Please arrive at the college by 9am to complete your enrolment - it should take no longer than an hour. Please follow the campus signage to find the conference hall. If you are unable to make it in for enrolment, please let us know by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org or by calling 0800 731 8281.
In order to successfully enrol, please ensure you bring:
A form of photo ID
National Insurance number
Exam results slip
Student Finance information.
Please note, you must meet the entry requirements for the programme you have been accepted onto in order to enrol successfully. If you do not meet requirements, your enrolment on the programme will be at the discretion of the programme leader.
The college has its own Learning Resource Centre that houses an extensive collection of books and journals. However, from time to time, it’s useful to have access to your own copies. These are the top books that we recommend you have for your course:
Burch, M.R. & Bailey, J.S. (1999) How Dogs Learn USA, Howell
Dennison, P. (2011) The Complete Idiot’s Guide to Positive Dog Training 3rd ed. USA, Alpha
O’Heare, J. (2014) The Science and Technology of Dog Training USA, Dogwise
For your foundation degree programmes work experience is a compulsory element. Support is given to students to find placements. Students will have to complete a minimum of 152 hours of external work experience at a related industry.
The college has a strict policy in place when approving work placements – students must not commence placement until they have received notification of approval by the college.
In addition to work experience, during your programme, you will be invited in to college to listen to guest speakers working in the industry.
Before you begin your course, you’ll need to make sure you’re prepared with the right equipment. Many of our courses need specialist health and safety clothing, but we’ve made it simple - some of your essentials and college branded clothing can be bought from our online shop.
For your course, you will need:
A tablet, smartphone or laptop to take notes in lectures and seminars
USB stick and / or portable hard drive
Students will require regular access to a computer with a broadband Internet connection in order to participate in webinars, download learning materials, watch recorded webinars and submit assignments. A headset with microphone will be required for participation in webinars and on-line tutorials.
Appropriate software is required: Microsoft Office and OpenOffice (freeware) are the only office suites supported.
Students must have regular access to a dog to enable them to progress through the training modules
College-branded white laboratory coat
College-branded blue kennel coat
Appropriate waterproof outdoor clothing and footwear for outdoor practicals
Strong steel toe capped boots for practical sessions
The college has a strict policy of not allowing work boots inside college buildings – you will need to have alternative footwear (shoes or trainers) to attend lectures and tutorials.
Roughly £150 to cover the costs of field trips, visits and additional add on certificates over the duration of your programme
Training equipment will be required (i.e. clicker and target stick) for the training related modules
Block sessions are a compulsory element of the programme. Students will need to fund their own travel, accommodation and food
Payment for the boarding kennels is required if a student decides to bring their own dog to the relevant block session
PLEASE NOTE: The college has a strict policy of not allowing dogs to be left in vehicles.