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Duration (approx) 500 hours
Qualification Proficiency Award

Study Ornithology and find out more about wildlife management and zookeeping with this detailed and unique course.

There are three core modules plus a workplace project making up this course.

Study three core modules

  • Ornithology
  • Wildlife Management
  • Zookeeping

Then complete a 200 hour Workplace project.




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Study birds in the wild and in captivity with this unique course.

Is it your dream to work with birds? Falcons, hawks, parrots, flamingoes. The list of birds that are alive worldwide is virtually endless. If this is your dream, then why not get started? This course provides you with a detailed insight into ornithology, wildlife management and zookeeping.

  • Study the evolution of birds, understand how they have adapted and developed to their environments.

  • Learn about the ecology of wildlife and how this can be managed.

  • Learn about the needs and habitat requirements of wildlife.

  • Learn about keeping animals in captivity - from the design of enclosures to their phsyical needs and psychological well being.

The Proficiency Award In Ornithology, Zookeeping And Wildlife Management is an excellent starting point if you would like to work in fields such as -

  • zoo keeping,
  • safari parks,
  • wildfowl parks,
  • petting zoos,
  • falconry centres,
  • nature parks,
  • conservation,
  • pet shops,
  • bird of prey centres,
  • journalism, writing about birds,
  • research.

Course Duration:
500 hours.

Start Date: Start at any time - study at a pace that suits you, and with full tutor support for the duration of your studies.

Study three Core Modules and a Workplace Project.

The three Core Modules are summarised, below.  Follow the title links to access the web pages for each module.

Ornithology BEN102
This is a 9 lesson module which is concerned with the classification and biology of birds.  Students will study the classifications of different orders of birds and learn about their different characteristics.  They will then go on to learn about the biology and anatomy of birds, including the physical attributes and organs, their internal biology and systems, behaviours, migration, and habits.  The module then turns to look at specific types of birds, with lessons on land birds, giant and long legged birds, seabirds, birds of prey, and so on.  The module concludes with a lesson on how you can attract, feed, and keep birds.

Wildlife Management BEN205
Wildlife Management is a 9 lesson module which aims to develop a student’s knowledge of the principles of wildlife ecology and management.  The module looks at the needs of wildlife and the factors which contribute to making a good habitat.  Specific habitat types are considered – scrubland, tropical, temperate, desert, and so on.  Students will learn about population dynamics and how they adapt to their environment.  The second half of the module focuses on wildlife census, management techniques than can be employed and the legal aspects of wildlife law and administration.  The module concludes with a case study and PBL project where students can use the knowledge gained on the course and demonstrate their understanding of the subject matter.

Zoo Keeping BEN208
This 9 lesson module is looks at the keeping of animals in captivity, in zoos, safari parks and the like.  Students will learn about how zoos have developed and how their designs have changed.  Context is provided by considering what the functions of zoos are, the environmental requirements of captive animals balanced against the requirements to provide habitat and enclosure designs which also enable effective human viewing of specimens.  The module includes lessons which look at animal behaviours, interactions with zoo keepers, the health and nutrition requirements of captive animals as well as the health and safety principles which need to be followed.  The module concludes with a PBL project on Environmental Enrichment, where students will be able to consider and apply what they have learned through their studies.

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 Ornithology, Zookeeping And Wildlife Management 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.


  • Quality courses - written and taught by experienced professionals.

  • Quality support - contact us at any time, for full tutor support for the duration of your studies.

  • Flexbility - start your course at any time, and study at your own pace.

  • Choice - Choose from online or eLearning options - study when and where you want to.

If working with birds is your dream, then this course will provide you with the knowledge you need. Taking a course in ornithology will show potential employers or volunteer organisations that you are dedicated, committed, passionate and interested in learning more.

If working with birds sounds like your dream job, why not get started and enrol today?

We understand how important it is to choose the right course - if you have any questions, talk to us.  Our tutors are more than happy to answer any questions about this ornithology course and any other courses we offer. If you have any questions, please get in touch using our FREE COURSE COUNSELLING SERVICE.

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Alison Pearce (animal)B.Sc.(Hons) in Animal Science. Masters Degree in Ecotourism. P.G.Cert. Ed. (Science). Alison's first job was in 1982 as a stockwoman, working with pigs in Yorkshire. Within a few years she of that she was working for the University of Western Australia as a Research Technician and instructor with their school of Agricultural Science.In 1989 she moved to Melbourne University as Unit Manager and Instructor in Animal Husbandry. By the mid 1990's she moved back to England to work in Animal Care and Veterinary Nursing at Cambridgeshire College of Agriculture. Throughout her career, Alison has developed and delivered courses in veterinary nursing and animal sciences for vocational colleges and universities in Australia, New Zealand and Australia. She has built a high level of expertise and an outstanding international reputation as an expert in animal sciences.
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.

Check out our eBooks

Animal PsychologyExplore how animals think and comare how this differs between different animals (and humans)
BirdsIdeal for Ornithology students or the budding bird enthusiast, this ebook offers an ideal foundation on birds. Learn to identify birds from around the world with over 130 colour photographs and 117 pages of fascinating bird facts.
Working with AnimalsIf you enjoy interacting with animals, are interested in biological science, or are passionate about wildlife, pets or farming; you may thrive in the type of jobs outlined in this book. Get to know more about the industries and the occupations that you could do. The Working with Animals ebook is a comprehensive catalogue to inspire you in your career in working with animals!
Animal HealthUnderstand animal health issues, diseases and how identify and manage illnesses and injuries. Animals can become sick for many different reasons -diseases caused by infections, injuries, poisoning, genetic disorders, poor nutrition and other things.