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Zookeeping Level 3 Diploma (RQF)

This Course at a Glance

  • Learn about the vital role zoos play in conservation
  • Develop skills in animal welfare and care
  • Gain essential skills for future employment
  • Complete the course at your own pace
  • Employer recognised RQF qualification
  • Dedicated tutor guides your learning

 

About Your Diploma

Zoos are much more than an enjoyable place to visit with friends and family, they provide an essential role in educating the public about wildlife across the globe. Many also do plenty of conservation work in a bid to sustain the livelihoods of animals and their habitats.

Working for a zoo gives you an opportunity to help care for some of nature’s most incredible creatures while also learning crucial skills. You could become part of the global effort of helping to repopulate animals that have been affected by poaching and the effects of climate change.

If you’re hoping to embark on a career in this field, the Zookeeping Level 3 Diploma (RQF) will put you on that path. The accredited course teaches an array of subjects, including the welfare and ethics of animal care, as well as the management of zoo animals.

The theory-based portion of the course is online, but practical training is also provided. This will involve 1 week spent at any of the following participating zoos:

  • Jimmy's Farm and Wildlife Park
  • Colchester Zoo
  • West Midland Safari Park
  • Dartmoor Zoo
  • Blackpool Zoo

As part of the training, you will get to experience direct contact with numerous animals, including penguins, giraffes, aardvarks, sea lions and more! You will learn about creating stimulating and enriching animal environments, zoo management, and everything you need to know about conservation and sustainability.

 

Getting Started

Stonebridge Associated Colleges is one of the UK’s leading online course providers, with more than 650 courses and over 50,000 students enrolled at any one time. Our online courses give you the flexibility to engage with your studies on your terms.

No matter what your commitments, whether you work a full-time job or have young children to look after, online learning works around you. 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, and the available dates will be provided to you.

Gaining essential knowledge on the fundamentals of zookeeping allows you to 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.

 

ZSL Fellowship

Once you have obtained your Zookeeping Level 3 Diploma (RQF), you will become eligible for ZSL Fellowship. The Zoological Society of London (ZSL) is an international conservation charity that helps to conserve the natural habitats of wildlife across the globe.

ZSL London and ZSL Whipsnade Zoos work hard to ensure that habitats are getting the necessary support. Through the work done by the zoos, as well as scientific research and field conservation, frequent challenges are tackled to sustain the quality of life for all habitats. By undertaking the Zookeeping Level 3 Diploma (RQF), you will be eligible to apply for a Fellowship. If successful, you will get unlimited access to both zoos and borrowing rights to zoological texts.

Also, you may have an opportunity to work for ZSL London if you undergo your practical training at the zoo.

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  • Access your course materials immediately
  • Tutor support via our market-leading platform
  • Study around existing commitments
  • Progress as quickly as you’d like
  • Tailored individual learning plan to help you succeed
  • Engaging content; from videos to interactive quizzes
  • Industry-leading 5 days marking turnaround
  • Live class scheduled between 10 am to 8 pm daily (including weekends)
  • Access to our video library of previous lectures available on-demand
  • Interact with your tutors directly during your class
  • Network with like-minded students via our chat functionality
  • Take live classes multiple times or access recordings as you like
  • Tutor support via our market-leading platform
  • Study around existing commitments
  • Progress as quickly as you’d like
  • Tailored individual learning plan to help you succeed
  • Engaging content; from videos to interactive quizzes
  • Industry-leading 5 days marking turnaround

Qualification: Zookeeping Level 3 Diploma (RQF)

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

Requirements for Entry

You can enrol on the Zookeeping Level 3 Diploma (RQF) without any need for previous qualifications or experience. All you require is a passion for animal care and conservation.

To go through your course materials and complete the assessments, you need a stable internet connection and a laptop.

Professional Membership

On completion of this course you will be eligible to join the following Professional Associations(s):

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.

 

Zookeeping Level 3 Diploma (RQF) Modules

The course consists of 10 compulsory units.

