Animal Care Course Level 3

Home study Animal care course. Aimed at level 3 this course contains 17 detailed units covering a whole host of animals to include fish, rodent, cats, dogs and more. Completed entirely at home students have a 12 month period in which to study and complete their assignments.

Animal lovers will be engrossed. Covering the best and most effective ways to care for the listed animals. Dog walkers, kennel assistants, pet shop owners or simply students with a genuine interest in animal welfare will love working their way through this comprehensive course.

Qualification: Animal Care Award
Accredited: Yes
QCF Recognised: No, Equivalent level of learning at level 3
Awarding Body: ABC - QLS Awards
Start Date: Anytime - We enrol 365 days a year
Duration: Flexible - Approx 120 Hours - 12 Months Max Support
Credit Value: Not Applicable

Animal Care Course Level 3

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Course Fee: Starting at: £399.00

​​One of the biggest concerns for any potential student is the financial commitment involved. UK Open College recognise this and have implemented a pay as you study plan to assist students in spreading any fees involved with their course over a manageable period of time. Students are able to pay a deposit upon enrolment followed by a monthly repayment over a set period of time.

We would encourage students to view any related fees as an investment in their future. The majority of investments will provide a rewarding return over a set period of time. Once qualified and in employment students can expect a fantastic return on their investment year after year.

We offer all UK Based students guaranteed acceptance onto this scheme* upon completion of a signed student agreement. Shortly after paying your deposit our accounts department will contact you direct via telephone to gather the required information to complete the agreement. Once received we will forward a digital document via email for your signature. 

*Contact details, employment details and valid UK bank details with the ability to set up direct debit are required for all students applying for our pay as you study plan. If students are unable to provide this information any application may be declined. 

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Unit 1:- History and Background

This unit covers the biological and cultural development off domesticated animals throughout history, including the creation of species classifications and the practice of selective breeding.

Unit 2:- Safety. Welfare, Health & Hygiene

This unit covers the important health, safety and hygiene practices that are necessary for the proper care of animals. It also introduces learners to a variety of common diseases, infections and other afflictions that can result from poor animal health, safety and hygiene.

Unit 3:- Anatomy and Physiology

This unit provides an in depth exploration off the key features and differences in animal physiology, going all the way to a cellular level.

Unit 4:- Animal First Aid

In this unit, students will learn about the basic skill required to administer emergency first aid to animals across a number of scenarios. This includes breathing problems, burns, shock, broken bones, cuts and lacerations and much more besides.

Unit 5:- Dogs

This unit focuses on domestic dogs and their particular needs. This includes common canine diseases and their treatments, as well as more general care needs, such as grooming, feeding and cleaning.

Unit 6:- Cats

This unit focuses on domestic cats and their particular needs. This includes common feline diseases and their treatments as well as more general care needs such as grooming, feeding and cleaning.

Unit 7:- Horses and Ponies

This unit focuses on domestic horse species and their particular needs. This includes common equine diseases and their treatments as well as more general care needs such as grooming, feeding and cleaning.

Unit 8:- Birds

This unit focuses on domestic birds and their particular needs. This includes common aviary diseases and their treatments as well as more general care needs such as grooming, feeding and cleaning.

Unit 9:- Fish

This unit focuses on domestic fish and their particular needs. This includes common aquatic diseases and their treatments as well as more general care needs.

Unit 10:- Snakes and Lizards

This unit focuses on domestic snakes and lizards and their particular needs. This includes common reptile diseases and their treatments as well as more general care needs.

Unit 11:- Tortoises, Turtles and Terrapins

This unit focuses on domestic tortoises, turtles and terrapins and their particular needs. This includes common reptile diseases and their treatments as well as more general care needs.

Unit 12:- Insects

This unit focuses on domestic insects (such as tarantulas) and their particular needs. This includes common  diseases and their treatments as well as more general care needs.

Unit 13:- Hamsters, Gerbils, Rats and Mice

This unit focuses on domestic small rodent species and their particular needs. This includes common  rodent diseases and their treatments as well as more general care needs.

Unit 14:- Ferrets, Pole Cats

This unit focuses on domestic ferrets and polecats and their particular needs. This includes common  diseases and their treatments as well as more general care needs.

Unit 15:- Rabbits and Guinea Pigs

This unit focuses on domestic rabbits and guinea pigs and their particular needs. This includes common  diseases and their treatments as well as more general care needs.

Unit 16:- Wildlife Safety

This unit looks not at domesticated animals but at wildlife. Learners will discover the vast differences between caring for domesticated animals and dealing with wild animals in their natural environments.

Unit 17:- Animal Welfare

This unit covers the various animal welfare groups and organisations in the UK and worldwide and walks learners through the various pieces of law and legislation on animal welfare that have an effect on those who care for animals.

