Writtle University College and ARU have merged. Writtle’s full range of college, degree, postgraduate and short courses will still be delivered on the Writtle campus. See our guide to finding Writtle information on this site.

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Short courses and CPD

We offer a range of short courses, from certified training for health and social care professionals, to craft and hobby courses, and accredited programmes that support technical skills. Disover the benefits of studying with ARU.

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Learn about the basics of bees and bee keeping, with our half-day course at Writtle College.
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Learn how to assess and monitor dog behaviour, and manage dogs from different households, with our one-day course at ARU in Writtle. If you work as a dog walker, home boarder or a day carer, it's an ideal introduction to canine behaviour.
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Gain the knowledge and experience you need to work with dogs. Completion of this Level 2 qualification is an excellent platform for you to progress into the canine industry or to complete further study. We're an iPET Network approved training provider.

Canine First Aid

CPD and short courses

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Learn what to do in an emergency situation involving your dog. Our one-day canine first aid course covers the role of the first aider, handling and restraining an injured dog, and assessing and administering first aid.
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Learn how to set up a dog walking and pet sitting business in this two day course. Get the foundation knowledge and skills necessary to give you the confidence to start a business and communicate with clients.
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Get a basic introduction into the nutrition and methods of feeding dogs with this Level 2 qualification which is accredited by the iPET Network.
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Gain the skills and knowledge needed to operate a dog walking or pet sitting business safely and professionally. This iPET Network Level 3 Award is designed to meet real-life needs and circumstances.
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Learn to administer emergency treatment to dogs. Our one-day course at ARU Writtle covers injury, wound-dressing, allergic reactions and stings, poisoning, choking, seizures, CPR and more.
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Get an introduction to skills and requirements relating to the para-professional field of pet behaviour counselling, and prepare for work in this industry. Study with the Pet Behaviour Academy at Writtle College.
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Develop your existing knowledge and skills with our online course, supported by work-based learning. You'll focus on transferable and employability skills, including those applicable to management positions.
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Join our introductory course if you are considering or have just started keeping sheep. It's a combination of lectures and practical sessions held one evening a week for six weeks.
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Learn more about transporting animals and/or birds on short road journeys over 65km, up to and including eight hours long. This half-day Level 2 course is NPTC City & Guilds accredited.