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Animal Behaviour Level 3


Are you looking to pursue a career in working with animals? By completing this Animal Behaviour Level 3 course, you could start in a field that offers a wide range of opportunities, from zookeeping and professional pet training, right through to wildlife conservation and academic research.

Course duration

Up to 1 year.

Course outcome

You will receive a certificate of achievement in Animal Behaviour Level 3.

Entry requirements

There are no specific entry requirements for this course.


Tutor-marked assignments.

Study options

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Course code: TQ008
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Course overview

  • Gain a clear understanding of animal behaviour.
  • Understand the key theories that have influenced studies in this area.
  • Develop a working knowledge of behaviour observation methods.
  • Gain an understanding of animal behaviour in a wide range of animals and contexts.

This Animal Behaviour Level 3 course will allow you to look at a wide range of animals and be able to understand their behaviour in different contexts. You will start off by exploring what animal behaviour actually is, before going on to look into the methods and recordings of it.

The course will cover other topics from the food chain, how animals communicate, and mating systems to looking at what domestication is.

All course materials will be delivered to you by post or via email, you choose. Our experienced and friendly tutors will help you every step of the way by email.

You will have more than enough time to complete your course so you can work at your own pace. Completed coursework can be delivered by post or via email, so handing in an assignment is simple.

Home learning is simple and stress-free, so enrol with us today!

It is ideal for:

  • Students who want to develop their animal behaviour knowledge.
  • Those aspiring to work or progress their career in the animal industry.

Future career options:

  • Animal technician
  • Equine groom
  • Pest control surveyor
  • Animal attendant
  • Animal keeper
  • Large animal technician
  • Trainee zookeeper
  • Contract animal technician
  • Mammal keeper
  • Primate care staff
  • Animal care assistant
  • Animal rehomer
  • Pet health advisor

Course content

  • What is animal behaviour?
  • The study of animal behaviour
  • Methods and recording
  • Results

  • The food chain
  • Evolutionary arms race
  • Adaptations to capture prey
  • Luring prey
  • Crypsis (Camouflage, transparency, sleep cycles)

  • How animals communicate
  • Competition from other species
  • Communication and the senses
  • Visual displays
  • Group or solitary?
  • Hierarchy systems in group-living animals

  • Attracting a potential mate
  • Mating systems and parental responsibility
  • Monogamy and polygyny
  • Mating systems
  • Imprinting

  • What is domestication?
  • Breeds
  • How does domestication change the animal?
  • Hibernation
  • Hormones and their effects
  • Abnormal behaviours

  • Instinct
  • Simple learning theories
  • Animal learning in training
  • Human influence
  • Ethics in training and the welfare of animals
  • Animal intelligence
  • Training animals

Extra information

You will be assessed through a series of written assignments, which are submitted to and marked by your tutor.

You may start at any time and have a full year to complete your studies. We suggest that the course will take approximately 80 hours to complete. This is more than enough time to give you flexibility and work at your own pace without the pressure of deadlines.

You will study this course by distance learning, which will enable you to learn when and where you want. You can study from home or at work; it is completely up to you. All your materials will be posted or emailed to you online, whichever you choose. You will also receive our tutor support by email, so help is only a click away!

Upon successful completion of this Animal Behaviour Level 3 course, you will receive a Certificate of Achievement by Training Qualifications UK (TQUK).

The completion of this course does not lead to an Ofqual regulated qualification, but it may be used as evidence of knowledge and skills toward regulated qualifications in the future. The unit summary can be used as evidence of your Recognition of Prio Learning if you wish to progress your studies in this sector.

Awarding body

This course has been endorsed by TQUK, meaning Open Study College have undergone external quality checks to ensure that the organisation and the courses they offer are to a high standard. Regular reviews of our courses are carried out as part of the endorsement process.

The course depth and study has been benchmarked at level three against level descriptors published by Ofqual.


According to the National Careers Service, animal care assistants will earn an average of £14,000 per year when starting out.

By working a typical 38-40 hours a week, a more experienced animal care assistant will earn an average of £24,000 a year.

An animal care assistant can work in many different environments, from a wildlife park, kennels, or an animal welfare centre. These are just some of the day-to-day tasks an animal care assistant may need to perform:

  • Make sure animals are exercised regularly.
  • Check animals daily and monitor their health.
  • Update records and deal with questions from colleagues or the public.
  • Prepare food and help out at feeding times.
  • Look after sick or distressed animals.
  • Clean out kennels, enclosures, cages, or stables.
  • Clean and groom animals.

You do not need any previous knowledge to enrol onto this course.

You may start at any time and have a full year to complete your studies. This course is truly flexible and adaptable around your lifestyle.

No, your certification is issued based on your coursework alone.

  • Dedicated personal tutor support
  • Dedicated learner services
  • Assignment marking and feedback
  • FREE CV critique service
  • FREE employability guide to help you impress future employers
  • FREE XO Student Discounts membership
  • * Comprehensive study guide
  • * Open Study College pen and highlighter
  • * Student notebook

* Not included with the online study option

No. Everything you need is included in the price.

You will send your work to your personal course tutor for them to mark and return to you. On successful completion of the course you will be awarded your certification.

It's not a problem. We offer a course replacement service, so if you get into trouble and your course pack is lost or damaged, our Learner Services Team can provide you with a new set of materials for a one-time additional fee.

That's not a problem. We want to make sure you're 100% confident about enrolling on the course and starting your study. So, just give our team of education specialists a call on 03300 563 100 and they'll do their best to help.

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