UCAS code:
DF20

Course type:
Honours and Integrated Masters Degrees

BSc (Hons) Zoology (with Foundation Year)

Make a difference to the lives of animals, right from day one of your degree. Learn in our labs and study spaces with our on-site animal collection. It includes meerkats, prairie dogs and wallabies.

Four years full-time (five years with sandwich year)

Part-time options available

On this programme, you’ll gain a wide range of skills and knowledge through unique learning opportunities on our specialist campus, including dissections, practicals in our new laboratories, animal health assessments, behavioural observations and field trips.

Our specialist staff will deliver lectures, seminars and practical sessions in a way most relevant to the subject you are learning; be it in the lecture theatre, the laboratory or in the bushveld of South Africa!

Flexible pathways within the programme include Animal Nutrition & Production, Wildlife Conservation, Health and Disease, Behaviour and Welfare and Laboratory Sciences, so you can tailor your degree to what you’re interested in.

The optional sandwich year, between the second and final year, takes you into industry to prepare for entering your dream career. Your work placement can be at any animal-based organisation, either in the UK or overseas, and as you’ll still be a student, you can continue to receive student finance, to use Hartpury facilities and you’ll still have a personal tutor to support you every step of the way.

Facilities across the campus support learning in the way only a specialist college can. From Home Farm on our 360-hectare estate, to Cotswold Dog Spa, featuring a canine hydrotherapy pool and water treadmill, applying learning to industry practice is what we are all about.

Laboratory practicals will feature heavily in your programme, particularly in the first year, to develop key skills and enhance your understanding.

A degree with a foundation year is a subject-specific, one year of full-time study at level 0 prior progressing to level 1 on this undergraduate degree. This programme will suit you if you have a minimum of two passes at A level, or another recognised post-GCSE qualification, even if not in the subject areas needed for level 1 of your chosen degree. You can also apply if you did not obtain high enough grades or you don’t have the necessary standard of English. 

How to apply for this course

Entry Requirements

GCSE | A minimum of 5 GCSE A* to C, (or 9 to 4 where numeric grades are being awarded), including English Language and Mathematics

All applications for the Foundation year will be considered individually, however evidence of previous relevant study at level 3 (i.e. A Level, BTEC etc) is required.

We welcome students with equivalent qualifications, including Access and the International Baccalaureate. 

We may interview mature applicants and those with non-traditional qualifications.

Previous learning towards a university-level qualification or relevant work experience may count as credit for this course. Please contact our admissions team.

Why study Animal at Hartpury University Centre?

We work with a range of organisations, including industry bodies and leading companies and charities, in the UK and throughout the world to open doors to incredible opportunities for our students – from exciting work placements to amazing jobs and field trips.

But perhaps the most special thing about Hartpury is that there are many opportunities for our students to gain real world experience on our own specialist campus.

Our Animal students are able to learn about and work with a wide variety of small and large domestic and exotic species – not only with our on-site animal collection but at the farm and in the canine hydrotherapy and equine therapy centres. It’s the best possible preparation for a career in the industry.

You’ll be more than just a number as an animal student at Hartpury University Centre. With small teaching groups and your own personal tutor, your lecturers will support you as an individual to achieve your ambitions, whether that’s working in animal science, welfare and conservation or in animal therapy-related roles.

Plus you’ll be part of a thriving research community, with plentiful opportunities to support staff with their projects and develop your own ideas in a broad range of areas, from animal health to welfare, behaviour and ecology.

Key information

  • Tuition Fees

    Fees for September 2018 entry

    UK: £9,250
    EU fees: Will remain the same as UK students, £9,250
    International: £12,000
    Please contact us to discuss part-time fees 

    EU students starting this course in Sept 2018 will be eligible to apply for UK student loans for the duration of their course. 

  • University Finance

    The cost of studying can quickly mount up and our finance team can offer confidential advice on budgeting, information on bursaries, loans and grants, and help you explore what you are entitled to. For information on everything student finance related, click below. 

    You can contact the office by email studentfinance@hartpury.ac.uk or by phone on 01452 702189 or 01452 702190.

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  • University Accommodation

    Whether it is your first time away from home, or you’re a seasoned traveller, there are options to suit you and your lifestyle while studying at Hartpury. 

    You’ll be part of a vibrant and international community of students of all ages, and from many different cultures, who share their experience of life at university together on one campus.

    We have a variety of options to suit different tastes and budgets. Whether you choose to live on or off campus you’ll get the same high standards of facilities and support. You can check out your options by clicking below. 

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Thinking of postgraduate study at Hartpury?

Hartpury University Centre has an outstanding postgraduate employment history of 100% and is skilled at supporting students to progress both their interests and career aspirations. Offering postgraduate qualifications in Equine, Sport, Animal and Veterinary Physiotherapy, Hartpury provides a unique postgraduate experience.