This degree course is based on the academic requirements for the standards set by the Animal Behaviour and Training Council (ABTC) for Animal Trainer and Animal Training Instructor.
Now more than ever, there a growing demand in the Pet Industry. Likely to be a result of the Covid-19 pandemic, pet ownership levels peaked to an unprecedented high of 59% in 2020/21 up from 45% (Statista Research Department Aug 2021). This presents an increased demand for a range of services including professional dog trainers and behaviourists, canine and feline services such as walking, grooming and sitting, rehabilitation and specialist services.
If you are passionate about companion animals and looking for a course to learn about their behaviour and welfare then this is the option for you. Complementing the holistic approach of the Animal Management programme or the core scientific principles of the Animal Science programme, this course particularly prepares students for employment in the range of companion animal roles including pet behaviour councillors, pet nutritionists and pet animal welfare charities.
This programmes is recognised by the Animal Behaviour and Training Council (ABTC)
Roles recognised for: Animal Trainer and Animal Training Instructor
|SEMESTER A||SEMESTER B|
|Professional Skills for the Animal Industry
|Ethics of Animal Use
|Introduction to Biochemistry
|Ecology and Evolution
|SEMESTER A||SEMESTER B|
|Animal Health Science
|Reproduction and Development
|Professional Practice and Legislation
|Applied Behaviour and Training
The following information provides the entry requirements for this particular course.
UCAS Tariff Points
GCE A Levels
International Baccalaureate (IB) Diploma
BTEC Level 3 Extended Diploma
BTEC Level 3 Diploma
C & G Level 3 Extended Diploma
C & G Level 3 Diploma
An equivalent or higher combination of grades to that indicated above will also be accepted.
All applicants must hold a minimum of four GCSE passes at grade C/4 or above to include English, Maths and Science.
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Accreditation of Prior Learning (APL/APEL)
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Learning & Teaching Methods
The following list shows the variety of learning and teaching methods experienced on this course.
- Animal handling practicals involving work with a wide range of domesticated and captive animal species
- Seminars and debates
- Inquiry-based learning
- Online quizzes, wikis and activities
- Laboratory practical classes including dissections
This course provides a mix of assessment methods including.
- Practical assessments with companion and zoo animals, farm livestock and horses
- Examinations - both multiple choice and essay questions
- Presentations - both individually and in small groups
- Essays and technical reports
- Assessed seminars
- Case studies
- Experimental work and laboratory reports
- Poster presentations
This list of careers below are those which this course is recognised for and that previous graduates have been successful in.
Recognised for roles as:
- Animal Trainer
- Animal Training Instructor
Roles which previous graduates have been successful in:
- Animal nutrition trainee
- Retail jobs in the pet industry
- Cattery and Kennel supervisors
- Animal Welfare Officer
- RSPCA technician
- Progression to BSc
Animal ScienceBSc (Hons) Animal Science (Pet Behaviour and Welfare)
Diploma of Higher Education in Animal Science
Diploma of Higher Education in Animal Science (Zoo Management)
Diploma of Higher Education in Animal Science (Livestock Technology)
Animal ManagementDiploma of Higher Education in Animal Management (Pet Behaviour and Welfare)
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