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Online Animal Science Level 4 Certificate of Higher Education

At a glance

  • Full Time / Part Time

  • One year Full Time / Two years Part Time

  • Online

This online animal science course allows students the opportunity to broaden their knowledge in the scientific principles of animal ethology, behaviour and physiology, and the application of this knowledge to animal welfare, husbandry and conservation.

The whole course is studied 100% online and it can be studied part-time or full-time and it can lead to progression onto the college’s foundation degree in animal science or the BSc honours degree in animal behaviour and welfare.

It 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.

Students can enrol for study in either September, January or May and they need to complete six modules to achieve the qualification.

The programme enables students to study at home at a time that suits them best to develop a range of skills, personal qualities and attitudes necessary to work successfully within the field of animal science. 

Programme Features

Part time students undertake one module each semester, for three semesters a year over two years. Full time students undertake two modules per semester for three semesters in one year.

Each module involves ten separate sessions of study, each session incorporating developmental structured activities to aid the distance learner in developing the underpinning knowledge and skills required to complete the assessments.

Students have access to extensive online facilities including both Coleg Sir Gar and University of Wales Trinity St David online learning and library research materials as well as access to learning materials at any time day or night via the colleges VLE Moodle and supporting Google Classrooms.

In addition to this they have tutor support and one to one set tutorials to aid students before they submit work digitally online. 

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.

Programme content

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

Additional modules include: , Management of Captive Exotic Species and Introduction to Marine Biology.

Progression and employment

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

Method of assessment

Assessment is varied and suited to individual module online 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 three 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 also need to be over 18 years old. 

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

Additional costs

Fees are the same as the standard higher education fees, however the course is also eligible for funding support through Student Finance Wales.

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Coleg Sir Gar is a company limited by guarantee registered in England and Wales No. 08539630 and is a registered charity No. 1152522. 
The registered office is at The Graig Campus, Sandy Road, Pwll, Llanelli, Carmarthenshire, SA15 4DN