Accredited Level 3 Diploma in Feline Studies
With the cat increasingly being known as one of the most common domestic pets, it is important to understand more about cats so that we can look after them and understand them better. This diploma focuses on developing a basic understanding of issues such as the health, nutrition and behaviour of cats in order to give students some of the key principles that can be implemented to ensuring that a cat remains healthy and happy.
Module 1-Origins of the Domestic Cat
This first module explores the evolution of the cat over the years. It gives an overall introduction to feline studies with emphasis being placed on the development of cats up to their domestication. The history of cats dating back to ancient Egypt is studied and how cats have spread throughout the world. Different theories are also considered within this first module as well as the effect cats have on religion within different parts of the world. How cats were perceived in Europe has also been explored for example the cat carnival and different folktales and superstitions associated with felines.
Module 2-Feline Anatomy and Physiology
After delving into the history of cats, this next module focuses on the physical components of felines and the structures of their body. Some key body parts are explained such as the cranial and proximal but then the module examines the different cells, tissues and structural elements which make the cat function such as cell nucleus and vesicles. The key tissues of the animal are then explored such as the epithelium along with the locomotory system which looks at joints and ligaments. The module then goes on to explore the respiratory and cardiovascular system and blood cells along with other important systems to shows how the body systems interact as a whole.
Module 3- Feline Neurophysiology and the Sensory Systems
Continuing from module two, this module looks at how information is transmitted around the body starting with homeostasis and the nervous system of felines and then delving into Neurons and their different classifications. The cells found within the nervous system are then studied with particular emphasis on how these cells can communicate with each other. This module then draws to a close by looking at the different senses that a cat has and how they can be altered and adapted to help with survival.
Module 4-Feline Nutrition
The nutrition of a feline is very important and is made up of a balance between different nutrients. Food is needed in order for a cat to be healthy but cats can have individual requirements. The different categories of nutrients such as proteins and vitamins will be studied within this module along with how cats feed and evolvement in this area over the years. Tooth structure and digestion will also be covered along with other digestive organs to determine the function of each part of the system. Feeding recommendations will also be covered within this module for different stages within a cat’s life as well as some of the key terminology associated with nutrition such as Dry Mass Basis. Finally the evolution of cat food will be considered and the debates around historical and modern examples.
Module 5-Feline Reproduction
The reproduction strategy of cats is to produce as many kittens as they can in the hope that some will survive to adulthood. This module will cover the reproduction anatomy of the female and male cat the seasonality of the breeding process. This module then leads into the mating process of cats and how pregnancy develops. Students will learn how to care for the female cat during this time and how to prepare for the birth and different stages of the labour process. Early stages of the kittens development will also be looked at and how to control the breeding process for example neutering/ spaying.
Module 6-Feline Behavioural Science
Research surrounding the behaviour of felines is constantly evolving. Cats have also become more popular over the years as pets therefore it is important to understand their behaviour and the reasons for it. This module covers the social behaviour of cats with humans and other animals. Social interaction between cats will be discussed as well as the marking of territories. How a cat communicates for example with their head positional will be looked at and how these communications can indicate different emotions. It will also discuss kittens behaviour through different stages of development and its growth and attachment to its mother. Behaviour issues such as soiling will be looked to allow the students to gain a greater understandings of these common issues and how they can be treated.
Building on one of the previous modules on reproduction, this module examines key terminology associated with the genetic material of cats such as mutations and cells. Definitions around the process of inheritance are also covered to give a basic understanding of the concepts before students move into the genetic make-up and characteristics of cats. Male and female inheritance is studied along with different colours, patterns and shades and how they occur along with different mutations that can happen.
Module 8-Feline Health
This module primarily covers the health and illnesses associate with cats. Some main diseases are covered within this module such as Upper Respiratory Tract Disease and Rabies. Some vaccinations and types of vaccinations are also looked at as well as parasites that can affect a cat such as ringworm. Other non-infectious diseases such as Cancer will be studied in detail coupled with key treatments such as surgery and drugs. This module closes by looking at diseases which are evident primarily in order cats to give an overview of some of the health issues that can occur throughout a cats life.
Module 9-Feline Husbandry
The health and welfare of an animal is paramount therefore understanding and developing feline husbandry measures are very important especially in instances where there are a large number of cats to care for. This module starts by looking at feral cats and animal welfare associated with them. This leads onto the control strategy for cats for example Trap-neuter- release programmes that are implemented and how disease within these feral communities of cats can be reduced and prevented. This module then explores how to care for feral cats, tame them or return them to their original lifestyle. British Welfare groups are then studied and their schemes such and euthanasia and compared to Australia and their schemes. This module draws to a close by exploring cat kennels, their design and how they overcome illness. Some key welfare charities are also mentioned to highlight their aims and objectives.
Module 10-Rules and Regulations
There are many rules and regulations surrounding the health and welfare of animals and in order to protect them from harm. Rules around dealing with animal cruelty are firstly explored in this module as well as the Legislation surrounding the abandonment of cats. Legislations around theft, animal boarding establishments, pet shops and waste management have also been considered. Any developments in legislations and legislations in other countries will also be studied to draw an overall conclusion to this diploma in Feline Studies.
The coursework is assessed through continuous assessment with no formal exit examinations. Through assessment you will cover certain criteria such as:
- Theoretical Knowledge/ Understanding
- Practical Implications
- Integration of Theory and Practice.
The course has TWO Tutor Marked Assignment (TMA); which are graded: Pass or Fail. The grading procedure if Pass or Fail. Your grade will depend upon if the criteria set ha been met and the decision of your tutor. If you Fail an assessment you have the opportunity to amend where your tutor has highlighted and resubmit.
Study Hours (Per Unit)
Approximately: 20 hours personal study time per unit, which is supported by the ODL Course Tutor, but we greatly encouraged students to access support from their tutor throughout the course.
The whole course MUST be completed and both assignments graded PASS to gain the “Oxford Learning College Level Three Diploma in Feline Studies”
Course Fee: £850.00 Fees can be paid by instalments.
Entry to this level three course requires that potential students have gained GCSE/IGCSE or equivalent qualifications and have, good English oral, reading and writing skills.
Advice on enrolment and guidance of prior learning (APL) can be obtained through out contact centre. The course is a rolling programme and can be started at any point in the year. Successful students can go on to Higher Education, including remaining as students at OLC to complete courses in our portfolio of higher awards.
This course has been developed by the College’s professional team of tutors to meet the needs of sector based employers and employees. It is also part of the College’s validated level three Diplomas’, recognised internationally, as verified and moderated Centre for Interactive Education (CIE Global). Further details of our accreditations are provided on our website.