Cost €500

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Animal Science Level 5

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QQI Level 5 Award in Animal Care 5M2768                     Duration: 1 year

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This course costs €300 if you are exempt from €200 Government Charge
Mature students (over 21 years) may be entitled to VTOS funding

What will I study?

  • Animal Anatomy & Physiology
  • Biology
  • Word Processing
  • Animal Grooming
  • Animal Behaviour
  • Animal Welfare
  • Small Animal Husbandry & Housing
  • Maths- optional
  • Work Experience
  • Communications

Please note the components listed above may vary occasionally

How will I learn?

You will have a mixture of classroom-based subjects, laboratory practicals, mandatory work placement (including a work shop in Dublin Zoo) and independent study. You will be expected to complete assignments throughout the year.

How will I be assessed?

A full Award is granted on passing the relevant eight components. You will be assessed throughout and at the end of the year.(Continuous Assessment) On successful completion of each component, you will be awarded a Pass, a Merit or a Distinction grade.

What we would like from you!

Applicants with a passion for working with animals, a willingness to work hard and an interest in biology. You will be responsible for securing an appropriate off site work placement before the beginning of the course.

Career/Progression Opportunities

Students may progress from Level 5 Award to participating Higher Education Institutions (HEIs) through the QQI Higher Education Links Scheme.  This Award is a recognised and respected link with Vet Nursing degrees in UCD, DKIT (Dundalk),  AIT (Athlone) and LYIT (Letterkenny). However this is a highly competitive route. The Award also links with Science & Bioscience degrees in DIT/TU Dublin.  Animal Science Level 5 is a recognised link with UCD Science/Zoology Degree DN200, Ag. Science DN250 (Animal Science, Equine Science etc.) It also links with Wildlife Biology in IT Tralee and Freshwater Marine Biology in GMIT. On meeting the Entry Requirements for Sligo IT, through a special link, students are guaranteed places on many of their Level 6/7 science courses. The new Laboratory apprenticeships are also an option. Click this course code 5M2768 to see the list of Third Level courses this Award links with. You can also select “any award” in the same search box and this will return all courses open to students who have successfully completed a QQI Level 5 course.

This Award is recognised by UK Colleges for Animal Welfare, Animal Behaviour and Veterinary Nursing degrees.

Animal Science can also act as a gateway into the animal industry. Past students are working in animal welfare organisations (Dogs Trust); safari parks (Tayto Safari Park); as Animal Care Assistants in veterinary clinics, pet stores, kennels, stables and in Dublin Zoo.

See what our Students say.

Changed my life!
I attended Killester College in 2014 to study level 5 Animal Science, as a (very) mature student. During my time there I was first introduced to Chemistry and Biology. The lecturers in the college were fantastic and encouraged me every step of the way.Due to the skills that I learnt in Killester, I was accepted to IT Tralee, where I am currently doing a B.Sc in Wildlife Biology. It ticks every possible box. This summer I am on a work placement in the Education Centre in Tayto Park, and I get to bring students on Ecology field surveys and bring visitors around the zoo.
September 2018 will be my final year in Tralee, and if it wasn’t for my time studying Animal Science, I would not be doing what I love. Thanks to one and all in Killester
Adele Sheehan 2014-2015.

See past student Muireann Costigan (TU Dublin student) in a video under INSPIRATIONAL PLC SUCCESS STORIES in News section of this site!

Entry Requirements

A student over 16 years seeking entry to this programme does not need a previous formal qualification.  However, the student must demonstrate at interview the capacity to successfully participate on this programme. This includes both the academic and work experience elements of the programme. Should the student have previous qualifications, one of the following may be advantageous for admission to the programme:

  • Leaving Certificate/LCA
  • QQI Level 4 Award
  • Students who may not have formal academic requirements but who have the ability to successfully participate on the course will be considered. (RPL Recognition of Prior Learning)
  • Interview. You will be required to write a personal statement at Interview.

Note  Students should note that some of the practical work on this course requires some physical effort and direct contact with animals. Consequently, students with any back problems, respiratory illnesses or allergies or indeed any other injuries or conditions should discuss this matter with the course coordinator at enrolment. You must have proof of a current tetanus vaccination. Applicants should have access to their own pets/animals for elements of this course.


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