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Zoology

Entry requirements


104-112 UCAS points. At least two full A levels required, including grade C in A level Biology. A Pass in the practical element of Science A levels is required.

Only accepted alongside at least two full A levels.

104-112 UCAS points from a QAA Approved Level 3 Access to HE Diploma in a suitable Science subject.

Only acceptable alongside other A level equivalent qualifications.

GCSE/National 4/National 5

Grade C or 4 (or above) in GCSE Maths and English is required.

International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme

30

Including grade 4 in Higher Level Biology.

104-112 UCAS points from Higher Level, including Higher Level Biology.

Only acceptable alongside other A level equivalent qualifications.

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

D*D-D*D*

Suitable Science subject, including Biology.

Only acceptable alongside other A level equivalent qualifications.

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

DMM

Suitable Science subject, including Biology.

Only acceptable alongside other A level equivalent qualifications.

104-112 UCAS points from Higher Level, including Higher Level Biology

UCAS Tariff

104-112

About this course


Course option

3.0years

Full-time | 2022

Subject

Zoology

**With increasing concern about protecting natural habits, there is much to learn about the biology and behaviour of animals and species. Pursue for passion for the animal kingdom with our BSc (Hons) Zoology degree.**

Taking you from the laboratory to the field, our highly-focused degree will develop your knowledge of concepts at the forefront of zoological science biological processes, animal behaviour and ecosystem interaction. With a focus on nurturing skills to make a difference, the course will provide you with practical and transferable skills to be a success in your future career working with animals.

**Build in-demand scientific knowledge and skills**
Delivered over three years of study - or four, if you choose to include an industry placement, you will develop and advance your zoology knowledge and field work skills. Initially focusing on biodiversity, molecules to microbes, genetics and ecosystems, you will progress to explore animal physiology, animal evolution, parasitology and infectious diseases. In your final year, you will complete a research project based on a subject topic of your choice and gain advanced knowledge about animal cognition, and tropical ecology and conservation.

**Get closer to industry**
Focusing on real-world issues, you will balance theoretical learning with building practical skills both in our Bodmer Laboratories on campus, and through UK and international field trips, which will provide you with real world experiences. We also regularly invite zoology professionals and practitioners to share their knowledge through guest lectures.

On this course, you will also have the option to include an industry placement between years two and three. Previous zoology students have completed placements with public health laboratories, wildlife trust, or research organisations such as the Centre for Ecology and Hydrology, MAFF and Central Veterinary Laboratory.

**Features**
+ Accredited by the Royal Society of Biology

+ Study the origins and biodiversity of living organisms, as you learn about parasitology and veterinary and zoonotic infectious diseases

+ Strengthen your knowledge of ecosystems within the natural world as you explore the global distribution of wildlife populations

+ Build technical and transferable scientific skills in data science and research methods used to assess wildlife behaviour, physiology and ecology

Modules

Year one modules may include: Biodiversity, Molecules to Microbes, Study Skills, Genes to Ecosystems, Cell Biology, Biological Skills. Year two modules may include: Molecular Genetics, Introduction to Parasitology and Infectious Diseases, Biological Research Skills, Animal Evolution, plus two from the following: Marine Biology, Experimental Behavioural Ecology, Primate Behaviour and Conservation, Population and Community Ecology. Year three modules may include: Applied Freshwater Biology, Tropical Ecology and Conservation, Evolution, Development and Adaption, Veterinary and Zoonotic Infectious Diseases, Animal Cognition and Social Complexity, Biology of Parasites, Frontiers in Wildlife Biology.

The Uni


Course location:

University of Salford

Department:

School of Science, Engineering and Environment

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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.

71%
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

78%
Staff make the subject interesting
86%
Staff are good at explaining things
81%
Ideas and concepts are explored in-depth
61%
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

50%
Library resources
64%
IT resources
56%
Course specific equipment and facilities
71%
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?

96%
UK students
4%
International students
31%
Male students
69%
Female students
93%
2:1 or above
9%
First year drop out rate

Most popular A-Levels studied (and grade achieved)

D
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.

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.

£15,000
low
Average annual salary
94%
med
Employed or in further education
23%
low
Employed in a role where degree was essential or beneficial

Top job areas of graduates

22%
Sales assistants and retail cashiers
18%
Animal care and control services
7%
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.

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.

£14k

£14k

£19k

£19k

£21k

£21k

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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