Principles of British Wildlife care and Rehabilitation Level 3

Course code: ABC1159

Explore the world of British wildlife care and rehabilitation with this distance learning course.

  • Understand the basic principles and ethics of wildlife care including rehabilitation and release
  • Develop your knowledge in the care and management of birds
  • Gain an insight into the care and management of small mammals
  • Explore the care and management of larger mammals
  • Investigate the care and management of marine mammals
  • Identify rehabilitation considerations and release methods
Course overview

This course will allow you to study when and where you want, at your own pace. All coursework can be submitted by post or email making it simple and hassle-free.

All of the materials will be delivered to you, so it couldn’t be easier. Our experienced and friendly tutors are always a click away by email, giving you a full years’ worth of support and advice to help get you through your course!

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Course Duration

Up to 1 year.

Study Hours

Approximately 80 hours.

Course Outcome

Principles of British Wildlife Care and Rehabilitation Level 3.

Entry Requirements

There are no specific entry requirements for this course.


Tutor marked assignments.

Course content
  • Caring for injured wildlife
  • Ethics of treating and rehabilitating injured wildlife
  • Law surrounding the care of wildlife in the United Kingdom
  • Process of rehabilitation of wildlife
  • History of common sea birds and birds of prey
  • Know when a bird can be treated and released into the wild
  • History of common British birds
  • Assessing injuries and considering rehabilitation
  • Capture and handling techniques for a variety of birds
  • Common first aid treatments for birds
  • Natural history of common British rodents
  • Hedgehogs and bats
  • Assessing injured animals
  • Natural history of rabbits and hares
  • Assessing rabbit and hares injuries and when they can be released
  • Capture and handling techniques for a variety of small mammals
  • Common first aid treatments for small mammals
  • Natural history of foxes and deer
  • How the history of foxes and deer is important when assessing for injuries and release
  • Capture and handling techniques for a variety of mammals
  • Common first aid for larger mammals
  • Natural history of cetaceans
  • How the history of cetaceans are important when assessing for injuries and release
  • Capture and handling techniques for a variety of marine mammals
  • Common first aid treatments for marine mammals
  • Rehabilitation consideration and release methods
  • Rehabilitation and release of birds
  • Rehabilitation and release of mammals
  • Rehabilitation and release of marine mammals
Extra info


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

Course Duration

You will have a year to complete this course. This gives you plenty of time to complete your studies.

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 sent by post or email, depending on your preference. You will also receive tutor support by email, so help is only a click away!

Course Outcomes

At the end of this course successful learners will receive a Certificate of Achievement from ABC Awards and Certa Awards and a Learner Unit Summary (which lists the components the learner has completed as part of the course).

Awarding Body

This course has been endorsed by ABC Awards and Certa Awards for its high-quality. This course is not regulated by Ofqual and is not an accredited qualification. We will be able to advise you on any further recognition, for example progression routes into further and/or higher education. For further information please visit the Learner FAQs on the ABC Awards and Certa Awards website.

This course has been benchmarked at Level 3 against level descriptors published by Ofqual, to indicate the depth of knowledge and understanding that you would expect at this level.


You do not need any previous skills or knowledge to enrol onto this course, although a Level 2 in an animal course would be beneficial.

  • Dedicated personal tutor support
  • Dedicated student support
  • Assignment marking and feedback
  • FREE CV critique service
  • FREE employability guide to help you impress future employers
  • FREE XO Student Discounts card
  • * 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

No. Everything you need is included in the price!

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