Animal Psychology (Level 4)


Course Code EDOCCLAC13

Course Overview

A distance learning course is the ideal way to gain a Level 4 Diploma in Animal Psychology. Whether you're looking to go on to further education, improve your job prospects or expand your knowledge, distance learning Diploma in Animal Psychology is a flexible and convenient course, which allows you to comprehensively prepare for an exam or career through home study. What's more, because the distance learning Level 4 Diploma in Animal Psychology course is a fully comprehensive course, no prior knowledge is required.

This Level 4 qualification builds upon prior knowledge derived from either formal academic qualifications, or via practical experience. It is an internationally recognised qualification that provides a strong foundation for working with animals and a basis for further study at degree level. A level 4 Diploma Animal Psychology can provide you with the knowledge and skills needed to pursue a career in Animal Psychology/Behaviour.

The level 4 course represent an excellent progression route and can provide access to higher education courses. On successful completion of this course, the students will be awarded 120 UCAS points.


What Could I Do After Taking This Animal Psychology Course?

With relevant Experience and Qualifications, you can go on to become an Animal Technician. As an animal technician you would be responsible for the day-to-day needs of lab animals. You would sometimes also help scientists with experiments involving the animals in your care. If you have an interest in scientific research and would enjoy working in a laboratory, this could be the job for you.

You’ll be using your written and spoken communication skills to make sure that you work well with the rest of your team and other professionals. You’ll also be using your organisational skills to make sure that you keep accurate records of all of the animals you care for.

Qualified and experienced technicians can earn between £15,000 and £20,000. Senior technologists can earn between £20,000 and £28,000. *

*Figures are intended as a guideline only.

On completion of the Animal Psychology course, learners can go on to study further in areas such as:


Course Features

Your Animal Psychology (Level 4) Course:

    A level 4 Diploma in Animal Psychology can provide you with the knowledge and skills needed to pursue a career in Animal Psychology/Behaviour.

Study Time

Study Hours are an approximate figure and are dependant upon how much time you can dedicate to your studies and how well you grasp the learning concepts in the course material. Furthermore, at the end of each lesson there is a question paper that needs to be completed and returned to your tutor. You should allow at least 1 - 2 hours of study to complete each question paper.

The approximate amount of time required to complete the Animal Psychology (Level 4) course is: 2 years

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Key Topics

The Level 4 Animal Psychology course is divided into eight comprehensive units:

Unit 1: Using information, communication and technology ICT in the study of Animal Psychology
Unit 2: Putting Psychology into Perspective
Unit 3: Approaches and constructs
Unit 4: Research methods and techniques
Unit 5: Classification and taxonomy
Unit 6: The biology of mammals
Unit 7: Genetic principles of mammals
Unit 8: Comparative mechanics of behaviour in animals


When you have completed the programme, your tutor needs to verify that you have worked through all parts of any Workbooks, Activities and Exercises successfully.

Upon verification of the activities, exercises and assignments, you will be awarded your diploma by CIE as confirmation that your written work has met all of the learning outcomes and assessment criteria for the programme.

Entry Requirements
Min 17 years

All Students must be 17 years of age or above.

The good news is that no prior learning knowledge or experience is essential to take this course. This course is openly available to anyone wishing to learn more about Animal Psychology and would like to take part in a highly rewarding home study course. However, we would recommend that you should have completed a minimum of Level 2 or GCSE equivalent in order to enrol for this course.

You have the freedom to start the course at any time and continue your studies at your own pace for a period of up to 12 months from initial registration with full tutor support.

Home Study Support

You will be provided with comprehensive materials - Online, designed to provide you with everything required to complete your course of study. You will have your own personal tutor helping you with your course work and with any questions you may have. Plus you can contact our Student Advisors by email or phone for all the practical advice you may need – so we really are with you 100%.

What's more, you'll have access to the online student portal, where you can interact with other students, browse our resource library and manage your account.

Home Study Resources

You will be provided with comprehensive materials designed to provide you with everything required to complete your course of study. Your course fee covers all textbooks, study folders, and/or online learning aids designed for distance learning.

