1Course 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, from home!

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
  • Identifying 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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2Course 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’s
  • How the history of foxes and deer’s are 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
3Other 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 well over enough 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 posted. 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 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.


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
  • Exclusive Open Study College Pen
  • Student study planner
  • Three colour highlighter
  • Student notebook
  • Document wallet
  • FREE CV writing service
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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