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BSc (Hons)

Zoology (Level 6 Entry)

UCAS Code: D326

Typical offer: A pass at Foundation Degree or HND in animal science or management related subject.

Duration: 1 year full time; part-time available

Awarding body: Hartpury University

Apply for this course here: https://www.hartpury.ac.uk/university/courses/undergraduate/bsc-zoology-level-6-entry/bsc-zoology-level-6-entry-2022/

Overview

Course overview

Immerse yourself in the theory and practical application of zoology, for a fulfilling career conserving the biodiversity of our planet and protecting animal species across the globe.

Top-up your existing qualification to a full BSc degree, ready to launch your career in the conservation and zoology sector.

You’ll apply existing knowledge to explore how human activity affects animal populations, how zoos contribute to conservation, how animals learn and much more. See the impact of conservation first-hand on a residential field course with a UK zoo.

Learn from experienced animal scientists, conservationists and industry practitioners to develop industry-standard skills and understand how zoology applies in the real world.

As part of your top-up, you’ll undertake an independent research project. You can use our animal facilities or work with an industry partner, such as a zoo, conservation charity or welfare organisation.

Our fantastic on site facilities include a range of laboratories, a 70-species Animal Collection, and commercial animal therapy centres to develop your experience. Our 360-hectare estate is ideal for learning a range of survey techniques and for studying British wildlife.

How to apply Contact us: +44 (0)1452 702244

What you'll study

What you'll study

This course builds on the knowledge you have gained in previous studies, to reach the level of a BSc (Hons) degree.

This course is comprised of both compulsory and optional modules, which you'll be able to choose from to suit your interests and career goals. Optional modules change each year in line with student, industry and research demands - you'll find recent topics studied below. You can attend introductory sessions for optional modules before deciding which ones to study.

Level six (year one)

You’ll explore the real-world impact of conservation action, both in the wild and in captivity, and include contact with zoos, nature reserves and industry experts. You’ll draw on the knowledge you’ve gained during your previous studies, in the areas of animal behaviour, ecology, biodiversity, evolution and biological principles.

Dissertation research project

You’ll undertake a research project with one-to-one support from an academic. Utilise our on-site animal facilities or work with an industry partner to ensure your project is addressing a real-world issue. Our students have worked with West Midlands Safari Park, Cotswold Wildlife Park, Gloucester City Council, Operation Wallacea and Vale Wildlife Hospital. You’ll have an investigative skills module, which will help you to develop the research skills you need to succeed.

You could present your research at a national or international conference, or get your work published in peer-reviewed academic press.

Compulsory modules

Prepare for undertaking a research project.

Independent research and analysis in an animal-related field with one-to-one support from an academic. Utilise our on-site animal facilities or work with an industry partner to ensure your project is addressing a real-world issue. Our students have worked with West Midlands Safari Park, Cotswold Wildlife Park, Gloucester City Council, Operation Wallacea and Vale Wildlife Hospital. You’ll have an investigative skills module, which will help you to develop the research skills you need to succeed.

You could present your research at a national or international conference, or get your work published in peer-reviewed academic press.

Work with a UK zoo to explore the application of biology to the practical zoo environment through a residential trip. Explore topics such as wildlife reintroduction and breeding for conservation.

Build on existing knowledge to examine global patterns of biodiversity, the processes that  determine diversity and the causes of biodiversity declines. Critically analyse conservation methods in protecting nature.

Optional modules

Optional modules change each year in line with student, industry and research demands.

Recent modules have included advanced animal microbiology, anthrozoology and animal psychology. You can attend introductory sessions for optional modules before deciding which ones to study. 

Please visit our document library for more module information.

Further module information

How you'll study

How you'll study

We're committed to supporting you to fulfil your unique potential, which is why you'll receive a minimum of 15 hours of scheduled teaching time per week - this is 25% above the UK average.

Your support network

You'll benefit from a strong support network from day one to be the best you can be. This will range from your personal tutor and specialist academic support team (our Achievement and Success Centre) to dedicated wellbeing and employability (Innovation, Careers and Enterprise) centres.

Your learning experiences

You'll experience a range of teaching methods to strengthen your digestion of topics, including lectures, workshops and practical sessions, as well as supported work placement learning as part of many courses.

Your career

Each year of your course will be made up of two semesters, within which you’ll study compulsory and optional modules on different industry-focused topics, enabling you to develop your own unique portfolio of knowledge, skills and experience, ready for your career.

Further details

You’ll have your own personal tutor while you’re here who will support you to succeed in your studies. You’ll also have access to our academic and wellbeing support teams who run regular workshops and one-to-one sessions on campus and online.

Alongside this, we have a comprehensive bank of online study skills resources to help you make the most of your qualification.

Through the completion of modules, you’ll gain academic credit that accumulates towards your final award. Your degree classification will be calculated from grades in your Level 6 top-up year.

The programme is made up of scheduled learning, including lectures and seminars, alongside independent learning, including preparing for assignments and exams, wider reading and tasks to prepare for scheduled learning. You’ll be expected to study for two–three hours independently for each hour in scheduled learning. The course is taught in English.

YearContact learningPlacement learningIndependent learning
Level six (year one)22%0%78%

Scheduled contact time will vary depending on the modules you select but is typically around 12 hours per week. You’ll also have tutorials with your academic tutor and research supervisor to monitor progress and address problems.

