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Level 3 Diploma in Zookeeping

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Complete a nationally recognised Ofqual regulated qualification.
 
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Zoos play a varied role within our society – they act as public educators, inform the world of important animal welfare issues, care for endangered species, provide research for conservation efforts, and manage breeding programmes.

Zookeepers tend to have a high level of enthusiasm and love for all living creatures, great and small. They can play host to a range of exotic, endangered and unique animals – and it can be a popular career choice for those who have the instinct to protect, conserve and enrich animals’ lives.

As primary carers of animals, Zookeepers play an integral part in conservation, wildlife preservation and animal protection. A career in Zookeeping is varied but extremely rewarding. It is truly a once in a lifetime role, where you will be working hands-on with a range of the world's most amazing animal species.

This Level 3 Diploma in Zookeeping is the perfect course for anyone wishing to follow a career working with animals in a zoo environment. Students will learn a broad variety of skills and theory to prepare them for a wildlife and zoo role.

Students will learn a variety of relevant theory on zoo animal care, animal classification, animal welfare in zoos, history of zoos, animal behaviour, captive environmental enrichment, stress reduction, zoo habitat design, wildlife conservation, zoo legislation, animal handling, nutrition, feeding animals in captivity, and much more.

During your course, you’ll also be able to gain 5-days practical training at our partner training centre Blackpool Zoo. Here, you’ll gain hands-on experience working with a range of animals from all over the world.

Blackpool Zoo – based in Lancashire, across 32-acres – is well regarded and is home to over 1,350 animals, including lions, tigers, elephants, gorillas, zebras, flamingos, penguins, ostriches, owls, tortoises, and many more amazing creatures from the animal kingdom.

During your practical training, you’ll also develop your skills in animal enrichment, training, care, behaviour monitoring, education, administration, and research.

This Level 3 Zookeeper Qualification has been designed by wildlife professionals to provide the training required to apply for opportunities working in zoos and safari parks. We place a strong emphasis on animal welfare in captivity as well as the essential environmental enrichment requirements. This qualification shows students how to ensure animal welfare is a priority, whilst allowing for the public's enjoyment of the zoo.

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There are a wide range of wild animals housed in zoos, ranging from reptiles to mammals. There are also several endangered species, including rhinos, primates, and amphibians.

This Ofqual regulated Level 3 Diploma in Zookeeping will give you the basic knowledge and understanding of how to look after these amazing animals in captivity and how to conserve them for the future. It is an ideal qualification for working or volunteering in zoos or for working with wildlife in captivity in zoos, safari parks or wildlife collections.

Upon completion of this qualification – you will be able to apply to zoo-related roles such as zookeepers, zoologists, wildlife rangers, habitat designers, curators, zoo veterinary assistants, zoo horticulturists, zoo presenters, education officers, wildlife park keepers, and many more.

 

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This course consists of 9 units. 

Unit 1: Development of Zoos

Upon completion of this unit you will:

·         Learn about the history of animals in captivity and about the progress made from early zoos to modern zoos.

·         Gain an understanding of the development in modern zoos including the areas of entertainment, research, conservation, and education.

·         Understand how the role of the zookeeper assists in the running of a zoo.

Unit 2: Animal Welfare and Ethics

Upon completion of this unit you will:

·         Learn the primary needs of animals in captivity and the assessment of animal welfare in zoos including the management of breeding of animals in captivity.

·         Explore ethics within animal welfare as well as the ethical implications of keeping animals in a zoo.

Unit 3: Conservation in Zoos

Upon completion of this unit you will:

·         Study different options of zoo conservation.

·         Discover how various breeding programmes work.

Unit 4: Zoo Design

Upon completion of this unit you will:

·         Learn the principles of zoo design.

·         Discover the ideal requirements for animals in captivity and how environments can be enriched.

·         Explore how to improve existing enclosures by considering the health and safety requirements for an enclosure design.

Unit 5: Disease and Prevention

Upon completion of this unit you will:

·         Learn how to report unusual behaviours and signs of illness.

