Canine Behaviour and Training at University Centre Reaseheath - UCAS

Course summary

With 33% of households having a dog there has never been a better time to pursue a role within the canine industry! If you have the passion and commitment to work not only with dogs, but also with their owners, this is the degree for you! This course will allow you to develop a broad range of industry specific skills. Emphasis is placed on understanding canine behaviour and the principles of training in the first year, before applying these to understanding how canine behaviour can be modified, how to progress training and working within different canine disciplines in the second year. Course Features:

  • Exciting guest lecturers (with their dogs!)
  • Experience with different breeds
  • Partnerships with industry
  • All weather training facilities
  • Canine behaviour modifications
Career Options:
  • Canine rehabilitation
  • Welfare officer
  • Kennel manager
  • Dog trainer
  • Canine behaviourist
  • Working in charity and rescue centres
  • Working with service dogs
  • Training Instructor


Year 1 • Scientific Data Collection & Analysis • Canine Health, Husbandry and Welfare • Introduction to Canine Anatomy and Physiology • Canines in Society • Introduction to Canine Training • Introduction to Canine Behaviour Year 2 • Modification of Canine Behavioural Issues • Canine Athlete in Industry • Canine Sensory Perception and Behaviour • Further Dog Training and Instructing Skills • Work Based Learning for the Land Based Industries • Experiential Learning • Research Methods

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, 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 depends to some extent on the optional modules you choose. The approximate percentage of the course assessed by coursework is as follows: Year 1 75% coursework 25% written exams Year 2 79% coursework 21% written exams

How to apply

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Points of entry

The following entry points are available for this course:

  • Year 1
  • Year 2

Entry requirements

Qualification requirements

Mature students (aged 21+) will be considered on an individual basis on their prior knowledge and experience. This may be assessed by interview, completion of coursework/essay or other methods. There may be a requirement for a formal qualification to be completed first e.g. Access to HE course.

Additional entry requirements


Practical experience working with dogs is preferential. Interviews will be used to help make decisions on borderline applications and those where the Programme Leader needs to gain further information.

Student Outcomes

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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 £12000 Year 1

Additional fee information

Students have the opportunity to engage in both domestic and overseas learning opportunities with which to enhance their classroom-based learning experience. These may include opportunities to join field courses within locations such as South Africa, Central America and the UK. The main emphasis placed on these field courses is the development of professional skills and the application of students’ knowledge in a novel, stimulating, yet challenging environment. Costs associated with the field courses range from £500 – £1,000 (UK), and between £2,200 – £2,800 (Central America & South Africa). Please note that precise pricing of all field courses is subject to change, pending availability and recruitment. Students may also 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 has sufficient stocks of all major texts to support student learning, and the purchasing of texts is therefore advised, but not compulsory. Equipment costs Additional costs may include the purchase of Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) in order to undertake practical activities in the Animal Centre. These should include at least one pair of overalls (preferably blue/green) and a pair of steel toe-capped work boots/wellington boots. Additionally, students may wish to purchase other suitable outdoor wear in preparation for bad weather (i.e. waterproof/windproof coat). The above items can be purchased either independently or through the online shop. Students may also wish to purchase the following training equipment: Halti training leads (large) Clicker Treat training pouch – whichever type you prefer (costs vary). You can use anything from a bumbag to a custom dog training pouch: Belt clip on silicone treat pouch Pouch bag Waist pouch Approximately £20 for all training equipment (prices of training equipment are subject to change dependent on retailer).
Canine Behaviour and Training at University Centre Reaseheath - UCAS