FdSc Canine and Feline Behaviour and Training

Course Details

  • Department

    Animal Management
  • Qualification

    Level 5
  • Course Type

    Full Time
  • Length

    2 Years
  • Location(s)


Course at a glance

Delve into the captivating world of canine and feline management with our Foundation Degree in Canine and Feline Behaviour and Training programme. Designed to help prepare you for a rewarding career in the animal industry, this comprehensive course focuses on the skills and knowledge essential for working with our beloved four-legged companions.



Awarding Body: Askham Bryan College

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What you will learn

From understanding behaviour and welfare needs to mastering the art of training and managing cats and dogs, our programme covers all aspects crucial for success in this industry. With a strong emphasis on practical skills and critical thinking, we support you to become a confident and independent professional, equipped with specialist knowledge that can set you apart in the industry.

Immerse yourself in real-world learning experiences through applied work placement, including hands-on training in our commercially licensed kennels and cattery. Our facilities provide a nurturing environment where you can develop and hone your skills whilst working with diverse range of breeds.

At University Centre Askham Bryan, we don’t just teach; we provide opportunities for you to demonstrate and apply your knowledge in a practical setting. This course could unlock your potential to make a meaningful difference in the lives of companion animals.

This course is 2-years full time (part-time study may also be available – contact he@askham-bryan.ac.uk for more information about part-time study).

Year 1 Modules

Year 1 (Level 4) Core Modules include

  • 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 2 Modules

Year 2 (Level 5) Modules include

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

Key Information

Applicants should have achieved:

  • 48 UCAS Points (2024/25 entry)
  • 64 UCAS Points (2025/26 entry)

• 5 GCSE’s including Maths English and Science at Grade C/4 or above. Equivalent qualifications may be accepted in lieu of GCSE’s. Applicants must have successfully completed a full Level 3 study and/or have significant industry experience.

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 directly.

On successful completion, students may wish to consider progressing onto the BSc (Hons) Canine and Feline Behaviour and Welfare top up, allowing students to graduate with a BSc or BSc(Hons) degree.

Students studying the course may enter a wide variety of roles in the industry.  This includes animal trainer, animal behaviourist, kennel and cattery management, animal charity work and or animal nutritionist

UK, Isle of Man and Channel Isles Students on BSc Honours 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/Foundation Degree/ Extended Foundation Degree – £14,000

This programme requires students to undertake 300 hours of work placement across the 2 year programme. 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.

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

Overalls £15- £30

Steel toe cap boots £25- £50

Warm waterproof coat £30- £100

Lab safety glasses £10

White lab coat £10- £20

Optional course trips £20 – £2000 (Dependant on the trip/tour)

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