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Applied Animal Science 1200 Hours Higher Advanced Diploma

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( Sarah, 17/12/2018 ) Q:

Hi, What level is a Higher Advanced Diploma equivalent to please? Is it the same as a Higher National Diploma (Level 5)? Many thanks, Sarah

( 17/12/2018 ) A:

Hello Sarah,

The course has been assessed at level 6 in content and 120 UK credits, at the level of a degree but not equivalent to a degree, because a degree is normally at least 360 credits. Therefore the Higher Advanced Diploma can be looked at as similar to completing one year's full time study at university.

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( Dennis Wilkerson, 25/04/2017 ) Q:

Dear sir/madam I was wondering what type of degree is your higher advanced diploma in animal science is

( 04/05/2017 ) A:

Hello Dennis and thank you for your question.

The Higher Advanced Diploma should not be confused with a degree, as they employ two completely different types of learning. Both carry a level 6 qualification and it whether a degree is more beneficial than a Higher Advanced Diploma is open to debate. Our Diplomas have a practical element, which degrees don't and many employers actually like this, because they are not only looking for someone with the correct knowledge, but someone with the skills to apply what they have learned to the workplace. Degree programs tend to deal with the theory, rather than the targeted and practical, taught in diplomas such as ours. Therefore it is perfectly possible that an employer will employ someone with our qualification, over an applicant with a degree. It may also be possible that a degree and a Higher Advanced Diploma will be viewed by an employer as being of equal status.

The truth is that the employer you are applying to work for will decide and having a degree is no guarantee you will be viewed as a special candidate. Knowledge is power and although a qualification may get you an interview, it is what you know and how you demonstrate that you can apply what you know, which will get you the job you are applying for.

And don't forget; although you will study through us, your qualification will be awarded by an Ofqual approved organisation, whose status can be checked out on the Ofqual Register of Approved Providers.

We hope that this information is of help and please come back if you need any more help.


( Kayleigh, 22/06/2016 ) Q:

Hi, I was looking at studying the higher advanced diploma in applied animal science, but was wondering what the payment options are for it - can you pay in installments? I don't really understand the payment information on the website Thanks Kayleigh

( 22/06/2016 ) A:

Hi Kayleigh.

We offer a discounted fee on a number of our courses. To qualify for the discount, the fee must be paid upfront, not in installments. There are installment options but the discount offered is based on the number of installments that are paid.

So if you pay in one payment the discounted fee is £2.460.00, a saving of £1,440.00 on the normal course fee.If you pay in 4 installments, you save £390.00 and in 6 installments, you save £195.00. 

If you pay in 12 installments, there is no discount and you pay the full price of £3,900.00, which is the sum of the 12 x £325.00 modules that make up the course.

You can also take one course at a time at £325.00 and gradually build your qualification up to a Diploma (6 courses), Advanced Diploma (8 courses) and then finally to the Higher Advanced Diploma (12 courses). If you decide on this option, you can split each payment into two, paying the first when enrolling and the second two months later.

( helene, 18/05/2014 ) Q: Dear Sir/Madam, I'm wondering if i enroll this course will i be accepted by other universities and How can i take exams to earn a certificate? Thank you.
( 20/05/2014 ) A: Hello Helene, Our courses have been used to gain entry into Bachelors degree programmes as well as Masters, but this is not a guarantee and you will need to check with the university you are interested in order to be sure. As a rule, we ask students to earn 80% or above in their courses if they are considering using them to gain entry into university. Exams are done with the help of an adjudicator that you nominate and it is very much within the scope of most of our students to sit exams via distance learning. You can also sit an exam at the ADL Headquarters in Canterbury. Some courses do not have exams but projects instead. Contact us at info@adlhomestudy.co.uk if you have any more questions.
( Sidra Sipra, 11/11/2013 ) Q: Dear Sir/Madam, Currently, I am enrolled in the University of London International Programmes. Would it be possible for me to pursue this diploma along with my current degree? Also, what the is duration of this course, and would it be possible for me to do it from a university? Thank you, Sidra
( 12/11/2013 ) A: Hello Sidra, While it is possible to pursue our Diplomas alongside a degree that you are taking, and the course takes roughly 1200 hours of study, I believe it would be better for a student to focus on one programme fully and then move onto the other. Of-course, you are welcome to pick up our Diploma and wait until you have enough time/inclination to study for it. It is completely self paced and therefore should be fitted into your life as and when you choose. However, again, a University degree requires full time study and dedication, I would not wish a student to pick up one of our courses if it was going to adversely affect their degree. Let me know if I can offer more help.

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Applied Animal Science 1200 Hours Higher Advanced Diploma

Higher Advanced Diploma in Applied Animal Science course online. Learn through home study/distance learning the basics of animal science. A specially designed certificate for people wishing to work or working in animal care, animal health care or environment wishing to deepen their knowledge in animal care, animal science and zoology. It is lso very good foundation for those considering higher qualifications in animal studies, like Zoology, Mammalogy or Biology, as a shorter qualification before committing to longer studies.

