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Zookeeping Level 3 Diploma (RQF)

Overview

Key Points

  • Develop skills and knowledge in zookeeping
  • Learn about conservation, zoo design and disease prevention
  • Confidently enhance your skillset for potential employment
  • Complete the course within a year
  • Employer recognised RQF qualification
  • Dedicated tutor guides your learning

Overview

The Zookeeping Level 3 Diploma is a comprehensive course that allows you to delve into the world of zookeeping.

It’s the perfect way to turn your passion for animal welfare into a rewarding career.

The diploma will expand your understanding of zookeeping and how to care for large animals with complex needs in a zoo or safari setting. 

Most of the course will be theory-based and online, however, there is a practical element too. 

This allows you to see first-hand what it’s like working in a zoo, gain essential knowledge and put into practice what you’ve learnt. You’ll have the opportunity to have direct contact with a range of animals such as giraffes, elephants, tapirs and more. 

Getting Started

learndirect is one of the UK’s leading online course providers. Our online courses give you the flexibility to engage with your studies on your terms. 

No matter what your commitments, online learning works around you. So, you’re able to progress with your studies at a pace appropriate to your circumstances. 

The only date you’ll need to keep in mind is when you book the practical element of the course.

You’ll gain essential knowledge on the fundamentals of zookeeping and work towards a fulfilling new career. With no classes to attend or 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

Zookeeping Level 3 Diploma (RQF) Modules

The course consists of 9 compulsory units.

Unit 1: Animal Welfare and Ethics

On completion of this unit you will:

  • Understand the main needs of animals in captivity and how they are met
  • Understand animal welfare and the assessment of animal welfare in zoos
  • Know how to manage the breeding of animals in captivity
  • Understand the ethical implications of keeping animals in a zoo

Unit 2: Conservation and Zoos

On completion of this unit you will:

  • Understand the different conservation options available to zoos
  • Understand why zoological collections are more suitable to different forms of conservation
  • Know how various breeding programmes work

Unit 3: Development of Zoos

On completion of this unit you will:

  • Know how the keeping of animals in captivity has developed historically
  • Understand the roles and perceptions of the modern zoo
  • Understand how zookeepers can assist with the roles of the modern zoo

Unit 4: Disease and Prevention

On completion of this unit you will:

  • Understand how to identify and report abnormal behaviours and signs of illness promptly
  • Understand zoonotic and animal diseases and how to prevent their spread
  • Understand the storage and maintenance of animal feeds
  • Understand how to source information about animal diets and nutrition

Unit 5: Enrichment and Training

On completion of this unit you will:

  • Learn why environmental enrichment is needed
  • Understand how enrichment is being used effectively
  • Explore how training improves the welfare of animals in captivity
  • Understand the behaviour and body language of zoo animals
  • Study the signs of stress in zoo animals, its management and the benefits of enrichment

Unit 6: Legislation and Zoological Collections

On completion of this unit you will:

  • Learn the legislation that is relevant to zoological collections in the UK and Europe
  • Understand zoo relevant associations in the UK and Europe
  • Explore legislation in animal transportation between zoos
  • Study controls on zookeeper and visitor interactions with animals

Unit 7: Management of Animals in a Zoo

On completion of this unit you will:

  • Understand the basic information required for the management of animals in a zoo
  • Understand how to use observational skills as a zookeeper
  • Understand the importance of record-keeping in the management of animals in a zoo

Unit 8: Zoo Design

On completion of this unit you will:

  • Understand the main considerations for and advances in, general zoo design
  • Understand the improvement of existing enclosures
  • Understand the risk assessment and health and safety, requirements for enclosure design

Unit 9: Zoos and the Media

On completion of this unit you will:

  • Understand the value of the media to zoos
  • Understand the role of the zookeeper concerning the media
  • Understand the forms of exposure to the media in a zoological collection
  • Be able to develop and explain the functions of a short presentation
  • Understand how all departments of a zoological collection must work together
  • Be able to design and explain the purpose of, suitable signage for a zoological collection

Requirements

As long as you have a desire to learn and a passion for animal care and conservation then you’re good to go. No previous experience or qualifications required.

