About Us,  Course Information, Accreditation, Enrolment Procedure & Why Study with Us?

Animal Jobs Direct was established in 2005

Animal Jobs Direct Education Centre offers various Ofqual Approved Qualifications and has been Approved and Accredited by National Awarding Bodies: City & Guilds, Lantra, AIM Awards and Open College Network  

Our courses aim to explore and extend the standard and accepted levels and attitudes toward care and welfare of animals.

We are the largest organisation in the UK offering Ofqual regulated animal care courses that meet rigorous government regulated standards. 

We offer a wide variety of accredited and recognised practical and online courses.

Our Ofqual approved qualifications comply with Animal Activity Licensing Regulations

Students enrolled on our Levels 3, 4, 5 and 6 Ofqual regulated qualifications are eligible to apply for a TOTUM Student Card. 

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Course information:

Quality of our Qualifications and Courses

Many of the qualifications that we offer are regulated & officially recognised by Ofqual (The Office of Qualifications and Examinations Regulation). All of the Ofqual regulated qualifications that we offer meet the new Animal Activities Licensing (AAL) requirements.

There are many training providers who claim that their courses are Ofqual regulated and therefore meet the new AAL requirements - this is not always the case -  to check whether a qualification is Ofqual regulated,  search the Ofqual Register of Regulated Qualifications to find out if a qualification is regulated (officially recognised), and what level it is on the Regulated Qualifications Framework (RQF).

Put simply, if it isn't on the Ofqual Register, it isn't Ofqual regulated.

Some courses that we offer are not Ofqual courses. These have been designed by Animal Jobs Direct to meet specific learners' and/or employers' requirements which cannot be satisfied through current regulated qualifications. These non regulated courses have been constructed according to the standards set in the QCF (Qualifications and Credit Framework) for Vocational or work-related qualifications in England, Wales and Northern Ireland. The quality of learning and the level of demand within the courses, match the requirements of Entry Level to Level 6 learning.

At the end of non regulated courses successful learners will receive a Certificate of Achievement from Open College Network and a Learner Unit Summary (which lists the components the learner has completed as part of the course).

Non regulated courses have been endorsed under the Open College Network  Quality Endorsed Licence Scheme.  This means that Animal Jobs Direct has undergone an external quality check to ensure that the organisation and the courses it offers, meet defined quality criteria. The completion of a non regulated course alone does not lead to a regulated qualification* but may be used as evidence of knowledge and skills gained. The Learner Unit Summary may be used as evidence towards Recognition of Prior Learning if you wish to progress your studies in this subject. To this end the learning outcomes of the course have been benchmarked at the Level shown on the course page 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 Animal Jobs Direct to meet specific learners’ and/or employers’ requirements which cannot be satisfied through current regulated qualifications.  Open College Network 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.

Open College Network have long-established reputations for providing high quality vocational qualifications across a wide range of industries. 

To match the standards expected, the courses are arranged with clear outcomes and matching criteria for achievement.   Course specifications show these aspects and you will be able to demonstrate to an employer both the topics covered in your course and the outcome criteria you have achieved.

Our courses include learning that matches the National Occupational Standards for the animal care industry. This could be either for the theory of animal care and welfare or, in some cases, the option and opportunity to show practical animal care skills. However, please note that the option and opportunity to show practical animal care skills in some of our courses, does not require you to be in a work place caring for animals. 

Qualified and experienced tutors

The courses and qualifications that we offer have been developed by our team of animal care, welfare and conservation  experts  and are unique in that they have a strong emphasis on ethics and welfare. Along with challenging assignments which will be marked and assessed by qualified tutors, you will gain valuable knowledge about your chosen subject.

To ensure that our training is relevant to employers, our courses are developed in consultation with organisations across the animal care sector.

All of our tutors have achieved a level of education and experience that matches the needs and expectations of anyone who undertakes our courses. The tutors support and assist achievement whether for assessments, understanding particular topics or general support and encouragement. 

Disability Statement

Animal Jobs Direct is Disability Confident Committed


Animal Jobs Direct is Accredited and Assured with SafeBuy the consumer assurance scheme and we adhere to the eCommerce code of practices.