·         Learn about zoonotic and animal diseases and how to prevent their spread.

·         Explore how to source information about animal diets, nutrition and how to correctly store animal feeds.

Unit 6: Management of Animals in Zoos

Upon completion of this unit you will:

·         Learn about the basic information that is required for the management of animals in a zoo.

·         Learn how to use observation skills effectively as a zookeeper and the importance of record keeping in the management of animals.

·         Explore the importance of teamwork from a management perspective.

Unit 7: Enrichment and Training

Upon completion of this unit you will:

·         Learn the value of environmental enrichment and stress reduction in a modern zoo environment and the benefits of replicating natural environments.

·         Discover the safety requirements for zoo animals. 

·         Learn the uses of different training methods.

·         Learn how to identify and respond to signs of stress in zoo animals.

·         Gain an understanding of behaviour and body language in zoo animals.

Unit 8: Zoos and The Media

Upon completion of this unit you will:

·         Explore the importance and value of the media to a modern zoo.

·         Understand how Zookeepers are ‘ambassadors’ for the zoo community and their collection.

·         Discover the zookeeper’s role during media events.

·         Learn the importance of both zoo education and research and how the keeper can assist with both departments.

·         Cover information given out by the zoos in posters, signage, and booklets.

Unit 9: Legislation and Zoological Collection

Upon completion of this unit you will:

·         Gain knowledge about legislations which are relevant to zoological collections in the UK and in Europe.

·         Discover zoo related associations and zookeeping roles in the UK and in Europe.

·         Gain an understanding of legislation in animal transportation in the UK and in Europe.

·         Explore Zookeeper and visitor interactions with animals and its limitations.

There are no prerequisites for starting this course, however, students must be a minimum of 16 years of age.

The qualification involves practical training at one of our partner training centres, Blackpool Zoo. The training takes place over the course of 1 week, and there are a variety of different practical dates available to suit you.

For more information on practical dates, please contact one of our team. Please be aware, accommodation and food are not included in the course fees. Course fees must be paid in full before attending the practical placement.

The approximate time required to complete the course, including the practical is 297 hours. The Ofqual Code for this qualification is 603/4158/0.

When studying the Level 3 Diploma in Zookeeping you will be assessed through a variety of tasks. Each unit will encompass a variety of in-depth assessments for each unit, designed to ensure you understand the learning outcomes of each unit.

Once you have successfully completed all your assessments and practical training at Blackpool Zoo, you will receive your final grade and receive your certificate of completion alongside your qualification. 

As part of your experience, you will also receive guidance on how to get the most out of your diploma.

On successful completion of the Open College Network West Midlands course, you will gain a recognised Level 3 Qualification in Zookeeping.

Additionally, students will be eligible to apply for ZSL Fellowship through the completion of this course. Fellows get unlimited access to ZSL London and Whipsnade Zoos plus borrowing rights in the extensive ZSL library of rare zoological texts. Simply enrol on your course and apply directly to ZSL.

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 to gain employment or to progress into further learning and Higher Education. They also Quality Endorse organisations internal training and skills delivery.

 
Complete a nationally recognised Ofqual regulated qualification.
 
Flexible payment plans to help you spread the cost.
 
Study at a place and pace that suits you without impacting your current schedule.
 
Dedicated tutors support your learning.

Zoos play a varied role within our society – they act as public educators, inform the world of important animal welfare issues, care for endangered species, provide research for conservation efforts, and manage breeding programmes.

Zookeepers tend to have a high level of enthusiasm and love for all living creatures, great and small. They can play host to a range of exotic, endangered and unique animals – and it can be a popular career choice for those who have the instinct to protect, conserve and enrich animals’ lives.

As primary carers of animals, Zookeepers play an integral part in conservation, wildlife preservation and animal protection. A career in Zookeeping is varied but extremely rewarding. It is truly a once in a lifetime role, where you will be working hands-on with a range of the world's most amazing animal species.

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