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

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

A ‘top up route’ to a BSc honours degree for those who already hold a Foundation Degree, HND or equivalent qualification.

Course Details

  • Department

    Animal Management
  • Qualification

    Level 6
  • Course Type

    Full Time
  • Length

    1 Year
  • Location(s)


Course at a glance

Unleash your potential with the BSc (Hons) Canine and Feline Behaviour and Welfare (top-up) programme, a tailor-made course designed for those passionate about making a difference in the lives of dogs and cats. This innovative programme aims to provide you with the knowledge and skills needed to carve out a successful career in the realm of clinical animal behaviour, welfare or training.



Awarding Body: Harper Adams University

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What you will learn

At the heart of this course lies a commitment to the highest ethical, legal, and professional standards, ensuring that you’re not just prepared for the job market but also poised to lead with integrity and compassion. Dive into the fascinating world of clinical behaviour science and training, mastering the art of identifying, managing, and treating problem behaviours in canines and felines.

But our programme goes beyond just behaviour; it’s an in-depth exploration of the critical issues shaping the industry today, including ethics, legislation, and the economic dynamics driving sustainability. You’ll will gain an understanding of the complex interplay between humans and animals, enriched by insights into training, behaviour modification, and the powerful bond that ties people to their pets.

With a strong foundation in business principles and management skills, this course will help you to expand your opportunities within the sector, whether you’re aiming to excel in a company or steer your own business to success. University Centre Askham Bryan is equipped with its own licensed kennels and cattery. We can offer access to a variety of cat and dog breeds, providing a unique, hands-on experience that brings your learning to life.

Embrace the chance to demonstrate your practical skills through direct involvement with our animal residents, cementing your role as a specialist in the field. With a focus on key clinical training, and behavioural elements, this specialist degree is not just an education—it’s could be a launchpad into a fulfilling career dedicated to enhancing the welfare and behaviour of canines and felines.

This is a ‘top up route’ to a BSc honours degree for those who already hold a level 5 qualification e.g. Foundation Degree, HND or equivalent qualification.

This course is 1-year full time (part-time study may also be available – contact for more information about part-time study).


Core Modules

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

Key Information

Applicants should have achieved:

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



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 directly.

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 Top up/ Foundation Degree/ Extended Foundation Degree/ Higher National Diploma – £9,000

Please note that the fee status of each applicant will be assessed prior to any offer being made (Home Fee or Overseas/International Fee). Where required further information may be requested ensure the correct fee status is allocated. For further information about on studying in the UK and fee status, please visit UKCISA

Non-Home (Overseas Students) on Honours 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.

University Centre Askham Bryan fosters diverse talents and skills through a range of engaging assessment methods tailored to hone industry standard subject skills, as well as transferable skills and graduate attributes. From traditional coursework to time-constrained assessments that sharpen quick thinking, with each assessment opportunity you can showcase your abilities.

Engage in online assessments blending technology with information for adaptable problem-solving. Whilst presentations amplify your voice, and scholarly viva-voce discussions deepen understanding. Practical assessments bridge theory with real-world application, helping to shape your subject expertise. There is also opportunity to undertake applied research as part of an honours research project. With our varied approach, learning isn’t just about meeting standards—it’s about discovering your potential within an educational landscape.

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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