This Level 4 Animal Psychology Course pack includes the Student Handbook with all relevant information that you would need to successfully complete the course.


Level 4 Animal Psychology Diploma 

Points Awarded : 120 UCAS points

At the end of this course successful learners will receive a accredited certificate from CIE and a Learner Unit Summary (which lists the details of all the units the learner has completed as part of the course).

The course has been endorsed accredited by CIE. This means that the provider has undergone an external quality check to ensure that the organisation and the courses it offers, meet certain quality criteria. 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 Recognition of Prior Learning if you wish to progress your studies in this sector. To this end the learning outcomes of the course have been benchmarked at Level 4 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 Oxford Learning to meet specific learners' and/or employers' requirements which cannot be satisfied through current regulated qualifications. The CIE certificates 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.

Possible Career Path

Animal Technician
In this job you would care for the animals used in research. Sometimes you would also be involved in experimental work. Your job means that you would be in day-to-day contact with the animals. The majority of technicians work with one type of animal.To become an animal technician, you should have close attention to detail. You should be able to keep accurate records. You will also need good computer skills.There are no entry qualifications, but most employers will expect you to have GCSEs or equivalent qualifications.

Find out more about the Job Role for Animal Technician .

What's Included

Our online courses are fully digitised so you can study on any smart device. Your learning programme is completely flexible so you can study at a pace that suits you. All our content is broken down into bite size chunks to make your learning more manageable and effective. Your course of study is broken down into units and sections, each of which contains lessons, activities and test papers. Courses are delivered on our Digital Learning Environment allowing you to study from anywhere on any smart device as long as you have access to the Internet. The course concludes by preparing you for examination using past papers in your chosen subject.

As a student, your course fee covers everything you will need to successfully complete the Animal Psychology home study course and earn your award:

  • Online study materials to enable the student to successfully complete the course.
  • Completion Certificate
  • Tutor marked assessments (TMAs)
  • Access to the online student portal (Student Chat, Forums and Online Support Resources)
  • NUS Extra Card (discounted membership)
  • One year educational support by e-mail.

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Further Information
Award Level: Level 4 Diploma

Awarding Body: CIE (Cambridge International Examinations)

Format: Online

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This course can be enrolled upon by students internationally. There are no deadlines for enrolments.


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About CIE (Cambridge International Examinations)

The international qualifications by CIE are recognised by the world’s best universities and employers, giving students a wide range of options in their education and career. They deliver high-quality educational programmes that can unlock learners’ potential. Their programmes and qualifications set the global standard for international education. They are created by subject experts, rooted in academic rigour and reflect the latest educational research. They provide a strong platform for learners to progress from one stage to the next, and are well supported by teaching and learning resources.


What is a Level 4 Diploma Equivalent to?

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What is a Level 5 Diploma equivalent to?

Level 5 qualifications recognise the ability to increase the depth of knowledge and understanding of an area of work or study to enable the formulation of solutions and responses to complex problems and situations. Learning at this level involves the demonstration of high levels of knowledge, a high level of work expertise in job roles and competence in managing and training others. Qualifications at this level are appropriate for people working as higher grade technicians, professionals or managers. Level 5 qualifications are at a level equivalent to intermediate Higher Education qualifications

Can I re-sit the exam if I fail?

You can take an online exam re-sit within 3 months of taking the exam, or before the end of your course, whichever is sooner. There is a £150 charge to re-sit the exam.

What is the duration of the course?

Our Level 4 Diplomas last for 1 year from the date of enrolment. All studies and the online exam must be completed within the 1 year time frame.

Can I extend the course if I don’t finish in time?

We do offer a course extension programme where Level 4 Diploma courses can be extended for £75 per month for up to 3 months. The extension period starts from the expiry date of the course.

Can I get into university with a Level 4 Diploma?

Most universities require UCAS points to gain entry. Some universities accept Level 4 Diplomas. We urge you to check the entry requirements of your chosen college/university/employer before enrolling on a course with us.

When will I receive my course?

