UCAS code:
D326

Course type:
Undergraduate

BSc Zoology Top-up

Immerse yourself in the theory and practical application of zoology, ready for a career caring for and conserving animal life.

Top-up your existing qualifications to a full BSc degree in one year. Immerse yourself in the theory and practical application of zoology, ready for a career caring for and conserving animal life. Explore a range of subjects within animal health, behaviour, ecology and conservation.

This degree provides a fantastic opportunity for you to study a range of zoological disciplines, building on knowledge you have gained in your previous studies. You can study how animals learn, how zoos contribute to conservation, how disease spreads through wildlife populations and much more. You’ll have the undertake your own research project, during which you can make use of our laboratories as well as with different animals both on and off campus including exotics, domestics, invertebrates, livestock and wildlife. You could study animals in our Walled Animal Garden, home to meerkats, prairie dogs and our giant Sulcata in the new tortoise enclosure, plus our reptile rooms, aviaries, an orchard paddock, and equine and livestock centres.

The course offers a variety of modules, including Wildlife Management and Conservation Genetics, Biodiversity and Conservation, Advanced Animal Microbiology, Anthrozoology, Epidemiology and Animal Psychology.

An important part of your course is your research project. Draw on your own experience and interests to develop your own research question to explore. Advance your research skills and delve deeper into an area you’re passionate about. External partners, including West Midlands Safari Park, Cotswold Wildlife Park, Gloucester City Council, Operation Wallacea and Vale Wildlife Hospital have supported our students with their projects in recent years. You could follow in the footsteps of many of our students who have published their research with our lecturers and presented research at national and international conferences.

Industry opportunities

We have strong industry connections, and host regular guest lectures as well as professionals undertaking practical demonstrations, which will be integrated into your modules. Visits to a range of animal-based facilities will be offered, including an optional residential trip to Paignton Zoo, to support practical understanding and industry connections. Depending on your module choices, you could go on a trip to the Guide Dogs for the Blind Association breeding centre, amongst others.

This course is ideal for those who...

Are passionate about all aspects of zoology looking to advance existing qualifications and experience into a full BSc degree, ready to move into  fulfilling roles within charities, government agencies, conservation organisations and wildlife centres.

Learning and assessment

You’ll be assessed through a mixture of written exams, oral 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
  • Pharmaceuticals
  • Animal health and welfare
  • Animal education and outreach
How to apply for this course

Course Duration

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

Entry Requirements

A pass at Foundation Degree or HND in a zoology, ecology, conservation or animal science subject. Applicants will generally be required to attend an interview to discuss the content of their prior qualification, particularly regarding the amount of ecology/conservation related material covered to ensure suitability.

We welcome students with equivalent qualifications.

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

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.

How to apply

Apply online

If you want to apply for an undergraduate, full-time course at Hartpury University, you’ll need to apply through the Universities and Colleges Admissions Service (UCAS) here using the course code that you will find on the course page in our website.

The 'Apply' pages of the UCAS website give detailed guidance on completing your application and what happens after you apply so please read it carefully. It is important to ensure that all sections of the application are completed, paying particular attention to the qualifications, personal statement and reference sections.

The institution code for Hartpury is H22.

Apply at the UCAS website

If you want to study a degree on a part-time basis, you need to apply directly to Hartpury. Complete the part-time application form and send it back to us by either:

Scanning and emailing to admissions@hartpury.ac.uk

Faxing a copy to 01452 700629

Posting it to Admissions, Hartpury University, Hartpury, Glos, GL19 3BE

If you want to apply for an undergraduate, full-time course at Hartpury University, you’ll need to apply through the Universities and Colleges Admissions Service (UCAS) here using the course code that you will find on the course page in our website.

The 'Apply' pages of the UCAS website give detailed guidance on completing your application and what happens after you apply so please read it carefully. It is important to ensure that all sections of the application are completed, paying particular attention to the qualifications, personal statement and reference sections.

The institution code for Hartpury is H22.

Apply at the UCAS website

If you want to study a degree on a part-time basis, you need to apply directly to Hartpury. Complete the part-time application form and send it back to us by either:

Scanning and emailing to admissions@hartpury.ac.uk

Faxing a copy to 01452 700629

Posting it to Admissions, Hartpury University, Hartpury, Glos, GL19 3BE

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