You will be assessed through a mixture of written exams, practical exams and written assignments. 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. Feedback will be given via a mixture of written bullet point-style feedback and/or oral feedback.

YearWritten examPractical examCoursework
Level six (year one)38%7%55%

This course is taught over two semesters, normally consisting of 12 weeks of scheduled teaching and then assessment weeks, with an overview below:

  • Scheduled teaching takes place between 8:30 to 20:30 Monday to Friday
  • Wednesday afternoons are normally reserved for sports and cultural activities
  • Work placements may entail different days and hours
  • Part-time students may need to attend learning activities five days each week, depending on modules selected
  • Timetables are available during enrolment week

Employability

Your career

Industry opportunities on this course are diverse to ensure you develop the skills, experience and connections needed for your graduate career. Many of our students secure graduate roles with their work placement employers.

Field trips and guest lecturers

There is a residential field trip to a UK zoo, which is part of a core module. You’ll explore all aspects of captive-based conservation, including zoo husbandry, reintroduction breeding and conservation education.

Day-long field trips are run throughout the programme. Previously, these have included Cotswold Wildlife Park, Guide Dogs’ Breeding Centre and Bristol Aquarium amongst others.

Recent guest speakers have included zookeepers, conservationists, and sustainability experts in a variety of different optional modules.

Graduate destinations

As a Zoology graduate you may go on to work in zoos, aquariums, wildlife parks, or rescue, conservation or welfare centres. You’ll also have the transferable skills you need for other graduate careers. Our careers team can support you to find and prepare to secure your perfect role. Recent graduate destinations have included:

  • Instructor, Guide Dogs for the Blind
  • Animal Welfare Assistant, Blue Cross
  • Editorial Assistant, BSAVA
  • Zookeeper, Bristol Zoo
  • Guest Experience Manager, Bristol Aquarium
  • Postgraduate Study - MRes Animal Behaviour and Welfare, MRes Anthrozoology

Facilities

World-class facilities

You’ll have access to a diverse range of facilities while you’re here, many of which are newly built and world class. Alongside lecture halls and workshop spaces, these include:

Laboratories

A range of specialist laboratories supporting animal microbiology, dissection, microscopy and animal health-related analysis.

Animal Collection

The collection is housed in a specialist reptile and aquatics facility, the walled garden and the paddocks. Over 70 different species reside on campus including meerkats, prairie dogs, skunks, rabbits, rodents, and tortoises. You’ll use these facilities to develop practical skills in animal handling and study behaviour, nutrition and health amongst other aspects of applied zoology learnt in lectures. Additional flexible handling sessions are offered by the academic team, if you’re looking to further develop your skills.

360-hectare estate

The Hartpury estate is home to a wide range of British wildlife species, on mixed commercial farmland. Badgers, foxes, hedgehogs, great crested newts, deer and at least four species of bat have all been recorded recently.

Commercial Farm

The farm houses cattle, sheep and pigs, under contract for a range of major food suppliers. You can complete volunteering and work experience, participating in lambing, calving and milking.

Equine Centre

With stabling for 250 horses, indoor and outdoor arenas and a cross country course the equine centre provides an opportunity to study equine behaviour, management and performance.

Canine and Equine Therapy Centres

These commercial facilities host students on work placement and during research projects to gain experience working with real clients, to understand how hydrotherapy, physiotherapy and other techniques can address recovery from illness or injury or manage fitness and weight in domestic species.

Entry requirements

Entry requirements

  • A pass at Foundation Degree or HND in animal science or management related subject.

  • Direct entry into Level 6 can be subject to interview and approval of prior content covered in evolution, ecology and general conservation biology principles.

  • We may interview mature applicants and those with non-traditional qualifications to ensure this is the right course for you.

  • We welcome students with equivalent qualifications. Please contact us to discuss.

  • We may interview mature applicants and those with non-traditional qualifications to ensure this is the right course for you.

  • Please contact us for further information:

Fees and funding

Tuition fees and financial support

Please visit our student finance page for information on tuition fees and student loans, as well as non-repayable grants, bursaries and scholarships, eligible to different groups, to support with study costs.

Below, you'll find extra costs associated with studying this course.

Clothing and footwear (circa £100)

If you would like to take part in additional handling sessions you’ll need to purchase appropriate clothing and footwear. We’ll let you know exactly what you need to purchase in your enrolment guide – everything is available from our supplier’s online shop for approximately £100. These items are not required for taught modules on this course.

Field trips (up to circa £150)

Many field trips are included in the course fees,  however, the following residential trip does include an additional cost:

  • Core module: Wildlife Management and Conservation Genetics. This includes a compulsory residential trip to a UK zoo, costing around £150 to cover accommodation and food. All taught components and access to facilities is covered by the university.

Accommodation and living costs

Please visit our student accommodation page for details.

Do what you love

We have some of the best teaching in the UK thanks to our TEF Gold award, we're second in the UK for job prospects (WhatUni Awards) and 98% of our graduates are in employment or further study within six months (HESA 2018).

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Get in touch

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Important information

Every effort has been made to ensure the accuracy of our published course information, however our programmes are reviewed and developed regularly. Changes or cancellation of courses may be necessary to ensure alignment with emerging employment areas, to comply with accrediting body requirements, revisions to subject benchmark statements or as a result of student feedback. We reserve the right to make necessary changes and will notify all offer-holders of changes as and when they occur.

*Reflects activities after 15 months for those who graduated in 2019.