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Programme Description

The Certificate of Higher Education in Animal Science programme is offered via distance learning part-time on – line. There is an opportunity on completion of this certificate of progressing to Level 5 study on campus for the Foundation Degree in Animal Science or the BSc (Hons) Animal Behaviour and Welfare.

This course provides the opportunity for students wishing to study via distance learning to develop core knowledge and key skills required for undergraduates aiming to or already working in animal related industries and to develop a range of skills, personal qualities and attitudes necessary to work successfully within the field of animal science.

The course allows off site undergraduates the opportunity to broaden their knowledge in the underlying scientific principles of animal ethology, behaviour and physiology, and the application of this knowledge to welfare and conservation.

At a Glance

  Full Time / Part Time

  One year Full Time / Two years Part Time


Programme Features

The course allows for students to enrol on different modules each semester allowing entry in September, January and April. Students then undertake modules delivered that semester. Part time students study one module each semester over the two year period, full time students study two modules each semester to ensure they have completed the six required to complete the qualification.

Students will have access to extensive on-line facilities including both Coleg Sir Gar and The University of Wales Trinity St David on-line learning and research materials. Students will have allocated tutor support and one to one set tutorials to aid students before they submit work digitally on-line.

Students will study compulsory core modules relating to independent research in key subject areas, in addition to modules relating to in-depth study of animal behaviour, ethology, physiology, health and welfare.

Progression & Employment

On completion of the certificate successful students can apply to progress to level 5 of the foundation degree in animal science and honours degrees. Employment routes are varied including zoo, companion animal, livestock and conservation work.

Programme Content

Compulsory modules include: Animal Nutrition, Introduction to Animal Anatomy & Physiology, Preparation for working in the Animal Care Industry, and Study Skills.

Additional  modules include: Introduction to Animal Behaviour, Management of Herptiles and Marine Biology.

Method of Assessment

Assessment is varied and suited to individual module on-line requirements and includes: 

Essays; Presentations; Written Reports; Case Study Reports; Independent Practical research/observations; Research Portfolios; Seminar Presentations.

Entry Requirements

Entry will be granted to applicants who demonstrate the academic ability and potential to benefit from the programme, Students entering study will require a Level 3 qualification with a pass grade or above and preferably have undertaken some work experience with animals or have equivalent industry related experience or certification. Students need to be over 18 years old. 

Mature students (over 21) will be considered on an individual basis as industrially relevant qualifications and experience can be taken into consideration.

Additional Costs

Fees are the same as the standard HE fees and can be found in the college HE Fees policy.