Level 3 Award in Elephant Studies

Ofqual Code 603/7703/3
Qualification Level 3
Guided Learning Hours 80
Enrolment will be valid for 2 years
Credits 10
Study mode Online
Start Date Anytime
Entry Criteria There are no formal entry requirements for this qualification but learners must be aged 16 and over.
Assessment Method Learner work is internally assessed and then subject to internal and external moderation
Award type Award
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Course fees £350

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Course Description

This Level 3 Award in Elephant Studies qualification provides learners with a sound knowledge base around elephant evolution, biology, ecology and behaviour. Learners will also have the chance to explore the vital conservation work that is happening to protect elephants. In addition, the course will help learners to gain an understanding of elephants in captivity and how to provide appropriate care and promote their welfare.

This Award qualification is suitable for anyone interested in learning more about the largest land mammals walking the earth today. It will also be of interest to those working or volunteering with elephants who wish to top up their knowledge base on these amazing creatures.

Unit # 1

Elephant Evolution, Biology, Ecology and Behaviour

This unit looks at how modern-day elephants evolved and how they are adapted to their environment through anatomical and behavioural adaptations. Learners will study the complexities of elephant behaviour

Unit # 2

Elephants in Captivity and Conservation

This unit covers the principles of caring for elephants in captivity. The learner will explore common health and behavioural problems of captive elephants and how to improve captive elephant welfare. Learners will study the conservation actions needed to protect elephants.

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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The elephant species alive today can be broadly categorised into African elephants and Asian elephants. When we talk of the African elephant, we usually refer to the Savanna or Bush elephant (Loxodonta africana) as this species is more widespread and visible. The African Forest elephants (Loxodonta cyclotis) are fewer in number and, as their name suggest, live in the forests.

The Asian elephant (Elephas maximus) includes three subspecies:

  • Indian elephant (Elepas maximus indicus),
  • Sumatran elephant (Elepas maximus sumatranus)
  • Sri Lankan elephant (Elepas maximus maximus)

The Borneo Pygmy elephant (Elephas maximus borneensis) is a further disputed subspecies.

Elephants are complex social animals that live in family groups. In the wild, elephants form herds as a defence because it makes it harder for other animals to attack them. Being in herds also helps individual elephants create bonds, which brings them closer together.

Adult male and female elephants live in separate herds. The matriarchal herd, is a group of related females consisting of a mother and young with her grown daughters and their offspring.

The matriarch establishes all the activities and movements of the herd as she has the greatest social knowledge. She normally walks at the front of the herd with another large female taking up the rear. If disturbed, the elephants will gather around the matriarch and follow her lead.


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