Animal Care Level 3

Our course code: X353

Course fee £375 or from £28 per month

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Animals play a significant role in our lives. True companions, they’ve got the power to make us smile when we’re down and shower us with affection no matter what. But, much like us, animals need help from time to time and that’s where a skilled animal carer makes a real difference. If you love animals, you may be thinking, ‘How do I start working with animals?’ By learning all the theory on our Animal Care Level 3 qualification. This online course covers the main areas of animal care and gives you the knowledge to work in various care settings. Enrol today.

What does the Animal Care Level 3 course involve?

The course teaches you the importance of animal welfare. You’ll begin by exploring the history of domestic animals, the benefits of pet ownership, and five key needs of animals. As pet owners have a legal duty when looking after animals, we’ll discuss some of the laws they must follow. You’ll also familiarise yourself with health and safety in animal care, such as hazards, hygiene, waste control and protective equipment.

Before working with animals, a good understanding of anatomy and physiology is useful. Therefore, we’ll break down the biology of small mammals, such as dogs, which will enable you to provide better support. Moving forward, we’ll look at the role nutrition plays in an animal’s diet. In doing so, you’ll consider the various nutrition groups animals fall into, feeding equipment, and how to choose and prepare the right food.

Knowing how to handle animals correctly can prevent handlers and animals from getting injured. So, we’ll explain how body language can show an animal’s needs or mood. You’ll look at the correct methods for handling and restraining a range of domestic animals. And you’ll learn about various forms of transportation. Finally, you’ll become aware of housing requirements that have a major impact on animals well-being.

This level 3 course is ideal for anyone who wants to work with animals!

What can I do with an Animal Care Level 3 qualification?

One of the main benefits of working in animal care is that a degree isn’t always necessary. Another benefit is that with a little knowledge, you can begin your journey into a range of exciting career roles. Many of our animal care students have become veterinary assistants or look after animals in rescue centres and sanctuaries. However, you might opt for a career as a zookeeper or work with a major charity, such as RSPCA.

The demand for animal care workers is growing, too. According to PDSA, 49% of all adults in the UK own a pet. The pet population is massive. What with 11.1 million cats and 8.9 million dogs running around. And with more than 13,000 animal care businesses in the UK, there’s always going to be room for more care workers. But even if you aim to become a licensed vet, our Level 3 Animal Care offers the basic knowledge to get you started.

With 13,000 animal care businesses in the UK, there’s always room for more care workers.

Do you want to work with animals? If so, Oxbridge can help you get there. Our tutors and course writers are experts in their field and passionate about all things animal care and welfare. What’s stopping you? Enrol today.

Looking for something focused? We’ve got a range of animal care courses for all kinds of animal lovers.



This Level 3 Animal Care qualification covers the key areas required by those working with animals in work or at home.

  • Study with winners

    We’re an award-winning learning provider and have been recognised for our cutting-edge learning techniques.

  • At your own pace

    Study this course as quickly or slowly as you wish; we’ll work at a speed that suits you.

  • Unlimited Tutor Support

    Get as much help and support as you want from your personal course tutor via email and phone.

  • Awarding body: NCFE Customised Qualifications

With a heritage stretching back over 150 years, NCFE is one of the largest awarding bodies in the UK. Over 340,000 students were awarded certification by NCFE last year. Our NCFE Customised Qualifications are bespoke, unregulated qualifications developed to meet the needs of our learners. Completing Customised Qualifications does not lead to an OFQUAL regulated qualification, but they can be used as evidence of knowledge and skills towards future study.

Study Hours

Up to 120 hours which is under 40 minutes per day for 6 months.

Study Method

The course is specially designed for study by distance learning. Throughout the course, there will be self-assessment questions, and tutor marked assignments (TMAs), to enable you to monitor your progress.

Course Duration

You have up to a year to complete this course and we have included a suggested number of study hours. This is usually ample time for learners, even with full-time jobs and other commitments. Don’t worry if you go over the year though, we can organise an extension to your course for an additional fee, which also extends your tutor support.


Throughout this course, you may be expected to complete assignments, essays, research projects, posters, leaflets, presentations, video/audio recordings, work-based and practical learning sessions to meet the requirements of your course. This information will be included in your study pack detailing exactly what you need to do to accomplish your goals as a student.

Course Outcomes

At the end of this course, successful learners will receive an NCFE Customised Qualification. You can read more about NCFE here.

Additional Information

Difficulty - Level 3

Entry requirements - There are no formal entry requirements for this course, however, it is recommended that you have an intermediate ability to read and write English.

Course Content

1: Animals in society
  • A brief history of domestic animals
  • Selection and ownership of animals
  • The Animal Welfare Act 2006
  • Other laws relating to pets
2: Health and safety within animal care
  • Personal protective equipment and how they are correctly used
  • Hygiene control
  • Waste disposal
  • Hazard, risks and how we can help limit these
3: Anatomy and physiology
  • Basic knowledge of anatomy and physiology
  • Exploring the anatomy and physiology difference in small mammals
4: Animal nutrition
  • Essential nutritional requirements
  • Feeding equipment
  • Choice and preparation of food
  • Species specific nutritional needs
5: Handling, restraint and transportation
  • Correct methods of handling and restraint
  • Restraining aids
  • Methods of transportation
6: Accommodation
  • Housing requirements
  • Bedding materials
  • Additional fixtures
  • Cleaning and maintain

Frequently Asked Questions

We have some answers to common student questions, but if you can't find the answer you're looking for then please contact us and we will do everything we can to answer your questions.

You will have access to your personal tutor, via email and telephone, who will mark your assignments and guide you through the course. In addition, you will be supplied with a comprehensive Study Guide which will help you through the study and assessment process. Your personal tutor will be highly experienced in their subject area and qualified to teach.

You don’t need any prior skills in the subject area to start. However, as with all of our courses, we recommend a reasonable level of English reading and writing ability.

We provide all the specially written learning materials you require to study this course at home. The course fee also includes tutor support for the specified duration of your course.

You will receive everything you need to complete this course within the study pack we send to you.

No, this course is assessed by coursework alone.

No, all of the study materials are supplied within your learning pack.

Most students finish comfortably within the course duration period given. However, if you do need more time, your personal tutor support can be extended for an additional fee.

Please check our main FAQs section or Contact Us, we have experienced course advisers who will be delighted to help!