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Hello I was wondering are there any qualifications in science that I can obtain through part time or evening classes? I know there is LC Science through Kilroys college with distance learning. I am hoping to work with animals and science would be a requisite. I have not studied science before. Also can I study zoology through distance learning where a qualification is recognised in Ireland?
Thank you
Audrey

Hi Audrey,
There are many 'Animal Care' PLC courses available throughout the country - including Colaiste Chiarain Croom  'Applied Science Animal Care', Mallow College of Further Education 'Animal Care' and Carlow Institute of Further Education offer 'Animal Science'. These are just an example and the candidate must ensure the course contents cover their specific needs. Not all courses offer progressionn links to higher education but are designed for direct employment. Dun Laoghaire offer a Level 6 in Animal Care and with this course you can progress to veterinary nursing.  Again, this is just an example of one course that leads to veterinary nursing.
 
NUIG offer a post-grad course in zoology research, which requires a relevant primary degree or Queens in Belfast offer a degree in zoology (which is full-time).
The ladder route via FETAC could be an option into a science degree programme that could lead to zoology or a related area. There are higher education science degree programmes that accept holders of specific Fetac qualifications. It is important to contact the relevant higher education institutes to clarify what they do and don't accept.
 
It is advisable to really research such an area before pursuing a four year degree programme in it. Therefore, undertaking an animal care course gives a taster of what it is like to study animal anatomy and physiology etc. At least after one or two years, you have attained a certificate rather then leaving a four year programme after two years and having nothing to show for your time.
For distance learning, Open Universtiy might be able to help. If you go on-line and use their e-mail service. Specify what you want and request courses that might be suitable. 







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