Animal Science – Level 6


Animal Science is an advanced course, building on the occupational skills achieved at Level 5. It is a perfect stepup course to lead you to supervisory careers, or onto Higher Education studies.

The course includes a practical and theoretical study of the science of animal health and behaviour for domestic, farm and wild animals. You will also enhance your animal handling skills through ‘hands-on’ practical assignments including advanced grooming and a one-week placement at an agricultural college. Other field trips include Wexford wildfowl reserve, Glendalough, and Tayto Park.

You can progress from this course to a wide range of animal science, veterinary and management degrees. We have many professional links, and you will participate in a wide range of field trips to animal industry contexts.

What Makes This Course Special

  • Advanced study
  • Highly experienced animal science team
  • Detailed ‘hands on’ practical skills and knowledge
  • Great professional links including Dublin Zoo, Kildalton College & Tayto Park
  • Opportunities for fields trips 
  • Excellent progression routes

Course Content

  • Animal Behaviour
  • Animal Grooming
  • Animal Science & Health
  • Kennel & Cattery Management
  • Large Animal Husbandry
  • Wild Animal Management
  • Communications
  • Work Experience

Progress to further study and careers including:

  • Veterinary Careers
  • Animal Health Sciences
  • Animal Husbandry
  • Animal Shelters
  • Animal Welfare
  • Animal Grooming
  • Boarding Kennels & Catteries
  • Pet Shops
  • Animal Sales
  • Stable Yards
  • Stud Farms
  • Wildlife Tourism Parks
  • Zoology
  • Farming / Agricultural Industry
Animal Science Partners
  • animal-science-testimonial v2

Entry Requirements


  • QQI Level 6 Certificate in Animal Science 6M5153
  • Manual Handling


  • Standard registration and L6 exam costs
    (see costs, fees and finance)
  • Residential Workshop – €400
  • Manual Handling – €84


Additional Costs
Students on this programme require the following equipment and PPE, if not already owned, average costs are:

  • Grooming Kit €130
  • PPE/Lab clothing pack €30  

Garda Vetting
See the Garda Vetting details on the Entry Requirements Page

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PLSS Code: 331895

Coordinator: Martina Redmond

Course is subject to minimum enrolment. The programme content shown is indicative and is subject to change according to Awarding Body requirements as well as enrolment and resources.