If you have paid in full and opted for the Online version, the course access will be emailed to you within 48 hours. The paper version will take 3 weeks after you have received the online version and are happy with the course contents.

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Will I get a certificate on completion of my course?

You will receive a certificate from the College. A digital version is included in the price and will be emailed to you within 5 days of taking your online exam.

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Course Outline

How is the course structured?

The Level 5 Animal Psychology course is divided into eight comprehensive units:

Unit 1: Using information, communication and technology ICT in the study of Animal Psychology

Level H1

Learning hours: 150

Unit description

This unit aims to raise learner awareness of the different types of ICT skills, and provide the opportunity for them to develop these skills commensurate with H4 and H5 study. The course is delivered via distance learning with no face to face contact between tutors and students, therefore understanding appropriate research techniques, portfolio skills and self-reflection is important in terms of independent study at this level as well as facilitating a positive learning experience

Students are encouraged to conduct independent research related to the study of Animal Psychology using ICT skills, so that they can begin to compile their own resource list and also prepare themselves for further and more complex activities later in the course

Unit Content
1 Applications of ICT in the study of Animal Psychology

  • Information, communication and technology (ICT) comprises core skills for learning.
  • Utilisation of methods , tools and strategies of ICT to establish and maintain a sound working relationship with tutors and the college.
  • Development of ICT skills in order to communicate effectively and maximise study progression.
2 ePortfolio constructs
  • Setting up an ePortfolio for use during the lifetime of the course for storage of files including coursework, self- assessment activities, independent research notes and reflective journals.
  • The ePortfolio may be requested from time to time by tutors and moderators. Learners will be asked at various points in the course to upload files for this purpose.
  • A structured system of unique information but once completed can be used as a resource for continuing professional development (CPD), and a body of revision for future studies.
3 Independent web based research
  • Independent research to equip students with confidence to source and evaluate information relevant to the core course topics within Animal Psychology
  • Develop tools and strategies with which to begin to undertake independent research and integrate this into coursework activities, for example suggesting ways to read research articles and assimilate types of information from these.
4 Principles of self-assessment and reflective writing
  • The development of knowledge and understanding through writing skills for communicating ideas and arguments to tutors and other readers of written work.
  • Reviews of writing skills
  • Reflective writing skills and practice
  • Promotion of pro-active implementation of skills enhancement through tutor feedback and self-assessment

Unit 2: Putting Psychology into Perspective

Level H1

Learning hours: 150

Unit description

This unit in Animal Psychology aims at providing learners with the opportunity to explore the origins of psychology as a discipline and make links to key theories and experiments using animals. Learners are also encouraged to critically evaluate these theories and the work of eminent theorists in the field of psychology to develop knowledge and understanding of how approaches within psychology are shaped and informed.

Unit content
1 Historical emergence of modern psychology
  • Historical perspective: from scientific origins; Ancient Greek philosophy; 19 th C scientific discipline; Wundt, James, Pavlov, 20 th C Watson and Sinner; etymology; German experimental psychology; early American, French and British psychology; 2 nd generation - Gestalt
2 Theorists who helped shape psychological practices
  • Jung, Freud, Rogers, Ellis, Maslow, Skinner, Pavlov
  • Behaviourism (origins relate to animal studies; psychoanalytical; humanist
3 Psychology specialisms
  • Branch/specialism: clinical psychology; behavioural; forensic; cognitive; health, comparative; educational; sports; developmental; social; abnormal; cross-cultural and allied therapeutic branches including animal behaviourism and therapy
  • Exploration of the link between animal and human behaviour
  • Models: learning, cognitive, psychoanalysis; behaviour modification
4 Draw comparisons between traditional and current theories
  • Modern theorists (examples): Piaget, Kholberg, Bowlby; gardener; The Big 5 (personality), including exploration of their work relating to animals and how this has shaped animal psychology
  • Theories for exploration (examples): Cognitive dissonance; attachment (humans and animals); behaviour analysis; trait theory; personality theories

Unit 3: Approaches and constructs

Level: H1

Learning hours: 150

Unit description

The aim of this unit is to provide learners with the opportunity to study approaches within psychology and their application to animal psychology contexts, and to facilitate development of analytical and evaluative skills, as well as allow learners to broaden scientific knowledge.

