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Zoology Level 3

Course code: ABC957

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Explore the interesting world of animals in this fascinating zoology course! 

This course will allow you to:

  • Understand the theories regarding the origins of life
  • Explain the nature and function of cells
  • Know the principles of genetic inheritance and how our understanding of natural selection has developed through the centuries
  • Explore the taxonomic classification system to identify and group species
  • Identify key taxonomic kingdoms and orders
  • Investigate the basic anatomy and physiology of fish, birds, reptiles and mammals
  • Understand how animals control their internal environment; including osmo- and thermoregulation

This course will allow you to study when and where you want, at your own pace. All coursework can be submitted by email making it simple and hassle-free.

All of the materials will be delivered to you by post or via email, so it couldn’t be easier. Our experienced and friendly tutors are always a click away by email, giving you advice and helping you through your course.

Join over 60,000 people that have studied with us and enrol with us today. Home learning couldn’t be easier!

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2Course Content
Unit 1: Organisms (An introduction to the living world)
  • Life’s origins both chemically and biologically
  • Historical development of cellular understanding
  • Function of cells
  • Metabolic process of the cell
Unit 2: Evolution, Reproduction & Maintenance of Species
  • Inheritance diagrams
  • Genetic inheritance
  • Mendel’s theories of inheritance
  • Historical evolutionary theories
  • Darwinian evolutionary theory
  • Reproductive strategies
Unit 3: Taxonomy & Simple organisms
  • Hierarchy of animal complexity and body shape
  • Classifying organisms
  • Simple unicellular organisms
  • Advantages and disadvantages of unicellular and simple multicellular organisms
Unit 4: Complex Invertebrates
  • Mollusca group
  • Members of the annelid
  • Hexapod groups
  • Species of crustacea
  • Echinoderm group
​Unit 5: Complex vertebrates
  • Biology of fishes
  • Reptiles and amphibians
  • Requirements for a species to be classified as a bird
  • Mammal group
Unit 6: Maintaining Life in the Animal Kingdom
  • Skeletal systems in the natural world
  • Animal’s internal environment
  • Methods of digestion and nutrition in organisms
  • Nervous system and its role
3Other Information
Assessment

This course is assessed by a series of assignments, which are submitted to your tutor for marking. No external examination is required.

Course Duration

This course will take you 12 months to complete.

Study Method

This course will allow you to work at home or at work. All materials for the course will be received by post or via email, you decide! You will also get tutor support by email, so help is only a click away!

Course Outcomes

At the end of this course successful learners will receive a Certificate of Achievement by ABC Awards and a Learner Unit Summary (This lists details of all the units you have completed as part of your course).

The course itself has been designed by Open Study College to meet specific learners’ or employers’ requirements. The course has been endorsed under the ABC Awards’ Quality Licence Scheme. This means Open Study College have undergone external quality checks to ensure that the organisation and the courses’ it offers meet a high standard. Regular reviews of our courses are carried out as part of the endorsement process.

The completion of this course alone does not lead to an Ofqual regulated qualification, but may be used as evidence of knowledge and skills towards regulated qualifications in the future. The unit summary can be used as evidence towards your Recognition of Prior Learning if you wish to progress your studies in this sector.

The course depth and study has been benchmarked at Level 3 against level descriptors published by Ofqual.

ABC Awards are a national awarding organisation that have years of experience in developing and awarding high quality vocational qualifications across a wide range of industries. They have a comprehensive portfolio of over 650 Ofqual regulated qualifications on the national Qualifications and Credit framework (QCF) for all ages and abilities post-14.

4Q&As

Course Questions & Answers

What skills are needed to enrol in this course?

To enrol onto this course we ask that students to have previously studied Biology (or a related subject) to at least GCSE Level.

Is there a time limit for the completion of this course?

You may start at any time and have a full year to complete your studies. It is truly flexible and is designed to be adaptable around your lifestyle and other commitments.

What is included in the cost of my course?
  • Dedicated personal tutor support
  • Dedicated student support
  • Assignment marking and feedback
  • FREE CV writing service
  • *Comprehensive study guide
  • *Exclusive Open Study College Pen
  • *Student study planner
  • *Three colour highlighter
  • *Student notebook
  • *Document wallet

* Not included with the online study option

How do I get my work assessed?

You will send your work to your personal course tutor for them to mark and return to you. On successful completion of the course you will be awarded your Zoology Level 3 Certificate. 

What happens if I lose my course pack?

We offer a course replacement service which ensures that, if your course pack is lost or damaged throughout the duration of your studies, we can issue you with a new set of materials for a one-time additional fee. This is available by calling our Student Support team on 03300 563100.

What do i do if i still have questions?

For further information please contact us.

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Proving to be a great course

Proving to be a great course, not too easy but not too hard, I'm hoping to progress on to the environmental science HND once this is completed.

- Abbi Towle
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