Zoology Level 3

Delve into the science of biodiversity and discover how you can help to protect and preserve life on Earth with our level 3 zoology course

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Overview

Whether you’re interested in trips to remote and exotic locations or late nights in laboratories trying to prevent species extinction, our level 3 Zoology course will provide you with an in-depth insight into this fascinating science. Despite its name, the study of zoology can lead to more than simply working 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.

In this level 3 zoological course, you’ll delve deep into animal physiology, gaining a thorough understanding of how animals move, survive, and reproduce. You’ll explore classification and biodiversity, uncovering the fascinating variety of life on Earth. Moving on, you’ll take a look at the intriguing study of animal behaviour, ecology and conservation, and the science behind the ways in which zoos are designed and operated. This course is fully interactive, containing fun quizzes and eLearning activities to test your knowledge, as well as videos to complement the course content. The good news doesn’t stop there either – you can study zoology in your own time, at your own pace, and you don’t need any prior qualifications to enrol!

What you'll learn

Unit 1 - Unit 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
Unit 2 - Unit 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
Unit 3 - Unit 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
Unit 4 - Unit 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
Unit 5 - Unit 5 - Understanding Ecology
  • Define the terms ‘autecology’, ‘synecology’ and ‘keystone species’
  • Understand the principles of basic ecological surveying
  • Discuss niches and habitat types
Unit 6 - Unit 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
Unit 7 - Unit 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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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.

NCFE Customised Qualifications are bespoke, unregulated qualifications developed to meet the specific needs of learners. These courses fit in where there are no other regulated qualifications are available. Meaning you can achieve recognition from a well-respected awarding body, even if there isn’t a pre-existing qualification in a certain subject area.

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Course Outcome

At the end of this course, successful learners will receive a certificate of completion and competency.

How is this course assessed or examined?

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.

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.

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Whatever online animal care course you opt for, you’ll get access to top-quality learning materials, including online quizzes, videos and e-books, all of which have been carefully put together by our course developers.

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