Companion & Captive Animal Studies

(Level 5)


QQI Animal Care Level 5, Code 5M2768


This course is for the animal enthusiast. Learners will be presented with information on a broad range of species and encouraged to develop their knowledge and skill in husbandry principles and techniques. The programme helps learners to familiarise themselves with the variety of opportunities available to work with all kinds of animals; domestic and wild as well as promoting the development of core transferable interpersonal and technological skills.


Code Title
5N0752 Animal Grooming
5N1898 Small Animal Husbandry
5N0750 Animal Anatomy & Physiology
5N0753 Animal Welfare
5N0751 Animal Behaviour


Code Title
5N0972 Customer Service
5N1611 The Internet
5N1794 Safety and Health
5N0690 Communications
5N1356 Work Experience
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Companion Captive Animal Studies Level 5


Fee Exemptions may apply ⇒
Materials € 200
QQI Fee  €50
Student Services € 250
Other  €100
Gov PLC Fee  €200
TOTAL €800

Entry Requirements

  • In general, applicants should hold a Leaving Certificate, LCA or QQI Level 4 qualification, a science based subject is preferable but not essential. For mature applicants, appropriate experience will be considered in lieu of formal qualifications.
  • All applicants will be required to attend an interview
  • An offer of a place on this course means the applicant has met the
    minimum entry requirements set out and attended for interview


One-year full time

Work Placement/Experience

Learners on the Animal Care courses are encouraged to participate in work experience as an integral part of the programme. Relevant work experience should be gained by the learner independently, with support given during the placement as required.


Education Progression Opportunities

SJC: Animal Science 6M5153

CIT: CR001; CR006; CR007; CR010; CR300; CR325; CR333; CR340; CR365; CR370;

LIT: LC260

AIT: AL 842

Tralee IT: TL748; TL758; TL858

WIT:  WD177


We advise you to consult the CAO website – and to confirm specific entry requirements for Higher Education Institutions.


Career Opportunities

  • Pet Shops
  • Zoos
  • Wildlife Parks
  • Pet Farms
  • Sanctuaries
  • Animal Welfare Organisations