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Zoology

Entry requirements


120 to 128 UCAS points To include A level Biology and a second relevant subject (Mathematics, Physics, Chemistry, Geography, Geology, Environmental Science or Environmental Studies, Applied Science, Marine Science, Psychology, Science in Society, Use of Maths) at grade C. Exclude General Studies.

Considered in combination

Considered in combination

Pass Access, 45 at Level 3, 33 at Merit/Distinction to include 12 in Biology with Merit, remainder should be in science with Merit or above. Maths and English GCSE at C/4 or above.

Considered in combination

OK to consider points in combination

International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme

30

to include 5 @ HL Biology and 5 @ HL in a second relevant science. Maths and English accepted within

Leaving Certificate - Higher Level (Ireland) (first awarded in 2017)

H2,H2,H3,H3,H3-H2,H2,H2,H3,H3


To include Biology and a second relevant science (Mathematics, Physics, Chemistry, Geography, Geology, Environmental Science or Environmental Studies, Applied Science, Marine Science, Psychology, Science in Society, Use of Maths) GCSE Maths and English at Grade C/4

Considered in combination

Considered in combination

Considered in combination

Considered in combination

Considered in combination

Pearson BTEC Level 3 National Extended Diploma (first teaching from September 2016)

DDD-DDM

Relevant science subject. Depending upon subject and modules within.

Considered in combination

Considered in combination

120 to 128 UCAS points to include Advanced Highers Biology and a second relevant science (Mathematics, Physics, Chemistry, Geography, Geology, Environmental Science or Environmental Studies, Applied Science, Marine Science, Psychology, Science in Society, Use of Maths)

120 to 128 UCAS points to include Advanced Highers Biology and a second relevant science (Mathematics, Physics, Chemistry, Geography, Geology, Environmental Science or Environmental Studies, Applied Science, Marine Science, Psychology, Science in Society, Use of Maths)

UCAS Tariff

120-128

To include A level Biology and a second relevant subject (Mathematics, Physics, Chemistry, Geography, Geology, Environmental Science or Environmental Studies, Applied Science, Marine Science, Psychology, Science in Society, Use of Maths) at grade C. Exclude General Studies

Considered in combination

will consider points alongside relevant A Levels

About this course


This course has alternative study modes. Contact the university to find out how the information below might vary.

Course option

3.0years

Full-time | 2022

Other options

4.0 years | Sandwich | 2022

Subject

Zoology

The BSc (Hons) Zoology programme is designed to provide you with the biological expertise to be a professional zoologist with a broad knowledge of animal biology.
Key features are:
• a strong foundation in theoretical aspects of ecology, physiology, anatomy, behaviour, evolution and genetics;
• high level practical and theoretical skills across animal biology in a wide range of taxa and habitats
• in-depth field study of animals, including residential courses in the UK and abroad, that develop field techniques and familiarity with a wide range of ecosystems and fauna;
• practical experience and skills development in analytical techniques employed by practitioners working within animal biology
• the use of external organisations in modules such as the Wildlife Trusts, the Natural History Museums in London and Plymouth, the National Marine Aquarium, the Field Studies Council, Whitley Wildlife Trust, Dartmoor National Park, the Donkey Sanctuary;
• The opportunity to take a placement year at the end of the second year either in the UK or abroad and
• opportunities to explore current contemporary issues in zoology;

Staff at Plymouth have a wide range of Zoology expertise, therefore unlike many competitor programmes the degree will contain modules that focus on ‘animal biology’ across marine, terrestrial and freshwater aquatic habitats. A key feature of our programme will be our close access to all of those habitats

Modules

In your first year, you'll learn the core skills and fundamental science required to be able to study Zoology. Study evolution, behaviour, physiology, microbiology and ecology, whilst developing your skills in experimental design and interpretation. Understand the importance of statistical analyses in scientific studies. You'll gain these skills and through a mix of lectures, tutorials and laboratory practicals. You'll also undertake a field trip to Slapton Ley in South Devon to study the ecology and behaviour of organisms in the wild and in an agricultural setting. Key modules in Year 1: An Introduction to Zoology, Behaviour & Ecology field trip, Evolution & Behaviour. In your second year, you'll develop a deeper understanding of animal behaviour, comparative zoology, ecophysiology, phylogeny and scientific investigation skills. You'll also tailor your skills ready for the workplace, by specialising through optional modules in conservation biology or the biology of marine organisms from algae to cetaceans. During an overseas field course you'll investigate a wide range of ecosystems and species using field and laboratory investigations, putting concepts covered in modules into context and developing your practical and transferable skills. Key modules in Year 2: Comparative Zoology, Animal Ecophysiology, Methods in Zoology, Animal Behaviour, and the Zoology field trip. Your personal research project forms a major part of your final year. Alongside this, you’ll build on advanced skills and concepts in biological disciplines as well as considering speciation and the diversity of life. You’ll select modules from a range of options including behavioural ecology, global change biology, conservation physiology, fish and fisheries and animal welfare which will allow you to tailor your studies and prepare you as a zoologist ready to move onto the workplace or further study. Key modules in your final year: research project, Speciation & Diversity, Advanced Skills and Concepts and a range of option modules.

The Uni


Course location:

University of Plymouth

Department:

School of Biological and Marine Sciences

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What students say


How do students rate their degree experience?

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Who studies this subject and how do they get on?

92%
UK students
8%
International students
39%
Male students
61%
Female students
89%
2:1 or above
10%
First year drop out rate

Most popular A-Levels studied (and grade achieved)

D
C
C

After graduation


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Biosciences

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.

£16,800
low
Average annual salary
94%
med
Employed or in further education
43%
low
Employed in a role where degree was essential or beneficial

Top job areas of graduates

14%
Other elementary services occupations
12%
Science, engineering and production technicians
10%
Sales assistants and retail cashiers

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.

What about your long term prospects?

Looking further ahead, below is a rough guide for what graduates went on to earn.

Biosciences

The graph shows median earnings of graduates who achieved a degree in this subject area one, three and five years after graduating from here.

£17k

£17k

£20k

£20k

£22k

£22k

Note: this data only looks at employees (and not those who are self-employed or also studying) and covers a broad sample of graduates and the various paths they've taken, which might not always be a direct result of their degree.

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