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Introductory Animal Science and Welfare

Course fee: £325.00

Comparative Anatomy and Physiology

fish gills
Avian air sacs
Mammalian respiratory system

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Introductory Animal Science and Welfare is set at the equivalent to study level 2 in the UK.  For example, the UK GCSE qualifications are set at study level 2.

The course based upon our other Animal Science and Welfare course which is set at the equivalent of study level 4. As many requests have been made for a course that provides underpinning knowledge rather than an 'academic' course, we are pleased to finally be able to offer one that meets student requests.

Introductory animal and science welfare is aimed at learners who wish to brush up on their animal biology and students who have no prior experience of the subject. Anyone can study this course although it would be suitable for animal carers, mature students and local authority officers who deal with animal-related issues.

People working in animal welfare organisations would find the course useful as well as anyone wanting to demonstrate their ability to study after a long time away from the classroom. The course could also be appropriate for CPD (Continuous Professional Development) for related workplace advancement.

Progression. To apply for entry to college as part of a CV to study A-Level and equivalent courses such as BTEC and City and Guilds Animal Management.


The course.

You will study specific body systems through comparative vertebrate anatomy and physiology of four vertebrate Classes: Class Mammalia (mammals), Class Aves (birds), Class Reptilia (reptiles) and Superclass Osteichthyes (bony fish) as examples with body structure related to function and lifestyle. The invertebrate and cartilaginous fish have been included to broaden the knowledge and understanding of the learner

Course fee £325.00

Instalments: £32.50 p.c.m.  Click here to pay now via PayPal and or set up bank transfer or instalments.

How about trying unit 1 first? You can get a feel for the course, how it is presented and if the course is for you. There is no committment to continue with the whole course. 


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Course content

Unit 1

Comparative Anatomy and Physiology 1 –

Respiratory Systems.

At the end of this unit, you can expect to be able to describe, explain and compare respiratory systems of a range of vertebrates in terms of their form and function.

Alveolus to capillary
shark gills

Unit 2

Comparative Anatomy and Physiology 2 – Transport Systems.

At the end of this unit, you can expect to be able to describe, explain and compare circulatory systems of vertebrates in terms of their form and function.

blood cells combined
Copy of circ system labelled

Unit 3

Comparative Anatomy and Physiology 3 – Skeletal Systems.

Vertebrates have the same type of skeleton and generally the same bones although there are some differences that match the animal's lifestyle. At the end of unit 3, you can expect to be able to describe, explain and contrast, how the form of the skeletal system functions for a range of non-human animals

pentadactyl limb
skeletal system guinea pig

Unit 4

Comparative Anatomy and Physiology 4 – Digestive Systems

This unit concerns how the vertebrate body is able to break down food and release the food's energy for their body to use. The aim is for you to be able to describe digestive systems, identify how their structure is related to function and  analyse the anatomy, physiology and functioning of vertebrate digestive systems

bird diagram
Rabbit digestive simple

Unit 5

Comparative Anatomy and Physiology 5 – Nervous and Endocrine Systems

Unit 5 is about how complex animals communicate and respond internally with nervous impulses and hormones. At the end of unit 5, your goal will be to be able to outline and explain the structure and function of the nervous & endocrine systems and identify relationships between the two systems.

components nervous system
endocrine cat

Unit 6

Comparative Anatomy and Physiology 6 - Integumentary Systems

Unit 6 is about the integumentary system that is, skin, fur, claws and other external structures and fearures of vertebrates. The goal is for you to be able to Recognise and describe differences between Taxa in terms of their integument; explain functions of the integument and compare adaptations of the integument across the range of vertebrate Classes.

Cat claws ligaments plus tendons
Scales reptile
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