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Duration (approx) 500 hours
Qualification Proficiency Award

Study primates in the wild and in captivity. Find out more about these amazing creatures.

  • The course consists of three 100 hour modules in Primates, Wildlife Management and Zoo Keeping.
  • Develop a thorough understanding of environments and behaviours of primates in the wild and in captivity.
  • Students will then apply their knowledge with the completion of a workplace project.




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Learn about primates - their conservation, and their management in captivity.

Do you love primates? If you love the idea of working with (non-human) primates, this course could be the starting point of putting that love into action.  Having a passion for primates can lead to an exciting journey. You could work with primates, volunteer or write about them as a journalist or academic writer.

  • Learn about the different types of primates.

  • Understand the requirements of primates - nutrition, environmental requirements, health, psychological well being and more.

  • Study the ecology and habits of wildlife.

  • Learn about zookeeping - from habitats and enclosures, to diets and physical and mental health of animals in captivity.

If you have a good knowledge of primatology, wildlife and zookeeping, there are many options open to you, such as:

  • Working in a zoo.
  • Working in a rescue centre.
  • Working in a safari park.
  • Working in research.
  • Writing about primates as a journalist or academic or blog writer.
  • And much more.

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.

Content: 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.

Primates BEN210
This 10 lesson module looks at the anatomy, physiology, taxonomy, and more, of primates.  Learning about the physiological characteristics and evolution of primates, students will go on to study a variety of species of primate.  The module then focuses on areas such as diet, nutrition, health, before turning to the psychology and behaviour of primates in the wild and in captivity.  Lessons on breeding programmes and conservation of primates in the wild are included in this module, which then concludes with a lesson on the management of primates in captivity and considers their requirements and the design of enclosures which highlights considerations of wild primates which students will have studied earlier in this module.

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.

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.

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 Primatology, 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.

Loving primates is just the start.  This course will provide you with detailed knowledge and understanding about primates, their health and wellbeing.  It will also give you a greater understanding of zookeeping and wildlife management, offering you many opportunities within your career to work with primates.  Taking a course in primatology shows potential employers or volunteer organisers that you are committed, disciplined, willing to learn and above all focussed on primates.

If this sounds like you and what you want from you life, then this course can be the starting point to help you to succeed.

Enrol today and find out more about these fascinating creatures.

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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.

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