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CIE Level 5 Diploma in Animal Studies

Course code: OLL319

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Do you love animals and want to learn more about them? Then you can do just that in our Animal Studies course, from home!

This course will enable you to:

  • Understand how to develop an ePortfolio for animal studies
  • Learn how to categorise species
  • Explore the original and historical timeline of classification and taxonomy and relate this to different species
  • Explore the difference between mammals and reptiles, whilst taking into consideration classification
  • Understand how the nitrogen, water and oxygen cycles have an effect on animals
  • Study how the correct cellular function is essential to the maintenance of life
  • Explore the biology of animals, including DNA, homeostasis and the reproduction system
  • Understand that the physical and chemical appearance of any organisms is known as its phenotype
  • Learn about the characteristics of an organism
  • Explain Equine anatomy and physiology
  • Review the basic principles of genetic inheritance already covered and then goes on to explore these in relation to the horse
  • Understand Equine health, disease and nutrition
  • Explore horses behaviour and what kind of training they need
  • Investigate the skeleton of a cat and understand how it provides structure to the body
  • Study the feline inheritance process
  • Learn about feline and canine health, diseases and nutrition
  • Study feline and canine behaviour
  • Understand canine anatomy, physiology and the inheritance processes

The course will allow you to study when and where you want, at your own pace. 

You will receive all of the course material through an online eLearning portal, so it couldn’t be easier. Our experienced and friendly tutors are always a click away by email, giving you advice and helping you through your course.

Develop your interest and knowledge by enrolling now and join the 60,000 students that have already done so.

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Course Content
Unit 1 - Using ICT in animal studies
  • Setting up an ePortfolio
  • Independent research
  • Communicating ideas
  • Reflective writing
  • Pro-active implementation of skills
Unit 2 - Taxonomy and classification of the animal kingdom
  • Categorising
  • Scientific classification
  • Linked organisms
  • Genetics
  • Taxonomy
  • Domains
  • Mammals and reptiles
  • The nitrogen, water and oxygen cycles
Unit 3 - The biology of mammals
  • Cellular biology
  • Cell structure
  • Function
  • Physiology
  • The Mammals internal body
  • Homeostasis
  • Reproduction
  • DNA
Unit 4 - Basic genetic principles of mammals
  • Phenotype
  • Processes of inheritance
  • Genetic traits
  • Cells
Unit 5 - Equine anatomy and physiology
  • Skeleton of a horse
  • Muscles
  • Red and white blood cells
  • Calcium and phosphorus
  • Equine skeleton
  • The reproductive system of a horse
Unit 6 - Equine inheritance processes
  • Genetic inheritance
  • Horse characteristics
  • Selective breeding
  • Genetic mutation
  • Natural selection
  • Gene pool
Unit 7 - Equine health, disease and nutrition
  • Energy for maintenance
  • Energy for production
  • Nutritional requirements
  • Feeding for maintenance
  • Common diseases
  • Equine behaviour and training
Unit 8 - Equine behaviour and training
  • Explores this evolutionary process
  • Equine behaviour
  • L earning processes of the horse
  • Exercise, diet and environment/habitat
  • Training models
Unit 9 - Feline anatomy and physiology
  • Skeleton of a cat
  • Red and White blood cells
  • Bones
  • Calcium and phosphorus
  • Movement and balance
  • The reproductive systems
Unit 10 - Feline inheritance processes
  • Genetic inheritance
  • Selective breeding
  • Genetic disorders
  • Natural selection
  • Gene pool
Unit 11 - Feline health, disease and nutrition
  • The components of food
  • Nutrients
  • Signs of illness
  • Institutionalised environments
Unit 12 - Feline behaviour
  • Natural environments
  • Domestic cats
  • Social behaviour
  • Communication
  • Socialisation of kittens
  • Phobia
  • Personality traits
Unit 13: Canine anatomy and physiology
  • The skeleton of the dog
  • Bones
  • Anatomical structures
  • Reproductive systems
Unit 14 - Canine inheritance processes
  • Genetic inheritance
  • Canine characteristics
  • Selective breeding
  • Disorders
  • Gene Pool
Unit 15 - Canine health, disease and nutrition
  • Carnivore
  • Nutritional requirements
  • Diseases
  • A dog’s health and well being
Unit 16 - Canine behaviour and working with dogs
  • Behavioural similarities
  • Domestication and selective breeding
  • Natural instinctive behaviour
  • Aggressive behaviour
  • Environments that dogs inhabit
Other Information

You are required to create an ePortfolio. After each unit you will have to send your work by email to your tutor. You will also have to take part in self-assessment activities, do your own independent research and conduct your own reflective journal.

Course Duration

You will have 2 years to complete this course. The approximate learning time for each unit is 60 hours.

Study Method

This course will allow you to work at home or at work. All materials for the course will be received online. You will also get tutor support by email.

Course Outcomes

Successful students will achieve a CIE Level 5 Diploma in Animal Studies.

This course is awarded by CIE. CIE (Centre for Interactive Education) is an innovative awarding organisation in the UK. Their courses are known to allow learners to study in an interactive and effective way and in a time-efficient manner without compromising the quality of learning.

This course is thoroughly checked to ensure the best practice of quality assurance.

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.


Your Questions Answered

What skills are needed to enrol in this course?

All students must be 17 years of age and above. Students should have completed a Level 3 Diploma or an A level standard course (or equivalent) before studying this course (Level 5 qualification).

Is there a time limit for the completion of this course?

You may start at any time and have 2 years to complete your studies. It is truly flexible and is designed to be adaptable around your lifestyle and other commitments.

What is included in the cost of my course?
  • Online learning platform
  • Personal tutor support
  • Assignment marking and feedback
  • Accreditation
  • Dedicated student support
  • FREE CV writing service
How do I get my work assessed?

You will send your work by email to your personal course tutor for them to mark and return to you. On successful completion of the course you will be awarded your CIE Level 5 Diploma in Animal Studies.

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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