However, you will need a stable internet connection and a laptop so you’re able to progress with your online course. 

Assessment

When studying your Zookeeping Level 3 Diploma you’ll be assessed internally by our qualified experts. You’ll need to provide a portfolio of evidence upon completion of each unit. 

Once you have successfully completed all your assessments you will receive your final grade and a certificate of completion alongside your qualification. 

When are you assessed?

As you’re in control of the pace in which you learn, you’re 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.  

Practical Training 

Within the Zookeeping Level 3 Diploma there is also the opportunity to apply your knowledge in real-life scenarios with a 1-week practical element.

The 1-week Practical Training programme includes both theoretical and practical learning. You’ll be able to experience first-hand what working in a zoo is like.

The week will include:

  • Studying Primate nutrition and behaviour
  • Conservation and Sustainability
  • Specialist care of reptiles and invertebrates
  • Zoo administration: Including ZIMs, EEPs, Studbook management, Zoo licensing
  • Allocated time to research personal projects and area of interests
  • Direct contact with a range of animals such as giraffes, penguins, prosimians, aardvarks, tapirs and sea lions

Qualifications

Open College Network West Midlands

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Upon successful completion of this course, you will be awarded the Zookeeping Level 3 Diploma (Qualification Number: 603/4158/0).

Open College Network West Midlands are a national Awarding Organisation, regulated by Ofqual, the Quality Assurance Agency for Higher Education (QAA) and Qualifications Wales, to develop and award nationally recognised qualifications.

Open College Network West Midlands work in partnership with employers, training providers, colleges, universities, schools and voluntary and community organisations to offer vocational credit-based qualifications, Access to Higher Education Diplomas and quality assured Customised Accreditation that enables learners gain employment or to progress into further learning and Higher Education. They also Quality Endorse organisations internal training and skills delivery.

Developing your career

Upon completion of the Zookeeping Level 3 Diploma, you will be ready to seek employment in zoos and safari parks. Working alongside other animal care professionals to ensure the safety and conservation of our planet.

The qualification has been designed with employers to enhance your career prospects.

You could also opt for university and expand your knowledge further. As well as broaden your horizons for employment.  

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Key Points

  • Develop skills and knowledge in zookeeping
  • Learn about conservation, zoo design and disease prevention
  • Confidently enhance your skillset for potential employment
  • Complete the course within a year
  • Employer recognised RQF qualification
  • Dedicated tutor guides your learning

Overview

The Zookeeping Level 3 Diploma is a comprehensive course that allows you to delve into the world of zookeeping.

It’s the perfect way to turn your passion for animal welfare into a rewarding career.

The diploma will expand your understanding of zookeeping and how to care for large animals with complex needs in a zoo or safari setting. 

Most of the course will be theory-based and online, however, there is a practical element too. 

This allows you to see first-hand what it’s like working in a zoo, gain essential knowledge and put into practice what you’ve learnt. You’ll have the opportunity to have direct contact with a range of animals such as giraffes, elephants, tapirs and more. 

Getting Started

learndirect is one of the UK’s leading online course providers. Our online courses give you the flexibility to engage with your studies on your terms. 

No matter what your commitments, online learning works around you. So, you’re able to progress with your studies at a pace appropriate to your circumstances. 

The only date you’ll need to keep in mind is when you book the practical element of the course.

You’ll gain essential knowledge on the fundamentals of zookeeping and work towards a fulfilling new career. With no classes to attend or 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.

Zookeeping Level 3 Diploma (RQF) Modules

The course consists of 9 compulsory units.

Unit 1: Animal Welfare and Ethics

On completion of this unit you will:

  • Understand the main needs of animals in captivity and how they are met
  • Understand animal welfare and the assessment of animal welfare in zoos
  • Know how to manage the breeding of animals in captivity
  • Understand the ethical implications of keeping animals in a zoo

Unit 2: Conservation and Zoos

On completion of this unit you will:

  • Understand the different conservation options available to zoos
  • Understand why zoological collections are more suitable to different forms of conservation
  • Know how various breeding programmes work

Unit 3: Development of Zoos

On completion of this unit you will:

