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Animal Care Level 3 Course

Online Learning College


£299 inc VAT
Or £49.83/mo. for 6 months...
Study method
Online, self-paced
12 months
No formal qualification
  • Certificate of completion - Free
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Understanding how to care for animals is something which can be adopted at home or at work and this Animal Care Level 3 course covers the necessary requirements for this. This course covers a variety of different areas including feeding, accommodation, health care needs and animal behaviour to give learners an in-depth understanding of animal care.

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About this Course

Studying for the Animal Care Level 3 course with us will give you an insight into various different aspects of caring for different animals and what needs they have. This course is great for learning the different requirements of animals for anyone that cares for animals in their work or at home.

Study Time: 100 hours

Enrolment length: 12 months

Course Format: Online

Entry Requirements: None Specific

Upon completion of this course students are awarded a Quality Licence Scheme certification and an OLC Certificate. All certification fees are included in your course fees.


To gain this Animal Care Level 3 certification you will need to submit, and pass, all of the tutor marked assignments. There are six assignments in the course and no need to purchase any textbooks as we provide all of the lessons and materials required to learn the syllabus.

All assignments are coursework based and are in an essay/question and answer style to test your knowledge of the topics covered in each of the course sections.

Course Content

This course assesses the following units:

Unit 1: Nutritional requirements of animals

  • Understand the different types of animal feeders
  • The nutritional requirements of food, what they are, where they are found and why they are needed
  • How to choose the correct food
  • The quantity and timing of feeding
  • The storage and disposal of food
  • Some examples of not meeting an animals nutritional requirements

Unit 2: Housing requirements of animals

  • State the housing requirements of animals
  • List the different types of bedding materials
  • List the fixtures and fittings different animals require
  • Explain how to clean and maintain different animal accommodation
  • Describe the different ways that waste is disposed of correctly

Unit 3: Health and well-being of animals

  • Explain the ways in which diseases can be prevented
  • List the common diseases found in cats, dogs and rabbits
  • Understand what is meant by the terms endoparasite and ectoparasite and be able to list examples of each
  • Discuss the signs of health in animals
  • Be able to explain first aid procedures and their remedies

Unit 4: Animal handling

  • Understand why we need to handle, restrain and move animals
  • Understand personal protective equipment and why we use it
  • Identify different types of handling and restraint equipment
  • Reduce stress when handling, restraining and moving animals

Unit 5: Behaviour and training

  • Describe the normal and abnormal behaviour of a range of animals
  • State the emotions that are shown by animals
  • Understand why we observe the behaviour in animals and state the methods of observing and recording
  • List the ways in which abnormal behaviour can be reduced and avoided
  • Understand what is meant by the word enrichment and come up with strategies of providing environmental enrichment

Unit 6: Working with animals

  • Identify animal welfare needs and will be able to discuss how we can meet these needs
  • Explain what the animal welfare act 2006 is and how it relates to looking after animals
  • Understand the current legislation that needs to be followed when dealing with animals
  • List the animals used in production and be able to list the items produce
  • Understand what intensive farming is and be able to compare it to free range and organic farming

This course can be taken over a 12 month period but you can complete it as fast or as slowly as you wish.


To pass this course learners must pass 6 assignments. These are completed after navigating through the corresponding lessons and writing your answers to assignment questions. Once these have been read and marked by your personal tutor, feedback and marks are provided to students which contain helpful tips to improve work in future assignments.


All of our students are given access to our online campus through their own personal login and password. Once logged in you can access your course materials, lessons, resources and assignments in your own time. Assignments are uploaded through your account and the process is easy intuitive. Our online campus includes:

  • 24/7/365 access to all of your course materials- all lessons, assignments and resources are available from the moment you enrol
  • Instant access to your course after you enrol- start studying immediately!
  • Integrated chat and messaging systems so that you can contact your tutor
  • Online assignment uploads to save time in returning marks and feedback.
  • Links to further resources and information available on courses
  • Self-led learning on all courses- study in your own time and work through your assignments at your own pace
  • Safe e-portfolio of your work is kept under lock and key on our secure servers
  • Progress bar to show the work you have completed and how many tasks you still have to complete on your course
  • Detailed help centre with step-by-step instructions on getting the most from your course and how to upload assignments and contact your tutor


The most important tool that all of our students have at their disposal is their tutor. When studying for a course with us you are assigned a personal tutor with indepth knowledge and experience in your chosen subject.

You are strongly advised to make use of your tutors expertise and ask questions about the course content. Your assignments are marked by your personal tutor and detailed feedback is given. As well as this your tutor will provide you with pointers and advice on where you can improve- this helps you to get the most from your courses and constantly improve your skills.

Enrolment Length

All of our courses are allocated plenty of time for students to complete their studies and all materials are self-led so that you can complete the course at your own pace. Should you require additional time on one of our courses you can extend your enrolment by 30 days for an additional fee of £60.

As well as this we operate a 14 day money back guarantee on every one of our qualifications- that’s how confident we are of how you will love studying with us!

Who is this course for?

Anyone looking to work with animals or progress in their career within animal care.


There are no entry requirements.

Career path

Veterinary Assistant

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Certificate of completion

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What does study method mean?

Study method describes the format in which the course will be delivered. At Reed Courses, courses are delivered in a number of ways, including online courses, where the course content can be accessed online remotely, and classroom courses, where courses are delivered in person at a classroom venue.

What are CPD hours/points?

CPD stands for Continuing Professional Development. If you work in certain professions or for certain companies, your employer may require you to complete a number of CPD hours or points, per year. You can find a range of CPD courses on Reed Courses, many of which can be completed online.

What is a ‘regulated qualification’?

A regulated qualification is delivered by a learning institution which is regulated by a government body. In England, the government body which regulates courses is Ofqual. Ofqual regulated qualifications sit on the Regulated Qualifications Framework (RQF), which can help students understand how different qualifications in different fields compare to each other. The framework also helps students to understand what qualifications they need to progress towards a higher learning goal, such as a university degree or equivalent higher education award.

What is an ‘endorsed’ course?

An endorsed course is a skills based course which has been checked over and approved by an independent awarding body. Endorsed courses are not regulated so do not result in a qualification - however, the student can usually purchase a certificate showing the awarding body’s logo if they wish. Certain awarding bodies - such as Quality Licence Scheme and TQUK - have developed endorsement schemes as a way to help students select the best skills based courses for them.