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Animal Science

Course Code(s):  6M5153 HJ
QQI Award Code:  6M5153 Animal Science
Award:  National Framework of Qualifications level
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Bray Institute of Further Education

Bray Institute of Further Education
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Course overview

Course Code 6M5153 HJ
QQI Award Code 6M5153 Animal Science
Award National Framework of Qualifications level

Course Description

This one year course is uniquely designed for those who wish to progress to a career in animal care at a supervisory level. It offers a broad range of subjects to encourage learners to explore different aspects of animal care and husbandry for both companion and exotic animals. The learner has the opportunity to seek work experience in a variety of settings. The learner will study towards a QQI award in Animal Science at Level 6. They may also achieve a City & Guilds Certificate/Subsidiary Diploma in Animal Management.

What will you Study?

QQI Modules:
Animal Science and Health
Wildlife Management
Animal Grooming
Canine Obedience and Training
Kennel and Cattery Management
Work Experience
Animal Behaviour
Customer Service

CITY and GUILDS Modules:
Understand Animal Welfare and Breed Development
Work Experience
Zoological Animal Health
Components subject to change
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Progression to CAO Courses

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6M5153

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Related Career Sectors

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Animals & Veterinary Science
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National Statistics for this Award (All Ireland)

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