Animal Studies (Level 4)


Course Code EDOCCLAC14

Course Overview

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

Working with animals is a challenging, but rewarding, experience. This Level 4 Diploma award can equip you with the skills you need to begin working with animals, or for further study at degree level. An internationally recognised qualification, this Level 4 qualification builds upon prior knowledge, whether gained via academic study or from practical experience.

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 Studies 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 Studies course, learners can go on to study further in areas such as:



Course Features

Your Animal Studies (Level 4) Course:

    This Level 4 Diploma in Animal Studies can equip you with the skills you need to begin working with animals, or for further study at degree level.

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 Studies (Level 4) course is: 2 Years

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Key Topics

The Level 4 Diploma in Animal Studies course is divided into eight comprehensive units:

  • Unit 1: Using ICT in animal studies
  • Unit 2: Taxonomy and classification of the animal kingdom
  • Unit 3: The biology of mammals
  • Unit 4: Basic genetic principles of mammals
  • Unit 5: Equine anatomy and physiology
  • Unit 6: Equine inheritance processes
  • Unit 7: Equine health, disease and nutrition
  • Unit 8: Equine behaviour and training


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

In order to undertake this course the student will require:

  • Prior knowledge and understanding commensurate with enrolment criteria 
  • Access to computer system with internet access and capabilities to download and upload files 
  • Word processing ability and access to word processing package compatible with college requirements 
  • Good organisational skills in order to plan studies, manage workload and study time


Level 4 Diploma in Animal Studies

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 Studies 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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    For all students who successfully complete their course, you will be entitled to 25% off any future courses through eDistance Learning or it's partners.

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Further Information
Award Level: Level 4

Awarding Body: CIE (Cambridge International Examinations)

Format: Online / Paper

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From time to time we may enrol our students with our partner sites; this is dependent on the number of students enrolling on a particular course and course material availability. If this happens, nothing changes for you other than the name of the college administering your course. We will continue to be your point of contact; you will get the exact same course you have enrolled on with the same high level of quality content and support.

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


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What is a Level 4 Diploma Equivalent to?

Level 4 qualifications recognise specialist learning and involve detailed analysis of a high level of information and knowledge in an area of work or study. Learning at this level is appropriate for people working in technical and professional jobs, and/or managing and developing others. Level 4 qualifications are at a level equivalent to Certificates of Higher Education.

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.

For students, who choose to pay in instalments - you are required to complete the necessary agreement before the course is emailed to you.

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.

Should you require an embossed hard copy of your certificate to be sent to you by Special Delivery post, you can order this separately after taking your exam.

How do I contact my tutor and submit assignments?

All our tutors are working professionals in their chosen fields and prefer to be contacted by email. In this way they can record your questions and progress.

Will my tutor answer my support requests quickly?

Yes, all tutors aim to give you feedback on your assignments within 10 working days. However, you do not usually have to wait this length of time.

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Most of our courses are designed to be completed through assessments so you are not required to take exams except for A Levels and some Bookkeeping courses. However, as mentioned elsewhere, the arrangement for a centre at which to sit your exams is for you to make.

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Course Outline

How is the course structured?

The Level 4 Diploma in Animal Studies course is divided into eight comprehensive units:

Unit 1: Using ICT in animal studies
Information, communication and technology (ICT) comprises core skills for learning. In this distance learning course utilisation of methods, tools and strategies of ICT is important in order to establish and maintain a sound working relationship with tutors and the college. Students will need to develop ICT skills in order to communicate effectively and maximise their study progression.

The first unit of this Animal Studies course explains how to set up an ePortfolio which students will use during the lifetime of the course for storage of all their 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. Students will be asked at various points in the course to upload files for this purpose. The ePortfolio will not only provide students with 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.

Independent research is fundamental to level 5 study and also equips students with confidence to source and evaluate information relevant to the core course topics. In this first unit students are presented with 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.

The development of knowledge and understanding through writing skills is important for communicating ideas and arguments to tutors and other readers of written work. Therefore this unit reviews writing skills, and incorporates reflective writing into both the course and coursework activities. Reflective writing is a way that individuals can review their own approaches to learning and communication; and it also promotes pro-active implementation of skills enhancement through tutor feedback and self-assessment.

Unit 2: Taxonomy and classification of the animal kingdom
All species are categorised or classified according to their similarities. Scientific classification is used by biologists to group both extinct and living species of organisms. The system used was developed in the 18 th century, and involves comparison the anatomy of different species in order to group them together.

Over time, these classifications are being changed to show groups of organisms that are linked not by their physical appearance, but in terms of their descent from a common ancestor. Recently, many revisions have been made as more information is acquired about genetics, and scientific tests have been developed which can tell how related two species are. The branch of science that covers scientific classification is called taxonomy. In this unit students will explore the original and historical timeline of classification and taxonomy and relate this to different species.

Each classification is divided into domains. Unit content will explain how these domains are categorised and identified using physical and genetic characteristics.

