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Canine Behaviour and Training

University Centre Reaseheath

UCAS Code: C06B | Foundation Degree in Science - FdSc

Entry requirements


A minimum of 64 tariff points from A and AS levels. A Science subject is preferred

A minimum of 64 tariff points

Pearson BTEC Level 3 National Diploma (first teaching from September 2016)

MM

in an Animal or Science related subject.

Pearson BTEC Level 3 National Extended Diploma (first teaching from September 2016)

MPP

in an Animal or Science related subject.

UCAS Tariff

64

About this course


Course option

2.0years

Full-time | 2022

Subjects

Animal behaviour

Animal science

Animal health

Animal nutrition

Animal management

With over 12.5 million dogs in the UK and 33% of households now owning a dog (Pet Food Manufacturers Association, 2021) there is an ever growing demand for a range of canine related services including professional dog trainers, behaviourists, groomers, dog walkers, sitters and kennel managers as well as the rehabilitation of rescue dogs, and specialised training for assistance dogs.

The canine behaviour and training sector also has great scope for self-employment and business opportunities.

This foundation degree programme aims to develop the knowledge and skills which are necessary to professionally and ethically undertake canine behaviour and training roles. We do this by balancing theoretical study with applied practical experience.

As a student on this foundation degree you will work in the college kennels with a range of dogs from different disciplines, breeds, sizes and temperaments. You will have the opportunity to undertake training for different purposes, including pet dog training and obedience, gaining industry experience with a number of demonstrations from working dog professionals (including Drug, Tobacco and Explosives detection dogs, sheepdogs, Medical Detection Dogs, personal assistance dogs, and many more). We have a specially-designed on-site professional grooming room, if students wished to gain additional grooming qualifications to broaden their career.

This course is aimed at students who wish to develop a career within the canine industry, but specifically those involving aspects of canine behaviour and training.

As a student studying canine behaviour and training, you will have regular access to the animal-centre facilities at University Centre Reaseheath, which boasts two kennel blocks, and both indoor and outdoor training arenas.

Additionally, students can expect an interactive and personable learning experience that draws upon the expertise of our team of dedicated staff, with whom students can engage in study through the use of our first-class facilities on campus.

There is also the option to complete a further year's study and top-up to a BSc (Hons) degree upon successful completion of the Foundation Degree

Modules

Year 1
• Scientific Data Collection & Analysis
• Canine Husbandry and Welfare
• Introduction to Canine Anatomy and Physiology
• The Dog in Society
• Introduction to Canine Training
• Introduction to Canine Behaviour

Year 2
• Modification of Canine Behavioural Issues
• Fitness and Performance of the Canine Athlete
• Canine Sensory Perception and Behaviour
• Further Dog Training and Instructing Skills
• Work Based Learning for the Land Based Industries
• Experiential Learning
• Research Methods

Assessment methods

Assessments are designed to encourage both academic skills and skills valued in the workplace. They include a combination of coursework and examinations. Coursework may take many forms including: essays, reports, data processing, presentations, academic posters, seminar discussions, interviews, critical reviews, portfolios of evidence and practical competency assessments. The examinations vary, depending on the nature of the module, but may take the form of multiple-choice papers, essays, practical assessments, data handling questions, short answer quizzes, and in class examinations.

Assessments are designed to encourage both academic skills and skills valued in the workplace. They include a combination of coursework and examinations. Coursework may take many forms including: essays, reports, data processing, case studies, presentations, academic posters, seminar discussions, interviews, critical reviews, portfolios of evidence and practical competency assessments. The examinations vary, depending on the nature of the module, but may take the form of multiple-choice papers, essays, practical assessments, data handling questions, short answer quizzes, and in-class examinations.

The balance of assessment by examination and assessment by coursework is as follows:

Year 1
71% coursework
25% written exams
4% Practical

Year 2
71% coursework
21% written exams
8% Practical

Tuition fees

Select where you currently live to see what you'll pay:

Channel Islands
£9,250
per year
England
£9,250
per year
EU
£9,250
per year
International
£12,000
per year
Northern Ireland
£9,250
per year
Scotland
£9,250
per year
Wales
£9,250
per year

The Uni


Course location:

University Centre Reaseheath

Department:

Animal Science

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What students say


We've crunched the numbers to see if overall student satisfaction here is high, medium or low compared to students studying this subject(s) at other universities.

38%
low
Animal behaviour
38%
low
Animal science
38%
low
Animal health
38%
low
Animal nutrition

How do students rate their degree experience?

The stats below relate to the general subject area/s at this university, not this specific course. We show this where there isn’t enough data about the course, or where this is the most detailed info available to us.

Animal science

Teaching and learning

71%
Staff make the subject interesting
90%
Staff are good at explaining things
33%
Ideas and concepts are explored in-depth
43%
Opportunities to apply what I've learned

Assessment and feedback

Feedback on work has been timely
Feedback on work has been helpful
Staff are contactable when needed
Good advice available when making study choices

Resources and organisation

48%
Library resources
67%
IT resources
52%
Course specific equipment and facilities
0%
Course is well organised and has run smoothly

Student voice

Staff value students' opinions
Feel part of a community on my course

Animal management

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