and nutrition, research methods and academic skills.

    Year 2:

    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.

    Year 3:

    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.
  • Entry Requirements

    • 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.
  • Contact Time

    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.   

  • Progression

    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.

  • Careers

    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

    For your course, you will need:

    • A tablet, laptop or stationery to take notes in lectures and seminars
    • College-branded white laboratory coat
    • College-branded blue kennel coat
    • Appropriate waterproof outdoor clothing and footwear for outdoor practicals
    • Strong steel toe capped boots for practical sessions.
    • Roughly £300 to cover the costs of field trips and visits over the duration of your programme
    • The college has a strict policy of not allowing work boots inside college buildings – you will need to have alternative footwear (shoes or trainers) to attend lectures and tutorials
    • Training equipment will be required (i.e. clicker and target stick)
    • A wide range of resources are available for use both on and offsite for dissertation projects but it may not be possible to purchase/service all requests therefore students need to be aware that they may need to self-fund some elements.

  • 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.

  • Download Programme Guide

    Download a programme guides to find out more about studying BSc (Hons) Applied Animal Behaviour and Training at University Centre Bishop Burton.

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