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Duration (approx) 1000 hours
Qualification Foundation Diploma

Study Fish Care with ACS and become a fish care expert.

  • Study to become a fish care consultant.

  • Advise others on caring for their fish, growing fish, studying fish and more.
  • Study to start your own business venture.

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Become a fish care expert - advise others on caring for fish, producing fish for food and more.

Study the Foundation Diploma In Fish Care And Consultancy and improve your own business and career prospects in the fish industry.

This course comprises essential studies focusing on different areas of the fish industry, including:

  • Marine and Freshwater Aquaculture.
  • Aquaponics.
  • Marine Studies.
  • Animals In A Permaculture System.
  • Aquarium Management.
  • Starting Your own Business.

Course Duration: 1000 hours.

Start Date: Start at any time - study at a pace that suits you, and with full tutor support for the duration of your studies.

Content: Study ten Core Modules.  The Core Modules cover Marine Studies, Marine and Freshwater Aquaculture, Aquaponics, Aquarium Management, Animals In A Permaculture System, Animal Health Care, Natural Animal Health Care, Start Your Own Business.

All modules for the Foundation Diploma In Fish Care And Consultancy are summarised below.  Follow the title link for further information on each.

Marine Studies I BEN103
A 9 lesson module which is concerned with study of marine ecology systems.  Students will learn about the environments in which marine life exists, including nutrient cycles, and food chains.  Those completing this module will be able to identify the different characteristics of marine environments, and the different types of marine life supported within these.  The module includes lessons specific to Shellfish and Crustaceans, Squid and Octopus, Cartilaginous and Bony Fish, Marine Mammals, Turtles and Sea Snakes, and Seabirds.  The final lesson in the module looks at the human impact on marine environments, as well as considering techniques used to manage stocks of fish and other farmed marine life.   

Marine Studies II BEN203
The module comprises 10 lessons looking at marine plants, and a wide range of marine organisms.  Lessons focus on a variety of different organisms, including – Cnidarians and Worms, Arthropods, Molluscs, Echinoderms.  Students will have the opportunity to study the classification, characteristics, lifestyle and behaviour of a such organisms.  

Marine Aquaculture BAG220
This 11 lesson module looks at the farming of salt water fish, shellfish, sea weed, and other marine products.  Students will study different forms of mariculture production.  The module focuses on the setting up of a mariculture business (the economics, feasibility, and so on), before looking specifically at the different species of plant or animal that may be farmed.  Studies in mariculture are completed with health management, and harvesting of produce.

Aquaculture BAG211
This 10 lesson module is concerned with the culture and care of freshwater animals for farming.  It includes lessons on production systems, feeding, harvesting, and how to set up a freshwater aquaculture venture.  Upon completion of the module, students will be conversant with different production systems used in aquaculture, and understand the different methods and approaches to managing a freshwater animal population.

Aquaponics BHT319
With this 10 lesson module, Aquaponics students will study this intensive form of farming where the two main elements - fish and plants - support each other.  Crucial to understanding aquaponics, is the development of the student’s knowledge of plant and animal nutrition and growth.   The module covers the essential hardware elements and by the end of the module, students will be conversant with the different options available and will be knowledgeable in the identification and rectification of problems.  

Aquarium Management BEN105
Through 10 lessons, students will learn about the different types of fish to keep (freshwater or salt water), and the ecosystem that they need in which to survive and remain healthy.  Students will understand the different types of equipment and systems that are available, and which types of aquarium life these are suitable for.  As well as being able to determine the suitability of different fish for keeping in the chosen environment, students will learn about different diseases and how to maintain fish health.  The module also focuses on other areas including water quality, and breeding.

Animals In Permaculture Systems (Permaculture III) VSS106
Animals are an important component of any permaculture system. They impact upon the stability of the landscape just as much as the plants.  They and can provide things to harvest and use, just as much as the plants.  This 8 lesson module looks at the impact and maintenance of animals in the permaculture system.

Animal Health Care VAG100
Learn to identify and describe common signs of ill health and diseases in animals, and the appropriate types of treatment for these.  This 12 lesson module looks at the broader aspects of animal welfare and control as well as codes of practices and the services provided by veterinarians.  The module includes preventative health care, as well as considering routine health treatments (such as de-sexing and castration).  It is concluded with a lesson on animal rehabilitation and recovery.

Natural Health Care For Animals BAG218
An 8 lesson module, in which students will learn about the nature and scope of natural therapies that can be used to treat animals. This course is perfect for people who would like to work in Animal Health Care through holistic methods such as naturopathy, homeopathy, herbal treatments and tactile therapy.  On completion of the module students will know how to identify signs of ill health and what appropriate treatments can be used for these.  As well as looking at the importance of the right nutrition for animals, the module considers holistic approaches to the treatment and maintenance of good animal health.  Studies in this module are completed with a case study research project, where students can demonstrate their knowledge through practical applications.

