We’ve all been on a day out at the zoo and seen the vast number of animals on display, but zoos are no longer simply collections of animals for people to visit, they play a vital role in carrying out conservation work. Captive breeding programmes, protecting endangered species, and inspiring the next generation to care and protect these animals, are all essential tasks zoos carry out on a day to day basis and you could play a vital role in this important work. We work in partnership with Newquay Zoo to ensure you gain the practical, real-life experience that employers look for.
We offer two options for you to start your studies in zoology depending on your GCSE results. Our Level 3 course offers you the choice of university study or employment on successful completion of your course. Our Level 2 course is ideal should your GCSE results not be what you expected, with the option to progress to Level 3.
There are one and two year options available with the Level 3 pathway and we will work with you to decide which is best for you.
This course is for those who have a genuine commitment to work with and study animals. Students get first-hand experience of handling and observing animals in captivity and natural habitats. You need to be enthusiastic and committed to hard work, especially during the less glamorous aspects of the course.
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You have a passion for working with and conserving captive animal populations and would like a career caring for animals in a zoo-based setting.
Five GCSEs at grade 4 including English, maths and science.
The skills required to help conserve captive wild animals by developing your knowledge in topics such as animal nutrition, animal handling and safe working, health and welfare, husbandry of exotic species, animal biology, anatomy and physiology, behaviour, breeding, genetics and wildlife ecology.
Our Newquay campus is situated next door to Newquay Zoo, where we have a dedicated classroom. We also have very close links with Blue Reef Aquarium where you will be able to develop your knowledge of aquatic animals. You will share your first year with the Animal Management Diploma and this is the qualification you will receive on completion of your course.
Your assignments and projects to be assessed throughout the course as
well as externally set exams.
Getting hands-on experience at Newquay Zoo and the opportunity to take part in field trips in the UK, Europe or our life-changing trip
Employment in the industry or university study such as our FdSc Zoological Conservation, FdSc Animal Behaviour & Psychology, FdSc Animal Husbandry & Welfare or BSc (Hons) Applied Zoology & Conservation.
Careers in this industry
- Animal conservationist
- Research associate
Arlin Slater Lecturer Zoo Animal ManagementArlin completed his zoology degree at Cornwall College Newquay and gained so much from it that he felt he had to come back and encourage more interest in environmental education.
"I love teaching in Cornwall where we are surrounded by such diverse wildlife and areas of natural beauty."
*Courses listed on this website are indicative of the subject, nature and level of study. The college reserves the right to alter specific qualifications titles, awarding bodies and levels of qualification, which can change in year. Any cost may also vary, based on personal funding eligibility.