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Become a
Zookeeper

Enrol Today And Pay No Course Fees Until August 2021

Turn Your Passion For Animals Into A Career

 

Nowadays, zoos do a lot for animal welfare, they don’t just present exotic animals to fascinated visitors. Modern zoos play a part in essential conservation work and breeding programmes that support endangered species around the world.

In addition to this, they also educate the public, informing them on important issues such as climate change and poaching. This will hopefully lead to inspiring them to help the cause and make a difference.

A career in a zoo or wildlife park is both rewarding and important work. Not to mention you get to work with fascinating animals every day which is the opportunity of a lifetime.

The Zookeeping Level 3 Diploma (RQF) is a regulated qualification for aspiring zookeepers. It’s nationally recognised across UK zoos and wildlife parks giving you the essential knowledge to enter this field of work.  

Most of the course is online study so you’re able to study with minimal impact on your schedule. There is a 1-week practical element as well that allows you to gain real-life experience ready for employment.

What’s more, you’re able to start learning straight away. Unlike a physical college where you’d need to wait for term time to begin. So you’re able to progress with your studies and get into a career you’ll love within the year.

 

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100% online learning and assessment

Self-paced study

Enrol today for
just £49.99

Study around other commitments

24/7 access to online learning

 

The Zookeeping Level 3 Diploma (RQF) is an in-depth course that develops the knowledge needed to become a qualified zookeeper. Expanding your understanding of zookeeping by covering the core elements required. 

You’ll learn about animal welfare and ethics and the conservation side of zookeeping. As well as animal management and disease and prevention to ensure the wellbeing of animals under your care. 

This course also includes a practical element that allows you to gain first-hand experience of working in zoos. Putting the theory you’ve learnt to the test in an actual zoo amongst other professional keepers. 

Once you’ve completed the course you’ll have a nationally recognised qualification and industry experience too. Helping your application stand out to potential employers.

Practical Training

This qualification also includes 1-week practical training at a zoo. Allowing you to test your theoretical knowledge into practical real-life scenarios. You’ll gain first-hand experience working in zoos with qualified zookeepers.  

The week will include:

  • Learning about primate nutrition and behaviour
  • Conservation and Sustainability
  • Exploring the specialist care needed to cater to reptiles and invertebrates
  • Zoo administration: Including ZIMs, EEPs, Studbook management, Zoo licensing
  • Free 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

 

 

Unit 1: Animal Welfare and Ethics

Unit 2: Conservation and Zoos

Unit 3: Development of Zoos

Unit 4: Disease and Prevention

Unit 5: Enrichment and Training

Unit 6: Legislation and Zoological Collections

Unit 7: Management of Animals in a Zoo

Unit 8: Zoo Design

Unit 9: Zoos and the Media

 

The learner needs to be 16 years or over and have a genuine interest in animal conservation and welfare. No previous academic experience is needed to enrol onto the course. However, previous experience in animal care is advisable.

You will also need a stable internet connection and a reliable laptop to complete the online elements of the course.

 

When studying the Zookeeping Level 3 Diploma (RQF), you will cover a range of units that make up the qualification. Presenting a portfolio of your work to your tutor for marking and tailored feedback.

 

Practical Training

This qualification also includes 1-week practical training at a zoo. Allowing you to test your theoretical knowledge into practical real-life scenarios. You’ll gain first-hand experience working in zoos with qualified zookeepers.  

The week will include:

  • Learning about primate nutrition and behaviour
  • Conservation and Sustainability
  • Exploring the specialist care needed to cater to reptiles and invertebrates
  • Zoo administration: Including ZIMs, EEPs, Studbook management, Zoo licensing
  • Free 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

 

 

Upon successful completion of this course, you will be awarded the Open College Network West Midlands Zookeeping Level 3 Diploma (RQF) (603/4158/0)

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