BSc/BSc (Hons) Canine and Feline Behaviour and Welfare (Top-Up)* -

BSc/BSc (Hons) Canine and Feline Behaviour and Welfare (Top-Up)*

A ‘top up route’ to a BSc honours degree or BSc ordinary degree, for those who already hold a Foundation Degree, HND or equivalent qualification. *Subject o validation for 2023 entry

Course Details

  • Department

    Animal Management
  • Qualification

    Level 6
  • Course Type

    Full Time
  • Length

  • Location(s)


Course at a glance

The BSc/BSc (Hons) Canine and Feline Behaviour and Welfare (top-up) programme has aims to equip you with the knowledge and skills to enter jobs associated with canines and felines, with a focus around clinical animal behaviour.



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What you will learn

The programme has an emphasis on ethical, legal and professional standards of conduct for those working with canines and felines. You will also focus on clinical behaviour science and training and how problem behaviours can be managed and effectively treated. Areas relating to ethics and legislation and economic factors affecting the sustainability of the industry are particularly highlighted in the course. You will study training and behaviour as well as the interrelationship between humans and animals. Knowledge of business principles and management skills is also developed, allowing students to work effectively at management level within a company and/or manage your own business.

Making use of the on-campus facilities, University Centre Askham Bryan has access to its own licensed kennels and cattery. We work in partnership with the RSPCA in housing a range of different breeds of cats and dogs for students to take full use and management of while they are in our care. Opportunities to demonstrate practical skills underpins some of the key clinical, training and behavioural elements of the specialist degree.


Core Modules

  • Research Project
  • Canine and Feline Psychology
  • Industry Related Animal Training
  • Clinical Animal Behaviour
  • Clinical Welfare, Ethics and Law

Key Information

BSc (Hons) Top Up*

Merit or above in a Foundation Degree (FdSc) or an HND in an appropriate subject.

BSc (Ord) Top Up*

Pass or above in a Foundation Degree (FdSc) or an HND in an appropriate subject.

An initial assessment process may be used to inform the College of your current status. Some students may be asked to attend an interview.

Applicants who believe they may be eligible for Accreditation of Prior Certificated and/or Experiential Learning (APCL/APEL) will be considered on an individual basis. If you have any queries in relation to entry qualifications, then please contact the University Centre team directly.

Prospective students will be invited to an applicant day, some students may also be called for an interview.

Students studying the course may enter a wide variety of roles in the industry as an behavioural consultant, kennel manager, welfare officer, technical advisor, assistance dog trainer.

Many students may progress further onto a Masters, PhD or other professional body courses.

UK, Isle of Man and Channel Isles Students on BSc Honours Degree/ BSc Ordinary Degree/ BSc Top up/ Foundation Degree/ Extended Foundation Degree/ Higher National Diploma – £9,000

Non-Home (Overseas Students) on Honours Degree/ Ordinary Degree/ Foundation Degree/ Extended Foundation Degree – £14,000

There is no requirement for students to undertake work experience as part of the top-up degree.

However, we would always encourage students to continue their professional development with undertaking experience in their own time.

Assessments will be designed to give students the opportunity of performing tasks that they would be asked to do in employment.

There is a range of assessment methods used, including reports, case studies, presentations, Viva -Voce, continual assessments and exams. Typically each module involves two assessments.

In addition to tuition fees and accommodation if applicable, students will need to budget for extra costs as part of this course and will be responsible to cover them.

The below course cost lists with approximate charges will help with your budgeting.

Additional Course Costs


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