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Zoology

Entry requirements


A level

C,C,C-B,B,C

Access to HE Diploma

D:15,M:30

Must pass all 60 credits, 45 at level 3

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

MMM-DMM

Scottish Higher

B,B,C,C-A,B,B,B

T Level

P-M

UCAS Tariff

96-112

Must include A'level Biology at grade C or equivalent.

About this course


Course option

3.0years

Full-time | 2022

Subject

Zoology

Wildlife is an important part of all our lives. If you have a passion for learning about animals, this exciting hands-on course will prepare you for a future defending the planet.

Zoology covers all aspects of animal biology and, as such, covers a fascinating range of often highly diverse topics. The modern zoologist needs to be the master of many disciplines. Our degree course has been designed by professional zoologists with a real understanding of what the world needs from zoologists.

**Course Overview**
Our hands-on course provides an understanding of wildlife monitoring techniques using professional equipment and covers a broad range of topics including evolution, ecology and conservation.

During your time with us you will have the opportunity to explore the local area and the many habitats it offers. Such as the Eden River basin (close to our Carlisle Campus), The Lake District National Park and our wonderful Cumbrian coastline. We spend a substantial amount of time on our modules teaching you within the local habitats we have on our doorstep and where possible we choose to deliver experiential learning outdoors.

**On this course you will**

- Benefit from a strong practical component to our modules and an emphasis on skills to enhance employment.

- Experience Cumbria's unique natural environment for learning about wildlife provides a range of different habitats that are close enough to visit in a short walk or day trip.

- Make use of our modern and well equipped facilities, for example our teaching laboratories.

- Gain a practical understanding of the most relevant key issues in zoology.

- Study a diverse range of modules that expertly weave together and map directly to our subject. None of the modules are inappropriately squeezed in from programmes that we already run.

**What you will learn**

You’ll gain an understanding of wildlife monitoring techniques using professional kit, and cover a broad range of topics including evolution, ecology and conservation, with visits to a variety of habitats. Our strong links with animal and wildlife organisations provide excellent work placement opportunities, which means you could be studying anything from brown bears and snow leopards to sharks and dolphins.. There will be plenty of opportunity for voluntary work alongside organisations such as Cumbria Wildlife Trust, boosting your CV and giving you hands-on experience across a range of species including butterflies, adders and birds. Our practical focused course will equip you with not only the knowledge, but the real skills and confidence to be a great zoologist.

**Year One**

- Vertebrate Zoology

- Invertebrate Zoology

- Ecology for Zoologists

- Animal Form and Function

- Animal Conservation Practice

- Core Zoology

**Year Two**

- Exploring Research

- Zoological Monitoring Techniques

- Animal Behaviour

- Evolution and Biogeography

- British Wildlife

- Applied Zoology

**Year Three**

- Dissertation

- Professional Skills in Zoology

- Behavioural Ecology

- Entomology and Parasitology (Optional)

- Behavioural Applications for Conservation (Optional)

- Population and Community Ecology (Optional)

Modules

Year one - Compulsory Modules:

Vertebrate Zoology,
Invertebrate Zoology,
Ecology for Zoologists,
Animal Form and Function,
Animal Conservation Practice,
Core Zoology.
Year two - Compulsory Modules:

Exploring Research,
Zoological Monitoring Techniques,
Animal Behaviour,
Evolution and Biogeography,
British Wildlife,
Applied Zoology.
Year three - Compulsory Modules:

Dissertation,
Professional Skills in Zoology,
Behavioural Ecology.
Optional Modules:

Entomology and Parasitology,
Behavioural Applications for Conservation,
Population and Community Ecology.

Tuition fees

Select where you currently live to see what you'll pay:

England
£9,250
per year
EU
£9,250
per year
International
£13,250
per year
Northern Ireland
£9,250
per year
Scotland
£9,250
per year
Wales
£9,250
per year

The Uni


Course location:

Carlisle - Fusehill Street

Department:

Forestry and Outdoors

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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.

68%
low
Zoology

How do students rate their degree experience?

The stats below relate to the general subject area/s at this university, not this specific course. We show this where there isn’t enough data about the course, or where this is the most detailed info available to us.

Zoology

Teaching and learning

95%
Staff make the subject interesting
89%
Staff are good at explaining things
84%
Ideas and concepts are explored in-depth
68%
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

79%
Library resources
79%
IT resources
83%
Course specific equipment and facilities
32%
Course is well organised and has run smoothly

Student voice

Staff value students' opinions
Feel part of a community on my course

Who studies this subject and how do they get on?

97%
UK students
3%
International students
33%
Male students
67%
Female students
84%
2:1 or above
8%
First year drop out rate

Most popular A-Levels studied (and grade achieved)

C
D
C

After graduation


The stats in this section relate to the general subject area/s at this university – not this specific course. We show this where there isn't enough data about the course, or where this is the most detailed info available to us.

Biological and sport sciences

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.

£16,000
low
Average annual salary
97%
med
Employed or in further education
56%
med
Employed in a role where degree was essential or beneficial

Top job areas of graduates

22%
Sports and fitness occupations
19%
Therapy professionals
13%
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.

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