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Anglia Ruskin University

Zoology

UCAS Code: C300

Bachelor of Science (with Honours) - BSc (Hons)

Entry requirements


GCSE/National 4/National 5

3 GCSEs at grade C, or grade 4, or above, including English and Maths.

UCAS Tariff

112

112 UCAS Tariff points from a minimum of 2 A Levels (or equivalent), including a pass in Biology.

About this course


Course option

3.0years

Full-time | 2021

Subject

Zoology

From world-class zoos to wildlife in Africa, you’ll explore and understand the lives of animals on this Cambridge-based course. Take part in cutting-edge research in our specialist labs, closely linked to Cambridge University, and study animal behaviour in marine and terrestrial systems in the field. Recognised by the Royal Society of Biology, this course offers an optional placement year, giving you both the scientific training and practical skills for a career in zoos, wildlife conservation or environmental consultancy.

If you’re interested in a career exploring and understanding the lives of animals, you’ll be in good company – alongside Charles Darwin, Dian Fossey, Jane Goodall and David Attenborough.

Zoology is closely connected to subjects such as cell biology and genetics. You could choose to specialise in areas such as animal behaviour, wildlife biology or ecology and conservation.

Field work is an important part of zoology. It’s a practical subject and we’ll give you plenty of opportunities to learn and practise both in the lab and the field. In your second year you’ll take a week-long field trip to north Devon to experience both marine and terrestrial zoology, the costs of which are included in your course fees. On our optional field trips you might experience rutting red deer on the island of Rum; marine biology in Scotland; world-class zoos in the Netherlands; wildlife and ecology in Africa; and diving and marine biology overseas. You’ll need to pay for these optional trips.

Cambridge is becoming a world centre for wildlife conservation, with Fauna and Flora International, Birdlife International and the World Conservation Monitoring Centre based here. You’ll have opportunities to attend lectures and visit specialist museums and libraries in the city. If you’re interested in captive animal behaviour, you can access the facilities at the College of West Anglia, Cambridge.

Our three year degree is recognised by the Royal Society of Biology's degree-recognition scheme.

Modules

Year one, core modules
Animal Form and Function
Introduction to Wildlife and Conservation
Biomeasurement
Introduction to Animal Behaviour
Origins of Life
Ecology
Evolution and Biodiversity
Introduction to Marine Biology
Year two, core modules
Biological Research Skills
Field Skills in Biology
Invertebrate Biology
Vertebrate Biology
Principles of Genetics and Evolution
Year two, optional modules
Marine and Terrestrial Communities
Evolution of Behaviour
Animal Health and Nutrition
Biological Bases of Behaviour
Parasitology
Biological Oceanography
Year three, core modules
Wildlife Conservation
Behavioural Ecology
Undergraduate Major Project
Year three, optional modules
Advanced Approaches in Animal Management
Zoos and Zoo Animal Management
Biogeography
Mammalogy
Cognition, Evolution and Behaviour
Countryside Management
Population Ecology and Wildlife Management
Practical Marine Biology
Tropical Ecology and Management
Coastal Marine Biology
Animal Communication
Applied Ethology and Animal Welfare

Assessment methods

Throughout the course, we’ll use a range of assessment methods to help you measure your progress. Besides exams, these include essays, practical reports, computer-based assessments, presentations, debates, classroom- or laboratory-based tests, and reviews of scientific papers.

Tuition fees

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Channel Islands
£9,250
per year
England
£9,250
per year
EU
£9,250
per year
Northern Ireland
£9,250
per year
Scotland
£9,250
per year
Wales
£9,250
per year

The Uni


Course location:

Cambridge Campus

Department:

Life Sciences

TEF rating:
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What students say


We've crunched the numbers to see if overall student satisfaction here is high, medium or low compared to students studying this subject(s) at other universities.

77%
med
Zoology

How do students rate their degree experience?

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Zoology

Teaching and learning

87%
Staff make the subject interesting
96%
Staff are good at explaining things
89%
Ideas and concepts are explored in-depth
78%
Opportunities to apply what I've learned

Assessment and feedback

Feedback on work has been timely
Feedback on work has been helpful
Staff are contactable when needed
Good advice available when making study choices

Resources and organisation

89%
Library resources
93%
IT resources
84%
Course specific equipment and facilities
80%
Course is well organised and has run smoothly

Student voice

Staff value students' opinions

Who studies this subject and how do they get on?

79%
UK students
21%
International students
29%
Male students
71%
Female students
69%
2:1 or above
7%
Drop out rate

Most popular A-Levels studied (and grade achieved)

C
D
B

After graduation


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Zoology

What are graduates doing after six months?

This is what graduates told us they were doing (and earning), shortly after completing their course. We've crunched the numbers to show you if these immediate prospects are high, medium or low, compared to those studying this subject/s at other universities.

£16,500
med
Average annual salary
97%
med
Employed or in further education
26%
low
Employed in a role where degree was essential or beneficial

Top job areas of graduates

31%
Animal care and control services
21%
Sales assistants and retail cashiers
15%
Other elementary services occupations

Unsurprisingly, the most common job for a zoology graduate on leaving is to work in a zoo or similar organisation - but there are a lot of other options available if you take this subject. Nearly a quarter of graduates take some kind of further qualification when they leave — mostly Masters degrees in zoology or related subjects, like biology or ecology — but a graduate from a zoology course can go into pretty much anything, with science, conservation, management, finance and marketing some of the most popular areas. Zoology graduates are also rather more likely than others to get a job overseas so if an international career appeals to you, this might be a degree to consider.

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