Starting a Small Business VBS101
Through 12 lessons, this module introduces you to the world of running a business.  Students will learn about the first steps to take – what types of business there are, planning, and marketing a business.  As well as learning about forming a business, the module considers all important aspects in lessons including planning, budgeting, and bookkeeping.  The module will provide the essentials basics to forming a business and give those studying the pointers to the correct approach to making a success of their venture.

You can start the course at any time.

It is studied by distance learning, so you can study in the comfort of your own home. But this doesn't mean you are all alone in your studies.  Our highly qualified and friendly tutors are there to help you every step of the way.  If you have any questions at all, they are always happy to help.

Each lesson includes set tasks, and is completed with an assignment which the student submits to their course tutor.  The tutor will mark the assignment and return this to the student with comments and suggestions for further reading.

The Foundation Diploma In Fish Care And Consultancy requires approximately 1,000 hours of study. It is made up of ten 100 hour modules.

To pass the course –

  1. Pass all assignments on the ten 100 hour modules. There will be an assignment at the end of each lesson to submit to your tutor for marking and feedback.
  2. Pass ten examinations – one on each module. These are usually taken at the end of the module and can be arranged at a time and location to suit you.


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Study the Foundation Diploma In Fish Care And Consultancy with ACS and become an expert in the care and management of fish - run your own business, manage a fish business, or become a consultant.

To enrol, simply go to the top left hand side of this page.  If you have any QUESTIONS or need guidance in choosing the right course for you, get in touch with one of our specialist tutors by using our FREE COURSE COUNSELLING SERVICE.




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Meet some of our academics

Alison Pearce (animal)B.Sc.(Hons) in Animal Science. Masters Degree in Ecotourism. P.G.Cert. Ed. (Science). Alison's first job was in 1982 as a stockwoman, working with pigs in Yorkshire. Within a few years she of that she was working for the University of Western Australia as a Research Technician and instructor with their school of Agricultural Science.In 1989 she moved to Melbourne University as Unit Manager and Instructor in Animal Husbandry. By the mid 1990's she moved back to England to work in Animal Care and Veterinary Nursing at Cambridgeshire College of Agriculture. Throughout her career, Alison has developed and delivered courses in veterinary nursing and animal sciences for vocational colleges and universities in Australia, New Zealand and Australia. She has built a high level of expertise and an outstanding international reputation as an expert in animal sciences.
Dr. Gareth PearceGraduated from the University of Nottingham in 1982 with a B.Sc.(Hons) in Animal Science. Between 82 and 85 worked as Research Assistant and Demonstator in Animal Science at the University of Leeds. Over more than 30 years he has furthered his studies, obtaining eight significant university qualifications including degrees in Veterinary Science, Wildlife Conservation and Animal Behaviour. Gareth has significant teaching experience around the world as a faculty member at eight different universities including Associate Professor at Murdoch University and Director of Studies in Veterinary Science at Cambridge University. He has over 100 prestigious research papers published, and enjoys an outstanding international reputation in the fields of animal and veterinary science.
Cheryl McLardyA scientist, teacher, writer and animal scientist, with more than 20 years experience including: Sports Horse Stud Groom, Stable Manager, Yard Manager, Equine industrial Training Manager, FE Distance Learning Manager. Cheryl has travelled widely, working in England, Scotland, Australia and New Zealand; and is now based in Scotland. She holds a Bachelor of Science (Hons), Higher National Diploma in Horse Management, and a City and Guilds Teaching Certificate.
Marius Erasmus Subsequent to completing a BSc (Agric) degree in animal science, Marius completed an honours degree in wildlife management, and a masters degree in production animal physiology. Following the Masters degree, he has worked for 9 years in the UK, and South Africa in wildlife management, dairy, beef and poultry farming.

Check out our eBooks

Animal Feed & NutritionThe Aniaml Feed and Nutrition ebook is a comprehensive guide to animal feed and the nutritional requirements of different animals.
Marine AnimalsWith colour photos splashed throughout, this Marine Animals e-book is designed to provide a guide for some of the more common animals found in marine ecosystems around the world. Learn about the creatures hidden by the other 70% of the earth's surface. Explore more...
Animal HealthUnderstand animal health issues, diseases and how identify and manage illnesses and injuries. Animals can become sick for many different reasons -diseases caused by infections, injuries, poisoning, genetic disorders, poor nutrition and other things.
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