- Animal Anatomy & Physiology
- Word Processing
- Animal Grooming
- Animal Behaviour
- Animal Welfare
- Small Animal Husbandry & Housing
- Maths- optional
- Work Experience
Please note the components listed above may vary occasionally
Course consists of a a mixture of classroom-based subjects, laboratory practicals, mandatory work placement (including a work shop in Dublin Zoo) and independent study. You will be expected to complete assignments throughout the year.
A full Award is granted on passing the relevant eight components. You will be assessed throughout and at the end of the year.(Continuous Assessment) On successful completion of each component, you will be awarded a Pass, a Merit or a Distinction grade.
Applicants with a passion for working with animals, a willingness to work hard and an interest in biology. You will be responsible for securing an appropriate off site work placement before the beginning of the course.
Students may progress from Level 5 Award to participating Higher Education Institutions (HEIs) through the QQI Higher Education Links Scheme. This Award is a recognised and respected link with Vet Nursing degrees in UCD, DKIT (Dundalk), AIT (Athlone) and LYIT (Letterkenny) and with Science & Bioscience degrees in DIT/TU Dublin. Animal Science Level 5 is a recognised link with UCD Science/Zoology Degree DN200, Animal Science DN250 and DN251 Equine Science. It also links with Wildlife Biology in IT Tralee and Freshwater Marine Biology in GMIT. From 2018, Killester College Animal Science Students who graduate & meet The Entry Requirements for Sligo IT are guaranteed places on all their science courses. The new Laboratory apprenticeships are also an option.
This Award is recognised by UK Colleges for Animal Welfare, Animal Behaviour and Veterinary Nursing degrees.
Animal Science can also act as a gateway into the animal industry. Past students are working in animal welfare organisations (Dogs Trust); safari parks (Tayto Safari Park); as Animal Care Assistants in veterinary clinics, pet stores, kennels, stables and in Dublin Zoo.