Advanced Certificate in Animal Science

Course Aim

The aim of this programme is to provide the learner with the opportunity to acquire the knowledge, skills and competence to work independently and/or in a management or supervisory role within animal related industries.


Course Modules

  • Animal Science and Health
  • Customer Service
  • Work Experience
  • Word Processing
  • Wild Animal Management
  • Animal Grooming
  • Animal Behaviour
  • Kennel & Cattery Management
  • Safety and Health at Work



Level 6 QQI Advanced Certificate in Animal Science 6M5153


Entry Requirements

All our Level 5 PLC courses are open to school leavers (Leaving Cert/ Leaving Cert Applied Students/A Levels/GCSE or equivalent), QQI Level 4 graduates and mature applicants. A QQI Level 5 award is a prerequisite to access a Level 6 programme.

Progression To Degrees

DkIT | Veterinary Nursing | Level 7 
DkIT | Science/Agricultural Science | Level 8  
AIT | Veterinary Nursing | Level 7 
LYIT | Veterinary Nursing | Level 7 
UCD | Veterinary Nursing | Level 8 
UCD | Agricultural Science | Level 8 
UCC| Zoology | Level 8


Career Opportunities

Graduates progress to employment in various areas including:

Veterinary assistant | Dog groomer | Zookeeper Assistant | Dog Warden | Boarding Kennels Owner/ Assistant| Animal Rescue Assistant


2020-21 Course Fees

  • Enrolment Fee
  • Student Registration
  • PLC Government Levy
  • Exam Fees
  • Specialist Course Fees


Note - Some courses may require the learner to purchase relevant industry-specific material for their own use which may not be included in the list of course fees.

€30 of Enrolment Fees are Non-Refundable. All fees subject to change.

Fee Exemptions

The following categories of participant are exempt from paying the PLC Government Levy:

  • Medical Card/SUSI Grant/Back to Education Allowance Holders may be exempted from PLC Government Levy. Documentary Evidence must be presented immediately to avail of such exemptions.

  • Medical Card/Back to Education Allowance Holders may be exempted from QQI Exam Fees. Documentary Evidence must be presented immediately to avail of such exemptions.

Fee Payments

All fees must be paid online with a Credit/Debit card in advance of course commencement on 7th September 2020. Fees are subject to change. Please note that no refunds will be made by OFI after Friday 2nd October 2020. All requests for refunds must be made by emailing This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. 



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