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University of Cumbria

Zoology

UCAS Code: 4T67

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

Entry requirements


A level

C,C,C-B,B,C

Access to HE Diploma

D:15,M:30

Must pass all 60 credits, 45 at level 3

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

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Scottish Higher

B,B,C,C-A,B,B,B

UCAS Tariff

96-112

Must include A'level Biology at grade C or equivalent.

100%
Applicants receiving offers

About this course


Course option

3years

Full-time | 2018

Subject

Zoology

If you want to become a zoologist, then what better places than surrounded by the unique and ecologically diverse habitats of the Lake District, the Pennines and the Solway Firth as your outdoor classroom?Our course - designed by professional zoologists in consultation with wildlife trusts, consultants and Government bodies will boost your hands-on skills and teach you everything you need to become a professional in the field.**Why Choose University of Cumbria**Youll get an excellent understanding of British wildlife and the pressures it faces, because we are one of the few courses where you can become an expert in its identification a skill which is in great demand with potential employers.Live, study and research surrounded by British endangered and protected species such as golden eagle, ospreys, red squirrel, natterjack toad and red deer. Plus, a range of ecosystems and habitats that no other university can offer.- Study in stunning new laboratories with cutting-edge technology and methods used throughout the professional world- Train in wildlife monitoring techniques using industry-standard kit (which you can borrow to pursue your own interests)- The opportunity to do voluntary work alongside organisations such as Cumbria Wildlife Trust, to boost your CV and gain hands-on experience with a wide range of species e.g. adders, dragonflies, butterflies and birds- Our strong links with animal and wildlife conservation organisations in the UK and abroad provide you with excellent work placements, volunteering opportunities and job prospects- Tutors lead internationally-renowned research, which informs your teaching- Taught by academic tutors who are active zoologists and vets with close links to the industry- Conduct your own research in Africa and the UK (you can also get involved in academic tutors' scientific studies!)- Field work opportunity to the Gambia to work with critically endangered species- Exciting placements studying anything from brown bears to snow leopards and dolphins- Practical-focused course so most of the time youll be doing zoology hands-on (for example only 10% of the assessment in 1st year is by written exam)Youll be located in the historic city of Carlisle within easy reach of the Lake District National Park - now a UNESCO World Heritage Site - the Pennines, the internationally-renowned Solway Firth and mountains of Southern Scotland. So, you can explore and research around our unique location to your hearts content.Even the Carlisle campus gives you inspiration with the River Eden and its tributaries less than 500m away with breeding otters, kingfishers, osprey, salmon and lampreys. The site is so rich it is recognised as a Special Protected Area in European legislation and a SSSI in the UK.If you aspire to be a zoologist, this course will enable you to do just that.

Modules

The first year covers molecular and cellular biology; evolution and biodiversity, animal form and function; bio-measurement; field skills and conservation practice. In the second year you learn professional-standard survey and research techniques which you put into practice during a fieldwork module, currently delivered in West Africa. You are also introduced to vertebrate and invertebrate biology; studies of animal behaviour; population and community ecology; biodiversity monitoring and a range of optional modules, including parasitology; Geographical Information Systems and genetics in a conservation context. In the third taught year you undertake a year-long research project in addition to this, you choose from a range of specialist modules from a selection which includes Topics in Wildlife Conservation; Population Ecology and Wildlife Management; Science Communication; GIS and Remote Sensing; Applied Field Studies; Wildlife Management and Conservation and Creating Sustainable Envs.

Tuition fees

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England
£9,250
per year
EU
£9,250
per year
International
£10,500
per year
Northern Ireland
£9,250
per year
Scotland
£9,250
per year
Wales
£9,250
per year

The Uni


Course location:

Carlisle - Fusehill Street

Department:

Forestry and Outdoors

TEF rating:

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What students say


How do students rate their degree experience?

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Who studies this subject and how do they get on?

100%
UK students
0%
International students
43%
Male students
57%
Female students
47%
2:1 or above
22%
Drop out rate

Most popular A-Levels studied (and grade achieved)

B
B
D

After graduation


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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.

£16,000
low
Average annual salary
97%
med
Employed or in further education
100%
med
Employed in a role where degree was essential or beneficial

Top job areas of graduates

22%
Sports and fitness occupations
19%
Therapy professionals
13%
Sales assistants and retail cashiers
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.

£15k

£15k

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£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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