Animal Behaviour and Training with Canine (Clinical) (with Foundation Year) at Hartpury University - UCAS

Hartpury University

Degree level: Undergraduate

Animal Behaviour and Training with Canine (Clinical) (with Foundation Year)

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Course summary

Develop the skills and expertise to transform your passion for training animals into a fulfilling career with this Animal Behaviour and Training (Clinical) (with Foundation Year) degree. Access our 70-species animal collection and benefit from our connections with animal trainers, scientists and behaviourists across the UK. Around 57% of all UK households (16.2 million) are home to pets, numbering up to 38 million animals*. With around 12 million dogs and 11 million cats, as well as many more animals, including those held in zoological collections, skills and expertise in animal behaviour and training are in high demand. You’ll gain an in depth understanding of the key topics in the field of animal behaviour and training. Core subjects will range from management and training of the animal, to the physiology of animal behaviour. Engagement with practical activities, industry placements and real-world case studies throughout the course will prepare you for a future career in a diverse sector - from routine training for husbandry right through to managing animals with problematic behaviours. This course and its training are underpinned by the strictest ethics and supported by the latest scientific evidence. You’ll learn from the latest advances in the field and use industry-standard technologies. *UK Pet Food 2023 Aligned to the ABTC Programme Recognition Committee This programme has been aligned to the Animal Behaviour & Training Council (ABTC) Programme Recognition Committee to deliver the academic elements necessary for an individual to achieve ABTC recognition (pending confirmation) as: Animal Trainer (AT) – during year 1 Animal Training Instructor (ATI) – during year 2 Animal Behaviour Technician (ABT) – during year 2 Clinical Animal Behaviourist (CAB) – during year 3 It is in the process of applying for ABTC recognised Programme status. An individual who has met the ABTC knowledge and understanding (academic) requirements, and who wishes to be ABTC registered will then need to undertake an assessment of the performance criteria via an ABTC Practitioner Organisation.


Our modules are developed regularly to reflect student and industry demands, ensuring you’re well prepared to enter skilled employment on graduation. Most courses also include work placement learning, to help you gain essential experience for your future. Modules include: Foundation Skills Development, Academic Skills in Practice (Internship), Reviewing Literature, Foundation Animal Studies, Foundation Biological Principles, Introduction to Animal Learning and Training, Animal Health and Disease, Professional and Academic Skills in Animal Biology, Anatomy and Physiology, Animal Genetics, Professional Practice in the Animal Sector, Management and Training of the Animal, Physiology of Animal Behaviour, Understanding and Preventing Problematic Animal Behaviour, Professional Skills for Veterinary Paraprofessionals, Research Methods for Agricultural and Animal Scientists, Dissertation, Advanced Animal Training, Anthrozoology, Cognitive Ethology, Clinical Case Studies for Veterinary Paraprofessionals Modules are sometimes subject to change. Optional modules change each year - you can attend introductory sessions before deciding which ones to study. For more information, please visit

How to apply

Application codes

Please select a course option – you will then see the application code you need to use to apply for the course.

Points of entry

The following entry points are available for this course:

  • Foundation

International applicants

We have a strong global community, with students and staff from over 60 countries. Our dedicated International team will support you through every step of your university journey – from initial enquiry to enrolment and graduation. They’ll guide you through living and learning in the UK, making your application, visas, student finance, accommodation and much more. You’ll be welcomed to an International Orientation weekend, where they’ll arrange for you to be collected from your airport on arrival and support you to settle in to university life in your first term. As an international student, you’re guaranteed accommodation in your first year, see website for terms and conditions.

Entry requirements

Qualification requirements

In addition to the above, we require a minimum of five GCSEs at grade 9-4 (A*-C), to include English and Maths. We will consider equivalencies including but not limited to functional skills level 2, Irish Ordinary level, National 5s, IB standard level. We will consider combinations of level three qualifications. We welcome applications from individuals with equivalent, non-UK qualifications and mature students (over 21). We may interview as part of the application process.

Fees and funding

Tuition fees

England £9250 Year 1
Northern Ireland £9250 Year 1
Scotland £9250 Year 1
Wales £9250 Year 1
Channel Islands £9250 Year 1
Republic of Ireland £9250 Year 1

Tuition fee status depends on a number of criteria and varies according to where in the UK you will study. For further guidance on the criteria for home or overseas tuition fees, please refer to the UKCISA website .

Additional fee information

For full fee details including sandwich year, international tuition fees and additional costs relating to this programme please visit the course page on our website.

Sponsorship information


Animal Behaviour and Training with Canine (Clinical) (with Foundation Year) at Hartpury University - UCAS