Diploma in Feline Studies


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Diploma in Feline Studies

Why Oxford Learning College


This level 3 qualification provides students with a wide range of topics that form a foundation to learning about aspects of the feline species. These units have been selected so that the student can develop their underpinning knowledge within this field of study. By developing their understanding through reading and research the student will complete a number of assessments to demonstrate this understanding. Upon successful completion of all assessments the student will be awarded with a Level 3 Diploma in Feline Studies.

This course can be used by those who have a specific interest in this field or by those who wish to use it in a professional capacity. The aim of the course is to develop the students understanding and form the basis for further study at a higher level.

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Module 1-Origins of the Domestic Cat


This module forms the basis for the remainder of the modules within this qualification. The module allows you to discover how the domestic cat came about by examining: 1/ Feline evolution 2/ Feline domestication through out the world 3/ Cats and the role they play in religion 4/ The rise and fall of the cat in Europe 5/ Folklore, legends and magic


Module 2-Feline Anatomy and Physiology


This module looks at all aspects of feline anatomy and physiology. The module starts by looking at anatomy and physiology at a cellular level and will also encompass the workings of full body systems. The module will cover the following aspects of anatomy and physiology: 1/ The external parameters and points of the feline body 2/ Cells, tissues, organs and body systems 3/ The locomotory system and the role the skeleton and muscles play 4/ The circulatory system and the role the heart, blood and the lymphatic system plays 5/ The urinary system and the role of the bladder and kidneys 6/ The endocrine system and the role hormones play in the body


Module 3- Feline Neurophysiology and the Sensory Systems


Building on from module 2, module 3 looks at how the nervous system works and how messages are transmitted internally and externally. It examines how the motor and sensory systems work together in maintaining bodily functions. 1/ The importance of homeostasis and the role it plays in allowing the body to maintain a constant internal environment 2/ The structure and function of the nervous tissue and cells 3/ The brain and the central nervous system 4/ The sensory organs and how they receive messages


Module 4-Feline Nutrition


Nutrition forms the key basis to enable a feline to be healthy. The module will look at the key food groups and the role they play in maintaining health. This module will also look at how physiological changes can affect the nutritional requirements of the feline. 1/ Nutrient classification and how a deficiency can affect health 2/ The feline monogastric digestive system 3/ Feeding cats, how much, what and why? 4/ The commercial food industry


Module 5-Feline Reproduction


The feline is know as an induced ovulator, meaning it needs to mate to ovulate. During the breeding system, which for the feline species occurs during milder weather, the female feline is known to mate with a number of males. This enables the feline gene pool to be wider as to enable the survival of the species. 1/ The male and female reproductive systems 2/ The oestrus cycle and breeding season 3/ Pregnancy and parturition 4/ The development of the kitten 5/ Controlling breeding in order to control feline populations


Module 6-Feline Behavioural Science


The study of feline behaviour is a growth area. The feline is known to be quite elusive and whilst outside our homes a lot is still not understood about their behaviours. The feline is known to be a solitary and an independent species but recent research has shown that this may not be the case as the feline increasingly adapts to the environments they live in with their owners. 1/ Feline communication, the importance of body language and scent marking 2/ Behavioural development inside and outside the womb 3/ Problem or unwanted behaviours including aggression and urine marking


Module 7-Genetics


The science of genetics is key to understanding how traits are inherited between different generations. Selective breeding is important in increasing numbers where populations may be low, however it is also used by breeders. The breeders will breed desired traits into these breeds for the purpose of appearance, behaviour and the also the reduction of disease. 1/ The genome and other definitions 2/ Inheritance of feline characteristics, including coat colour and type 3/ Mutations that can occur in specific breeds


Module 8-Feline Health


The health of any species is important. Within this unit preventative measures that can be taken to stop diseases is reviewed. The main preventative measures that aretaken to help maintain health includes neutering, vaccination, treatments of parasites, good breeding and the correct diet. Common infectious diseases, their causes and transmission are also discussed. Other diseases where even the best care of the cat will not prevent, will also be discussed. These diseases can include cancers and those linked to inheritance. 1/ Infectious diseases caused by viruses, bacteria and fungus's and how to prevent them 2/ Non infectious diseases which includes cancer and those which are inherited


