FdSc Canine and Feline Industries




3 year(s) Part Time

Start Date:


Summary & Entry Requirements

Course Includes

With an estimated 16 million dogs and cats being kept in the UK, the supporting industries have grown extensively. In particular, the pet food, animal behaviour, and complementary therapy industries have seen an expansive growth with increasing demand for professional recognition. This course will allow students to specialise in behaviour, nutrition or hydrotherapy whilst expanding their knowledge and practice to the highest levels of industry standards.

Lessons will involve activities including group discussions and debates on the latest research in the field of animal science, while the part time route will include online delivery that can be completed at a time convenient to you.

Full use of the College’s facilities is made, with topics such as gait analysis, measuring behaviour, and training techniques employed within modules. You will also have access to the fully equipped biosciences lab for activities such as dissections and microscope work.

You will be assessed using a range of methods, which include vivas, vocational skills at a chosen work placement, industrial projects, academic posters and conference-style presentations, which will enable you to develop a wide range of skills important to graduate employers.

Principal Qualification

FdSc Canine and Feline Industries



Entry Requirements

Please see the typical offer list below. A wide range of qualifications are accepted. Applicants may also be offered a place on the basis of their experience. We would welcome and encourage applications from mature students or people currently working in industry such as Dog/Cat Hydro therapist, Dog/Cat Groomers & Animal Nutritionist who are seeking Continuing Professional Development or part time opportunities.

• UCAS – BTEC Extended Diploma Tariff points : 96
• Scottish Tariff points : 128
• 14-19 Diploma Tariff points : 96
• You will need 88 UCAS Tariff points from 3 A levels (or their equivalent)

Holders of either of the two COAPE qualifications listed below are able to APCL modules as prior learning. There is an admin fee of £150 to process the APCL application after which the fee will be £1500 per 20 credits.

• L4 Diploma in the Principles of Companion Animal Behaviour and Training; DipCABT (RQF Level 4)
• L5 Diploma in the Practical Application of Companion Animal Behaviour and Training; DipCABT (RQF Level 5):

Facilities & Location

Course Facilities


£22 per night (half board) at the Holcot site – Please email hotel.services@moulton.ac.uk to arrange a booking.

  •  The cost is £22 per night (half board) at Holcot.

  • Bed and Breakfast only = £16 per day

  • Breakfast is available from 8am and Dinner is from 5.00 pm to 5.30 pm, sandwiches etc for lunch are available to purchase at breakfast. 

Animal Welfare Centre

Our Animal welfare centre houses over 100 species of common and exotic mammals such as sugar gliders, birds, cold water and tropical fish, invertebrates, amphibians and reptiles.

The animal accommodation includes specialist housing such as a cattery, aviaries, reptile room and paddocks that contain the large mammals such as Kune Kune pigs, a llama, alpaca, Bennett’s wallaby and rhea.

The college is currently a member of the Pet Care Trust, holds a Pet Shop licence and is in the process of applying for a Dangerous Wild Animal licence so that the range of species kept can be increased. Best practice in all aspects of animal husbandry is promoted at all times at the centre, which is run to commercial standards so that students develop a deeper understanding of the industry they wish to enter.


All classrooms at the college are fitted out with modern and specialist equipment related to the area of study. They are also regularly upgraded to ensure they remain state of the art and provide inspirational places to learn and grow your knowledge.

Dog Grooming

The animal welfare centre has an extensive commercial grooming parlour with a fully equipped studio containing the latest equipment, which means we can ensure clients’ animals will leave looking good enough for Crufts!

Electric tables ensure dogs of every size can be groomed safely, full-size baths and a drying cabinet are available, while our experienced and qualified groomers also offer nail clipping, anal gland and ear cleaning too.

A modern kenneling block completes the facility and ensures animals awaiting treatment or collection are housed in total comfort.

IT Facilities

Significant investment has been made in I.T. facilities over recent years, teaching is enhanced with IT in the majority of classrooms and a number of I.T. Suites operate throughout the different campuses utilising a mixture of PC’s, Laptops and Netbooks.  A cutting edge Virtual Desktop Infrastructure (VDI) system means that Students at all sites receive a consistent IT experience. 

Fast WiFi networks cover the majority of the campus, and students are enabled to bring their own devices for use during informal study periods. 

We run Microsoft Windows and Office 2010 with a range of specialist software to support each curriculum area.  Each student is provided with a College email address and a home area to store their files alongside this 24/7 access from home is available to the College’s Virtual Learning Environment (VLE) where lesson notes, interactive study aids, and videos support and reinforce teaching from both the classroom and practical sessions.

