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Zoology

Entry requirements


A level

A,A,B

Including biology and preferably another science or science-related subject. If biology is the only science subject then an A grade is required. Critical thinking and general studies excluded. We accept the following: • Science subjects: biology, human biology, chemistry, mathematics, physics. • Science-related subjects: computing, environmental science, food science, geography, geology, PE, psychology, science in society, statistics, use of mathematics. Applicants taking a Science A-level (in England) will be required to achieve a pass in the practical element in addition to the standard A-level grade requirement. When an applicant is taking the Extended Project Qualification (EPQ) or the Cambridge International Project Qualification (Cambridge IPQ) this can be considered alongside A-levels and may attract an alternative offer in addition to the standard offer. If you are taking A-levels, this would be ABB at A-level and grade A in the EPQ (BSc applicants) or AAB and grade A in the EPQ (MBiol applicants).

Pass 60 credits overall with 45 credits at Level 3, graded at D39M6P0 including distinctions in biology and mathematics or chemistry. Accept Access courses in Applied Science and Science. Will also consider (depending on subject content): • biochemical sciences • biological and environmental science • biological and health science • biological sciences • biosciences • combined sciences • environmental science • life and biological science • life science • medical and health science professions • natural sciences • physical & natural sciences.

Cambridge International Pre-U Certificate - Principal

D3,D3,M1

Including biology and preferably another science or science-related subject. If biology is the only science subject then a D3 grade will be required. Global Perspectives excluded. When an applicant is taking Global Perspectives this can be considered alongside Pre-U subjects and may attract an alternative offer in addition to the standard offer. This would be D3/M1/M1 and grade D3 in Global Perspectives (BSc applicants) or D3/D3/M1 and grade D3 in Global Perspectives (MBiol applicants).

Applicants offering an EPQ or IPQ qualification will receive a standard offer, as shown above, plus an alternative offer. The alternative offer would be ABB plus grade A in EPQ / IPQ. Subject-specific requirements are still valid.

International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme

34

(With 17 at higher level) including 6 in higher level biology and preferably another science or science-related subject at higher level.

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

H2,H2,H2,H2,H3,H3

Including H2 in Biology and preferably another science or science-related subject at higher level.

Applicants with BTEC qualifications (Diploma or Extended Diploma) are required to have A2 level biology (maths, chemistry and physics may be acceptable alternatives depending on the BTEC subject). Distinctions in the BTEC subject and an A or B grade (BTEC subject dependent) for the A-level subject are required. Applicants with BTEC Subsidiary Diploma qualifications must have at least 2 A2 levels and at least one of these must be in biology.

Advanced Higher: 5 x Highers AABBB. With AA-AB in 2 Advanced Highers including Biology and preferably another science or science-related subject. General Studies and Critical Thinking excluded. If Biology is the only science subject then an A grade is required. We accept the following: • Science subjects include: Biology, Human Biology, Chemistry, Maths and Physics. • Science- related subjects include: Computing, Environmental Science, Geography, Geology, P.E, Psychology, Science in Society, Statistics, Food Science and use of Maths. Scottish Higher: Scottish Highers not accepted on their own.

UCAS Tariff

136

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About this course


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Course option

3.0years

Full-time | 2022

Other options

4.0 years | Full-time with time abroad | 2022

4.0 years | Full-time with year in industry | 2022

Subject

Zoology

By studying an undergraduate Zoology degree at the University of Leeds, you’ll have the opportunity to play a part in understanding how animals interact with their environment, how organisms play a part in various ecosystems, and how we can try and avoid damaging the wildlife of the world.

Our integrated Masters offers you an additional year of specialist training. You’ll study Masters-level topics, carry out an extended research project and have the chance to study savannah ecology and conservation in Kenya.

Zoology is the study of animals at all levels, from their evolutionary origins, molecular and cellular biology to their behaviour, ecology and evolution. There are many global challenges such as food security, invasive species and biodiversity conservation that are affecting the planet and with the study of Zoology, you will learn practical skills that can help address these real-world issues.

**Course highlights**
- Zoology achieved 91% student satisfaction (NSS 2020).

- Field course options including marine zoology in Pembrokeshire, Mediterranean ecology in Spain and African ecology in South Africa.

- Conduct a research project or mini-research project during every year of your degree.

- Extensive practical work with modules such as detecting invasive species where we use cutting-edge molecular techniques to identify cryptic species and ask fundamental questions in evolution and conservation.

- Taught by world-class researchers in Social Insect Biology, Freshwater Ecology, Conservation Science, Marine Ecology and Animal Evolution.

- Research-led advanced topic modules in your final year cover topics as diverse as human genetics, conservation science, evolution and animal behaviour.

The Uni


Course location:

University of Leeds

Department:

Faculty of Biological Sciences

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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.

91%
med
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

82%
Staff make the subject interesting
91%
Staff are good at explaining things
91%
Ideas and concepts are explored in-depth
82%
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

73%
Library resources
95%
IT resources
91%
Course specific equipment and facilities
82%
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?

95%
UK students
5%
International students
33%
Male students
67%
Female students
97%
2:1 or above
11%
First year drop out rate

Most popular A-Levels studied (and grade achieved)

A
A
A

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.

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.

£18,500
high
Average annual salary
97%
med
Employed or in further education
50%
high
Employed in a role where degree was essential or beneficial

Top job areas of graduates

13%
Business, research and administrative professionals
13%
Animal care and control services
9%
Business, finance and related associate professionals

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.

£21k

£21k

£26k

£26k

£28k

£28k

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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