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Animal Care and Animal Behaviour

Course code: OSC1107

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Animal behaviourists and animal carers enjoy a diverse range of career opportunities, ranging from zookeeping and professional pet training, right through to wildlife conservation and working for animal charities.

This bundle of two of our most popular courses, Animal Care and Animal Behaviour, ensures that you know how to meet the moral and legal requirements of caring for animals, as well as equipping you with a clear understanding of animal behaviour.

All course materials will be delivered to you by post or via email, so it couldn't be easier. Our experienced and friendly tutors will help you every step of the way by email.

You can work at your own pace. Completed coursework can be delivered by post or via email, so handing in an assignment is simple.

Boost your career opportunities and equip yourself with the skills you need for your long term success. Home learning is simple and stress-free, so enrol with us today!

These courses can be enrolled onto separately, but by enrolling onto this combined course you will receive a considerable discount.

Discounts on selected courses - Until 27th August
Course Content

 Animal Care

 Level 2:

 

Unit 1: Animal Feeding
  • Types of feeder
  • Nutritional requirements
  • Vitamins
  • Minerals
  • Choosing and preparing food
  • How much to give and when
Unit 2: Animal Accommodation
  • Housing requirements
  • Bedding materials
  • Fixtures and fittings
  • Cleaning and maintaining
  • Waste disposal
Unit 3: Animal Health
  • Disease prevention
  • Common diseases of dogs, cats and rabbits
  • Endo and ecto parasites
  • First aid
Unit 4: Handling, Restraining and Moving Animals
  • Why do we need to handle, restrain and move animals?
  • Personal protective equipment
  • Handling and restraint equipment
  • Reducing stress
Unit 5: Animal Behaviour
  • Normal behaviour
  • Emotions
  • Specific species
  • Abnormal behaviour
  • Stereotypic behaviour
  • Observing behaviour
  • Methods and recording
  • Avoiding/reducing abnormal behaviour
  • Environmental enrichment
Unit 6: Animals in Society
  • Welfare needs
  • How can we meet these needs?
  • The Animal Welfare Act 2006
  • Current legislation
  • Animals in production
  • Intensive farming
  • Free-range farming
  • Organic farming
  • Animals in sport
  • Animals as assistance

 Animal Behaviour

 Level 3:

 

Unit 1: Studying and Recording Animal Behaviour
  • What is animal behaviour?
  • The study of animal behaviour
  • Methods and recording
  • Results
Unit 2: Prey vs. Predator
  • The food chain
  • Evolutionary arms race
  • Adaptations to capture prey
  • Luring prey
  • Crypsis (Camouflage, transparency, sleep cycles)
Unit 3: Solitary and Group Living Animals
  • How animals communicate
  • Competition from other species
  • Communication and the senses
  • Visual displays
  • Group or solitary?
  • Hierarchy systems in group living animals
Unit 4: Mating and Parental Strategies
  • Attracting a potential mate
  • Mating systems and parental responsibility
  • Monogamy and polygyny
  • Mating systems
  • Imprinting
Unit 5: Changes in Behaviour through Domestication
  • What is domestication?
  • Breeds
  • How does domestication change the animal?
  • Hibernation
  • Hormones and their effects
  • Abnormal behaviours
Unit 6: Animal Learning
  • Instinct
  • Simple learning theories
  • Animal learning in training
  • Human influence
  • Ethics in training and the welfare of animals
  • Animal intelligence
  • Training animals
Other Information

Assessment

This combined course is assessed through a series of written assignments, which are submitted to and marked by your tutor. There is no external examination required.

Course Duration

Once enrolled, you will have two years to complete this bundle (one year per course), which will allow you to work at your own pace, without the pressure of tight deadlines. You will also receive 12 months tutor support for each course, so you can feel confident that you’ll get the help you need. This bundle will take you approximately 160 hours. Studying around your work and family commitments has never been easier.

Study Method

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!

Course Outcomes

On successful completion of this course you will receive two Certificates of Achievement by Training Qualification UK (TQUK) in Animal Care Level 2 and Animal Behaviour Level 3.

The course itself has been designed by Open Study College to meet specific learners’ or employers’ requirements. The course has been endorsed by TQUK. This means Open Study College have undergone external quality checks to ensure that the organisation and the courses’ it offers meet a high standard. Regular reviews of our courses are carried out as part of the endorsement process.

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 your Recognition of Prior Learning if you wish to progress your studies in this sector.

The course depth and study has been benchmarked at Level 2 and 3 against level descriptors published by Ofqual.

 

Q&As

Your Questions Answered

What skills are needed to enrol onto this course?

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

Is there a time limit for completion of this course?

You may start at any time and have two years to complete this bundle (one year per course). This bundle is truly flexible and adaptable around your lifestyle.

What is included in the cost of my course?
  • Dedicated personal tutor support
  • Dedicated student support
  • Assignment marking and feedback
  • FREE CV writing service
  • *Comprehensive study guide
  • *Exclusive Open Study College Pen
  • *Student study planner
  • *Three colour highlighter
  • *Student notebook
  • *Document wallet

* Not included with the online study option

Do I have to sit an exam?

No. We will issue certification based on your coursework alone.

Are there any additional costs?

No, everything you need is included in the price!

How do I get my work assessed?

Once we receive your work we will mark it and return it to you. On successful completion of the course you will be awarded your diploma proving your success in animal care and animal behaviour.

What happens if I lose my course pack?

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 Student Support Team can provide you with a new set of materials for a one-time additional fee.

What if I still have questions?

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 Student Support Team a call on 03300 563 100 and they’ll do their best to help.

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I would definitely recommend

This course is a lot more thorough than what I was expecting, which was a really nice sursprise! Because for me it made studying even more interesting, as it widens my knowledge even more! I would definitely recommend to someone who is interested in animals!

- Carley Jefford

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