Canine Clinical Behaviour (Top-Up) at University Centre Reaseheath - UCAS

Course summary

If you have completed your Foundation degree in a canine-related subject, or you already have considerable canine knowledge, why not extend your learning for a year and top-up to a full BSc (Hons) in Canine Clinical Behaviour? Recent figures have shown there are now over 12.5 million dogs in the UK, with 33% of households having a dog (Pet Food Manufacturers Association, 2021), and sharp increases in the number of dogs presenting with behavioural issues (PDSA, 2021). Subsequently, there is an ever-growing demand for a range of canine-related services including professional dog trainers, behaviourists, dog walkers and sitters, kennel managers, rehabilitation of rescue dogs, and specialised training for assistance dogs in several categories, amongst others. This course provides further opportunity for students to build on their knowledge, enhancing professional, academic and transferable skills. The top-up year ensures students develop a broad range of industry-relevant skills, suitable for self-employment or other canine professional roles following graduation.  The emphasis of this course focuses on canine welfare, clinical behaviour and ethical issues associated with domestic dogs throughout a variety of contexts and circumstances. Course Features:

  • Flexible course structure – ideal preparation for working in a range of professional canine related roles involving the welfare, training or behaviour modification of dogs
  • Exciting guest lecturers (with their dogs!)
  • Partnerships with industry
  • All weather training facilities
Career Options:
  • Dog Trainer
  • Dog Behaviourist
  • Working in Charity and Rescue Centres
  • Security Dog work
  • Scent Dog work
  • Assistance Dog work
  • Detection Dog work


  • Clinical Behaviour and Management
  • Dissertation
  • Canine Injury and Rehabilitation
  • Human-Canine Interactions
- Owner Behaviour and Consulting Skills

Assessment method

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, consultations, presentations, academic posters, seminar discussions, interviews, critical reviews and practical competency assessments and online assessments. For example you may be assessed in training plans and assessment canine behaviour to your understanding of the evolution and biology of canids. All assessments will help you develop the essential skills you will need in the industry and as a graduate.

How to apply

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Points of entry

The following entry points are available for this course:

  • Year 1

Entry requirements

Qualification requirements

Successful completion of a Foundation Degree in Canine Behaviour and Training (or equivalent)

Please click the following link to find out more about qualification requirements for this course

Fees and funding

Tuition fees

EU £9250 Year 1
England £9250 Year 1
Northern Ireland £9250 Year 1
Scotland £9250 Year 1
Wales £9250 Year 1
Channel Islands £9250 Year 1
International £11800 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

Students may wish to purchase their own personal copies of recommended set-texts to assist them with their studies. A full list of recommended texts is made available prior to enrolment, however, our campus library boasts sufficient stocks of all major texts to support student learning, and the purchasing of texts is therefore advised but not compulsory.
Canine Clinical Behaviour (Top-Up) at University Centre Reaseheath - UCAS