Activate Learning

Degree level: Undergraduate
Awarded by: Kingston University

Companion Animal Behaviour

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Course summary

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The programme provides deeper insight into the behaviour and welfare of a range of companion animal species and application of theory to improve problem behaviours. It is designed to prepare you for a career in the management of companion animal behaviour predominantly, however in year 1 of the course students can explore content relating to other animal species. As many people working in the companion animal industry are business owners, this is incorporated into the course. PROGRAMME MODULES Year 1: (30 credits each) → Animal Behaviour → Animal Health, Welfare and Nutrition → Practical Projects, Enrichment and Training → Professional Development in the Work Environment Year 2: (30 credits each) → Problem Behaviour Management → Business Management → Research Methods → Professional Development in the Work Environment 2 CAREERS You could work in the field of canine and feline behaviour and/or training, or set up your own business to offer services such as dog walking, pet sitting or animal behaviour services. You could also work with charitable organisations involved with re-homing pets.

Course details


Year 1: professional development in the work environment 1 (30 credits), animal behaviour (30 credits), animal health, welfare and nutrition (30 credits), practical projects, enrichment and training (30 credits). Total 120 credits. Year 2: professional development in the work environment 2 (30 credits); research methods (30 credits); problem behaviour management (30 credits); business and events management (30 credits). Total 120 credits.

Assessment method

You will be continually assessed through coursework in the form of written and practical assignments, essays, project work, practical skills tests, oral presentations and written examinations. Most modules will have 2-3 assessments.

How to apply

Application deadlines

If your application is completed by the following date, it’s guaranteed to be considered:

15 January

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Application codes

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Course codeC33D
Institution code O25
Campus nameMerrist Wood College
Campus codeM

Points of entry

The following entry points are available for this course:

  • Year 1

Entry requirements

Qualification requirements

QualificationOfferFurther information
UCAS Tariff 64 points
A level 64 UCAS points normally in science based subjects
Pearson BTEC Level 3 National Extended Diploma (first teaching from September 2016) 64 UCAS points normally in science based subjects
Access to HE Diploma Pass
GCSE/National 4/National 5 Grade 4 at English and maths GCSE and it is advantageous to have a science (biology) or psychology

English language requirements

TestGradeAdditional details
IELTS (Academic)6

Fees and funding

Tuition fees

EU £8000 Year 1
England £8000 Year 1
Northern Ireland £8000 Year 1
Scotland £8000 Year 1
Wales £8000 Year 1

Additional fee information

No additional fees or cost information has been supplied for this course, please contact the provider directly.
Companion Animal Behaviour at Activate Learning - UCAS