Bishop Burton College
Canine Behaviour Management (Top up) BSc (Hons)
Bishop Burton College

Key Course Facts


Salary of all UK Graduates of

  15 months after graduation 3 years after graduation 5 years after graduation
Median salary £20882 £17624 £20774
25-75 percentile range £18287 - £24112 £13919 - £21917 £16494 - £26267

Course Description

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 the student to develop their knowledge, skills and understanding of the subject specialism while embedding the necessary expertise to critically evaluate the concepts and apply them to real-world situations.

What will I study?

Year 1:

  • Veterinary and Holistic Behaviour Modification
  • Counselling and Psychology
  • Dissertation

Year 2:

  • Animal Cognition
  • Advanced Learning Theory
  • Dissertation.

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 is the contact time?

Lectures are delivered 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 which 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.

Students 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).

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.
- Our experienced Life Coaches are on hand to help you through your University journey from mentoring and coaching to health, wellbeing and resilience. Learn more about how our Life Coaches can support you:
  • 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.

Jobs & Career Perspectives

15 months after graduation, graduates of this course were asked about what they do and, if they are working, about their current job and their perspectives.

Current jobs

Required skill level of job after 15 months

Jobs of graduates of this course (15 months after graduation)

Example below based on all graduates of Canine Behaviour Management (Top up) BSc (Hons) at Bishop Burton College

20% Teaching and Childcare Associate Professionals
20% Managers, directors and senior officials
10% Caring personal services
10% Welfare and housing associate professionals
5% Leisure, travel and related personal service occupations
5% Teaching Professionals
5% Sales occupations
5% Business and public service associate professionals
5% Teaching Professionals

Grading & Study Time

Entry Requirements / Admissions

University Centre Bishop Burton welcomes 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 sent to you. In order for us to process this and for us to comply with our duties as a Sponsor we are required to check other aspects of your application, for example your financial status. For more details please visit

Get advice on which foundation courses are best for you to still study Canine Behaviour Management (Top up), BSc (Hons), if you do not meet the minimum requirements in terms of UCAS score, A levels, or English language requirements.


Tuition Fees Canine Behaviour Management (Top up) BSc (Hons)

England UK £4625 year 1
Northern Ireland £4625 year 1
Scotland £4625 year 1
Wales £4625 year 1
Ireland £4625 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.

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.

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Student composition of Bishop Burton College

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

Where is this programme taught

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