International students

The College of Animal Welfare recognises that animal welfare is a truly global need. We warmly welcome international students who wish to join our full time or online, distance learning courses.

Online, distance learning – access to a UK education without leaving your home

The College of Animal Welfare is a modern provider of education in animal welfare. Awarded by City & Guilds, our online courses are widely recognised by many businesses and organisations around the world as evidence of a good quality education.

If you are working in a veterinary environment and are keen to improve standards of animal welfare for the animals in your care, the City & Guilds Level 2 Diploma for Veterinary Care Assistants programme may be the course for you. You will learn about a variety of veterinary care topics, such as housing, handling and restraint, animal first aid, anatomy and physiology and helping with fluid therapy and radiography. 

Do you have a passion for the environment? The Level 2 Diploma in Countryside and Environment is a great introductory course if you are looking to learn more about the countryside, either for personal interest or to help you gain future employment in this area.

Online, distance learning, courses:

Come to the UK to study!

International students are welcome to apply for a place on our Level 3, Level 5, or BSc (Hons) courses. Our eligible courses include:

Information on these courses can be found on the relevant links above. If you would like further advice on which course may be suitable for you, please contact us.

Are you from outside the EU?

If you are an international student from outside the EU, you will need a Tier 4 student visa, and will need to meet certain requirements under UK law. While the process is not always simple, the rewards are worth it – with a recognised qualification you can go home and really make a difference!

For the latest information, go to the UK Council for International Student Affairs (UKCISA) – the UK’s national advisory body for international students and the people who teach them.

You will need a Tier 4 student visa, a place to stay, and finance to pay your course fees.

English requirements

If you are coming to the UK to study you should have proof of competence in the English Language by holding either the ESOL qualification or IELTS at a minimum score of 7.0. You will also be required to have your foreign qualifications officially translated into English with a notarised stamp, where necessary.

If you are studying one of our online, distance learning programmes, please be aware that the course materials and assessment is delivered in English and therefore you must be competent in reading, writing and conversing in the English language.


Tuition fees for the full year need to be paid once an offer has been made and prior to the Confirmation of Acceptance for Studies (CAS) being issued. We will only accept payment in Sterling, so we recommend that you have made arrangements for a Sterling payment before you accept your course.

The visa letter issued by the College to all full time students classified as overseas for fee purposes will include details of the relevant tuition fees and details of any advance payment received by The College of Animal Welfare. This letter will be sent to applicants automatically once their offer is unconditional and has been firmly accepted and can be used as proof of advance payment for a UK General Student visa application.

Withdrawal policy

If you decide to withdraw from a course you must notify the College in writing. If you decide to withdraw once your course has started the Colleges standard terms and conditions will apply and refunds will not be given.