The Course

This distance / blended learning programme is aimed at students who have already completed a Foundation Degree or equivalent.

It aims to build on the skills and knowledge that were developed during related level 5 qualifications, whilst adding additional skills and knowledge with respect to canine behaviour and training. The programme promotes motivational, positive reinforcement training techniques.

It will enable the student to develop their knowledge, skills and understanding of the subject specialism while embedding the necessary expertise to critically evaluate the concepts and apply them to real-world situations. Emphasis is placed on the integration of applied knowledge and skills across a range of disciplines.

The intention is to provide a flexible learning environment that will encourage students to achieve their full potential within a structured and vigorous framework. 

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  • What You Study

    Year 1:

    • Veterinary and Holistic Behaviour Modification
    • Counselling and Psychology
    • Dissertation  

    Year 2:

    • Animal Cognition
    • Advanced Learning Theory
    • Dissertation (cont.)
  • Entry Requirements

    • Applicants should have a relevant Level 5 qualification.
    • Applicants need an appropriate academic reference.
    • Life and / or experience of non-traditional students will be taken into account when considering applications. The successful completion of an entry task may be required when considering applications without the required formal entry qualifications.
    • If your first language is not English, or a Tier 4 student visa to study is required and GCSE grade C / 4 English or equivalent is not held, English language proficiency level such as International English Language Testing System (IELTS) 6.0 overall (with a minimum 5.5 in each skill) will need evidencing.
  • Contact Time

    Lectures are delivered in three-hour sessions per week in the evenings, 6-9pm GMT. On occasions, this may be split over two evenings.

    In addition to the three hours in class, you will have additional tasks / activities set each week which need to be completed at a time to suit you during that week.

    In total, contact time will be approximately four hours a week to include lectures, seminars, asynchronous sessions, support sessions.

    Students are also expected to carry out private study in addition to contact time (as a guide, each 20 credit module requires 200 hours of study time inclusive of lecture time).

  • Learning and Teaching Approach

    This programme is delivered with a variety of learning and teaching approaches to include all students learning styles and preferences.

    For all modules, theory lectures are delivered that aim to deliver the core content and provide the underpinning knowledge. Using the webinar software, staff are able to monitor engagement to ensure participations. To complement all theory lectures, students have asynchronous seminars that are used to reinforce concepts delivered theoretically.

    Online webinars focus on facilitating a student centred approach to enhance the independent learning that takes place outside of the webinar lecture sessions.

  • How You're Assessed

    Assessment includes written assignments, presentations and project work.  There are no formal examinations.

    Opportunities for feedback on assessments are available prior to the final submission to support student development and achievement.

    Staff aim to return assessed work within a 15 working day timeframe (not including holidays) in order that students can most benefit from the feedback.   

  • Progression

    Graduates may choose to progress to the MSc Applied Animal Behaviour and Training or MSc Animal Behaviour and Welfare, which are available through blended learning at University Centre Bishop Burton.

  • Careers

    Graduates can pursue careers such as: Dog trainer, behaviour consultant, assistance dog trainer, detection dog trainer, service dog trainer, Customs and Excise handler, training dogs for commercial work, rescue and rehabilitation work. 

  • Equipment Required / Additional Costs

    For your course, you will need:

    • Students will require regular access to a computer with a broadband Internet connection in order to participate in webinars, download learning materials, watch recorded webinars and submit assignments. A headset with microphone will be required for participation in webinars and on-line tutorials
    • Appropriate software is required: Microsoft Office and OpenOffice (freeware) are the only office suites supported
    • A wide range of resources are available for use both on and offsite for dissertation projects but it may not be possible to purchase/service all requests therefore students need to be aware that they may need to self-fund some elements.
    • Dogs are not required to attend the College for this programme and therefore are not permitted on the college campus. We understand that you may need to house your dog for the weekend and the College has a commercial boarding kennels that can be contacted on 01964 553138 or email
    • For any student that requires the use of an assistance dog, prior arrangements must be made with the programme leaders to ensure suitable facilities and provision is provided.

      PLEASE NOTE: The college has a strict policy of not allowing dogs to be left in vehicles.
  • How To Apply

    Application is through our online application form.

  • Download Programme Guide

    Download our programme guide to find out more about the BSc (Hons) Canine Behaviour Management (Top Up) programme.

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