Course Overview

Principles of British Wildlife care and Rehabilitation Level 3

Course code: ABC1159

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

This course will enable you to:

  • 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

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 Content
Unit 1: Basic principles and ethics of wildlife care including rehabilitation and release
  • 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
Unit 2: Care and management of birds
  • 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
Unit 3: Care and management of small mammals
  • 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
Unit 4: Care and management of larger 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
Unit 5: Care and management of marine 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
Unit 6: Rehabilitation
  • Rehabilitation consideration and release methods
  • Rehabilitation and release of birds
  • Rehabilitation and release of mammals
  • Rehabilitation and release of marine mammals
Other Information

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).

The course has been endorsed under the ABC Awards and Certa Awards Quality Licence Scheme. This means that Open Study College has undergone an external quality check to ensure that the organisation and the courses it offers, meet defined quality criteria. The completion of this course alone does not lead to a regulated qualification* but may be used as evidence of knowledge and skills gained. The Learner Unit Summary may be used as evidence towards Recognition of Prior Learning if you wish to progress your studies in this subject. To this end the learning outcomes of the course have been benchmarked at Level 3 against level descriptors published by Ofqual, to indicate the depth of study and level of demand/complexity involved in successful completion by the learner. 

The course itself has been designed by Open Study College to meet specific learners’ and/or employers’ requirements which cannot be satisfied through current regulated qualifications. ABC Awards & Certa Awards endorsement involves robust and rigorous quality audits by external auditors to ensure quality is continually met. A review of courses is carried out as part of the endorsement process.

ABC Awards and Certa Awards have long-established reputations for providing high quality vocational qualifications across a wide range of industries. ABC Awards and Certa Awards combine over 180 years of expertise combined with a responsive, flexible and innovative approach to the needs of our customers.

Renowned for excellent customer service, and quality standards, ABC Awards and Certa Awards also offer regulated qualifications for all ages and abilities post-14; all are developed with the support of relevant stakeholders to ensure that they meet the needs and standards of employers across the UK.

*Regulated qualification refers to those qualifications that are regulated by Ofqual / CCEA / Qualification Wales


Your Questions Answered

What skills are needed to enrol onto this course?

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. You should also be willing to conduct your own further reading.

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

* Not included with the online study option

Are there any additional costs?

No. Everything you need is included in the price!

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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For your finance application to be considered you must meet the following criteria:

  • Be over 18 years old
  • Be employed for at least 16 hours a week or retired and in receipt of a private or company pension. Certain state benefit schemes may also be considered.
  • Be a permanent UK resident with a 3 year address history
  • Have a good credit history with no late payments, debt relief orders or bankruptcies
  • Have a valid email address and can access it

Please note that meeting the above criteria does not guarantee finance acceptance.

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