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Level 3 Award in Reptile Studies (RQF)

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Level 3 Award in Reptile Studies (RQF)

This Course at a Glance

  • Learn about reptile care, welfare and behaviour
  • Study modern conservation efforts for reptile species
  • Discover and learn about the biology of reptiles
  • Go on placement to Crocodiles of the World
  • Gain a regulated qualification
  • Study 100% online

About your Course

The Level 3 Award in Reptile Studies is an Ofqual regulated qualification and is split into 2 units. During the qualification you will learn about the behavioural, welfare and care needs of reptile species around the world.

The qualification will teach learners the importance of reptile conservation, research and keeping.

The qualification is suitable for reptile owners and those aged over 16 or who are working in animal welfare, animal charity organisations or pet shops.

All the material is readily available once you enrol, so you’re able to start studying right away!

Crocodiles of the World Placement

Reptile Studies

Crocodiles of the World is the UKs only dedicated crocodile zoo, with 19 species of crocodiles and alligators along with Komodo dragons, Galapagos giant tortoises, meerkats, fishing cats, tamarins, and plenty of lizards and snakes.

Learners get to work for 3 days directly with the animal team, preparing food, feeding and cleaning/maintaining enclosures and enclosure areas.  Whilst learners will not be working directly with any of the crocodilians, this is a great way to experience how a zoo operates, and the fundamentals of animal husbandry for exotic animals.

Please note that this placement is optional and not assessed.

Getting Started

learndirect is the UK’s leading online course provider. Our online courses give you the flexibility to engage with your studies whenever suits you best.

The benefit of online learning means that you can plan your studies around your existing commitments. So, you’re able to progress with your learning in a way that works for you, without the stressful balancing act. With no classes to attend or a timetable to stick to, you’re in control of the pace and place of your learning.

What’s more, we have dedicated and experienced online tutors to support you throughout your course. As well as all the material being readily available as soon as you enrol so you’re able to start right away.

Modules

Unit 1: Reptile Biology, Behaviour and Conservation

On completing this first unit, students will be able to:

  • Develop an understanding of the biology of reptiles
  • Learn about the in-situ conservation efforts for reptiles
  • Understand how to identify certain behaviours in reptiles

Unit 2: Reptile Care and Welfare

On completing this second unit, students will be able to:

  • Understand how to provide optimal care for a variety of reptile species
  • Gain an understanding of reptile welfare and how to promote it

Entry Requirements

There are no formal entry requirements for this qualification but learners must be aged 16 and over.

Minimum Age restriction

16

Average completion timeframe

You have 24 months to complete your course.

Placement or Practical required

This course does not include a mandatory placement. However, learners have the opportunity to complete an optional placement that is offered at Crocodiles of the World.

If placement or practical required, when?

Crocodiles of the World placement dates and length of time spent on placement can be arranged to suit the learner (2-5 days).

Certification Timeframe

Learners can expect their certification within 6 months of completing the course, following the (EQA) External Quality Assurance of assessment.

Course Fees

All course fees, inclusive of all payment plans including our Premium Credit Limited option, must be settled before certification can be ordered.

*You will have access to the course for 24 months.

To successfully gain the Level 3 Award in Reptile Studies, students must achieve 10 credits.

You will be assessed through internal assessments conducted online at the end of each unit and assessed by one of our qualified animal tutors.

When are you assessed?

As you are in control of how you learn, you are also in charge of when you hand in your assignments.

This enables you to take as long as you need to thoroughly understand the unit before completing any assignments.

Gatehouse Awards

Gatehouse Awards logo

Upon successful completion, you will be awarded a Level 3 Award in Reptile Studies, an Ofqual regulated qualification (Qualification code: 603/7711/2) by the awarding organisation Gatehouse Awards LTD.

Gatehouse Awards Ltd is an industry-leading Awarding Organisation recognised by the Office of Qualifications and Examinations Regulation, England (Ofqual)

Gatehouse Awards Ltd is a leading awarding body recognised by the Office of Qualifications and Examinations Regulation, England (Ofqual). They also have a significant international presence providing language testing services.

This Level 3 Award in Reptile Studies is designed to equip learners with the most up-to-date research and best practice for Reptile care and welfare.

It is aimed at candidates who want to develop their learning and understanding to inform their development or professional practice. It is designed to be flexible to meet the real-life needs of those who are currently working in the animal care industry or for those who have a particular interest in reptile species.

This Ofqual regulated and nationally recognised qualification will show employers that you have up-to-date knowledge and understanding of the care, behaviour, and welfare of reptiles. On completion of this qualification, you may consider further learning on the subject, and we have a range of courses to suit your needs. This study will also support those currently working with reptiles or who are owners of reptiles.

ZSL Fellowship

By studying for a Zookeeping Level 3 Diploma (RQF), you not only enhance your career prospects, but you can also become eligible for ZSL Fellowship. The Zoological Society of London (ZSL) is an international conservation charity that is dedicated to ensuring that wildlife habitats continue to thrive.

