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Duration (approx) 500 hours
Qualification Proficiency Award

An exciting animal management course blending learning and research.

Herpetology is the study of amphibians and reptiles.  This course looks at herpetology, wildlife management and zookeeping.

This exciting course blends distance learning and work based research and/or practice. It requires 500 hours of study which is made up of three core modules - Herpetology, Zookeeping and Wildlife Management. The practical side of the course is underlined by your completion of a 200 hour industry project/work based experience.




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Work with reptiles and amphibians - learn to manage and understand their habitats.

Would you like to work with reptiles or amphibians? You might think this is not possible, but many people do.  What not make your passion for herpetology into your dream job?  Herpetology is the study of amphibians and reptiles.  This course looks at herpetology, wildlife management and zookeeping.

Many people work within the field of herpetology, such as in

  • zoo,
  • science,
  • wildlife parks,
  • research,
  • nature parks,
  • petting zoos,
  • pet shops,
  • journalism, writing about specialist topics such as herpetology,
  • conservation,
  • and more..

If you would like to learn more about amphibians and reptiles for your own interest or you would like to work in this exciting and rewarding field, this course blends distance learning and work based research and/or practice.

This course requires 500 hours of study.

To complete the course you are required to complete three core modules of - Herpetology, Zookeeping, Wildlife Management and a 200 hour industry project/work based experience. Find out more below.



Core Modules



Herpetology BEN209


Wildlife Management BEN205

Zoo Keeping BEN208


To complete this qualification, you are also required to complete a workplace project lasting 200 hours.  

There are 4 options available to you to satisfy this requirement.  The options will be different dependent upon whether or not you currently work within the industry. The project can be work experience, voluntary experience, a project you carry out, other training you have already undertaken and there are other options. Don’t worry if you are not sure how to proceed at this stage, as your tutor will be there to discuss how to proceed and help you every step of the way.

You can start the course at any time.

It is studied by distance learning, so you can study in the comfort of your own home. But this doesn't mean you are all alone in your studies.  Our highly qualified and friendly tutors are there to help you every step of the way.  If you have any questions at all, they are always happy to help.

The Proficiency Award In Herpetology, Wildlife Management And Zookeeping  requires 500 hours of study.  It is made up of three 100 hour modules and a workplace project.

To pass the course –

  1. Pass all assignments on the three 100 hour modules. There will be an assignment at the end of each lesson to submit to your tutor for marking and feedback.
  2. Pass three examinations – one on each module. These are usually taken at the end of the module and can be arranged at a time and location to suit you.
  3. Complete a Workplace Project.  The project should last around 200 hours.  There are four options available to you to satisfy this requirement.  Don’t worry if you are not sure at this stage, your tutor will be there to help you every step of the way. This includes evidence of work experience or other studies or workshops, a research project or completion of Workshop I.


  • Benefit from our experience - Our courses are written and taught by experienced professionals, so you know you can expect a high quality of teaching and support.
  • Start at any time - You can start the course at any time and study at your own pace.
  • You choose when to study - Fit your studies around your own busy lifestyle.  We provide full tutor support for all the time you are studying.
  • Flexible studying - Study where you want to.  Our study options offer the flexibility for you to determine where and when you study.


  • Do you love reptiles and amphibians?
  • Do you want to work or volunteer within the field of herpetology?
  • Would you like to put your passion for these fascinating creatures into action?
  • Do you want to write about these wonderful creatures?

If you can answer yes to any of these questions, then this course is the one for you.  Having a passion for reptiles and amphibians is just the start. With this course, you will be provided with detailed knowledge in herpetology, wildlife and zookeeping. A great way to pave your career in this exciting field.

If working with reptiles and amphibians is a job you would love, why delay? Enrol today.

Any Questions?
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Courses can be started anytime from anywhere in the world!

Meet some of our academics

Dr. Gareth PearceGraduated from the University of Nottingham in 1982 with a B.Sc.(Hons) in Animal Science. Between 82 and 85 worked as Research Assistant and Demonstator in Animal Science at the University of Leeds. Over more than 30 years he has furthered his studies, obtaining eight significant university qualifications including degrees in Veterinary Science, Wildlife Conservation and Animal Behaviour. Gareth has significant teaching experience around the world as a faculty member at eight different universities including Associate Professor at Murdoch University and Director of Studies in Veterinary Science at Cambridge University. He has over 100 prestigious research papers published, and enjoys an outstanding international reputation in the fields of animal and veterinary science.

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