  • Know how the keeping of animals in captivity has developed historically
  • Understand the roles and perceptions of the modern zoo
  • Understand how zookeepers can assist with the roles of the modern zoo

Unit 4: Disease and Prevention

On completion of this unit you will:

  • Understand how to identify and report abnormal behaviours and signs of illness promptly
  • Understand zoonotic and animal diseases and how to prevent their spread
  • Understand the storage and maintenance of animal feeds
  • Understand how to source information about animal diets and nutrition

Unit 5: Enrichment and Training

On completion of this unit you will:

  • Learn why environmental enrichment is needed
  • Understand how enrichment is being used effectively
  • Explore how training improves the welfare of animals in captivity
  • Understand the behaviour and body language of zoo animals
  • Study the signs of stress in zoo animals, its management and the benefits of enrichment

Unit 6: Legislation and Zoological Collections

On completion of this unit you will:

  • Learn the legislation that is relevant to zoological collections in the UK and Europe
  • Understand zoo relevant associations in the UK and Europe
  • Explore legislation in animal transportation between zoos
  • Study controls on zookeeper and visitor interactions with animals

Unit 7: Management of Animals in a Zoo

On completion of this unit you will:

  • Understand the basic information required for the management of animals in a zoo
  • Understand how to use observational skills as a zookeeper
  • Understand the importance of record-keeping in the management of animals in a zoo

Unit 8: Zoo Design

On completion of this unit you will:

  • Understand the main considerations for and advances in, general zoo design
  • Understand the improvement of existing enclosures
  • Understand the risk assessment and health and safety, requirements for enclosure design

Unit 9: Zoos and the Media

On completion of this unit you will:

  • Understand the value of the media to zoos
  • Understand the role of the zookeeper concerning the media
  • Understand the forms of exposure to the media in a zoological collection
  • Be able to develop and explain the functions of a short presentation
  • Understand how all departments of a zoological collection must work together
  • Be able to design and explain the purpose of, suitable signage for a zoological collection

As long as you have a desire to learn and a passion for animal care and conservation then you’re good to go. No previous experience or qualifications required.

However, you will need a stable internet connection and a laptop so you’re able to progress with your online course. 

When studying your Zookeeping Level 3 Diploma you’ll be assessed internally by our qualified experts. You’ll need to provide a portfolio of evidence upon completion of each unit. 

Once you have successfully completed all your assessments you will receive your final grade and a certificate of completion alongside your qualification. 

When are you assessed?

As you’re in control of the pace in which you learn, you’re 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.  

Practical Training 

Within the Zookeeping Level 3 Diploma there is also the opportunity to apply your knowledge in real-life scenarios with a 1-week practical element.

The 1-week Practical Training programme includes both theoretical and practical learning. You’ll be able to experience first-hand what working in a zoo is like.

The week will include:

  • Studying Primate nutrition and behaviour
  • Conservation and Sustainability
  • Specialist care of reptiles and invertebrates
  • Zoo administration: Including ZIMs, EEPs, Studbook management, Zoo licensing
  • Allocated time to research personal projects and area of interests
  • Direct contact with a range of animals such as giraffes, penguins, prosimians, aardvarks, tapirs and sea lions

Open College Network West Midlands

Open College Network West Midlands logo

Upon successful completion of this course, you will be awarded the Zookeeping Level 3 Diploma (Qualification Number: 603/4158/0).

Open College Network West Midlands are a national Awarding Organisation, regulated by Ofqual, the Quality Assurance Agency for Higher Education (QAA) and Qualifications Wales, to develop and award nationally recognised qualifications.

Open College Network West Midlands work in partnership with employers, training providers, colleges, universities, schools and voluntary and community organisations to offer vocational credit-based qualifications, Access to Higher Education Diplomas and quality assured Customised Accreditation that enables learners gain employment or to progress into further learning and Higher Education. They also Quality Endorse organisations internal training and skills delivery.

Upon completion of the Zookeeping Level 3 Diploma, you will be ready to seek employment in zoos and safari parks. Working alongside other animal care professionals to ensure the safety and conservation of our planet.

The qualification has been designed with employers to enhance your career prospects.

You could also opt for university and expand your knowledge further. As well as broaden your horizons for employment.  

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