MCAST Diploma in Animal Care Course

MCAST Diploma in Animal Care Course

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Course Code AG3-01-14
MQF Level Level 3
Duration 1 year full-time
Awarding Body MCAST
Entry Requirements MCAST Foundation Certificate


2 SEC/O-Level/SSC&P (Level 3) passes Preferred: Biology and English Language A full “Secondary School Certificate and Profile” (SSC&P) at Level 2 will be accepted in lieu of one (1) O-Level pass.

Other Entry Requirements
Course Description This course offers an introduction to working with and handling farm animals and pets, and the related hands-on experience required. It provides the practical skills and background knowledge required to form a solid foundation in animal care.

The student will have the opportunity to acquire knowledge on various housing designs that can be used for farm and pet animals as well as accommodation, study feeding procedures and how to identify and solve animal health problems.

A student who opts for this programme  will be expected to attend scheduled husbandry duties which form part of this course. This practical experience, coupled with motivation and responsibility, will back up the theoretical knowledge gained at the Centre.

Study/Course Delivery This programme of study addresses the competences required as entry level to the Agribusiness sector. The achievement of the required underpinning knowledge and key skills will be accomplished through contextualisation of tasks and the adoption of a highly practical approach.
Assessment Assessment of the programme is an integral part of the learning process. Varied assessment methods are employed. The learning process is completed by providing students with feedback that is both formative and summative in nature.
Programme Learning Outcomes 1. Recognise and describe the most common domesticated animals and pets

2. Perform simple techniques in animal grooming and care of pets

3. Observe and recognise well-known animal disorders and health problems

4. Use standard tools and accessories in animal care in line with safety procedures.

Core Study Units
  • Animal Science
  • General Animal Husbandry
  • Basics Of Animal Care Technology
  • Principles of Animal Grooming
  • Principles of Animal Nursing
  • Breeding of Rabbits
  • Apiculture
  • Maltese
  • English
  • Mathematics
  • Personal Development
  • Information Technology
  • Science and Technology
Specialist Units
Supplementary Units
Supporting Units
Optional Units
Progress After Completion
  • MCAST Advanced Diploma in Horticulture
  • MCAST Advanced Diploma in Animal Management and Veterinary Nursing
  • MCAST Advanced Diploma in Fish Management
Career Opportunities
  • Animal groomer
  • PetShop assistant
  • Animal care assistant