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Business & Tourism

Book a FREE* informative session for your students

Sessions are 45 minutes unless otherwise stated.
Sessions work best with 30 or fewer pupils, but unless otherwise stated, we can accommodate more if necessary.

Available Sessions:

Click on an education session for more details including curriculum links.

If none of these talks suit your needs, please contact our education department directly at 01206 332511 or 01206332512 or email education@colchesterzoo.org.
Alternatively, our Q & A Session provides your students with the opportunity to ask zoo questions on any topic.  This session is ideal for students who are required to gather specific information for completing mock assessment, portfolios, workbooks, etc.

Our sessions are limited in availability and very popular, especially during summer term.
Please book as early as possible to avoid disappointment.
Please arrive for your session on time; if you miss a considerable portion of your allotted time slot, your session may need to be altered or potentially cancelled.

If your pupils are completing customer service/visitor service/visitor opinion or staff surveys while you are at Colchester Zoo, please ensure they are familiar with and comply with our survey guidelines – Business Survey Guidelines 

*Unfortunately, due to an increase in schools booking sessions and not attending them, we have sometimes been unable to offer sessions to schools who request them. For this reason, Colchester Zoo reserves the right to charge a £20 fee for all educational sessions which are booked but not attended either due to last minute cancellation (less than 1 week notice), or not attending on the day without a valid reason. If you attend the session they are free of charge. The charge only applies to non-attended and/or late cancellations.


Detailed Session Descriptions:


Human Resources Workshop KS4, and Higher

Please note this session is 90 minutes for a maximum of 40 students.
This session covers the basics of what Colchester Zoo’s human resources department does.  Students learn about the cost of staff wages, the recruitment process, job descriptions, personnel specifications, the job interview process, and other jobs of the human resources department.  Students then get the chance to complete a mock hiring process.  Based on a job description, students develop a personal specification matrix.  Using this matrix, students then evaluate a selection of CV’s to decide which candidates match their personal specifications and who they would invite for an interview.

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Marketing Talk KS3, KS4, and Higher

Students will learn what marketing is, and how we successfully market products at Colchester Zoo.  The talk covers a wide range of topics including: who our target customers are, who our competitors are, various levels of products, SWOT analysis, marketing strategies, product lifecycles, market research, and advertising. For lower level talks, all of these concepts are tied back into the marketing mix terms of price, place, product, and promotion.

Please note that there is considerable overlap between the Zoo as a Business Talk and Marketing Talk. Therefore, only one should be booked for the same group of students.

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Q & A Session KS3, KS4, and Higher

Please note this session is 45 minutes for a maximum of 50 students.
This session is a bookable timeslot for your students to ask Colchester Zoo staff questions.  Zoo staff can answer questions on a wide range of topics including how we use science at Colchester Zoo, how we meet the needs of our customers, health and safety concerns of a zoo, case study examples of our conservation projects, or a focus on any other topic.

This session is ideal for students which are required to gather specific information for completing mock assessment, portfolios, workbooks, etc.

Students attending this session MUST come prepared with a list of question to ask the speaker.


Zoo as a Business Talk KS3, KS4, and Higher

This session is designed to give students an overview of Colchester Zoo as a visitor attraction.  It covers a wide range of topics including: running costs, competition, staffing and job roles, our customers, zoo surveys, our products, marketing strategies, and advertising. 

Please note that there is considerable overlap between the Zoo as a Business Talk and Marketing Talk. Therefore, only one should be booked for the same group of students.

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Opening times: 

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*Last admission 4.00pm

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