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How Much Time Does It Take?

The Middlesex University qualifications are designed to be flexible. By telling us which qualification you are studying towards and how many credits you want to study each year we will be able to identify your study intensity.

Qualification

Credits Required At Each Stage

Total Credits Rquired

Time Required To Complete*

Degree With Honours

120

120

120

360

3-4 years full-time study or 6 years part-time study

Foundation Degree

120

120


240

2-3 years full-time study or 4 years part-time study

Diploma of Higher Education

120

120


240

2-3 years full-time study or 4 years part-time study

Certificate of Higher Education

120



120

1 years full-time study or 2 years part-time study

*The timings assume full-time study is similar to that of full-time education (120 credits per year), with part-time study at half this rate.

Frequently Asked Questions

How much do the modules cost?

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When are the Workshops?

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Where are the Workshops held?

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Which modules have Workshops?

Click here to see the modules and courses that have Workshops


Workshop attendance - is it at a weekend or in the week?

Workshops are primarily held at weekends.


How many workshops per year?

Workshop dates will be published on the site and your tutor will tell you when they are too. Different modules have different numbers of workshops - most have one or none at all. So it all depends on which modules you take and how quickly you complete them too! It's normally likely to be one or two a year.


I'd like to know more about course accommodation

You can view where our workshops are held by clicking here.


Can I Bring a Dog?

Some of our modules allow you to bring one of your own dogs with you. You will need to check with your tutor prior to the workshop. We are presently running a trial on the Professional Skills Module whereby delegates can bring and work with their own dogs. You will be required to fill in a questionnaire in regard to your dog prior to attendance. We can supply dogs if you do not wish to bring a dog or do not have a dog.


Do you supply dogs for workshops?

Yes, dogs are supplied for you to work and learn with. It may also be possible for you to bring your own dog along to a workshop, but you will need to discuss this with your module tutor.


Can I ask a question before enrolling?

Yes you can, contact our Registrar here.


What happens when after I have paid on line?

Click here to find out what happens after you enrol


When can I enrol?

You can enrol at any time on CFBA 4110 (foundation module) and once completed any module in our 4000 series can be enrolled on. Our 5000 series modules require approval from the registrar.


What does a module consist of work-wise?

Mainly written assignments, research work on module tasks, observing film and expert skills some modules have workshops and multiple choice questionnaires. For more on module work click here


Where are the canine client centred films in dog training and psychology?

Click here to see Workshop Module videos


How long do I have to complete modules?

Each module should be completed within six months of receiving your module from your tutor.


What help and support do I get?

Once your enrolment with us has been processed and accepted your tutor will contact you and help you through the tasks and what you need to do within 21 days of the enrolment. Thereafter, your tutor will guide you through the module.


What is distance learning?

You study at home or at work and at your own pace (within the period allowed) Your tutor provides the learning materials and notes by correspondence, usually by e-mail and guides you through a set of tasks designed to provide an opportunity for you to meet the learning outcomes required. For more detail click here


How many modules do I need to take?

For a CIDBT Certificate you need 40 Credits from CIDBT modules and 20 from Work Based Learning modules.

For an HE Certificate you need 80 Credits from CIDBT modules and 40 from Work Based Learning.

For a Foundation Degree you need 240 Credits from CIDBT modules.

For an Honours Degree you need 240 Credits from CIDBT modules and 120 from Work Based Learning.


All qualifications BA, FdA, and the HE Certificate contain approximately one third of distance learning Middlesex University modules in the format of project work or research projects which are undertaken once the CIDBT modules have been completed. Thereafter you will be supplied, by the CIDBT, relevant information to facilitate your student transfer from the CIDBT to Middlesex University where you register for the final modules to complete your study and success. Middlesex University work based leaning department staff (not CIDBT) will explain the procedure from this point.


NOTE; module credits (from each module completed and passed) have a 5 year duration of validity from the date on your certificate issued by the CIDBT AND for any recognised Middlesex University qualification.


