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Certificate of Higher Education in Canine Studies

Writtle University College
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Postgraduate Education
1 year
Full time
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Certificate of Higher Education in Canine Studies

This one-year full-time course is a unique blend of the biological and therapeutic sciences relating to canines, the way they work, how they behave, and what can are the therapeutic options to improve their well-being. Students will be taught by a range of skilled scientists and clinicians with extensive experience of canine. Due to its vocational characteristic, the course includes a substantial amount of practicals delivered in class. We will cover a wide variety of topics such as Anatomy and Physiology and Biomechanics for foundation knowledge.

The Certificate of Higher Education in Canine Studies provides a balance of vocation and academic study that is intellectually challenging, vocationally relevant and provide foundations to pursue a progressive career working with dogs. Academic knowledge and understanding reinforce and support the development of vocational skills, equipping the students with the abilities and the knowledge relevant to their employment or the need of their employers.

The aims of the programme are to:

  • Build on basic scientific principles to develop an relevant academic knowledge of the canine
  • Evaluate normal and abnormal movement patterns in the dog
  • To handle canines safely in a therapeutic setting understanding behavioural principles while assessing
  • Learn about 1st Aid Training and its application

Suitability - Who should attend?

  • UCAS Tariff Points: 48
  • GCE A Levels: 848 UCAS tariff points, to include one GCE A level grade C or above
  • Irish Certificate: 48 UCAS tariff points, to include 2 x B3 or H3 higher
  • Scottish Highers: 48 UCAS tariff points, to include 1 x B & 1 x C
  • International Baccalaureate (IB) Diploma: Total (IB) Diploma point score of 24 or more
  • BTEC Level 3 Extended Diploma: PPP
  • BTEC Level 3 Diploma: MP
  • GCSEs: All applicants must hold a minimum of four GCSE passes at grade C/4 or above to include English, Maths and Science.

Training Course Content

Stage One

Semester 1

  • Introduction to Professional Skills
  • Canine Anatomy and Physiology
  • Introduction to Animal Biomechanics
  • Canine Behaviour Management

Semester 2

  • Introduction to Professional Skills
  • Functional Anatomy
  • Nutrition and Feeding
  • Introduction to Canine Therapy

Course delivery details

Learning & Teaching Methods

The following list shows the variety of learning and teaching methods experienced on this course.

  • Lectures
  • Tutorials
  • Seminars
  • Theoretical learning
  • Practical learning
  • Group work
  • Independent learning

The acquisition of knowledge and understanding is approached through an emphasis on student-centred learning. Integration of theoretical and practical learning ensures the strong vocational focus as a priority in the provision.

Why choose Writtle University College

Ranked Top University-Sector Institution in East Anglia for overall student satisfaction!

*Based on NSS 2021 Based on Taught Data

Beautiful rural campus situated between London and the coast.

Rated ‘Good’ by Ofsted


Home Students


  • £9,250


  • £1,156 per 15 credit module
  • £2,312 per 30 credit module

International Students (Including EU students)


  • £12,450

Continuing Studies

With a basic grounding in the science of canine health graduates can find employment to assist in a rescue centre, a kennel, or a dog crèche. Alternatively, students have the option to undertake further studies: after the Certificate of Higher Education in Canine Studies students could progress onto the Diploma of Higher Education in Canine Studies.

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Writtle University College

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