Learning Resource Centres

The college has learning resource centres at the main Moulton site, at the East Northants, South Northants and Daventry vocational skills academies. The Moulton LRC provides access for 240 people, including a designated IT area for our higher education students.

Each learning resource centre offers a range of services such as libraries, careers advice, learning support and study spaces, as well as access to resources including books, journals, newspapers, trade literature, online resources and DVDs.

Each centre also has a computer suite that provides access to network drives, the internet and Moodle, as well as hardware such as printers, copiers and scanners. Specialist software includes AutoCAD and packages for horse management, farm management, garden design, accounting, statistics and mind mapping.

For anyone requiring additional support, the learning resource centres at Moulton and at the vocational skills academies offer learning support, where needs can be discussed and arrangements put in place.

Course Location

Moulton Campus
Moulton Campus

Moulton College is one of the longest established Colleges in the country. This history of providing education and training gives the campus a unique feel, combining tradition with the latest and most up to date resources.

Moulton now provides a wide range of courses specialising in the natural, built and recreational environment, which is not only spacious and attractive, but provides an ideal location in which to study.

The College is proud of its record since beoming an independent Further Education Corporation in 1992. The number of students has increased significantly, and the courses on offer now range from pre-entry through to degree and post-graduate level. Staffing breadth and expertise have increased, and the buildings and specialist resources are now amongst the best in Great Britain.

Moulton is situated close to major motorway networks and main railway lines, provising easy access from all parts of the country.

Course Content &Careers

Teaching and Learning

This course is designed to enable you to explore in depth how cats and dogs function, both physiologically and behaviourally, whilst applying the knowledge to your own relevant industry area.

Download the Detailed Programme Specification.

All students will need to confirm their stream choice prior to enrolment on the course. One stream choice will need to be selected from the list below Year 1
• Anatomy and Physiology
• Behaviour and Communication
• Genetics and Breeds
• Study Skills for HE Science
• Health and First Aid
• Business and Legislation
• Basic Nutrition

Year 2
• Exercise and Biomechanics
• Handling and Training
• Research Methods

All students will need to confirm their stream choice prior to enrolment on the course. One stream choice will need to be selected from the list below:

- Applications of Hydrotherapy
- Principles of Hydrotherapy

- Feed Manufacturing and Production
- Specialist Diets

- Learning and Cognition
-Treating Behaviour Problems

In addition to normal attendance a 25-day industrial placement is required in your 2nd year relevant to your stream choice. Hydrotherapy students will need their placement to be in a Canine Hydrotherapy Association (CHA) approved practice.

Full-Time attendance with normal weekly engagement is as follows:
• Week 1: Friday 22/09/2017 – Monday 25/09/2017
• Week 2: Friday 24/11/2017 – Monday 27/11/2017
• Week 3: Friday 12/01/2018 – Monday 15/01/2018
• Week 4: Friday 09/03/2018 – Monday 15/01/2018
• Week 5: Friday 11/05/2018 – Monday 14/05/2018

Part-time attendance with normal weekly engagement is as above but three days will end on the Sunday of the week.

To undertake practical sessions within these areas students will need:
• laboratory coat (optional)
• Blue tunic and over-trousers
• Steel toe-capped boots.
• Hydrotherapy students will require a wet suit and shoes.

Other costs may include transport to college – Please see our transport pages on the website to see if you reside within our Moulton College Transport provided routes.


Students are equipped with the skills and specialist knowledge for employment in the canine and feline industry. 96% of University of Northampton students are in work or in further study 6 months after graduating. You may also progress to the BSc (Hons) Applied Animal Studies Top Up Degree. Recent graduates have successfully furthered their careers in animal sectors such as equine yards, animal rescue facilities and farms.

This programme has been designed in partnership with the Centre of Applied Pet Ethology (COAPE) and in line with professional organisations. Students opting to follow the behaviour stream will become student members of the COAPE Association of applied Pet Behaviourists and Trainers (CAPBT) during their studies and will be able to register as a Behaviourist and Trainer with CAPBT upon graduation. Students opting to follow the hydrotherapy stream will be eligible to apply for membership of the Canine Hydrotherapy Association (CHA) upon successful graduation.

Assessment Methods

You will be assessed using a wide range of methods including practical project work, presentations, reports, written work, oral presentations and time-constrained tests. You will also produce a project related to your work placement and an academic poster.