Online Animal Science Level 4 Certificate of Higher Education

Programme Description

The Animal Science level four Certificate of Higher Education is offered via distance learning and is 100% studied online, full time and part time. There is an opportunity on completion of this certificate of progressing to level five study on campus for the foundation degree in animal science or the BSc honours degree in 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.  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. 

The 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 

At a Glance

  Full Time / Part Time

  One year Full Time / Two years Part Time


Programme Features

Students can enroll for study in either September, January or May. Students need to complete six modules to achieve the qualification. 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 The University of Wales Trinity St David online learning and library research materials. Students have 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 allocated 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, Preparation for working in the Animal Care Industry and Study Skills. 

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

Progression & 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 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

This higher education course is eligible for funding support through Student Finance Wales.

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

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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