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Swansea University

Zoology with a Year Abroad

UCAS Code: C301

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

Entry requirements


A level

A,B,B-B,B,B

To include Biology or Human Biology

Pass with Distinction overall to include 24 distinctions (3 in Biology), plus 15 Merits. Only Science based Access course considered (excluding Health Sciences)

We recognise the EPQ as an excellent indicator of success. If you are predicted a grade B or above in the EPQ, you will receive an offer with a one grade reduction, to include your EPQ with a grade B.

International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme

33-32

To include 5 in Higher Level Biology or Human Biology

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

DDD

From Science based BTEC Extended Diploma (excluding Animal Management and Health Science) plus at least one grade B in GCSE Science

ABBCC to include Biology Grade B

Requirements are as for A levels where you can substitute the same non-subject specific grade for the Welsh Baccalaureate Advanced Level Core Grade

UCAS Tariff

120-128

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

100%
Applicants receiving offers

About this course


Course option

4years

Full-time with time abroad | 2019

Subject

Zoology

Zoology involves the study of animal anatomy, evolution, ecology and physiology - helping us understand animal behaviour and identify ways to improve animal welfare, and the BSc Zoology with a Year Abroad will help you to develop the knowledge and skills to open up a range of exciting career opportunities.

You will be taught through a combination of lectures, tutorials, seminars, and discussion groups, supported by practical classes and field courses in various natural local habitats such as the spectacular marine coastal ecosystems, freshwater/wetland environments and terrestrial habitats of Gower.

You will study in our new laboratories within a state-of-the-art £4.2m science lab facility. The £1.3m Visualisation Centre, which displays and manipulates multi-dimensional information from animal tag monitoring, is unique in the world; and we also have a £1.3m purpose-built 18m catamaran-class survey vessel equipped with state-of-the-art survey and research equipment.

Our degrees are accredited by the Royal Society of Biology, and Zoology at Swansea is ranked in the top 5 in the UK for student satisfaction with 98% and top in the UK for student voice (National Student Survey 2017).

We are 16th in the UK for graduate prospects (Complete University Guide 2018) and the course will give you a wide range of specialist and generic skills that can lead to career opportunities around the world. Zoologists play a major role in conservation but are also likely to influence developments in sectors such as agriculture, marine biology, medicine, public health and veterinary science.

You will study in a research-intensive environment - 7th in the UK for Research Excellence (Research Excellence Framework 2014) – and you will learn from academics at the cutting-edge of their fields. Our renowned team includes Professor Rory Wilson, Rolex Laureate and Chief Scientific Consultant behind National Geographic’s Great Migrations, who invented the Daily Diary tag to monitor animal movement and behaviour; and Professor Tariq Butt, who specialises in the bio-control of crops (fungi) and develops products and strategies for pest control.

Our experts advised on the Blue Planet II TV series, and our staff also includes Associate Professor Carole Llewellyn, whose innovative algal research is helping provide solutions to global challenges of climate, human health, bioenergy, food security and industrial biotechnology.

Teaching excels in such an environment and we are 17th in the UK for teaching quality (Times & Sunday Times University Guide 2018). Swansea University is also ranked Gold in the Teaching Excellence Framework, the highest ranking for teaching in universities.

You will spend the third of your four years at one of our partner institutions abroad. This is a marvellous opportunity to experience a different culture and, depending on the destination, to develop valuable language skills.

“My dissertation looked at the occurrence of freshwater invertebrates in otter spraint; research that lead to an article in The Biologist. I was a member of the Swansea Ecology Research Team (SERT). I then went on to work there producing reliable baseline data on freshwater invertebrates, and helped train undergraduates in freshwater survey techniques and identification.”
- Rachel Taylor, Zoology graduate

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Modules

Year 1: 8 compulsory modules. Year 2: 5 compulsory modules plus 3 or four options from a list of 6. Year 3: 5 compulsory modules, including a research project, plus 3 or 4 options from a list of 10.A total of 120 credits of modules must be pursued each year.

Assessment methods

You will be taught through a combination of lectures, tutorials, seminars and discussion groups supported by practical classes and field courses. You will be assessed through a variety of methods, including examinations, coursework and a practical research project.

The Uni


Course location:

Singleton Park Campus

Department:

College of Science

TEF rating:

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What students say


We've crunched the numbers to see if overall student satisfaction here is high, medium or low compared to students studying this subject(s) at other universities.

89%
high
Zoology

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

Teaching and learning

97%
Staff make the subject interesting
95%
Staff are good at explaining things
92%
Ideas and concepts are explored in-depth
89%
Opportunities to apply what I've learned

Assessment and feedback

Feedback on work has been timely
Feedback on work has been helpful
Staff are contactable when needed
Good advice available when making study choices

Resources and organisation

87%
Library resources
89%
IT resources
89%
Course specific equipment and facilities
92%
Course is well organised and has run smoothly

Student voice

Staff value students' opinions

Who studies this subject and how do they get on?

93%
UK students
7%
International students
41%
Male students
59%
Female students
67%
2:1 or above
0%
Drop out rate

Most popular A-Levels studied (and grade achieved)

C
C
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.

£17,200
low
Average annual salary
100%
high
Employed or in further education
99%
med
Employed in a role where degree was essential or beneficial

Top job areas of graduates

13%
Sales assistants and retail cashiers
10%
Conservation and environmental associate professionals
10%
Food preparation and hospitality trades
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.

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