Unit content
1 Biological approach in psychology

  • Physiological psychology: relationship between anatomy and physiology of the brain and sense organs (plus other body systems) to psychological response; stressors related to hormone production and release – physiological response – flight/fright response, raised blood pressure, slow digestion etc.; relationship between external environmental stimuli (psychological as well as physical) to response and behaviour
  • Exploration of how these connections and relationships were originally made using animal studies, and discussion on the relevance to animal psychology applications
2 Evolutionary approach
  • Evolutionary approach : critical evaluation of evolutionary theories (example Darwin), natural selection, adaptation, phenotype and genotype related to behavior traits and inherited characteristics (physical and psychological); influence of social, cultural and environmental factors
3 Scientific research
  • Aims and objectives of scientific research: biological and chemical investigation of living organisms;, systematic and objective examination of the subject matter
  • Types of scientific research: research paradigms, methodologies and methods; philosophical stance; relevance to psychological and behaviour models
  • Evaluation and dissemination: analysis of scientific research, applications of data and findings; routes of dissemination; trends and probabilities; observational applications
4 Relationship between the different approaches and integration
  • Comparison of psychological approaches within specialism and branches of the field.
  • Integration of therapeutic interventions and applications, and how these therapeutic interventions have been transferred and adapted to animal psychology/therapy

Unit 4: Research methods and techniques

Level H1

Learning hours: 150

Unit description

The previous unit looked at the influence of scientific research on how psychology has been shaped. This unit aims to provide learners with an opportunity to study current research methods used in psychology and to explore the advantages and disadvantages of these methods. It will also give learners an opportunity to explore how animals have contributed, and still do to psychology research and influence practice both in animal and human therapy

Unit content
1 Study design in psychological research

  • Study parameters; research methodology related to design; aims, outcomes, hypotheses; study environment
2 Principles of quantitative research
  • Quantitative data: numerical basis, countable, assignable; identification of trends and probabilities; objectivity; validation and rigor; study design; participant recruitment; aims and objectives; methods, analysis and evaluation; ethics
3 Principles of quantitative
  • Qualitative data : non-numerical; observational and interpretative; examines complexities of human behavior for example; validation and rigor; study design; participant recruitment; aims and objectives; methods, analysis and evaluation; ethics
4 Advantages and disadvantages of different research methods
  • Presentation and evaluation of advantages and disadvantages of research paradigms, methods and analytical strategies related to study design
  • Evaluation of similarities and differences related to rationale and review of practice application of research findings as strategies and models

Unit 5: Classification and taxonomy

Level H1

Learning hours: 150

Unit description

The aim of this unit is to provide learners with the opportunity to study classification of species from historical and modern perspectives, evaluating changes related to environment, loss of species, new species and adaptations. This knowledge and understanding will help learners to evaluate the influence of species development relate to psychological research, practice, and the use of psychological models and approaches in animal psychology.

Unit content
1 Classification system

  • History: all species are categorised or classified according to their similarities. Scientific classification; used by biologists to group both extinct and living species of organisms ; system developed in the 18 th century, and involves comparison the anatomy of different species in order to group them together. Kingdom; Phylum; Class; Order; Family; Genus; Species
  • Changes: groupings of organisms linked physical appearance and descent; ancestry; genetic revisions
2 Sub-categorization of domains
  • Domain structure: each classification is divided into domains; physical and genetic characteristics of species related to domain kingdoms; reconstruction, classification of structure, function, system; three domain system shift
3 External resources relating to classification
  • Independent research: exploration and evaluation of classification and domain structure, relating to theories such as Darwin, Lamarcke. Wallis
4 Comparisons between species
  • Differentiation : between mammals and reptiles; cellular level; species and functional level
  • Cycles: nitrogen, water and oxygen
  • Characteristics: evidence for influences such as environment, habitat and evolution, adaptation

Unit 6: The biology of mammals

Level H1

Learning hours: 150

Unit description

The aim of this unit is to provide learners with an opportunity to study cellular biology and reproductive processes in mammals. This will provide learners with a further opportunity to develop understanding of genetic inheritance related to environment, habitat and other influencing factors, and expand knowledge which is transferable into animal science applications.