Differentiation between mammals and reptiles begins with classification. This unit introduces content on a cellular level in order to facilitate understanding of differentiation

To complete discussion on classification the unit content presents discussion and information about the nitrogen, water and oxygen cycles. This discussion is linked to domains and animal characteristics, bringing into discussion environmental factors and habitat.

Unit 3: The biology of mammals
This section of unit 3 develops discussion from unit 2 and explores cellular biology. Effective and correct cellular function is essential to the maintenance of life. In this section cell structure, function and physiology is looked at in detail

The mammal’s internal body environment is rigidly controlled and this state needs to remain as constant as possible within certain ranges. The process of homeostasis is controlled by sophisticated mechanisms which are sensitive to changes that affect the body’s internal environment, and they respond accordingly. Different feedback systems operate to ensure homeostasis continues effectively. This section of the unit will look at these processes.

There are two forms of reproduction, sexual and asexual. Mammals reproduce using sexual reproduction, and asexual reproduction is used by various organisms such as bacteria, plants, and also some animals. Some animals are able to use both sexual and asexual reproduction. This section of unit 3 looks in detail at cell division and the different types of replication.

Replication means that the DNA, with all its genes, must be copied every time a cell divides.

Expression means that the genes on DNA must control characteristics. A gene was traditionally defined as a factor that controls a particular characteristic (such as flower colour), but a much more precise definition is that a gene is a section of DNA that codes for a particular protein. Expression can be split into two parts :transcription (making RNA) and translation (making proteins). This is called the central dogma of genetics.

These crucial processes are described and explained within this section of unit 3 and prepare students for unit 4 and studying basic genetic processes.

Unit 4: Basic genetic principles of mammals
The physical and chemical appearance of any organisms is known as its phenotype. The phenotype is the result of the genotype or genetic information, the environment in which the organisms lives and the individual or unique genetic make -up which is due to the random shuffling or mixing of genes during meiosis. This unit looks at the processes of inheritance and genetic traits and builds upon knowledge and understanding from unit 3.

Genetic traits are represented in pedigree diagrams which traces how the disease passes through family members and indicates their gender and whether they have the disease. This method is an easy one for seeing and understanding disease inheritance and traits.

Cells are the building blocks from which living organisms are constructed. In order for bodily systems to work, cells cannot be isolated from their external environment, and substances must enter and leave through the membranes of them. This process is crucial to both ell division, growth repair and for processes of inheritance to take place. This unit looks at the integration of these key cellular processes.

In order for an organism to be defined as ‘alive’ they need to possess the characteristics given below, which all animals have in common. The unit culminates in a reiteration of these characteristics which encapsulate the sum total of all cellular processes covered in units 1 to 4: m ovement, nutrition, respiration, excretion. Sensitivity, growth and reproduction.

Unit 5: Equine anatomy and physiology
The skeleton of the horse provides structure to the body, and together with the muscles, allows the horse to move. It also protects the vital organs inside the body.

In addition to these functions, the skeleton also has other functions, for example some of the bones are also involved in the production of red and white blood cells, which are vital components of the immune and circulatory systems. The bones also provide a place for storage of minerals such as calcium and phosphorus. This unit will look in detail at the equine skeleton and compare it to that of the human one. It will also present discussion about how the horse’s movement is related to its skeletal developments.

This unit will briefly explore all the other anatomical structures and their functions in the horse and identify any key differences that are present in the horse compared with humans and other animals.

The reproductive systems in horses are important in terms of understanding their anatomy and physiology, particularly in terms of selective breeding programmes and breeding cycles. This unit will present detailed coverage of both mare and stallion reproductive systems and make comparisons to those of humans and other animals.

Gestation in mares and foaling processes are discussed in detail within this unit. The material also looks at complications of pregnancy in horses and particular problems that can occur during and after foaling.

Unit 6: Equine inheritance processes
This unit reviews the basic principles of genetic inheritance already covered and then goes on to explore these in relation to the horse. Different pedigree charts are presented and correlating types of horse characteristics explained.

Selective breeding in horses can result in complex breeding processes and genetic mutations becoming problematic. This unit identifies some of these issues and links the mutations back to genetic processes and commonly seen genetic disorders in horses.

Although it may seem that all genetic mutations are harmful and cause disorders, without the mutations that occur in individual genes, then evolution would not have occurred. It is known from the study of fossil evidence that species change (evolve) over time. When an individual inherits a characteristic that offers it some advantage in some way, then it will be more likely to survive and go on to reproduce, which means that those advantageous genes are more likely to be passed on. Therefore in this section the theoretical concepts of natural selection and selective breeding programmes will be explored.

The total amount of genes within a population is known as the gene pool, and as we already know, there can be considerable variation in the genes within a particular population. As well as mutations giving rise to changes in a gene pool, changes may arise due to individuals moving from one area to another, and breeding occurring between two different populations which are genetically different to each other, causing new combinations to arise. This genetic drift process will be explored and discussed.