The Academy for Distance Learning has a history of supporting wildlife projects.The world renowned Conservationist David Youldon, Chief Operating Officer of AFRICA NEEDS LIONS www.lionalert.org, completed our Advanced Certificate in Wildlife Management and with previous qualifications, went on to study a Masters in Biodiversity, Wildlife and Ecosystem Health at Edinburgh University. He was also accepted for a short course in Data Analysis in Ecology at the University of Oxford.

Currently we have the Primate Naturalist: Karin Saks, studying our Primatology course. Karin has been fostering and rehabilitating orphan baboons, caring for injured monkeys returned to the wild, plus promoting a harmonious co-existence between primates and humans since 1997. She also founded The Darwin Primate Group as a non-profit organisation in 2008 and in 2014, moved to Kwazulu Natal to research the endangered samango monkey populations in the Midlands.

As you can see, our courses are highly respected by conservationists actually working in the field to help save the wildlife of our world, so you really can trust ADL to help you develop the knowledge and skills you need, to get involved in the environmental welfare of animals.

  • Understand and study Animal Anatomy and Physiology
  • Learn about the different types of animals and the science that underpins managing animalsas pets, farm animals or wildlife
  • Focus and specialize in the application of animal science to areas that most interest you

This Higher Advanced Diploma consists of eight modules and a Research Project or 100 hour Industry meeting, covering Animal Anatomy and Physiology, Taxonomy (Classification), Behaviour etc. It also incorporates optional study in Environmental Assessment, a marketable skill for people who graduate with a good understanding of animals.


Lesson Structure:    Advanced Diploma In Applied Animal Science VSC003

Core Modules:  These modules provide foundation knowledge for the Higher Advanced Diploma In Applied Animal Science.

  1. Animal Anatomy And Physiology (Animal Husbandry I ) BAG101
  2. Biochemistry I (Animal and Human) BSC103
  3. Marine Studies I BEN103
  4. Ornithology BEN102
  5. Vertebrate Zoology BEN104
  6. Animal Behaviour BAG203
  7. Biochemistry II (Plant & Animal) BSC203
  8. Animal Husbandry III (Animal Feed & Nutrition) BAG202

Stream Modules:   Studied after the core modules, stream modules cover more specific or niche subjects.

Elective Modules:  In addition to the core modules, students study any 4 of the following 7 modules.

  1. Cell Biology BSC110
  2. Diagnosing Animal Diseases BAG219
  3. Wildlife Conservation BEN206
  4. Wildlife Management BEN205
  5. Biochemistry III (Animal Processes) BSC303
  6. Environmental Assessment BEN301
  7. Professional Practice For Consultants BBS301
  8. Pet Care AAG100
  9. Animal Health Care VAG100
  10. Aviculture (Bird Keeping) BAG108


Gain all important hands-on experience with wildlife animals, to add to your CV whilst you are studying this Higher Advanced Diploma with ADL, or after completing it. We are very happy to be associated with GVE, which offers an unforgettable volunteer experience in South Africa with their Game Capture and Vet Experience programs.

The program fee charged for the experience also acts as the main support for GVE's non-profit clinic.

Interested in reading more information about both the Game Capture and Vet Experience programs? Then just click on the GVE logo below

Some people helping a giraffe to recieve treatment on the groundlink to information on vet experience programme in South AfricaSome people helping to give treatment to a lion laying on the ground



What to Use this Course For?

This is an excellent foundation for building a career with either domestic or wild animals. Some students use this course to advance a career that has already commenced, while others use it as a starting point for their career.

Opportunities to work with animal science are broad, for example:

  • Pet shops, Kennels, Breeders
  • Veterinary industries (not just as a vet, but vet supplies, vet assistants, etc)
  • Animal protection, wildlife rescue
  • Farming
  • Zoos
  • Research
  • Media - animal publications, educational film and video, etc

How involved are the Studies?

Our courses are "experiential based" learning (which means we guide you to learn through experience). The things you read in the course notes are part of the learning experience; but there is always a lot more to it than just that. All along, you have access to the support of our tutors; so if things get too hard, we can help get you over the humps; and if things are too easy, the tutor can guide and challenge you to extend your knowledge further. In this way, the level of study is designed to be different to a traditional College of Further Education or university course; more able to adjust to the varying potential of each student.

Note:  each module in the Higher Advanced Diploma In Applied Animal Science is a short course in its own right, and may be studied separately.


