Animal Behaviour Level 3

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This course forms an ideal foundation for anyone seeking a career working with animals, from pet grooming or training, wildlife concentration or even zoo keeping. It will allow you to observe and understand why animals do what they do. This course around average 80 learning and assessment hours to complete.

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About This Course

Animal behaviourists have a diverse career with many opportunities, from offering processional pet training, zoo keeping and wildlife conservation.

If you have a keen interest in animals and their behaviour, this course is for you.

You will gain a clear understanding of animal behaviour, key theories that have influenced the area and observation methods used by animal behavioural experts.

Course materials are available online, or via post if you prefer printed material.

Having twelve months to complete the course will provide enough time to work at your own pace, without looming deadlines, or the expectation to visit a lecture room.

Home learning with the Association of Learning is hassle free, enrolling today will be a choice that could carve out a rewarding career, with an existing future!

Course Units

Unit 1: Introduction to Animal Behaviour

  • What is ethology?
  • What is animal behaviour?
  • Tinbergen’s four questions
  • Internal or external stimuli
  • Innate or learned
  • Physiological causes

Unit 2: Animal Feeding and Nutrition

  • What are feeding behaviours?
  • The physiology of feeding
  • Evolution of feeding
  • Key feeding behaviours

Unit 3: Animal Communication

  • What is communication?
  • Why do animals communicate?
  • How do animals communicate?
  • Sub-types of signalling

Unit 4: Mating and Parenting

  • Mating systems
  • The stages of mating

Unit 5: Domestication

  • What is domestication?
  • History of domestication
  • Wild versus domesticated animals
  • Reasons for domestication
  • Suitability of animals for domestication
  • The process of domestication
  • Evolution and domestication

Unit 6: Animal Education

  • Habituation
  • Sensitisation
  • Classical conditioning
  • Operant conditioning
  • Imprinting
  • Problem solving
  • Insight learning
  • Spatial learning
  • Observational learning
  • Learning through play


Our animal behaviour level three course takes an average of 80 learning and assessment hours to complete. Assessments are a series of written assignments with no exams or presentations required to complete the course.

You will have the chance to re-submit your assignments as needed with no additional cost. Each assignment will be marked by your tutor, who will provide advice to improve upon the assignment if required.

Required Knowledge

There is no requirement to have any background knowledge of qualifications to complete/enrol on this course and your tutor will provide support from day one!

If you do have any additional learning requirements, please let your tutor know as they will then be able to tailor their feedback and support around your requirements.

Awarding Body

Upon successful completion of this course, you will receive certification from National Institution of Qualifications (NIOQ) and a Learner Unit Summary (which details of all the units you have completed).

This course has been designed to meet the requirements of specific learners or employers. It is endorsed by National Institution of Qualifications, meaning the course has undergone external quality checks to ensure that they are maintained and delivered to an excellent standard.

National Institution of Qualifications are a national certificating organisation. Endorsement of our courses ensures learners have access to high quality materials that cover all learning outcomes, helping them to achieve their potential.


You will receive the animal behaviour course assignments and a comprehensive study guide, alongside your very own personal tutor who can provide you with endless support via email.

Our student support team can also handle any other queries you may have whilst completing your course, meaning you never have to struggle or feel isolated in your studies. Instead, our team will always be on hand to help throughout the full 12-month duration of your course (you are able to complete earlier than 12 months).

Frequently Asked Questions

This is a question that our team are often asked, there are many reasons but here are the main reasons to choose Association of Learning:

  • No hidden charges, the price you see includes everything, from VAT, tutoring to certification
  • Our average tutor marking time is 3 working days (most providers are 10+)
  • We are rated 5/5 for our service on Trustpilot!
  • Our courses are up to date. Many providers create course content and fail to keep it up to date.
  • We are open later than any other home learning provider
  • As many submissions as you need to complete, many providers cap how many times you can submit work
  • All courses are fully endorsed Ofqual regulated awarding bodies
  • 14 day money back guarantee or course switch.

If you need any more reasons to choose Association of Learning, contact our team!

All students are provided with 12 months to complete their course, however you are able to complete at a faster pace without any additional costs. Some of our students have managed to complete in as little as 3 months!

There are two payment options, pay in full for your course or monthly. Our monthly payment option allows you to spread the cost of your course over a 10 month period.

If you choose to pay using a payment plan, to apply you must be able to answer yes to the following:

  • Your billing address is based in the UK
  • You have a UK based bank account
  • Bill payer must be 18 or above.

No, this course is assignment based, which means you will not have to complete any exams. If your assignment doesn’t pass first time, you can retry as many times as you need within your 12 months support period.

No, all of our courses are distance learning which means your tutor will mark your work and send it back to you via email or by using our online portal.

Unlike other providers, Association of Learning use a fast-track system to get your certificate to you within six weeks (our average is two weeks).

This course is an endorsed certification, not a regulated qualification.

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Animal Behaviour Level 3



I have learnt so much already from taking this Animal behaviour course, it is really interesting. Would definitely recommend.

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