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BSc (Hons) Zoology (with Foundation Year)

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Immerse yourself in the practical application of zoology, studying the science behind how animals function and interact with their environment. Progress into degree-level study through a Foundation year. Work with a range of animals on site including dogs, horses, exotic species and livestock. Graduate ready to progress into employment or further study.

This Foundation Year pathway provides an alternative route for degree-level study. It’s ideal for those who need to gain subject-specific knowledge and skills in order to progress. You’ll develop academic skills, subject content and undertake a short internship on our rural campus, to give you an ideal start to university life.

Explore a range of zoology-related subjects before tailoring your studies to suit your interests and career goals. You’ll be able to experience international conservation and fieldwork as part of an exciting field trip to Mankwe Wildlife Reserve, South Africa.

This degree provides a fantastic opportunity for you to study a range of zoology-related subjects. You’ll work in our labs as well as with different animals both on and off campus – exotics, domestics, invertebrates, livestock and wildlife. The course offers a variety of modules, with topics including biodiversity, animal behaviour, welfare, ethics, animal psychology, animal health and disease, conservation, nutrition and anthrozoology. As you progress through your course you’ll develop your own areas of specialism, gaining skills and experience ready for your chosen career path.

Industry opportunities

You’ll be able to gain experience in industry throughout the course, most specifically in the optional placement year: Students have recently gained professional experience in the UK as well as in New Zealand, the Seychelles, and Kenya through this. We’ll support you to gain a voluntary role during your studies to help prepare you for your career, and promote a variety of opportunities for you to travel. Our students gain work and research experience in our on-site facilities, as well as at nature reserves, animal rescue centres, zoos and wildlife parks. We have strong industry connections, and host regular guest lectures as well as professionals undertaking practical demonstrations. Visits to a range of animal-based facilities will be offered throughout the course to support practical understanding and industry connections.

This course is ideal for those who...

Are passionate about all aspects of zoology and want to make a difference through practical conservation and research.


This programme is comprised of different modules, which focus on a variety of different subjects. The modular structure of the programme gives you flexibility and choice and you can attend introductory sessions for optional modules before having to finally decide which ones you wish to study. The first year will be made up of a broad range of topics, before specialising in optional modules as you progress.

Learning and assessment

You will be assessed through a mixture of written exams, practical exams and coursework. Many of the modules will be marked based on a mixture of assessment types, whilst others will be based solely on one type of assessment.

Graduate destinations

As a zoology graduate, you may go on to work in zoos, aquariums, wildlife parks, animal rescues, laboratories, conservation organisations or welfare centres. Studying a zoology degree will also give you the transferable skills you need for other graduate careers. Recent graduate destinations from our animal-based courses have included:

  • Zoos and wildlife centres
  • Animal charities and rescue centres
  • Animal nutrition advisers
  • Pharmaceuticals researchers
  • Animal health and welfare advisers
  • Animal education and outreach officers

Is there an integrated placement year option?

Four years full-time (five years with integrated placement year)
How to apply for this course

Course Duration

4 Year
4 Year course
Course type:
Full Time
Part-time study options available

Entry Requirements

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

A Level | Typical offer is DD-EE or equivalent. This must  include a minimum of one A Level.

Vocational awards | Typical offer is a PPP in an Extended Diploma or equivalent in a relevant subject

All applications for the Foundation year will be considered individually.

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?

As a Hartpury animal student, you'll benefit from and get involved with the latest scientific research. You'll work with research-active lecturers to help solve real-world issues. Our students co-author papers and present at national and international conferences.

You'll benefit from access to over 70 domestic and non-domestic species on campus. There aren’t many places that you’ll have access to invertebrates, reptiles, livestock and exotic species.

Key information

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  • University accommodation

    At Hartpury you could choose to live on campus surrounded by Gloucestershire’s beautiful countryside or off campus in the heart of Gloucester City centre.

    Whichever option you go for, you’ll get the best of both worlds.

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