NC Animal Care (SCQF Level 5)

Course Content

This course establishes the principles of a wide range of animal care subjects including healthcare and husbandry. The course develops knowledge in specialist areas such as anatomy, small animal feeding, breeding, parasitology and exotic pets as well as safe working practices. It is delivered with a balance of practical and theoretical classes.

Entry Requirements

External Applicants: Two National 5’s at Grade C or above plus one National 4 in academic subjects (or equivalent qualifications). Learners will be required to work with a wide variety of small animals (including rodents, reptiles and birds). Successful applicants will be required to provide academic and attendance references.


Continuing Students: please refer to the conditions set by the department. 

Method of Assessment

This course is a mixture of written and practical assessments, reports and an e-portfolio.

Future Prospects

Some learners move directly into employment including boarding kennels, SSPCA, Guide Dogs, pet shops and veterinary practices. Learners may apply to progress to NC Zoo Animal Care, Behaviour and Welfare or HNC Animal Care.

Course Overview
  • Study Type

    Full Time

  • Campus

    Arbroath Campus

  • Start Date

    26 Aug 2024

  • SCQF Level


  • Duration

    32 Weeks

  • Subject Area

    Animals, Land & Environment

  • Tuition fees may be paid for full-time students in Scotland subject to meeting residency requirements, applications should be made to the appropriate funding body. International Students please refer to our International fees page
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