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Zoology

Entry requirements


A level

B,B,B

A level Biology and one other science at grade B. Acceptable Science subjects: Chemistry, Physics, Maths, Further Maths, Statistics, Psychology, Geography, Environmental Studies, Applied Science, Geology.

Access to HE Diploma

D:24,M:21

including relevant science units.

Cambridge International Pre-U Certificate - Principal

M2,M2,M2

Principal subjects must include Biology and one other science.

Extended Project

B

In recognition of the excellent preparation that the Extended Project Qualification provides to students for University study, we now include achievement in the EPQ as part of a formal offer.  Eligible applicants would receive two offers,  our usual offer plus an alternative offer of a B in the EPQ and one grade lower in their A level subjects

GCSE/National 4/National 5

GCSE Maths C (or 4), English Language or English Literature C (or 4).

International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme

30

Biology and one other science at grade 5 at Higher Level.

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

DDD

including relevant science modules.

Scottish Higher

A,B,B,B,B

Biology and one other science at grade B.

UCAS Tariff

120-141

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About this course


Course option

3.0years

Full-time | 2022

Subject

Zoology

Not many degrees give you the chance to study animals in their natural habitat or get your hands on a lion’s skull at the University’s own Museum, but that’s just a tiny part of what we offer.

Many universities offer a one-size-fits-all shared first year to all students from ecologists to biochemists, but at Reading you'll study animals from day one. You'll have the opportunity to build up field experience and select optional modules to follow your specific interests.

We received an overall student satisfaction score of 96% for BSc Zoology in the National Student Survey, 2019.

You'll study animal life at all levels, from the simplest forms through to birds and mammals. You'll learn about populations and ecosystems, animal behaviour, evolution, biodiversity and conservation.

In your second year we run unique field courses to a variety of locations across Europe and beyond. In our Tropical Zoology field course, you can learn first-hand about the amazing wildlife in locations such as the Galapagos Islands, Borneo or Madagascar. The costs of these trips are not included, although all are subsidised.

In the final year, you can complete a cutting-edge research project under expert supervision, either in the field or the lab – an opportunity that is no longer offered in many universities. We arrange projects on a wide range of animals including urban mammals such as hedgehogs and foxes, red kites, insects and pond or fresh-water animals. We also offer projects on animals in zoos.

Our £60m Health and Life Sciences building will open in 2020. It will offer state-of-the-art research and teaching laboratories, seminar rooms, and plenty of study and social space, including a café. The building will also house the Cole Museum of Zoology. The collection, featuring over 3,500 natural history specimens, provides a fantastic resource for biological scientists and the wider community. The Museum is used extensively in teaching in zoology, and provides you with unique opportunities to develop hands-on skills in taxonomy and natural history conservation. You can volunteer at the museum and receive training in natural history curation.

Our degree offers placement opportunities, either as a one-year option or as a short summer module. You can undertake placements in the UK and around the world. Previously, students have completed placements in regions as diverse as Canada, New Zealand, the Azores and Iceland. You will receive advice and support to find your ideal placement. Recent placements have included assisting at nature reserves, the RSPCA Reptile Rescue, Defence Science and Technology Laboratory (Dstl) and Longleat Safari Park. You can also volunteer at the Cole Museum of Zoology and receive training in natural history curation.

**Careers**

Our Zoology graduates enter a wide variety of careers in the biological sciences, including jobs in conservation, animal welfare, education, consultancy, pharmaceuticals, agriculture, the civil service and other public bodies such as local government conservation units and animal charities. Overall, 90% of our graduates are in employment or further study within six months of graduating (Destinations of Leavers from Higher Education (DLHE) survey, 2016/17).

This may require some form of postgraduate training (PGCE, MSc, PhD), and we run two very successful MSc courses: Wildlife Management and Conservation, and Species Identification and Survey Skills.

As numerate scientists, our zoology graduates have many transferable skills that prepare them for any animal-based or biological career, or employment in a much wider range of sectors. Our graduates work in conservation, animal welfare, education, wildlife management, ecotourism, consultancy, pharmaceuticals, agriculture, the civil service and other public bodies such as local government conservation units and animal charities.

All our graduates are eligible for membership of the Society of Biology and can apply for Chartered Biologist status.

Modules

Sample modules may include:

* Mammals: diversity, behaviour and conservation
* Animal diversity
* Zoology field course
* Vertebrate zoology: structure, form and function
* Urban ecology

Check our website for more details of the course structure.

Tuition fees

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

Channel Islands
£9,250
per year
England
£9,250
per year
EU
£23,700
per year
International
£23,700
per year
Northern Ireland
£9,250
per year
Republic of Ireland
£9,250
per year
Scotland
£9,250
per year
Wales
£9,250
per year

The Uni


Course location:

University of Reading

Department:

School 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.

84%
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

85%
Staff make the subject interesting
95%
Staff are good at explaining things
78%
Ideas and concepts are explored in-depth
80%
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

72%
Library resources
85%
IT resources
80%
Course specific equipment and facilities
58%
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?

92%
UK students
8%
International students
33%
Male students
67%
Female students
96%
2:1 or above
11%
First year drop out rate

Most popular A-Levels studied (and grade achieved)

C
C
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.

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.

£17,555
high
Average annual salary
92%
low
Employed or in further education
33%
med
Employed in a role where degree was essential or beneficial

Top job areas of graduates

16%
Sales assistants and retail cashiers
10%
Customer service occupations
10%
Animal care and control services

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.

£18k

£18k

£22k

£22k

£25k

£25k

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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