Do I have to attend the University full time or part time?

Neither, all the Middlesex University and CIDBT modules are distance learning, with some workshops for CIDBT modules. Whilst you may find it very useful to meet a University module tutor or use their excellent facilities on campus you will almost invariably find that you can complete WBS modules by e-mail, on-line submission, phone and correspondence.


Help with fees

Go to Finance England and complete an application or ask a question. Alternatively, you may be entitled to a student loan or other types of support from a local authority, Business Association or employer or educational charity. Everyone will be a unique case.One third of all Higher Education Modules are WBS modules at Middlesex which we will inform you off upon completion of your CIDBT modules. This link below is a good place to start.


Student Finance England

What are the Enrolment Conditions?

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Enrolment

You can enrol at any time. Your tutor will send you the coursework and material shortly after enrolment is confirmed (by email). Your tutor will advise you exactly when work is due to be submitted.


What's in the price?

Your module study material (other than books, CDs, DVDs etc.), tutor notes, tutor support, assessment costs, CFBA certificate costs and some hotel accommodation (as described in the particular workshop documentation issued) are included. For some modules your tutor may require that you acquire a book, CD or DVD which you may have to purchase. You will, of course, also have correspondence, maybe travel and stationery and essential equipment costs associated with your studies that you might not have incurred otherwise.


What do you consider experience in relation to entry requirements?

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Part-time study for people in employment or with other commitments.

The CIDBT allows you study at home, at work or on the move and or at your own pace. The Middlesex University part of the courses are also a first division player in distance learning throughout the world.


We’re experts when it comes to supporting people through their study. Our flexible study methods bring learning to life, combining top quality course materials and tutorial groups with e-learning methods and DVD media. You’re never on your own, thanks to plenty of on-going tutor support which is real people you can talk to and be given their telephone numbers. No faceless tutors behind web pages.


These Middlesex University qualifications and CIDBT accredited modules let you tailor your studies around your choice of pet behaviour and specific dog behaviour. A full time study Degree takes 3 years so part time will take much longer. Foundation Degrees and canine or feline qualifications at other levels can be achieved in 12 months. In essence progression speed is in your hands.


What support do I get?

Expert tutors on hand to answer your questions and guide you. Enrolling on a WBS module also brings you entitlement as a University student to a very wide range of support and facilities, a possible grant, even NUS discounts! Our tutors want you to achieve your best and will provide feedback and constructive comments for improvement where appropriate. As part of the CIDBT student community you will meet others with similar interests and problems too - always a great source of support! We also have expert consultants in non-academic or canine/feline-related fields (like business or technology) who may be able to answer an urgent query or offer guidance.


What are academic qualifications and how are they different to vocational qualifications?

The Government website has a good guide to this. Very, very broadly, academic means related to a learning institution where you are taught skills and knowledge you may use in future; vocational means related to work where you are trained in skills and knowledge you need to or will do in fulfilling a work role, duties and responsibilities.


Why Is Accreditation Important?

In order to gain recognition of your hard work, the CIDBT, like other British companies and institutions have been assessed through the rigorous Work Based Learning system at Middlesex University which has twice won the Queen's award for excellence in such programmes of education. The process of accreditation is a voluntary one that provides for a minimum of standards and includes an intensive self-study by the institution and an inspection by external examiners. The Middlesex University invite another British University to execute this process.


What Challenges Can I Expect?

Previous studies comparing distance learning with traditional on-campus learning have indicated similar, if not higher, success rates. The distance learning student, however, will have to compete with other distractions such as family and work unlike the “traditional” student. Make sure your schedule will enable you to successfully complete requirements for each module.


Keep in mind that some course work will strictly adhere to pre-established timelines while other programmes are flexible and self-adjusting to the rate of study. All educational institutions have policies concerning refunds, renewals periods, transfers, and withdrawals from course work.