Key Stage 4 Sessions

For pupils in years 10 and 11

At Dudley Zoo our KS4 Sessions are underpinned by the National Curriculum Programmes of Study 2013 for all subjects.


The prices below include both zoo admission and the cost of the session.



50-60 minutes – £8.50 per child

In this session we will be looking at relationships within an ecosystem, trophic levels and microorganisms. Your pupils will be able to see and learn about real ecosystems on the zoo, and be shown methods of identifying species and measuring distribution, frequency and abundance of species within a habitat.


Evolution, Inheritance and Variation

50-60 minutes – £8.50 per child

This session looks at genes, inheritance and genetic variation amongst populations. It covers the mechanism of natural selection that can lead to evolution. We will also explore the way in which gene technology is used.



50-60 minutes – £8.50 per child

Find out about some of the most endangered animals on the planet, learn how we tell what is endangered and how zoos contribute to conservation. Discover the principles of modern conservation and find out how you can help protect the environment. Also get the opportunity to meet some live animals and look at biofacts such as tiger pelts.


Animal Behaviour and Enrichment

90 minutes – £10.00 per child

Learn about the natural behaviours of some of our animals and help us to make an enrichment device for an animal in the zoo. At the end of the session you will be able to watch the animals explore and enjoy the enrichment you have made for them!


Zoo Business Q + A

50-60 minutes – £8.50 per child

Find out how DZG operates as a business. We are a registered charity and we are home to over 1500 animals. Discover how we work as a team to run the zoo 365 days a year. Towards the end of session is your opportunity to ask staff questions with a Q + A Session.


The Role Of Zoos

50-60 minutes – £8.50 per child

This session explores how zoos have changed over time and shows the valuable role zoos play today, in conservation and education.


The Tecton Trail and Tour

50-60 minutes – £8.50 per child

Taking place in one of our original Tecton structures, the Safari Gift Shop – find out what Tectons are, see how the Tectons were constructed as well as learning about why they were built here in Dudley, by the famous Architect Berthold Lubetkin and the Tecton group.


Enclosure Design

90 minutes – £10.00 per child

Learn about the history of enclosure design in zoos, including our unique collection of listed Tecton Structures. Find out about modern enclosure design and current welfare standards and think about how the needs of the different species vary. This session involves visiting various animal enclosures around the site, such as our
sealion enclosure, penguin enclosure, hunting dogs and lion enclosures.


Animal Nutrition

50-60 minutes – £8.50 per child

This session focuses on how we provide the correct nutrition for our animals, on a day to day basis. Find out how we decide what, when and how to feed them throughout their different life stages.


KS4 Extras


Creature Feature

20-30 minutes – £7.50 per child

Not studying a particular topic at school but still want to get hands on with a variety of our smaller friendly animals, then this session is the one for you. The students get to meet some of our smaller, friendly animals such as invertebrates, reptiles and mammals.


Zoo Tour

50-60 minutes – £8.50 per child

Accompany one of our Education Presenters as they take you on a tour around part of the zoo, get to learn some fascinating things about our animals as well as getting the opportunity to ask questions regarding the animals you see.


NEW Go Wild! Discovery Tour

50-60 minutes – £9.50 per child

This interactive tour includes a visit to Lorikeet Lookout where your children can feed these colourful birds. Heading up the Snail Trail your children are encouraged to look out for lions, lemurs, hunting dogs and sea lions on their way. There will also be the opportunity to meet some of the Zoo’s smaller animals in the Discovery Centre and see our meekats being fed.


KS4 History


Horrible History

50-60 minutes – £8.50 per child

This session will be delivered by a costumed guide in our castle undercroft, including an animal encounter. We will learn about the history of Dudley Castle, what life would have been like and get to meet some of the animals that you would have lived along side.


Castle Tour

50-60 minutes – £8.50 per child

This session provides a unique glimpse at Dudley Castle through time, discovering it’s rich history, construction and use through the ages.


Ghost Walk

50-60 minutes – £8.50 per child

This tour will give your pupils an opportunity to explore the fourth most haunted castle in Britain. With over 400 ghosts and spirits on site your pupils will hear some of the most famous ghost stories, whilst also finding out about it’s turbulent history!


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