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Royal Holloway, University of London

Zoology

UCAS Code: C300

Bachelor of Science (with Honours) - BSc (Hons)

Entry requirements


A level

A,B,B-B,B,B

Where an applicant is taking the EPQ alongside A-levels, the EPQ will be taken into consideration and result in lower A-level grades being required. Socio-economics factors which may have impacted an applicant's education will be taken into consideration and alternative offers may be made to these applicants. Required subject: Biology, plus a Pass in the practical element

Access to HE Diploma

D:24,M:21

Including all Biology units at Distinction. Please note that the Access to Higher Education Diploma will only be acceptable if the applicant has had a considerable break from education

Applicants with the Cambridge Pre-U are strongly encouraged to apply to Royal Holloway. Offers will be made on the basis of equivalent A-Level grades as can be found on the Royal Holloway website.

GCSE/National 4/National 5

We require at least five GCSEs at grade A*-C or 9 - 4 including English and Mathematics.

International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme

32

5,5,5 at Higher Level including Biology, with a minimum of 32 points overall.

Leaving Certificate - Higher Level (Ireland) (first awarded in 2017)

H2,H2,H3,H3,H3

Including Biology.

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

DD

In Applied Science plus grade B in A-level Biology. A Pass is required in the practical element of all Science A-levels taken

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

D

Plus A-levels grade BB including Biology. A Pass is required in the practical element of all Science A-levels taken.

Scottish Advanced Higher

A,B,B-B,B,B

Including Biology

Scottish Higher

A,A,B,B,B

Including Biology

Requirements are as for A-levels where one non-subject-specified A-level can be replaced by the same grade in the Welsh Baccalaureate - Advanced Skills Challenge Certificate.

UCAS Tariff

120-152

We've calculated how many Ucas points you'll need for this course.

83%
Applicants receiving offers

About this course


Course option

3years

Full-time | 2019

Subject

Zoology

It’s hard not to marvel at the diversity of the natural world. From the smallest insect to the largest mammal, Zoology at Royal Holloway, University of London explores how each and every creature has a role to play in the ecology of our planet.

The programme examines animal evolution, physiology and diversity, developing your understanding of how animals behave, how they function and how they interact with their environments. A combination of field and lab-based learning lets you make the most of our state-of-the-art mass spectrometry, proteomics and metabolomics facilities, while our marine and freshwater aquaria, glasshouses and plant and animal cell culture facilities mean you can study a diverse range of animal specimens.

Nearby sites of national scientific importance including Windsor Great Park, Box Hill and Chobham Common give you access to biodiverse habitats ideal for fieldwork, while a flexible programme structure lets you choose from a range of courses to personalise your learning experience in years 2 and 3.

The Royal Holloway School of Biological Sciences was ranked 25th in the UK for influential research output by the Research Excellence Framework (REF) 2014, and you’ll become a part of this renowned research culture as you complete your third year research project. Zoology students join a friendly, welcoming learning environment with a high staff-to-student ratio, allowing for small group and even one-on-one tuition to maximise your learning.

The transferable skills you’ll learn studying Zoology will make you an attractive prospect to employers in a range of sectors, helping you to join Royal Holloway alumni in areas including environmental monitoring and practical conservation.

+ Use state-of-the-art equipment, with a recent £16 million investment in sophisticated bioinformatics, mass spectrometry and protein and gene sequencing equipment.

+ On-site marine and freshwater aquaria, glasshouses and plant and animal cell culture facilities for rewarding independent study.

+ Take part in world-class research led by renowned academics, with 76% of our Biological Sciences research ranked world-leading and internationally excellent.

+ Join a close-knit and supportive learning community with a high staff-to- student ratio.

+ Conduct a lab-based research project in your third year and experience our renowned research culture.

+ Graduate with a Royal Society of Biology accredited degree.

Modules

Please refer to our website for information:
www.royalholloway.ac.uk/courses/undergraduate/biological-sciences/zoology.aspx

Assessment methods

Your course will be assessed by a combination of examinations and in-course assignments in the form of essays or presentations.

Tuition fees

Select where you currently live to see what you'll pay:

Channel Islands
£9,250
per year
England
£9,250
per year
EU
£9,250
per year
International
£19,400
per year
Northern Ireland
£9,250
per year
Scotland
£9,250
per year
Wales
£9,250
per year

The Uni


Course location:

Royal Holloway, University of London

Department:

Biological Sciences

TEF rating:

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What students say


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

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This is usually because there were too few respondents in the data we receive to be able to provide results about the subject at this university.


Who studies this subject and how do they get on?

94%
UK students
6%
International students
23%
Male students
77%
Female students
75%
2:1 or above
13%
Drop out rate

Most popular A-Levels studied (and grade achieved)

B
B
B

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.

£21,000
high
Average annual salary
100%
high
Employed or in further education
100%
med
Employed in a role where degree was essential or beneficial

Top job areas of graduates

12%
Natural and social science professionals
12%
Animal care and control services
12%
Other elementary services occupations
What do graduate employment figures really tell you?

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.

Zoology

The graph shows median earnings of graduates who achieved a degree in this subject area one, three and five years after graduating from here.

£16k

£16k

£25k

£25k

£26k

£26k

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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