Unit 7: Equine health, disease and nutrition
When we think of the requirement for energy for horses, we may think of the work that we want the horse to do. However energy is required for all life processes, including the pumping of the heart, repair and growth of muscles, and the maintenance of blood pressure and the transmission of impulses through the nervous system. The requirements for energy can be classed as the energy for maintenance (staying alive) and the energy for production (work). Some horses will have additional requirements, for example those used for breeding. This unit examines nutritional requirements for horses and then goes on to relate diet to health.

In order to work out how much to feed, it is necessary to work out the weight of the horse, the type of work it is doing, and whether or not it has any additional requirements. Feeding for maintenance is feeding enough to allow the horse to carry out its normal bodily functions such as growth, digestion, tissue repair and respiration. Feeding for production also takes into account work the horse is doing, or pregnancy, lactation, or improving condition of the horse. This section of the unit describes how to make these calculations and relates diet to health and disease.

Discussion of the most common diseases, conditions and ailments seen in horses are described and discussed. Veterinary diagnostic techniques, processes and treatments are also covered. The unit also looks at preventative measures through diet and appropriate feed, together with some of the common drugs used in equine health maintenance and treatment.

The unit presents material on equine behaviour and training. This covers issues such as gender difference, environment, applications such as racing or domestic pets, together with looking at how diet and exercise regimes can affect behaviour and subsequent training processes.

Unit 8: Equine behaviour and training
The modern horse has been domesticated for around ten thousand years, which may seem a long time, although is only a very short time in terms of evolution. The horse is the descendant of Eohippus, who lived more than 55 million years ago. The horse is naturally a prey animal, and so has evolved to have the instincts of a prey animal. Humans originally kept horses for food, as well as using them to work, and more recently, for sport and leisure. Horses have had to adapt to our changing needs within a very short period of time. This unit explores this evolutionary process and makes the link to equine behaviour.

Although the horse has retained its natural instinct to flee from predators, most horses learn to suppress this instinct. We are able to ride the horse and sit on his back. In the wild, a horse would think that something on its back was a predator. The fact that we are able to do this shows that the horse is capable of learning, and this is adaptive behaviour. This unit examines the evidence supporting learning processes of the horse and makes comparisons to other animal behaviour.

The unit looks at reducing equine behaviour problems through traditional learning and conditioning processes but also through exercise, diet and environment/habitat.

The unit links methods of training to behaviour management and processes. Therefore different types of training models will be discussed through the unit.

Course Fees

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 Animal Studies 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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With online based study you can access the course online. You can then review them in your own time and complete the assignments which you are required to submit to your personal tutor for marking and feedback.

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Home Study Experts

Home Study Experts

If you would like to talk to us about your choice of course please don't hesitate to contact one of our team of Course Advisors to discuss your options.

Complete the enquiry form opposite with the details of the course you are interested in and a specialist advisor in your chosen subject will call you back at your requested time.

Alternatively, talk to a Course Advisor through our Live Chat facility to the right hand side of this page, you can call us on local rate 0844 357 1110 or call us free on Skype. 8.00am-8.00pm seven days a week.

If you are calling from outside the UK, please call 0044 705 006 2221, use Live Chat or complete the enquiry form and we will call you back.

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Easy Payment Plan

Easy Payment Plan

Are you looking to spread the cost of your course? Pay a deposit online and then spread the balance over four monthly payments.

We aim to make it as easy as possible for you to get started on your chosen course. Simply download the instalment agreement below, complete in full and return the signed agreement to accept the terms and conditions as set out here. Upon receipt of this agreement we will dispatch your course materials, tutor contact details, study guide and student portal login information within 48 hours.

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Business Customers

Business Customers

Home Study Expert delivers high-quality online and paper based distance learning training services. Transform the skills of your employees and improve business performance and profitability.

Discover the benefits of learning with eDistance Learning and see how we can help your company. Call 0844 357 1110 or fill in the contact form below.

Once we understand what your business needs are, we can offer you expert training and funding advice. The helpline is open from 8am to 8pm, everyday.

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Price Match

Price Match

When you enrol with us we want you to know you're getting the best course with the most comprehensive support structure at the best price. We're proud to offer you our Price Match Guarantee.

It's simple. We're so confident that we're offering you a fantastic deal - we'll refund the difference if you find the exact same course on any other UK website within 7 days of your purchase.

To request a price match refund, please fill out the form below including: the name of the website where the product is cheaper, your full name, telephone number and email if available. You will receive an automated acknowledgment of your request, and we will review the details and reply to you via email within three business days.

Upon our acceptance of your refund request, please allow 14 days for delivery of your refund which will be credited as a second transaction on your credit or debit card. The time taken for the refund to appear on your credit or debit card statement varies so the amount may not show on your next statement.

Please note: to avoid potential abuse and to enable us to honour our price-match refund guarantee to genuine customers, the acceptance of all refund requests is ultimately at the discretion of Home Study Expert, who will at all times act reasonably and in good faith.

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Award Level Level 4
Format Online / Paper
Study Time 2 Years
Entry Requirements Min 17 years
£3,500.00 £2,800.00
£2,800.00 deposit + 4 monthly payments of £560.00 £700.00 £700.00 £700.00
Ex Tax: £2,800.00

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