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Animal Sciences


Bachelors Degree (Level 6)

Study Mode



2 years

Start Date

September 2024

The course

This distance/blended learning programme is aimed at students who have already completed a foundation degree or equivalent. It aims to build on the skills and knowledge that were developed during related level 5 qualifications, whilst adding additional skills and knowledge with respect to canine behaviour and training.

The programme promotes motivational, positive reinforcement training techniques. It will enable you to develop your knowledge, skills and understanding of the canine behaviour management, whilst embedding the necessary expertise to critically evaluate the concepts and apply them to real-world situations.

Emphasis is placed on the integration of applied knowledge and skills across a range of disciplines.

The intention is to provide a flexible learning environment that will encourage you to achieve your full potential within a structured and vigorous framework.

PLEASE NOTE: This programme is currently undergoing a refresh with the University of Hull to ensure you get the best experience and opportunity to achieve as an employment-ready graduate. The learning outcomes, modules, the teaching and learning strategy, contact hours and assessment strategies may change. Full details of the newly refreshed programme will be available later in the year and will be communicated to all applicants at the earliest opportunity.

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Course Information

  • Develop your academic understanding of canine behaviour theories.
  • Provide you with the theoretical knowledge and understanding of canine learning and humane training techniques.
  • Give you a greater understanding of the disciplines and factors that relate to canine behaviour and training.

Year 1

  • Veterinary and holistic behaviour modification
  • The human factors in canine behaviour consulting
  • Dissertation

Year 2

  • Animal Cognition
  • Advanced Learning Theory
  • Dissertation (cont.)

You should have a relevant Level 5 qualification and 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 your 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.

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. Using the webinar software, staff are able to monitor engagement to ensure participations.

To complement all theory lectures, students have asynchronous seminars that are used to reinforce concepts delivered theoretically.

Online webinars focus on facilitating a student-centred approach to enhance the independent learning that takes place outside of the webinar lecture sessions.

As a blended learning course, the majority of your lectures will be done remotely via online webinars. Lectures are delivered via online learning in three-hour sessions per week in the evenings, 6-9pm GMT. On occasions, this may be split over two evenings.

In addition to the three hours in class, you will have additional tasks/activities set each week that need to be completed at a time to suit you during that week.

In total, contact time will be approximately four hours a week to include lectures, seminars, asynchronous sessions, support sessions.

You are also expected to carry out private study in addition to contact time (as a guide, each 20 credit module requires 200 hours of study time inclusive of lecture time).

There are compulsory block sessions, which are conducted at University Centre Bishop Burton in East Yorkshire, UK.

Relevant extra-curricular activity and/or work experience is encouraged to enhance your learning.
Assessment includes written assignments, presentations and project work. There are no formal examinations. Opportunities for feedback on assessments are available prior to the final submission to support your development and achievement. Staff aim to return assessed work within a 20 working day timeframe (not including holidays) so that you can most benefit from the feedback.
  • Regular access to a computer with broadband Internet connection in order to participate in webinars, download learning materials, watch recorded webinars and submit assignments. A headset with microphone will be required for participation in webinars and on-line tutorials.
  • Appropriate software is required: Microsoft Office and OpenOffice (freeware) are the only office suites supported.
  • 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.
  • Dogs are not required to attend the College for this programme and therefore are not permitted on the college campus. We understand that you may need to house your dog for the weekend and the College has a commercial boarding kennels that can be contacted on 01964 553138 or email For any student that requires the use of an assistance dog, prior arrangements must be made with the programme leaders to ensure suitable facilities and provision is provided. PLEASE NOTE: The college has a strict policy of not allowing dogs to be left in vehicles.
  • 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.
Graduates may choose to progress to the MSc Applied Animal Behaviour and Training or MSc Animal Behaviour and Welfare, which are available through blended learning at University Centre Bishop Burton.
Graduates can pursue careers such as: Dog trainer, behaviour consultant, assistance dog trainer, detection dog trainer, service dog trainer, customs and excise handler, training dogs for commercial work, rescue and rehabilitation work.

Validated by University of Hull

We are proud to collaborate with University of Hull on the validation of this course.

This includes transforming our programmes to ensure that we meet the evolving needs of the sector, giving you the best opportunities for success when you graduate by having a competence-based focus. Find out more about competence-based higher education.

View the policies and procedures you would be agreeing to comply with by registering for this programme. This encompasses University of Hull Quality and Standards, including a Guide for Collaborative Provision students.

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