Bishop Burton College
Applied Canine Behaviour and Training FdSc
Bishop Burton College

Key Course Facts

Course Description

This distance / blended learning programme is to provide students with a sound academic and practical knowledge of the disciplines and factors that relate to canine behaviour and training.

Students have the opportunity to acquire detailed knowledge of behaviour, management, training, instructing, consulting and counselling, and these topical areas can then be related to a range of situations.

The programme promotes motivational, positive reinforcement training techniques.

What will I study? Year 1:

  • Academic Research and Professional Skills

  • Principles of Canine Psychology and Basic Training

  • Employment Skills in the Industry

  • Progressive Dog Training

Year 2:

  • Canine Development

  • Consulting and Coaching

  • Inappropriate Canine Behaviour

  • Canine Science

Year 3:

  • Management Skills in the Industry

  • Advanced Dog Training

  • Research Design and Statistical Analysis

  • Canine Health Welfare and Legislation.

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. 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.

What else can I expect?

  • Animal Management Unit housing a wide range of species including meerkats, racoon dogs, primates, alpacas, marsupials, invertebrates, tropical and marine fish, reptiles, rodents and a nocturnal house.

  • Dedicated dog training area, commercial dog kennels and grooming facilities, commercial sheep and beef enterprises, equine yard and schools.

  • Additional facilities include Science Centre, IT suites, dedicated University Centre, study spaces and social areas, and modern Learning Resources Centre.

  • Online Virtual Learning Environment (VLE) used to enhance and facilitate teaching and independent learning on all programmes.

  • Experienced, supportive and motivated staff with both academic and industrial experience.

  • Talks from a range of visiting speakers.

  • Opportunities to attend trips to enhance learning.

  • Students have access to a range of support through our study skills, and health and wellbeing teams. Further information can be found on our website:

  • Relevant extra-curricular activity and/or work experience is encouraged of all students in order to enhance learning.

What kind of job could I get when I graduate? 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.

Entry Requirements / Admissions

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Qualification requirements


University Centre Bishop Burton welcome applicants from overseas. You will need to be issued with a Confirmation of Acceptance for Studies (CAS) to apply for your student visa to the UK. You will need to pay your course fees in full prior to a CAS being s
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Tuition Fees Applied Canine Behaviour and Training FdSc

EU £6160 year 1
England UK £6160 year 1
Northern Ireland £6160 year 1
Scotland £6160 year 1
Wales £6160 year 1

Average student cost of living in the UK

Rent £518
Water, gas electricity, internet (at home) £50
Supermarket shopping £81
Clothing £35
Eating out £33
Alcohol £27
Takeaways / food deliveries £30
Going out / entertainment (excl.alcohol, food) £24
Holidays and weekend trips £78
Transport within city £17
Self-care / sports £20
Stationary / books £13
Mobile phone / internet £13
Cable TV / streaming £7
Insurance £51
Other £95
Average student cost of living £1092

London costs approx 34% more than average, mainly due to rent being 67% higher than average of other cities. For students staying in student halls, costs of water, gas, electricity, wifi are generally included in the rental. Students in smaller cities where accommodation is in walking/biking distance transport costs tend to be significantly smaller.

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About Bishop Burton College

Bishop Burton College is a further education college specialised in land-based subjects such as Equine Studies, Agriculture, Engineering, and more. Their stunning green campus can be found in the middle of the East Yorkshire countryside, making possible its features such as fully-functioning farms and horse stables. If students need a little bit of the city life while they’re not studying, they also have the historic city of York not far away.

  • Izzy, Animal Management student at Bishop Burton College
  • Elise, Equine student at Bishop Burton College
  • Harry, Sport student at Bishop Burton College

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