Unit 1: 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 2: Animal Welfare and Ethics

On completion of this unit, you will:

  • Understand the main needs of animals and how to meet them
  • Have a strong knowledge of animal welfare
  • Know how to assess animal welfare in zoos
  • Be able to manage the breeding of zoo animals
  • Understand the ethical implications of keeping animals in a zoo

Unit 3: Conservation and Zoos

On completion of this unit, you will:

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

Unit 4: Zoo Design

On completion of this unit, you will:

  • Understand how the perceptions of animal enclosure have changed
  • Know the most important things an animal needs in enclosure
  • Understand zoo design and how existing enclosures can be improved

Unit 5: Disease and Prevention

On completion of this unit, you will:

  • Understand how to identify and report abnormal behaviours and signs of illness in animals
  • Have knowledge of zoonotic and animal diseases and how to prevent their spread
  • Understand the storage and maintenance of animal feeds
  • Be confident in sourcing information about animal diets and nutrition

Unit 6: 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
  • Know how to use observational skills as a zookeeper
  • Be aware of the importance of record-keeping in the management of animals in a zoo

Unit 7: Enrichment and Training

On completion of this unit, you will:

  • Know 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
  • Be able to notice the signs of stress in zoo animals and how to manage this
  • Understand the benefits of enrichment

Unit 8: Zoos and the Media

On completion of this unit, you will:

  • Understand the value of the media to zoos
  • Know how the zookeeper needs to interact with 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

Unit 9: Legislation and Zoological Collections

On completion of this unit, you will:

  • Understand the legislation that is relevant to zoological collections in the UK and Europe
  • Be aware of zoo-related associations across the UK and Europe
  • Know about the legislation in animal transportation between zoos
  • Be confident in handling controls on zookeeper and visitor interactions with animals

Unit 10: 1 week of Practical Training at Participating Zoo  

On completion of this unit, you will:

  • Understand enclosure design
  • Be knowledgeable in the diet requirements of primates
  • Have a full understanding of conservation and sustainability
  • Know animal training and behaviours
  • Understand zoo administration and the specialist care of reptiles and invertebrates

 

*Please note that dates for the practical training will be provided upon enrolment.

The assessments are made up of in-depth assessments relative to each unit. You will be required to provide our internal qualified experts with a portfolio of evidence.

When are You Assessed?

The deadlines for these assessments are dependent on your schedule as the Zookeeping Level 3 Diploma (RQF) can be tailored to fit around your daily routine.

Practical Training

As part of the course, you will undertake a practical element, which involves 1 week at either Blackpool Zoo, Jimmy’s Farm and Wildlife Park, Colchester Zoo, Dartmoor Zoo or West Midland Safari Park. During this visit, you will be able to apply your knowledge in real-life scenarios.

The Practical Training programme of the Zookeeping Level 3 Diploma (RQF) has a combination of theoretical and practical learning. The practical elements include:

  • Studying Primate Nutrition and Behaviour
  • Conservation and Sustainability
  • Specialist Care of Reptiles and Invertebrates
  • Zoo administration, including ZIMs, EEPs, Studbook management, and Zoo licensing
  • Research for Personal Projects and Areas of Interests
  • Direct Contact with a Range of Animals
OUR PASS RATE
Animal Care and Veterinary Science
86.8%
(National Average 74.9%)
  • FREE On-Demand & Live Classes Upgrade - RRP £480
  • FREE On-Demand & Live Classes Upgrade - RRP £480

Zookeeping Level 3 Diploma (RQF)

This Course at a Glance

  • Learn about the vital role zoos play in conservation
  • Develop skills in animal welfare and care
  • Gain essential skills for future employment
  • Complete the course at your own pace
  • Employer recognised RQF qualification
  • Dedicated tutor guides your learning

 

About Your Diploma

Zoos are much more than an enjoyable place to visit with friends and family, they provide an essential role in educating the public about wildlife across the globe. Many also do plenty of conservation work in a bid to sustain the livelihoods of animals and their habitats.

Working for a zoo gives you an opportunity to help care for some of nature’s most incredible creatures while also learning crucial skills. You could become part of the global effort of helping to repopulate animals that have been affected by poaching and the effects of climate change.

If you’re hoping to embark on a career in this field, the Zookeeping Level 3 Diploma (RQF) will put you on that path. The accredited course teaches an array of subjects, including the welfare and ethics of animal care, as well as the management of zoo animals.

The theory-based portion of the course is online, but practical training is also provided. This will involve 1 week spent at any of the following participating zoos:

  • Jimmy's Farm and Wildlife Park
  • Colchester Zoo
  • West Midland Safari Park
  • Dartmoor Zoo
  • Blackpool Zoo

As part of the training, you will get to experience direct contact with numerous animals, including penguins, giraffes, aardvarks, sea lions and more! You will learn about creating stimulating and enriching animal environments, zoo management, and everything you need to know about conservation and sustainability.

 

Getting Started

Stonebridge Associated Colleges is one of the UK’s leading online course providers, with more than 650 courses and over 50,000 students enrolled at any one time. Our online courses give you the flexibility to engage with your studies on your terms.

No matter what your commitments, whether you work a full-time job or have young children to look after, online learning works around you. 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, and the available dates will be provided to you.

