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Level 3 Award in Reptile Studies

Ofqual Code 603/7711/2
Qualification Level 3
Guided Learning Hours 80
Estimated Study Time 100
Enrolment will be valid for 6 months
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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This Level 3 Award in Reptile Studies is an Ofqual regulated qualification that provides learners with knowledge of reptile care, welfare and behaviour. This 2 unit course also explores the vital conservation efforts aiming to protect reptiles.

This Reptile studies qualification contains the most up to date research into the keeping of reptiles. It is an excellent training course for animal charity staff, vet staff, animal welfare officers, pet shop workers and all those interested in the care and welfare of reptiles including reptile owners.

Crocodiles of the World Placement

Reptile Studies

Crocodiles of the World is the UK's only dedicated crocodile zoo, with 19 species of crocodiles and alligators along with Komodo dragons, Galapagos giant tortoises, meerkats, fishing cats, tamarins, and plenty of lizards and snakes.

Learners get to work for 3 days directly with the animal team, preparing food, feeding and cleaning/maintaining enclosures and enclosure areas.  Whilst learners will not be working directly with any of the crocodilians, this is a great way to experience how a zoo operates, and the fundamentals of animal husbandry for exotic animals.

Please note that this placement is optional and not assessed. 


Unit 1

Reptile Biology, Behaviour and Conservation

The first unit introduces learners to the biology of reptiles. The course content covers the principles of reptile behaviour and examines in-situ and ex-situ conservation efforts for reptile species.

Unit 2

Reptile Care and Welfare

During the second unit, learners will study the principles of reptile health and how to care for reptiles. The content also covers the signs of poor reptile welfare and explores how to improve captive reptile welfare.

ZSL Fellowship

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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.

*You will have access to the course for 6 months only, after which, you can purchase extensions.

The Level 3 Award in Reptile Studies is ideal for learners who work in, or are looking for a career in reptile care and/or conservation. On completion of the Award, learners may choose to progress onto higher level study, practical occupational training or a career in reptile care and welfare or conservation. The course is also suitable for pets shop workers and reptile owners looking to gain the latest care and welfare knowledge for looking after reptiles.

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