Module 9-Feline Husbandry


The welfare of the feline is addressed through good husbandry to ensure its needs are met. The feline can live individually or in small numbers usually in our homes. Whilst others may live in larger numbers within people’s homes which is not always ideal due to the stress it can cause and the higher risk of disease that can occur within this species group. Other felines may live on farms and are often regarded as semi feral, whilst others may live in large feral colonies, whilst others may be homed in rescues centres, commercial catteries or breeding establishments either short or long term. Good husbandry is essential in considering the felines living conditions, to ensure they are free from pain, distress and disease. 1/ Rescue organisations including their history, procedures and the management of feral colonies 2/ Catteries and breeding facilities and their procedures


Module 10-Rules and Regulations


Within this final unit animal legislation will be looked at specifically those that affect the feline. The history of animal legislation will be looked at on a global scale. Rules may also vary dependent on the organisation and how cats are used within our society. 1/ Animal welfare legislation, its history and how it is used and the ethics in relation to feline breeding for commercial gain or for feline showing.

Entry Requirements

All students must be 16 years of age and above.

Level 3 Diploma courses require a minimum prior learning to GCSE standard in order that students can manage their studies and the assumed knowledge within course content.

Study Hours

Approximately 20 hours per unit

Assessment Method

Final online multiple choice examination.

Please note that you can enrol on this course at anytime.


Diploma in Feline Studies

This course is Quality Assured by the Quality Licence Scheme
Quality Assured by QLS

At the end of this course successful learners will receive an e-Certificate from Oxford Learning College. There is also the option to purchase an Embossed Certificate and also a certificate from ABC Awards for the qualification.

The course has been endorsed under the ABC Awards Quality Licence Scheme. This means that Oxford Learning College has undergone an external quality check to ensure that the organisation and the courses it offers, meet certain quality criteria. The completion of this course alone does not lead to an Ofqual regulated qualification but may be used as evidence of knowledge and skills towards regulated qualifications in the future.

The unit summary can be used as evidence towards Recognition of Prior Learning if you wish to progress your studies in this sector. To this end the learning outcomes of the course have been benchmarked at Level 3 against level descriptors published by Ofqual, to indicate the depth of study and level of demand/complexity involved in successful completion by the learner.

The course itself has been designed by Oxford Learning College to meet specific learners' and/or employers' requirements which cannot be satisfied through current regulated qualifications. ABC Awards endorsement involves robust and rigorous quality audits by external auditors to ensure quality is continually met. A review of courses is carried out as part of the endorsement process.

ABC Awards is a leading national Awarding Organisation, regulated by Ofqual, and the Welsh Government. It has a long-established reputation for developing and awarding high quality vocational qualifications across a wide range of industries. As a registered charity, ABC Awards combines 180 years of expertise but also implements a responsive, flexible and innovative approach to the needs of our customers. Renowned for excellent customer service, and quality standards, ABC Awards also offers Ofqual regulated qualifications for all ages and abilities post-14; all are developed with the support of relevant stakeholders to ensure that they meet the needs and standards of employers across the UK.

How can I progress

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Additional Information

You will receive a certificate from the College. A digital version is included in the price and will be emailed to you within 5 days of taking your online exam.

Should you require an embossed hard copy of your certificate to be sent to you by Special Delivery post, you can order this separately after taking your exam.

The course can be enrolled upon by students Internationally. There are no deadlines for enrolments.

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What's Included

Online study materials to enable the student to successfully complete the Diploma. Support is provided by the tutor department for the duration of the course (1 year). Certification upon completion. All examination fees.

Course Fee


Payment by Instalments

Students are able to pay course fees in monthly instalments. Click here to download our instalment plan.

Further Information

The Quality Assured Diploma is a Level 3 equivalent on the National Qualifications Framework. The Diploma is a 1 year course which is self study and is examined by online examination. The Diploma is awarded by Oxford College. Upon completion of the course you will receive certification awarded by Oxford College.

The Level 3 Diplomas require a minimum prior learning to GCSE standard in order to for students to manage study and the assumed knowledge within course content.

They provide an ability to gain and apply a range of knowledge, skills and understanding in a specific subject at a detailed level. Level 3 qualifications such as A levels, NVQ3, BTEC Diplomas etc. are appropriate if you plan to progress to university study.

Level 3 Diploma courses can assist you in career development, continued professional development, personal development, and provision of a basis for further study.

Progression from Level 3 is to specialist learning and detailed analysis of a higher level of information (for example university level study, Diploma Level 5 study).

Your course is delivered online via the Oxford Learning On Campus website.

This is a flexible learning course, so the more time you have to commit to your studies, the sooner you are able to complete.

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