Through science, field conservation and the work of ZSL London and ZSL Whipsnade Zoos, habitats are getting the help they need, continuously tackling the challenges that come their way. By undertaking the Zookeeping Level 3 Diploma (RQF), you can apply for a Fellowship. If successful, you will get unlimited access to both zoos and borrowing rights to zoological texts.

Also, if you undergo your practical training at ZSL London, you may have an opportunity to apply for a job role at the zoo should you be successful. The career possibilities are far and wide.

zsl logo

Frequently Asked Questions

Studying reptiles offers a wealth of knowledge on evolution, adaptation, and ecological balance. Their unique physiology, from cold-bloodedness to scale development, sheds light on how organisms survive in various environments. Understanding their role as predators, prey, and decomposers helps us maintain healthy ecosystems. Additionally, reptiles can teach us about intelligence and problem-solving, challenging past assumptions about their cognitive abilities. Overall, these fascinating creatures provide valuable insights for science, conservation, and our overall appreciation for biodiversity.
Our online Level 3 Award in Reptile Studies will equip you with a well-rounded understanding of reptiles. Through the course, you'll delve into their biology, including adaptations and life cycles. You'll learn how to identify reptile behaviour and explore conservation efforts to protect them in their natural habitats. Additionally, the course emphasises proper care practices for various reptile species, ensuring their wellbeing in environments they are cared for by humans.
The reptilian world offers numerous career paths in the UK and abroad. You could become a reptile keeper or zoo veterinarian, caring for these fascinating creatures. Research and conservation roles exist for those passionate about protecting endangered species. Breeding programmes and education centres also seek qualified personnel to raise reptiles and educate the public. Even veterinary clinics often require staff knowledgeable about reptile care. So, your passion for reptiles can certainly translate into a fulfilling career.
Working with reptiles in the UK often requires specific qualifications depending on the role. Zookeepers typically need zookeeping diplomas or degrees, while research or conservation might require degrees in biology or ecology. However, this Level 3 Award in Reptile Studies equips you with a strong foundation for entry-level positions. It provides the knowledge of reptile biology, behaviour, and welfare sought by breeders, education centres, and even veterinary clinics, making you a competitive candidate in the exciting world of reptiles.
If you’re looking to study reptiles in your free time this online Level 3 Award in Reptile Studies allows you to learn about these fascinating creatures from home.
  • SALE Savings End Midnight Friday 31st May
  • SALE Savings End Midnight Friday 31st May

Level 3 Award in Reptile Studies (RQF)

This Course at a Glance

  • Learn about reptile care, welfare and behaviour
  • Study modern conservation efforts for reptile species
  • Discover and learn about the biology of reptiles
  • Go on placement to Crocodiles of the World
  • Gain a regulated qualification
  • Study 100% online

About your Course

The Level 3 Award in Reptile Studies is an Ofqual regulated qualification and is split into 2 units. During the qualification you will learn about the behavioural, welfare and care needs of reptile species around the world.

The qualification will teach learners the importance of reptile conservation, research and keeping.

The qualification is suitable for reptile owners and those aged over 16 or who are working in animal welfare, animal charity organisations or pet shops.

All the material is readily available once you enrol, so you’re able to start studying right away!

Crocodiles of the World Placement

Reptile Studies

Crocodiles of the World is the UKs only dedicated crocodile zoo, with 19 species of crocodiles and alligators along with Komodo dragons, Galapagos giant tortoises, meerkats, fishing cats, tamarins, and plenty of lizards and snakes.

Learners get to work for 3 days directly with the animal team, preparing food, feeding and cleaning/maintaining enclosures and enclosure areas.  Whilst learners will not be working directly with any of the crocodilians, this is a great way to experience how a zoo operates, and the fundamentals of animal husbandry for exotic animals.

Please note that this placement is optional and not assessed.

Getting Started

learndirect is the UK’s leading online course provider. Our online courses give you the flexibility to engage with your studies whenever suits you best.

The benefit of online learning means that you can plan your studies around your existing commitments. So, you’re able to progress with your learning in a way that works for you, without the stressful balancing act. With no classes to attend or a timetable to stick to, you’re in control of the pace and place of your learning.

What’s more, we have dedicated and experienced online tutors to support you throughout your course. As well as all the material being readily available as soon as you enrol so you’re able to start right away.

Modules

Unit 1: Reptile Biology, Behaviour and Conservation

On completing this first unit, students will be able to:

  • Develop an understanding of the biology of reptiles
  • Learn about the in-situ conservation efforts for reptiles
  • Understand how to identify certain behaviours in reptiles

Unit 2: Reptile Care and Welfare

On completing this second unit, students will be able to:

  • Understand how to provide optimal care for a variety of reptile species
  • Gain an understanding of reptile welfare and how to promote it

Entry Requirements

There are no formal entry requirements for this qualification but learners must be aged 16 and over.

