Advanced Animal Behaviour Diploma Level 4

Advanced Animal Behaviour Diploma Level 4

Key Information

Course Level

Start Date


Study Mode



Up to 2 Years


Assessment Method

Short answer questions to confirm your knowledge

Course Fees



Unit 1

The Nervous System and how it applies to Animal Behaviour


This unit investigates the nervous system, looking at how it evolved and the role it plays in determining animal behaviour. It moves on to look at the sensory system that is responsible for enabling vision.

Learn about:

a) The evolution of the nervous system and the role it plays in determining animal behaviour.

b) Taking a look at the basic building blocks of the generalised vertebrate nervous system and how it applies to animal behaviour.

c) The sensory system that is responsible for enabling vision and how it evolved.  Looking at the function of the compound eye and the vertebrate eye and the concept of visual processing.

Unit 2

 Brain Structure and the concepts of Natural & Sexual Selection


This unit covers an overview of brain structure and then looks in more detail at the concepts of natural selection and sexual selection.
Learn about:
a) A basic overview of brain structure and function, taking into account the purpose of the brain and its evolution.
b) Natural Selection and the theories of the Selfish Gene verses Altruism, taking into account behaviour towards kin and non kin.
c) Sexual Selection, incorporating concepts of Intrasexual & Intersexual Selection using different animal species as examples.

Unit 3

Breeding Strategies, Optimality Theory & Ethology in Practice

This unit analyses animal behaviour by looking at breeding strategies, Optimality Theory and Ethology in practise.
Learn about:
a) The evolved arrangements of breeding strategies and the influencing factors affecting these strategies.  Looking in more detail at Monogamy, Polygyny and Polyandry.
b) The ways in which Optimality Theory is used to analyse animal behaviour.
c) Ethology in practice (the practical study of animal behaviour) and the different ways in which behaviour can be recorded, and how each method of measurement takes in different aspects of the behaviour.

ZSL Fellowship

When you study a wildlife, zoology or conservation course with Animal Courses Direct, you will be eligible to apply for ZSL Fellowship. Fellows get unlimited access for them and a family guest to ZSL London and Whipsnade Zoos plus borrowing rights in the extensive ZSL library of rare zoological texts. Enrol on your course and apply directly to  ZSL for Fellowship.

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Advanced Animal Behaviour Course

This 3 unit  animal behaviour Course explores the evolution and physiology of behaviour and behavioural analysis.

The course is designed to fit into the National Qualifications framework at Level 4.

The course is advanced and some prior interest; qualification or experience in biology or animal behaviour (such as our Level 3 Diploma in Animal Behaviour, or some other work with animals) is required.


Advanced Animal Behaviour 

The course is made up of three lessons, and these are broken down into three separate modules. Students are expected to take around 9-14 months to complete the course (this will vary a lot depending on experience and available time).

The assessments take the form of question papers (nine in total) and report writing (three in total). There is also an optional observation in module three.

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