Karin Saks – primate naturalist:Karin Saks Primate Naturaliat with orphaned monkey named Spud

Since 1997, Karin Saks has been involved in the fostering and rehabilitation of orphan baboons, the caring of injured monkeys who have been returned to the wild and has worked towards a harmonious co-existence between these primates and humans. She has monitored wild baboon troops who raid human homes to research ways of baboon management and has observed wild troops in her area with a view to finding out damage done to troop structures and numbers because of human intervention. Due to legislation that allows for the persecution of vervet monkeys and baboons in South Africa, hundreds of orphaned primates currently reside in rehabilitation centres without much chance of being released back into the wild. The primate pet trade is also on the increase due to the amount of infants orphaned when mothers are killed.  Educating the public on how to live harmoniously with these primates and appealing for new protective legislation - that is actively enforced - are crucial aspects to finding solutions.

The Darwin Primate Group – registered NPO 059-587: Like many who take on the task of rescuing these persecuted animals, Karin self funded her work until 2008 when she founded the Darwin Primate Group and registered it as a non-profit organization.

Research into endangered samango monkey (Cercopithecus mitis labiatus) populations: In 2014, Karin moved to Kwazulu Natal where she is researching the endangered samango monkey (Cercopithecus mitis labiatus) populations in the Midlands. (She is no longer working directly with rescued baboons or vervet monkeys.) As the samango monkey is restricted to forest habitat and is a seed dispersing species, it is listed as Vulnerable in the Red Data Book of the Mammals of South Africa (2004) with samango subspecies - C. m. labiatus - occurring on the IUCN (2007) Endangered list making research into populations necessary to identify if management and further protection is needed.

You are welcome to watch Karin's online video: Co-existing Peacefully With Baboons/Monkeys and read her Blogspot on the Samango Monkey Project. If you want to support Karin in her work financially or practically, please contact us and we will happily pass your details on.


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How Do Our Tuition Fees Compare?Full time classroom based Further Education Courses - Approx. £5,000 per year - Part-time classroom based Adult Education Courses - Approx. £7.00 per hour - N.B. classroom tuition means you learn at the pace of the class. One-to-one private tuition - from £15.00 per hour - ADL one-to-one tution fees - From £340 per 100 Hour Course = Average of £3.40 per hour - N.B. one-to-one tuition is tailored to your own individual learning availability and pace.
Course StartBegin your learning at any time.
Course Prerequisite None - Our course levels are an indication of the depth of learning you should receive. They do not describe the level of difficulty.
Course Qualification (Study Option A)Endorsed Qualification from TQUK - Training Qualifications UK, an Ofqual Approved Awarding Organisation - Completed written assignments and final evaluation per course/module to be taken.
Course Qualification (Study Option B)Certificate of Attainment from ADL - Completed written assignments only - no final evaluation.
Comparative Credits InformationUK Course Credits: 120 - U.S. Credit Hours: 36 - when compared to regulated courses.
Course Duration and DeadlinesCourse hours given are a guide only. You will be encouraged to work at your own pace to learn as much as you can, with no assignment deadlines or end date by which you must complete your course by. You are in control!
Study SupportPersonal tutor/mentor support from industry relevant professionals throughout your whole course. Mentors are contactable by e-mail, telephone and through the Moodle online classroom. They provide assistance with your course material, plus discuss, explain and give advice when needed. They will also mark and grade your assignments, plus provide constructive and helpful feedback vital to your success.
Suitability for Self Employment and Small BusinessesOur courses are ideal for sole traders and small business owners and their staff. Customer confidence in what you can do will determine how successful you are in getting clients. Doing the job right using the correct knowledge and skills, leads to repeat business and referrals to friends, family and work colleagues. Completing one or more of our courses for the service you have to offer, will give you the tools to achieve this and grow your business.
Recognition of Your Course By EmployersWe aim to achieve the correct balance between your qualification being recognised and providing you with the in-depth learning, to empower you to succeed. If you can demonstrate that you have the level of knowledge and transferable skills necessary to an employer, you should stand out from someone who has only received a superficial understanding of what's required - Select study option A when enrolling, so an employer can check the status of the awarding organisation for your qualification on the Ofqual Register.
Recognition of Your Course By UniversitiesAs you will see on our Testimonials page, previous students have used their qualification from us to get into university. However each one will have its own entrance criteria and acceptance may also depend on your other qualifications and experience. We can approach up to three universities on your behalf with details of our course before you enrol, so you will know whether it will be accepted as part of their application process. Please complete our contact form and we will begin the process.
Designing Your Own QualificationBundle up your choice of related courses to form your own qualification. Our Advanced Certificates (4 courses), Diplomas (6 courses), Advanced Diplomas (8 courses) and Higher Advanced Diplomas (12 courses), are used to differentiate between the in-depth knowledge and skills you will acquire in your chosen area of study. e.g. Advanced Certificate in Turf Care Management, which includes individual courses: Turf Care, Sports Turf Care, Turf Repair and Renovation and Turf Grasses.
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