Unit content
1 Cell structure and function

  • Structure: membrane bound organelles; cytoplasm; nuclear envelope, nuclear
  • Function: gene expression and DNA replication; protein synthesis; diffusion, facilitated diffusion; osmosis; active transport; endocytosis and exocytosis
2 Mammalian cellular replication processes
  • Prophase; metaphase; anaphase; telophase
  • DNA coding
  • Transcription and translation
  • Central dogma of genetics
3 Gene expression in mammals
  • Monohybrid cross; incomplete dominance; co dominance; pleiotrophy; polygeny; epstasis
  • Influencing factors: habitat, environment, demography, food, evolution, human intervention
4 Sexual and asexual reproduction
  • Mitosis: cloning, growth, repair, diploid
  • Meiosis: gamete formation; haploid; homologous pairing; daughter cells; fertilisation

Unit 7: Genetic principles of mammals

Level H1

Learning hours: 150

Unit description

This unit aims at providing learners with the opportunity to study genetic diversity at complex levels and explore different patterns, scenarios and processes using theoretical models, pedigree diagrams and independent research. This will provide learners with an opportunity to link genetic inheritance to animal behaviour and psychological research.

Unit content
1 Processes of meiosis

  • Genotypes : genetic information, random mixing of genes during meiosis; environmental influences
  • Phenotypes : genotype plus physical and chemical appearance; adaptations related to habitat, evolution, food supply, breeding
  • Gene pool diversity: breeding; habitat; environment; food sources; predation; evolutionary theory; survival of the fittest/adaptive survival
2 Pedigree diagram
  • Structure of pedigree diagram: symbols for genetic relationships; families/extended family; modes of inheritance (dominant/recessive); genes and alleles; analysis of charts and application to traits and characteristics
3 Evaluate evidence related to genetic inheritance
  • Review theories of evolution: Mendel, Darwin, Lamarke, Hunt’s chromosome theory of inheritance; current thinking - epigenetics
4 Factors contributing to genetic inheritance
  • Contributing factors: environmental, habitation and nurture; cell metabolism and adaptations
  • Strategies: adaptation (physical; feeding; mating; demographic; species evolution)
  • Factors: species individualality; evolution within species; Darwinism; Lamarckism; nutrition; movement; responses to changing climate; relationship to adaptation strategies; research into current examples within species

Unit 8: Comparative mechanics of behaviour in animals

Level H1

Learning hours: 150

Unit description

The aim of this unit is to provide learners with the opportunity to explore the physiological mechanics of animal behaviour and relate these to psychological principles and theories.

Unit content
1 Principles of perception

  • CNS – neurones and synapses, neurone communication
  • Sensory mechanics of perception – visual, auditory, olfactory
  • Electronic perception
  • Gustatory perception
  • Mechanics and constraint
2 Rhythmic clocks
  • Outline and explanation
  • Interaction between clocks related to external environment, influences and stimuli
3 Hormone action
  • Example of physiological action related to internal and external stimuli
  • Control and override
4 Trends in physiological mechanics
  • Discussion related to trends and changes
  • Physiological mechanisms
  • Deduction mechanisms

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Our aim is to provide you with the best deal available, therefore any registration fee, certification fee and full tutor support is included in the course price for you. The enrolment fee for the Level 4 Diploma in Animal Psychology home study course is £3500, though for a limited time we are offering you the opportunity to pay only £2800 which is a 20% discount if you enrol online and pay in full.

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Award Level Level 4 Diploma
Format Online
Study Time 2 years
Entry Requirements Min 17 years
£3,500.00 £2,800.00
£2,800.00 deposit + 4 monthly payments of £700.00 £525.00 £525.00 £525.00
Ex Tax: £2,800.00

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