Extended Zoo Diploma - Level 3

Programme Aims

The Extended Zoo Diploma in Animal Management is aimed at both school leavers and those wishing to pursue a career within the animal care industry and who have a particular interest in zoo animals. This course is the equivalent to 3 A levels and set within a truly inspirational setting, based at Dartmoor Zoological Park where you will have access to a wide range of exotic animals to support your studies. For example, you will learn about animal behaviour and then leave the classroom and be able to observe different behaviours in action. You will also have the opportunity to carry out work experience at the zoo.

For more information visit:  https://www.cornwall.ac.uk/duchycollege/animal-management-veterinary-nursing/zoo-animal-management-diploma 

Entry Requirements

You will need to acquire at least five GCSEs at grade C or above to include English, Maths and Science. Interviews are held with Duchy College and Dartmoor Zoo staff and will be held at Dartmoor Zoo— places are limited and the course receives a high degree of interest. 

What you will study

Over the 2 years, you will study a range of units, these will include subject areas such as:

  • Animal Behaviour
  • Anatomy & Physiology
  • Animal Handling
  • Safe Working
  • Feeding
  • Accommodation
  • Exotic Animal Management
  • Nutrition
  • Health
  • Biology
  • Welfare
  • Breeding
  • Zoological Animal Health and Husbandry
  • Conservation
  • Work Experience
  • Genetics
  • Ecology
  • An Investigative project 


Continuous assessment is undertaken throughout the course.


Successful students who wish to continue in education may progress to a Level 5 qualification such as a Foundation Degree or Degree programme in a related subject area such as animal welfare, behaviour or zoology. Career opportunities would be available in a wide and diverse range of animal care related industries including zoological parks, wildlife parks and wildlife sanctuaries.

If you are interested in this course and would like to find out more, please call 01579 372233 or email stoke.enquiries@duchy.ac.uk