Extended FdSc Canine, Feline Behaviour and Training

Course Details

  • Department

    Animal Management
  • Qualification

    Level 5
  • Course Type

    Full Time
  • Length

    3 Years
  • Location(s)


Course at a glance

If you are interested in the captivating world of canine and feline behaviour and training then the Extended FdSc programme may be for you. Designed to ignite your passion and help to propel your career, this comprehensive course blends academic study with invaluable work experience, setting you on the path to success in this exciting field.



Awarding Body: Askham Bryan College

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What you will learn

Whether you’re a career changer, a newcomer to the animal sector, or seeking to enhance your existing knowledge, our introductory year provides the perfect foundation for your journey, guided by academic experts who are passionate about your success.

The introductory year lays the groundwork for Level 4 study, providing essential vocational and academic skills while enhancing your knowledge of training and behaviour. Whether you’re a career changer, a newcomer to the animal sector, or simply looking to expand your horizons, this programme offers the perfect launchpad into the canine and feline training and behaviour sector.

From assistance and working dog training to behavioural consultancy and welfare, the opportunities are endless. Gain a solid foundation in animal husbandry, welfare, behaviour, and training, supported by expert faculty dedicated to your growth and development.

This course is not just about theory; practical skills are at the forefront of our programme. Hone your communication, academic writing, and teamwork abilities, while mastering essential tasks such as behaviour monitoring, running behaviour classes, and assessing animal welfare.

Work placements provide invaluable hands-on experience, allowing you to apply your learning in real-world settings and further enhance your employability. And with access to our on campus canine training facilities, commercial kennel and cattery, and specialised science laboratories, you’ll have everything you need to excel in your studies.

This course could unlock your potential in the dynamic world of canine and feline behaviour and training supporting you to make a meaningful impact in the lives of animals and their human companions.

This course is 3-years full time (part-time study may also be available โ€“ contact he@askham-bryan.ac.uk for more information about part-time study).


Year 1 Modules

  • Introduction to Animal Health
  • Fundamentals of Biological Sciences
  • Principles of Laboratory Work
  • Introduction to Research
  • Academic and Professional Skills


Year 2 Modules

  • Applied Health and Husbandry
  • Canine and Feline Welfare
  • Human and Animal Cognition
  • Biological Basis of Behaviour
  • Academic Writing and Research
  • Canine and Feline Behaviour

Year 3 Modules

  • Theory of Animal Training
  • Applied Animal Training
  • Dog School Instructing
  • Problem Behaviour Management
  • Human โ€“ Animal Bond
  • Independent Research Project



Key Information

For admission to all courses, students must have achieved passes (Grade 4 or above, or equivalence) in a minimum of five GCSE subjects including English, Mathematics and Science or have passed a Level 2 Diploma.


UK based students may be invited to attend an interview at Askham Bryan College and places will be subject to a satisfactory reference and may also require satisfactory completion of an assessment.

Equivalent qualifications may be considered.

Applications from mature students are welcomed. Applicants will be assessed on individual experience.

On successful completion, students may wish to consider progressing onto one of the University Centreโ€™s animal related top-up courses, allowing students to graduate with a BSc or BSc(Hons) degree.

Students alternatively may wish to consider careers in a variety of industries focused on animal management, animal nutritionist, animal health inspector and or animal charity work.

UK, Isle of Man and Channel Isles Students on BSc Honours Degree/ BSc Top up/ Foundation Degree/ Extended Foundation Degree – ยฃ9,000

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 – ยฃ14,000

โ€ฏStudents need to complete 300 hours over the three years, with 50 of those being in the first year. Work placement is completed with an external provider which is arranged by the student.ย ย 

All work placements are subject to a health and safety check by the college to ensure that placements are suitable and safe. Support can be made available via the module tutor to help locate a suitable placement.ย 


If you are already working in the sector, it may be possible to APEL (Accreditation of Prior Experiential Learning) this element of the course. Evidence of such employment will be needed, outlining duties etc for consideration at the APL panel, where applications will be considered on an individual basis. If you have any queries in relation to this, then please contact the University Centre team directly.ย 

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.

With our varied approach, learning isn’t just about meeting standardsโ€”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 some extra costs as part of this course, which you will need to pay for yourself.

Below is a link to a list with approximate additional course cost to help with your budgeting.

Additional Course Costs (UCAB)

International Trip Opportunities

Our students get great opportunities for study trips abroad to experience some amazing places such as Borneo, South Africa, Bangkok, Tenerife and even sunny South Wales.


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