Zoology  Course

Zoology Diploma course

Zoology Diploma course

Course Price:  £699

Please contact us if you would like to enrol WITHOUT the practical placement

£325 followed by 5 x monthly payments of £90 (includes optional practical)

(Course cost is all inclusive of tutoring fees, assessments, materials and course registration)

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Continued Professional Development

      The theory element of this course counts for 72 hours CPD. There are 142 hours CPD with the practical placement included.

Zoology Diploma Course
Level 3 (Advanced)

There are an estimated 8.7 million species of animals living on our planet today. 

This zoology course explores what life is and how it has been able to diversify into such numbers. We will look at the chemical and physical properties of life and how this life has changed from single-celled organisms into the many different types of animal life we see around us today.

A zoologist’s job is to understand these animals on a species level; how they came to be, live, feed, and breed. It is also to grasp how these individual species interact and affect each other as well as their environments.   

This zoology course is relevant to those working or wanting to work in the many related careers, as well as those wanting to enhance their knowledge.

Anyone 18 or over and studying our Zoology course would be eligible for ZSL (Zoological Society of London) Fellowship.

Module 1

Origins of Life and Evolutionary Theory

This module begins with a description of how and when life began and what life was like in the beginning. What were the chemical and physical requirements for life to begin?  The theory behind evolution will be looked at with an introduction to the genetics involved.

Module 2

Animal Diversity

An introduction to the huge array of animal life will be covered. The module examines all the major phyla of animal life from the “simple” Protozoan and Radiate animals through to the invertebrates and vertebrates. An examination into the history of how zoologists classified animals in the past and how different animals are related to one another will complete this module.

Module 3

Animal Architecture

The huge array of animal body plans are discussed in this module; from jellyfish, to segmented worms, reptiles, insects etc. We examine the differences between body plans and examine how each form functions.  

Module 4


This module explores origin and evolution, structural and functional adaptations. The classification of living mammalian orders and specific examples of individual species is also included in this module. 


Module 5

Finding Food

Food is essential to all life and so this module delves into the world of omnivores, herbivores, detritivores and carnivores. Case studies highlight how different animals have evolved how to locate, store, consume and digest food. 

Module 6

Animals and the Environment:

This module focuses on the different environments animals live in and the geographical distribution of animals across the globe. Finally, we explore the importance the environment plays in evolution and how animals adapt to changes in the environment; natural and man-made.

2 Week Practical Placement (Optional) at the Merlin Animal Welfare and Development Department in Weymouth OR the Blue Planet Aquarium in Cheshire

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Merlin Animal Welfare and Development department in Weymouth

The Merlin Animal Welfare and Development department supports SEA LIFE public aquaria throughout the Merlin estate and is responsible for setting standards, the development of new displays and rolling out new concepts to SEA LIFE sites. The department is located on the same site as Weymouth SEA LIFE Park but is run separately. The Department offers site support for all sites globally, and undertakes research into all aspects of exhibitory. Their main concerns and areas of expertise are animal health and welfare and they advise all sites on these matters. 

This placement gives students the opportunity to work alongside experienced aquarists and marine biologists in the day to day running of the Concept Development Unit where animals are quarantined and their husbandry requirements developed ready for innovative displays. Students attending this placement will gain hands-on experience working with a variety of marine animals.

This is a fantastic opportunity to gain highly sought after hands-on experience. This placement includes gaining skills and knowledge in:

  • Aquatic animal husbandry
  • Species identification
  • Veterinary care
  • Animal behaviour
  • Life support systems
  • Water quality

The animals at the Merlin Animal Welfare and Development department will vary but will predominantly include marine fish and invertebrates.

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The Blue Planet Aquarium in Cheshire

Offers the placement working with a wide range of species. Their zoological collection is split into three subsections:

  • Freshwater
  • Marine
  • Herpetological (the section also contains Asian short clawed otters)

The main objectives of this programme are to learn about the working world of a public aquarium and the aquarium industry as a whole. As one of the largest commercial aquariums in the country the zoological department is proactive in conducting their own husbandry work, undertaking the volunteer programme you will benefit from learning about and or having an influence on:

  • Exhibit development
  • The different biomes Blue Planet Aquarium creates
  • The role of SCUBA diving in the aquarium
  • Health and safety practices within a zoological/aquarium setting
  • The role of a public aquarium in modern day society
  • Animal husbandry
  • Zoological collection management

Having a placement is NOT a compulsory element of this course and we recognise that some students may not be able to commit to either placement. Accommodation and travel costs are not included.

Please note that students can enrol on this course without the Practical Placement. Students must be at least 18 years old to take part in either placement.

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Free with this course 2 ebooks - over 600 pages of exclusive content - Volunteering with Animals and Working with Animals, compiled and written by the Animal Jobs Direct team of animal care professionals.


£325 followed by 5 x monthly payments of £90 (includes optional practical)

 Please contact us if you would like to enrol WITHOUT the practical placement

(Course cost is all inclusive of tutoring fees, assessments, materials and course registration)

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