The Warnborough College Certificate in Animal Production doesn’t shy away from contemporary concerns. However, it addresses the need for industry knowledge by helping students get to grips with the fundamentals of animal production.


It forms a pathway to a degree, so there is knowledge and career progression. Our courses are designed for practitioners. Theoretical information is provided as a grounding for the actual practical knowledge that you will be expected of you.


Through structured assignments and research tasks, you will learn the key things to give you confidence for a career in agriculture.


Key Info


Duration: 6 months*

Start: Anytime


  1. High school certificate; or
    2. A relevant industry apprenticeship qualification; or
    3. Over 21 with proven and relevant experience.


Program Structure


The Certificate in Animal Production is ideal for those who are starting out in livestock and animal production. The course is flexible, at-your-own-pace, and consists of five compulsory modules and one elective module (a total of 60 ECTS must be completed):

Compulsory Modules (10 ECTS credits each)

Hover over a module title to find out more 

BAG104 Farm Management

Look at how to effectively manage a farm or agricultural enterprise which services farms. Farming is just as much about management as it is about animal or crop production. Learn to analyse, diagnose and make decisions related to the management of a farm business. The course relates to managing all resources, including; production, staff, physical resources, and natural resources. You also learn strategic planning, whole farm planning, and how to prepare a business plan.

BAG101 Animal Anatomy and Physiology

The basics of animal anatomy and physiology will help you manage and care for your animals, thus reducing overall costs.  This module helps students to understand how to diagnose disease, determine if an animal has sustained an injury, understand the physical capabilities or limitations of particular species, and understand what happens in the nutrition and growth processes.

BAG201 Animal Health

This module is a solid introduction to animal health, where you learn to assess animal health, explain a variety of conditions and identify appropriate treatments or responses to a range of more common complaints or illnesses.

BAG202 Animal Feed and Nutrition

Learn to manage food and nutrition for  farm animals or wildlife in zoos. This module  introduces animal foods, food components, evaluating food and digestibility for animals, classifying foods and calculating rations.

Research Project I

This module encourages you to construct a problem statement, identify relevant literature, then develop a hypothesis. You will also be required to look at data sources and complete a research proposal. The module will help you to understand how to structure a thesis, complete an ethics form and draft a thesis to post graduate level.

Elective Modules (10 ECTS credits each)

Select one module from the list below:

BAG210 Sheep Production

Discover sheep husbandry and farming for improved farm practices in the production of wool and meat with our experienced and highly qualified faculty.

BAG208 Poultry

Learn to raise chickens, ducks, turkeys and geese for commercial production or self-sufficiency.

BAG223 Goat Production

Learn about goat husbandry, breeds, behaviour, feed and nutrition, farm systems, wool and meat production, and more.


How will I learn

The program is conducted entirely online. You can begin ANYTIME. Upon enrolment, you will receive an email with an access code for our online learning system within 48 hours. You may be required to do an orientation course in academic writing (non-examinable) beforehand.

Modules are split into readings, set task activities, and assignments. At the end of each module, you will be required to sit for an examination and/or submit a project.


Learning Support

You will get unlimited email support throughout the program, on every module/course. Feedback is provided for every assignment that is sent in. In some instances, telephone support can also be arranged.


When you achieve this qualification, you can begin on your Diploma. It is part of a pathway to get a Bachelor of Science in Agriculture.

Fees refer to tuition only. It does not include ancillary expenses such as required materials (see above), textbooks, internet connections, postage, telephone calls, insurance and printing. 


Time varies depending upon exemptions, performance and the workload. Accreditation for Prior Learning or Experience (APEL) can reduce time and fees. Part of a degree pathway.

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