Minimum Age restriction

16

Average completion timeframe

You have 24 months to complete your course.

Placement or Practical required

This course does not include a mandatory placement. However, learners have the opportunity to complete an optional placement that is offered at Crocodiles of the World.

If placement or practical required, when?

Crocodiles of the World placement dates and length of time spent on placement can be arranged to suit the learner (2-5 days).

Certification Timeframe

Learners can expect their certification within 6 months of completing the course, following the (EQA) External Quality Assurance of assessment.

Course Fees

All course fees, inclusive of all payment plans including our Premium Credit Limited option, must be settled before certification can be ordered.

*You will have access to the course for 24 months.

Excellent Marking

Assessment

To successfully gain the Level 3 Award in Reptile Studies, students must achieve 10 credits.

You will be assessed through internal assessments conducted online at the end of each unit and assessed by one of our qualified animal tutors.

When are you assessed?

As you are in control of how you learn, you are also in charge of when you hand in your assignments.

This enables you to take as long as you need to thoroughly understand the unit before completing any assignments.

Qualifications

Gatehouse Awards

Gatehouse Awards logo

Upon successful completion, you will be awarded a Level 3 Award in Reptile Studies, an Ofqual regulated qualification (Qualification code: 603/7711/2) by the awarding organisation Gatehouse Awards LTD.

Gatehouse Awards Ltd is an industry-leading Awarding Organisation recognised by the Office of Qualifications and Examinations Regulation, England (Ofqual)

Gatehouse Awards Ltd is a leading awarding body recognised by the Office of Qualifications and Examinations Regulation, England (Ofqual). They also have a significant international presence providing language testing services.

This Level 3 Award in Reptile Studies is designed to equip learners with the most up-to-date research and best practice for Reptile care and welfare.

It is aimed at candidates who want to develop their learning and understanding to inform their development or professional practice. It is designed to be flexible to meet the real-life needs of those who are currently working in the animal care industry or for those who have a particular interest in reptile species.

This Ofqual regulated and nationally recognised qualification will show employers that you have up-to-date knowledge and understanding of the care, behaviour, and welfare of reptiles. On completion of this qualification, you may consider further learning on the subject, and we have a range of courses to suit your needs. This study will also support those currently working with reptiles or who are owners of reptiles.

ZSL Fellowship

By studying for a Zookeeping Level 3 Diploma (RQF), you not only enhance your career prospects, but you can also become eligible for ZSL Fellowship. The Zoological Society of London (ZSL) is an international conservation charity that is dedicated to ensuring that wildlife habitats continue to thrive.

Through science, field conservation and the work of ZSL London and ZSL Whipsnade Zoos, habitats are getting the help they need, continuously tackling the challenges that come their way. By undertaking the Zookeeping Level 3 Diploma (RQF), you can apply for a Fellowship. If successful, you will get unlimited access to both zoos and borrowing rights to zoological texts.

Also, if you undergo your practical training at ZSL London, you may have an opportunity to apply for a job role at the zoo should you be successful. The career possibilities are far and wide.

zsl logo

Frequently Asked Questions

Studying reptiles offers a wealth of knowledge on evolution, adaptation, and ecological balance. Their unique physiology, from cold-bloodedness to scale development, sheds light on how organisms survive in various environments. Understanding their role as predators, prey, and decomposers helps us maintain healthy ecosystems. Additionally, reptiles can teach us about intelligence and problem-solving, challenging past assumptions about their cognitive abilities. Overall, these fascinating creatures provide valuable insights for science, conservation, and our overall appreciation for biodiversity.
Our online Level 3 Award in Reptile Studies will equip you with a well-rounded understanding of reptiles. Through the course, you'll delve into their biology, including adaptations and life cycles. You'll learn how to identify reptile behaviour and explore conservation efforts to protect them in their natural habitats. Additionally, the course emphasises proper care practices for various reptile species, ensuring their wellbeing in environments they are cared for by humans.
The reptilian world offers numerous career paths in the UK and abroad. You could become a reptile keeper or zoo veterinarian, caring for these fascinating creatures. Research and conservation roles exist for those passionate about protecting endangered species. Breeding programmes and education centres also seek qualified personnel to raise reptiles and educate the public. Even veterinary clinics often require staff knowledgeable about reptile care. So, your passion for reptiles can certainly translate into a fulfilling career.
Working with reptiles in the UK often requires specific qualifications depending on the role. Zookeepers typically need zookeeping diplomas or degrees, while research or conservation might require degrees in biology or ecology. However, this Level 3 Award in Reptile Studies equips you with a strong foundation for entry-level positions. It provides the knowledge of reptile biology, behaviour, and welfare sought by breeders, education centres, and even veterinary clinics, making you a competitive candidate in the exciting world of reptiles.
If you’re looking to study reptiles in your free time this online Level 3 Award in Reptile Studies allows you to learn about these fascinating creatures from home.
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