Course TypeFull Time
Course at a glance
This programme is aimed at those wanting to work in the canine and feline behaviour and training sector in industries such as assistance and working dog training and behavioural consultancy and welfare.
Awarding Body: Askham Bryan College
What you will learn
This introductory year will get you ready for level 4 study with in the training and behaviour sector and is ideal for career changers, applicants who are just getting started in the animal sector or if applicants do not meet the entry requirements for the FdSc programmes.
The course will provide learners with underpinning knowledge of animal husbandry, welfare, behaviour and training. There will be an emphasis on the development of communication, academic writing and teamworking skills, and practical skills such monitoring and evaluating behaviour, running behaviour classes and assessing animal welfare. Work placement forms an essential part of the course allowing on the job training and development of further skills to make students more employable.
Making use of the on campus facilities, University Centre Askham Bryan has access to its own training facilities, onsite kennel and cattery facility and well equipped science centre with specialist laboratories. With these resource on site, students have access to a range of fully working and industry specific resources that you can have the ability to get involved with during your study.
Year 1 Modules
- Introduction to Animal Health
- Fundamentals of Biological Sciences
- Principles of Laboratory Work
- Introduction to Research
- Academic and Professional Skills
- Canine and Feline Behaviour
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 – Animal Bond
- Independent Research Project
Applicants should have achieved 5 GCSEs including English, Maths and Science at grade C/4 or above. Equivalent qualifications may be accepted in lieu of GCSEs. In addition applicants must have successfully completed a minimum of one year of Level 3 study and/or have significant industry experience.
Consideration is also given to applicants who have significant industry experience, but have no formal qualifications. Applications from mature candidates are welcomed.
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.
On successful completion, students may wish to consider progressing onto one of the University Centre’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 Ordinary Degree/ BSc Top up/ Foundation Degree/ Extended Foundation Degree – £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/ Ordinary Degree/ Foundation Degree/ Extended Foundation Degree – £14,000
Students 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. 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.
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.
Assessments will be designed to give students the opportunity of performing tasks that they would be asked to do in employment.
There are a range of assessment methods used including training plans, skills audits, behaviour assessments and group discussions.
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.
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.