Course Description

Pre-University Animal Science

Dunboyne College of Further Education

This course would suit students with a passion for working with animals, a willingness to work hard and an interest in biology. Students will receive a solid foundation in Biology and basic Animal Science principles and practices while studying modules within the animal care sectors such as Animal Anatomy and Physiology, Animal Behaviour, Animal Welfare and Biology.
This course is an ideal base for students who intend to continue to study at higher education degrees in Veterinary
Nursing, Bio-Veterinary and Animal Sciences.

The following modules will be offered subject to availability or demand and are subject to change:

• Laboratory Techniques
• Maths
• Microbiology
• Biology
• Chemistry
• Communications
• Work Experience
• Animal Anatomy and Physiology
• Safety and Health at Work
• Animal Behaviour
• Animal Welfare

• Level Level 5 Applied Science Laboratory Techniques 5M3807 or Animal Care 5M2768

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Course Code 5M3807
College Name Dunboyne College of Further Education
Course Category Science, Science & the Built Environment
Course Type Classroom Based
Course Qualification Level 5 Certificate
Course Location Dunboyne, Meath, Ireland
Course Start Date 17th September 2024
Course End Date 23rd May 2025
Course Duration 1 Year
Course Times Full time
Awarding Body QQI
Entry Requirements • Leaving Certificate or Leaving Certificate Applied or; • Mature Students or; • Other equivalent qualifications All applicants will be interviewed regardless of previous qualifications. Apply directly at
Career Path Graduates from this course may access Veterinary Nursing degrees in major Universities and ITs. TUD also accept this course for entry to general Science and Bioscience degrees. This course links with General Science in UCD (e.g. Zoology) and Agricultural Science in UCD. Other graduates have gone onto further study in Wildlife Biology (Munster Technological University Tralee), Marine Biology (Atlantic Technological University GMIT), Bio-Veterinary at Technological University of the Shannon Athlone or Munster Technological University Tralee. Some graduates may progress to employment in Animal Behaviour, Dog Grooming, Animal Welfare, Stables, Kennels, etc. Some students use this award to apply to a wide range of courses in the UK. EXAMPLES OF HIGHER EDUCATION PROGRESSION: UCD: DN250 Agri-Environmental Sciences/ Agricultural Science (Zoology) (Level 8, 4 Years) UCD: DN 310 Veterinary Nursing (Level 8, 4 Years) UCD: DN250 Animal Science (Level 8, 4 Years) TUS Athlone: US738 Veterinary Nursing (Level 7, 3 Years) ATU Letterkenny: AU271 Veterinary Nursing (Level 7, 3 Years) DKIT: DK784 Veterinary Nursing (Level 7, 3 Years) TUS Athlone: US867 Bio-veterinary Science (Level 8, 4 Years) Maynooth University: MH208 Biological and Biomedical Sciences (Level 8, 4 Years) DCU: DC121 Computer Science (Level 8, 4 Years) NUIG: GY303 Biomedical Science (Level 8, 4 Years) GY301 Science (Level 8, 4 Years) UCD: DN250 Agricultural Science (Level 8, 4 Years) SETU Waterford: SE502 Agricultural Science (Level 8, 4 Years) TCD: TR060 Biological and Biomedical Sciences (Zoology Option) (Level 8, 4 Years) MTU Tralee: MT880 Wildlife Biology (Level 8, 4 Years)
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Dunboyne College of Further Education

01 8015968
Dunboyne Business Park, Dunboyne, Meath, Ireland

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