Higher secondary final research

Higher secondary final research

Activity designed for students in final year of higher secondary school (batxillerat). 

The subject for the higher secondary final research is selected by each student, in coordination with his or her tutor. The Barcelona Zoo has prepared a course with the aim of advising students and contributing to helping them with their final project. The course is adapted to different requests made by students and, in parallel, guides and helps them select their topics.


Projects can be done on primates and other land mammals, birds and reptiles, as well as topics on how zoos are run and operated, endangered species...

The course consists of three theory-practical sessions during after school times (3 to 5 pm), one after per week for evaluation, consultations and interviews with Barcelona Zoo personnel, as well as a variable number of visits to the facilities, on the days and times students would like, to make any observations they need to make.  During school holidays, the times that students can request service will be Wednesdays from 4.45 to 6.45h pm.


Price: € 69.45

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27 September 2017

21 February 2018

11 April 2018

27 June 2018

26 September 2018


Start time: 3.00 pm 

During school holidays, the times that students can request service will be Wednesdays from 4.30 to 6.30h pm.


Entrance location: Passeig de Circumval·lació, 3

To get the most out of the Research Project course, we suggest working on these areas in advance at school:  


To arouse students’ interest and increase their motivation about the animals:

  • Review the different animals and/or subjects on which the project will be centred 
  • Agree on a work plan and outline the contents with the tutor 
  • Research bibliographical sources and information, either on the internet or using other resources, on the animal or subject selected 
  • Draw up a draft of the working schedule that includes: timelines for researching information, making observations and collecting data, data analysis, writing and reporting results, preparing materials for the project and presentation (always leaving a margin for possible unplanned additional tasks 


For watching the animals: 

  • Look for a documentary, CD or other electronic mediums to observe the animal before coming to see it at the Zoo 


As specific objectives: 

  • Planned structuring of the research project

The Research Project activity at the Zoo lets students in higher secondary do their research projects assisted and supervised by Zoo educators (biologists) and with the invaluable support of the animals living at our Zoo. 
Common sessions:  


Session 1 

Introduction to the Department’s work plan, dividing of students in accordance with the topic selected and tour of the facilities by a Zoo educator (biologist), during which he or she will explain the possibilities offered by the different species.  


Session 2 

This session is different for each group, during which the biological and etiological determinants for each species are explained for designing the data registration sheets.  


Session 3 

Meeting with the person in charge of the department for which the project is being done, so that students have the opportunity to interview him or her and ask any and all questions on management and biology that they want.   


Consultation sessions 

Every Wednesday from 3 to 5 pm, students can come to the Zoo to consult bibliographical sources, studies and journals, as well as requesting any guidance or advice that they need.  


Observation sessions

All students receive a card that lets them enter the Zoo to make observations whenever they like and during the times most convenient for them. The card is valid for six months.

Suggestions on what to do after the Higher Secondary Final Research  course finishes at the Zoo:  


Area of Natural Sciences:  

  • Present the project 
  • Keep researching, doing a second phase of the project after the first is completed 


Evaluation of learning: 

  • Evaluation is done when students submit their projects to the school board of examiners



Education on protecting the environment 


Living organisms  




With regard to knowledge, facts and concepts:

  • Introduction to the scientific method
  • Other objectives depending on the content of each project 


Contents of procedures:

  • Collect information on all types of mediums for doing the project 
  • Obtain structured information on the animals via observation with ethograms  


Attitudes, values and standards: 

  • Foster respect toward animals via better knowledge of them 
  • Raising students’ awareness on protecting nature

Department of Education
Pg. Circumval.lació, 3, 08003 Barcelona 

Information and bookings: T. 932 256 787. From Monday to Thursday from 9:00am to 02:00pm and from 02:00pm to 04:30pm. Friday from 09:00am to 01:30pm

Information: T. 937 065 656 from 09:00am to 08:00pm