Gaining essential knowledge on the fundamentals of zookeeping allows you to 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.

 

ZSL Fellowship

Once you have obtained your Zookeeping Level 3 Diploma (RQF), you will become eligible for ZSL Fellowship. The Zoological Society of London (ZSL) is an international conservation charity that helps to conserve the natural habitats of wildlife across the globe.

ZSL London and ZSL Whipsnade Zoos work hard to ensure that habitats are getting the necessary support. Through the work done by the zoos, as well as scientific research and field conservation, frequent challenges are tackled to sustain the quality of life for all habitats. By undertaking the Zookeeping Level 3 Diploma (RQF), you will be eligible to apply for a Fellowship. If successful, you will get unlimited access to both zoos and borrowing rights to zoological texts.

Also, you may have an opportunity to work for ZSL London if you undergo your practical training at the zoo.

Animal Care and Veterinary Science
OUR PASS RATE
(National Average 74.9%)
86.8%

Qualification: Zookeeping Level 3 Diploma (RQF)

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

Requirements for Entry

You can enrol on the Zookeeping Level 3 Diploma (RQF) without any need for previous qualifications or experience. All you require is a passion for animal care and conservation.

To go through your course materials and complete the assessments, you need a stable internet connection and a laptop.

Professional Membership

On completion of this course you will be eligible to join the following Professional Associations(s):

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.

 

Zookeeping Level 3 Diploma (RQF) Modules

The course consists of 10 compulsory units.

Unit 1: 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 2: Animal Welfare and Ethics

On completion of this unit, you will:

  • Understand the main needs of animals and how to meet them
  • Have a strong knowledge of animal welfare
  • Know how to assess animal welfare in zoos
  • Be able to manage the breeding of zoo animals
  • Understand the ethical implications of keeping animals in a zoo

Unit 3: Conservation and Zoos

On completion of this unit, you will:

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

Unit 4: Zoo Design

On completion of this unit, you will:

  • Understand how the perceptions of animal enclosure have changed
  • Know the most important things an animal needs in enclosure
  • Understand zoo design and how existing enclosures can be improved

Unit 5: Disease and Prevention

On completion of this unit, you will:

  • Understand how to identify and report abnormal behaviours and signs of illness in animals
  • Have knowledge of zoonotic and animal diseases and how to prevent their spread
  • Understand the storage and maintenance of animal feeds
  • Be confident in sourcing information about animal diets and nutrition

Unit 6: 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
  • Know how to use observational skills as a zookeeper
  • Be aware of the importance of record-keeping in the management of animals in a zoo

Unit 7: Enrichment and Training

On completion of this unit, you will:

  • Know 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
  • Be able to notice the signs of stress in zoo animals and how to manage this
  • Understand the benefits of enrichment

Unit 8: Zoos and the Media

On completion of this unit, you will:

  • Understand the value of the media to zoos
  • Know how the zookeeper needs to interact with 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

Unit 9: Legislation and Zoological Collections

On completion of this unit, you will:

  • Understand the legislation that is relevant to zoological collections in the UK and Europe
  • Be aware of zoo-related associations across the UK and Europe
  • Know about the legislation in animal transportation between zoos
  • Be confident in handling controls on zookeeper and visitor interactions with animals

Unit 10: 1 week of Practical Training at Participating Zoo  

On completion of this unit, you will:

  • Understand enclosure design
  • Be knowledgeable in the diet requirements of primates
  • Have a full understanding of conservation and sustainability
  • Know animal training and behaviours
  • Understand zoo administration and the specialist care of reptiles and invertebrates

 

*Please note that dates for the practical training will be provided upon enrolment.

The assessments are made up of in-depth assessments relative to each unit. You will be required to provide our internal qualified experts with a portfolio of evidence.

When are You Assessed?

The deadlines for these assessments are dependent on your schedule as the Zookeeping Level 3 Diploma (RQF) can be tailored to fit around your daily routine.

Practical Training

As part of the course, you will undertake a practical element, which involves 1 week at either Blackpool Zoo, Jimmy’s Farm and Wildlife Park, Colchester Zoo, Dartmoor Zoo or West Midland Safari Park. During this visit, you will be able to apply your knowledge in real-life scenarios.

The Practical Training programme of the Zookeeping Level 3 Diploma (RQF) has a combination of theoretical and practical learning. The practical elements include:

  • Studying Primate Nutrition and Behaviour
  • Conservation and Sustainability
  • Specialist Care of Reptiles and Invertebrates
  • Zoo administration, including ZIMs, EEPs, Studbook management, and Zoo licensing
  • Research for Personal Projects and Areas of Interests
  • Direct Contact with a Range of Animals
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