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 (Hons) Canine and Feline Behaviour and Welfare has been designed to equip students with the knowledge and skill to enter jobs associated with the canine and feline sector.



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What you will learn

With an emphasis on ethical, legal and professional standards of conduct for those working with canines and felines. The programme also focuses 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. Students 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 with in a company.

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. Demonstrating practical skills on the animals underpin some of the key clinical, training and behavioural elements of the specialist degree.


Year 1 Modules

• Dissertation

The aim of this module is to enable the student to further develop skills in the collection, analysis and evaluation of information from a range of sources on an agreed topic. The module provides an opportunity for the student to conduct independent research by deploying established techniques of analysis and enquiry, as well as acquiring new research skills. The module enables students to extend knowledge learnt at Level 4 and 5 and apply it to specific situations.

• Research Methods

The module aims to provide students with the knowledge and understanding of different research philosophies and methodologies. Students will develop skills in identifying and critiquing research methodologies as well as undertaking analysis and evaluation of results.

• Business Leadership and Management

In addition to their subject specific skills, students preparing for the world of work will need a range of transferable skills in various areas. This module aims to equip the learner with a skill set to enable them to lead and manage in an organisational or team context. The average graduate will be employed in or expected to progress on to a management role within an organisation to do this the skills of leadership and management are essential.

• Health and Behaviour

Health and Behaviour focuses on the development of behaviour as well as the effects of both internal and external factors on their behaviour. The module will investigate the interactions between health and behaviour and how behaviour can be an indication of affective neuroscience. This module will provide the students with the ability to identify the underlying emotion or motivation for particular behaviours which will link with Clinical Behaviour Science module in making differential diagnoses for problematic behaviours.

• Industry Related Animal Training

The purpose of this module is to enable students to acquire and apply advanced animal training techniques, and their associated theories, in a range of specialised industries. The students will learn to apply these training techniques and learning theories to a range of specialist industries, such as assistance dogs, detection work, and clinical behaviour. The industries covered are highly relevant in terms of progression. Having developed these vital industry skills, student will be more prepared for advancing in to the training industry. The module will proved the students an in-depth understanding of the different industries. Students develop their ability to critical evaluate the theory and practice of current training methods. They will also be able to develop and refine their practical application of these advance training methods.

• Clinical Behaviour Science

Clinical Behaviour Science focuses on the variety of techniques that can be used to manage and treat various problematic behaviours. This is an important science within industry as it develops your skills to understand and deal with a variety of problem behaviours in both dogs and cats whether from the pet industry or within rescue centres. This module will develop on from the clinical skills module in level 5 and will provide the students with the knowledge of how psychopharmalogical interventions and alternative therapies can be used in clinical behaviour. This module will provide vital information on the set up of this specific business and the limitations of the clinician.

• Animal Legislation and Ethics

The aim of this module is to allow learners to develop critical awareness with regard to ethical frameworks and UK law that apply to areas of animal industry, in particular animal behaviour and animal welfare practice. Learners will also consider global legislation and the application and impact of this legislation on animal welfare. Learners will thoroughly consider their own ethical standpoints as well as those of others in order to critically reflect and justify these positions.

• Organising Classes (Level 5)

This module will develop practical skills in planning, managing and delivering training classes. Students will complete 150 hours of work placement by shadowing, participating and managing dog training classes. Students will explore a variety of different types of classes as well as discussing the use of games and competitions within these classes and how they can improve motivation and learning with clients. This module is designed to further develop students’ employment skills to enable them to reflect on their continuing personal and professional development needs for the future. Students will set themselves an appropriate action plan to lead to successful employment and a career pathway within their industry.

• Training and Learning Theory (Level 5)

This module is specifically aimed at analysing the training techniques, timing and use of rewards. They will be required to develop their critical thinking throughout and identify the use of these techniques in a range of species. The learners will as part of their assessment, be required to complete a mini research project testing the use of some of these techniques and learning theory.

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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