Student Achievement

Due to the expert support given to our students we have an extremely high course completion rate with students achieving high pass marks. Upon successful completion, you will receive your certificate by email. This  will not only enhance your career and job prospects within the animal care and conservation sectors, but also provide you with the knowledge to make a really positive contribution in your chosen career path working with animals.

Animal Jobs Direct was established in 2005. We pride ourselves on offering a complete service for our students; please take a look at some of the inspiring success stories from our recent students.

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About Animal Jobs Direct and our passion for Animal Welfare and Conservation

  • We are passionate about Animal Welfare and Conservation. 
  • We have been involved in improving Animal Welfare Through Education since 2005.
  • Our dedicated team have worked and recruited in the animal care sector for charities and private animal welfare organisations and include Animal Care and Wildlife and Conservation specialists, Vets and Veterinary Nurses and Canine Behaviourists. 

Animal Jobs Direct was established in 2005

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We understand how important it is to raise standards in the animal care sector through education; employees can make a huge difference to the animals in their care and to animal welfare if they are empowered with the right skills

Course Information: Enrolment Procedure and how to sign up for a Course

  • Unless specifically stated, there are no entry or age requirements for our courses. Many of the qualifications we offer do have minimum age requirements and this information is shown clearly.
  • Students have 2 years to complete their course. Unless specifically stated, most courses are open entry and students can sign up at any time. We welcome students from all around the world. 
  • To get started with your studies, please click on the Enrol Now Button on the course page.
  • You will be taken to secure payment page where course fees can be paid by debit card, credit card or paypal. If necessary, we can also accept payment over the phone)
  • Enrolments are processed manually by our office team during office hours. The first contact you receive from us will be a welcome email from your tutor with logins for Moodle - or your first module may be sent to you by email.

Course information: Studying

  • You will receive all the information you need to complete the modules in PDF format (Word docs). Many of our courses are Moodle based and you will receive logins instead of PDF docs. The course information will require some form of research and study. You study entirely at your own pace and with full tutor support.
  • Your personal tutor will be available to support you if you have any queries about the course.
  • Once you have completed the module you email it back to your tutor who will assess it or if Moodle based, you will receive assessment results.
  • Within a few days you will receive the results.
  • If you do not achieve a pass first time do not worry, you will be asked to re submit. There is no extra charge for this.
  • Once you have successfully completed a module the tutor will send you the next one and this continues until you have finished the course. If Moodle based, you will continue onto the next module when you have completed the previous assessment. 
  • Modules can take anything from a week to a month or longer to complete depending on learners ability, level of the course and your time available to study. 

2020 Term  Dates

Spring term - 06/1/20 - 06/04/20

Summer term - 20/4/20- 17/08/20

Autumn term 01/9/20- 21/12/20

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Course information: How we assess your work

  • There are no exams to sit; each Module has a range of assessment tasks aimed at meeting the outcomes of the module.
  • There are quizzes, essays, activities and research to do and a number of other methods to assess your understanding. 
  • If you do not understand anything contained within the module, please contact your tutor for advice.
  • Once you have completed your assessments for the module you send them back to the tutor to be marked and assessed. If your course is Moodle based, you will do this online.
  • If you have achieved a pass you will be sent the next module or proceed with the next module on Moodle. If not, you will be sent comments on the work and asked to re-submit. There is no additional charge for re-submission.

More course information:

You may be able to obtain financial assistance towards funding your studies, please click here for more information.

Please note that we don't include student cards as part of our courses.

Please contact us for more course information

Extra benefits when enrolling on an Animal Jobs Direct course

  • You will have support from our entire team who will do all they can to ensure you get the most out of your studies and putting your qualification to good use.
  • A reference from your tutor on successful completion of your course. This is helpful for job or university applications.
  • We provide an online Job Board for all our students; once you have completed your studies, we suggest you upload your CV and apply for suitable vacancies.

When you study a wildlife, zoology or conservation course with Animal Jobs Direct, you will be approved for ZSL Fellowship. Fellows get unlimited access for them and a family guest to ZSL London and Whipsnade Zoos plus borrowing rights in the extensive ZSL library of rare zoological texts. Enrol on your course and apply directly to ZSL for Fellowship.  

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