Zoology course

Our course code: X354

Course fee: £375 or from £28 per month

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Whether you’re interested in trips to remote and exotic locations, or late nights in laboratories trying to master evolution and extinction, get a jump-start with our introductory Zoology course.

Despite the name, our Zoology course will do more than just qualify you to work in a zoo. The science, research, data, analysis, and behavioural skills you’ll learn can make you attractive to a wide variety of organisations including charities, government agencies, universities, and research centres.

Kickstart your learning with our Zoology course. The variety of life on earth is enormous, consisting of a diverse range of different species. Zoology is the scientific study of animal life, from the very smallest animal to the very largest animal. Zoologists study many different aspects of animal life ranging from animal behaviour and ecology to the evolution of animals.

The Level 3 Zoology qualification will cover a broad range of topics to equip students with the knowledge to kick-start a career in the field of zoology. Students completing the Level 3 Zoology course may go on to further study or may work in conservation organisations, zoos, aquariums, wildlife parks, conservation organisations or animal and environmental charities. This course pairs very well with other courses in our Animal Care category.

Whether you’re interested in trips to remote and exotic locations, or late nights in laboratories trying to master evolution and extinction, get a jump-start with our introductory Zoology course

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  • At your own pace

    Study this course as quickly or slowly as you wish; we’ll work at a speed that suits you.

  • Unlimited Tutor Support

    Get as much help and support as you want from your personal course tutor via email and phone.

  • Awarding body: NCFE Customised Qualifications

With a heritage stretching back over 150 years, NCFE is one of the largest awarding bodies in the UK. Over 340,000 students were awarded certification by NCFE last year. Our customised qualifications have been developed to meet the needs of our learners, they’ve also been accredited by the NCFE after demonstrating great quality and rigor. Completing Customised Qualifications doesn’t lead to an OFQUAL regulated qualification, but they can be used as evidence of knowledge and skills towards future study. Every Customised Qualification has met strict criteria to attain NCFE accreditation.

Study Hours

Guided learning hours is 120. However, you’ll also be expected to allocate hours for writing assignments and additional research.

Study Method

The course is specially designed for study by distance learning. Throughout the course, there will be self-assessment questions, and tutor marked assignments (TMAs), to enable you to monitor your progress.

Course Duration

You have up to a year to complete this course and we have included a suggested number of study hours. The TQT is 450 hours, which is more than ample time for learners, even with full-time jobs and other commitments. Don’t worry if you go over the year though, we can organise an extension to your course for an additional fee, which also extends your tutor support.

Assessment

Each unit is followed by a written tutor-marked assignment (TMA), which is submitted and then marked by your tutor. You will not be required to take an external exam.

Course Outcomes

At the end of this course, successful learners will receive a NCFE Customised Qualification. You can read more about NCFE here. Tens of thousands of people each year further their education and career with an NCFE award.

Additional Information

Difficulty - Level 3

Entry requirements - There are no formal entry requirements for this course, however, it is recommended that you have an intermediate ability to read and write English.

Course Content

1: Introduction to Evolution
  • Understand the history of life on earth
  • Define different evolutionary theories (parallel evolution,
    convergent evolution, coevolution)
  • Explain, with examples, natural selection
  • Discuss speciation
2: Classification and Biodiversity
  • Understand classification and the naming of organisms
  • Name and discuss the five kingdoms
  • Discuss the diversity of life on earth
  • Discuss species identification
3: Principles of Animal Physiology
  • Understand different types of respiratory and circulatory systems in animals
  • Define different feeding types and the process of digestion
  • Understand temperature and water regulation in animals
  • Discuss how animals move
  • Understand how animals reproduce
4: Introduction to Ethology
  • Understand the evolutionary development of animal behaviour
  • Examine the main categories of animal behaviour
  • Interpret group behaviours in animals
  • Define the different learning theories
5: Understanding Ecology
  • Define the terms ‘autecology’, ‘synecology’ and ‘keystone species’.
  • Understand the principles of basic ecological surveying.
  • Discuss niches and habitat types.
6: Conservation
  • Explain why some species are more susceptible to decline
  • Outline ways to prioritise conservation efforts
  • Defne in-situ and ex-situ conservation
  • Discuss species reintroduction projects
7: Zoo Science
  • Discuss the basic information required to manage animals in zoos
  • Understand animal needs in zoo accommodation design
  • Detail the importance of media in zoos
  • Know the role of zoos in conservation
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Frequently Asked Questions

We have some answers to common student questions, but if you can't find the answer you're looking for then please contact us and we will do everything we can to answer your questions.

You will have access to your personal tutor, via email and telephone, who will mark your assignments and guide you through the course. In addition, you will be supplied with a comprehensive Study Guide which will help you through the study and assessment process. Your personal tutor will be highly experienced in their subject area and qualified to teach.

You don’t need any prior skills in the subject area to start. However, as with all of our courses, we recommend a reasonable level of English reading and writing ability.

We provide all the specially written learning materials you require to study this course at home. The course fee also includes tutor support for 12 months.

You will receive everything you need to complete this course within the study pack we send to you.

No, this course is assessed by coursework alone.

No, all of the study materials are supplied within your learning pack.

Most students finish comfortably within the course duration period given. However, if you do need more time, your personal tutor support can be extended for an additional fee.

That’s fine, this course can be studied anywhere and is completed by submitting Tutor marked assignments (TMAs).

Please check our FAQs section or Contact Us, we are happy to answer any questions you have.