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Domestic Animal Care Level 3

Course Code: OSC1016
Course Level: 3

Course Overview

Everyone who looks after cats and dogs, whether as pet owners or workers in the animal care sector, has a moral and legal responsibility to ensure that the welfare needs of domestic animals are met.

This course will enable you to:

  • Become a sensitive and knowledgeable carer of pets both young and old.
  • Gain a detailed knowledge of nutrition for cats and dogs in order to meet their optimum nutrition requirements.
  • Study behavioural training methods to ensure that your pet is well-behaved, socialised and happy.
  • Becoming an expert carer of domestic animals with the skills and knowledge to fulfil all their needs.

This course is particularly suited to current and future pet owners who want to expand their knowledge of caring for animals, and also for those who wish to work within the animal care sector of professional training and care.

Enrol now and receive a £25 gift voucher towards your next course.

Course Content

  • Module 1: A New Puppy
    • Choosing a pupping
    • Feeding a puppy
    • Socialisation and habitulisation
    • Prophylactic treatments
    • Fleas
    • Neutering
    • Oral health
    Module 2: A New Kitten
    • Choosing a kitten
    • Feeding a kitten
    • Socialisation and habitulisation
    • Prophylactic treatments
    • Ticks
    • Neutering
    • Oral health
    Module 3: Adult Nutrition
    • Food storage
    • Non-energy producing nutrients
    • Vitamins
    • Differing nutritional needs
    • Common dog and cat foods
  • Module 4: Basic Training and Understanding Basic Behaviour
    • House training
    • Body language and psychology of the cat and dog
    • Basic training
    • Punishment
    • Common behavioural problems
    Module 5: Owners' Responsibilities
    • Legislation
    • Codes of practice
    • The five freedoms
    • Moral responsibilities
    • Kennels and catteries
    Module 6: Caring for Older Cats and Dogs
    • Behavioural changes
    • Dietary changes
    • Signs of pain

Other Information

  • Assessment

    The Domestic Animal Care course is assessed by a series of written assignments, which you submit to your tutor for marking. There is no external examination required.

    Course Duration

    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.

  • Study Method

    The course is designed for study by distance learning at home or at work. Students receive a course manual, assignments and study guide, plus tutor support by mail or email. You can start the course at any time.

    Course Outcomes

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

    The course itself has been designed by Open Study College to meet specific learners’ or employers’ requirements. The course has been endorsed under the ABC Awards’ Quality Licence Scheme. 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 3 against level descriptors published by Ofqual.

    ABC Awards are a national awarding organisation that have years of experience in developing and awarding high quality vocational qualifications across a wide range of industries. They have a comprehensive portfolio of over 650 Ofqual regulated qualifications on the national Qualifications and Credit framework (QCF) for all ages and abilities post-14.

course questions & answers

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 a full year to complete your studies. This course 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 NUS Extra card worth £12.00
  • 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 certificate proving your success in domestic animal care.

What happens if I lose my course pack?

We offer a course replacement service which ensures that, if your course pack is lost or damaged throughout the duration of your studies, we can issue you with a new set of materials for a one-time additional fee. This is available by calling our Student Support team on 03300 563100.

What do i do if i still have questions?

For further information please contact us.

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    "Fits perfectly with my busy life"

    - Susan Oliver, Manchester

    I have not been a student for a very long time due to being a mum and having a long term illness.This course fit in perfectly with my busy life. I am still learning how to work a computer in my school days we had type writers. I am loving this course it is more that 1 hour a week but I am loving it. If there has been a problem the college has gotten back to me as promised and also my tutor. I must admit I was a little nervous having to communicate over a computer but I'm gaining more confidence and also learning new skills day by day. 

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