MCAST Diploma in Fish Husbandry

MCAST Diploma in Fish Husbandry

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Course Code AG3-02-14
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 introduces the student to the basics of fish husbandry. It provides the knowledge and skills required by the student for eventual entry into related work places such as the fish farming and the aquatics industry.

Being the only course in Malta solely dedicated to fish husbandry, this programme offers  an excellent opportunity for employment in this industry, which is an important economic sector in the Maltese islands.

The student will develop the knowledge and practical skills needed, provided one attends all practical sessions which will be vital to back up the theoretical knowledge gained during lectures.

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. Perform simple techniques in fish handling and feeding

2. Perform simple techniques in pet fish care

3. Perform monitoring and simple analysis of water for fish farming and pet fish breeding

4. Make use of standard tools and equipment in line with safety procedures.

Core Study Units
  • Fish Biology
  • The Marine Environment and Commercial Fish Ecology
  • Fish Health
  • Fish Farming
  • Water Quality in Fish Farming
  • Pet Freshwater Fish Care
  • 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
  • Fish farm assistant
  • Aquarium shop assistant