Students looking to enrol onto this course should meet the following criteria:

Ideally have completed our Level 2 Course. (Not compulsory)
Be aged 16 Years or above
Possess a solid knowledge of the english language
Have access to a PC and the internet for the duration of the whole course
Basic computer skills: e.g Word processing, emailing, uploading documents etc
Have a genuine desire to succeed

ABC QLS - Level 3 Animal Care Award

At the end of this course successful learners will receive a Certificate of Achievement by ABC Awards and a Learner Unit Summary (which lists the details all of the units you have completed as part of your course).

The course has been endorsed under the ABC Awards’ Quality Licence Scheme.  This means that Study House has undergone an external quality check to ensure that the organisation and the courses it offers, meet certain quality criteria.  The completion of this course alone does not lead to an Ofqual regulated qualification but may be used as evidence of knowledge and skills towards regulated qualifications in the future.  The unit summary can be used as evidence towards Recognition of Prior Learning if you wish to progress your studies in this sector.  To this end the learning outcomes of the course have been benchmarked at Level 3 against level descriptors published by Ofqual, to indicate the depth of study and level of difficulty involved in successful completion by the learner. 

The course itself has been designed by Study House to meet specific learners’ or employers’ requirements. ABC Awards’ endorsement involves a robust and rigorous quality audit by external inspectors to ensure quality is consistently met.  A regular review of courses is carried out as part of the endorsement process. 

Receipt of Certification: Certification is awarded by ABC Awards and can  take up to 12 weeks to be received after completion of your studies. All certification will be delivered to students direct at their home address. UK Open College have no control over delivery of certification awarded by the external awarding bodies. Any outstanding fees are payable before certification is issued. 

Course duration will vary dependant on student commitment, effort and ability. Overall guided learning hours are approx 120. This should be used as a guideline only and completion times will vary hugely.We would encourage students to serioulsy consider how they plan to complete their chosen course prior to enrolment. Students should think about how they are going to study, where they are going to study and how often. Be realistic!

Speak to family members and help them to understand what you are trying to acheive, explain you may require peace and space to study at certain times. The more you involve them the more likely you are to get them on your side.

Students are reminded that the time in which they complete is purely down to them as an individual. Completion can be as quickly or as slowly as you wish within the 12 month tuition period. If you require additional time an extension may be available. Extensions are arranged at an additional cost as and when needed.


This course is supplied in paper format and will be delivered direct to your chosen address. Students are able to complete their course assignments using a word processing programme and email them direct to the tutor. Once received tutors will reply to you direct. We do not accept course assignments via post.

Students can normally expect to receive delivery of their course materials via courier within 3 working days of enrolment being received. However we would ask you to allow 7 working days

All students on this course will be registered to a personal tutor for 12 months who is contactable via email. We also have a team of dedicated advisors to help and advise with any course related queries. The tutors role is to help and support students for the entire duration of their studies. Please remember our tutors are here to help. Never be embarrassed to ask for help.

This course is completed using continual assessment, allowing your tutor to closely monitor your progress every step of the way. Therefore no examination is required. Students will be required to submit a series of assignments throughout their course direct to their assigned tutor. Tutor details will be contained within your study pack. 

Students should understand that part of any study programme requires an element of research on their part. As technology moves forward at a rapid pace a visit to the local library is no longer the chosen method of accessing information. Students are also expected to use the internet for research purposes and can expect to be referred to various blogs and websites such as You Tube and Google amongst other specific websites relating to their chosen subject. Tutors will not give you the answers to complete your assignments.

Students can expect to receive feedback on submitted assignments within 7 days. However we expect delays on this timescale  during holiday periods e.g Summer holidays July/August, bank holidays and xmas. We appreciate your patience during these periods.

In order to help students with the terms and conditions of their enrolment we have tried to keep things simple and easy to understand. No jargon or small print. Our full terms and conditions can be viewed here.

In our experience the main and most important part of these terms for our students is the cancellation & returns policy. So let’s explain these clearly to avoid any misunderstanding.

Firstly, we would request that students check the course syllabus and content immediately upon receipt. This is vitally important. Please ensure that any qualification awarded at the end of your course meets your needs. If in doubt call us on 0121 288 0181 to check before you enrol.

If for any reason you wish to cancel and return your course to us for a refund you are welcome to do so as long as you notify us within 14 days of receipt at the delivery address. Please email stating your name, address, invoice number requesting to cancel. We will then respond to you with further instruction. If you have received a hard copy of your course you will be required to return this at your own cost via courier/recorded delivery before a full refund will be issued. If you have paid a deposit and signed a student agreement, you will be charged a £30 cancellation fee. This will be deducted from any deposit paid in addition to any postage charges incurred by us.

All returns must remain unused and in resalable condition. This complies with distance selling regulations. All students are welcome to return their course to us for any reason as long as we have been notified within the 14 days as above. Unfortunately, if notification to cancel is received outside of this period your request for a refund will be declined. This does not affect your statutory rights

Please call our accounts team direct on 0121 288 0181 if you have any questions regarding our cancellation and returns policy. It will only cost you a phone call

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