IAT HE Diplomas

About our Diplomas

We offer level 4 - 6 IAT Diplomas in Laboratory Animal Science and Technology (LAS&T). Our Diploma courses follow on from IAT levels 1 - 3 and are the equivalent of a traditional 3 year BSc (Hons) Degree. We have split our BSc into three Diplomas (level 4-6) to allow students the freedom to progress to the level that suits them best. You will receive an IAT Diploma certificate upon completion of each year, culminating in a BSc in LAS&T on completion of your third year. There is no obligation to complete all 3 years and you can take a break between levels, returning to study when the time is right for you.

What will I learn?

Each level comprises 4 different learning units. Each unit will focus on a subject relating to animal research and/or the roles and responsibilities within an animal research facility. Each subject will help you develop key skills that will improve your performance in the work place, provide you with a detailed understanding of the topic at hand and teach you how to apply those principles to improve animal welfare.

How long will I be studying?

In part, how long you study for is up to you. Each Diploma is taught over 1 year, the 4 units will be taught in separate teaching blocks that typically run over 4 consecutive days. This way you do not have to make a weekly commitment to attending a teaching session and instead, can take a short break from work to complete the teaching block in just a few days. Units are usually spaced out over the year and because our Diplomas are split into individual levels, you will not be committed to 3 consecutive years of study and will achieve a Diploma certificate for each year completed.

Even though the taught classes are part-time, our expert tutors will always be available to support you in your studies through email, video calls or telephone.

How will a Diploma benefit me?

Studying LAS&T at degree level will equip you with the knowledge needed to excel in the world of laboratory animal care and welfare. Our Diplomas are perfect for those working in animal research who want to take their career to the next step, especially if you aspire to achieve a supervisory or management position within a research facility. Our Diplomas cover topics ranging from animal biology and experimental design, to the design and management of an animal facility. Complete all three years to achieve a Bachelor's Degree (BSc) in LAS&T and become eligible for IAT Fellowship.

Animal Technology Students

Level 4

Laboratory Animal Science and Technology Diploma

Get started with units in Applied learning & Development Skills, Supervisory Management, Biological Science and Disease Recognition and Control.

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Level 5

Laboratory Animal Science and Technology Diploma

Take the next step towards a full Bachelor's Degree with units in Animal Law & Welfare, Experimental Design, Toxicology and Genetic Alteration Technologies.

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Level 6

Laboratory Animal Science and Technology Bachelor's Degree

Complete your BSc with the remaining units in Physiology of Pain & Stress, Animal Facility Management Design and embark on your own research project in the Project Planning & Project unit.

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IAT Fellowship

For level 6 graduates

Complete all 3 levels of LAS&T and not only will you be awarded a BSc Degree but you will become eligible for IAT fellowship status, and the opportunity to sit on IAT Council.

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Get financial aid

If you are unable to gain funding from your employer or other sources, AS-ET may be able to provide you with a grant or bursary. You can find out more about AS-ET on their website.

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Pick and mix courses

Short on free time or looking to develop specific skills? Each unit covered in our Diploma is also available as a stand-alone course. Pick and mix the courses that suit you best!


"My studies with CLAST whilst challenging have been very 

enjoyable. They have helped me progress throughout my career, as well as given me the opportunity to make some close friends in the industry. 

All the teachers were very knowledgeable in their 

fields and very approachable, even for the silly questions."

Sam C, Level 6 Graduate

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