University of Cumbria has opted into the TEF and received a Bronze award.
Live, study and research surrounded by British endangered and protected species such as golden eagles, ospreys, red squirrel, Natterjack toad and red deer. Plus, a range of ecosystems and habitats that no other university can offer. 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 If you want to become a zoologist, then what better place than surrounded by the unique and ecologically diverse habitats of the Lake District, the Pennines and the Solway Firth as your outdoor classroom? You’ll 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.
- Train in wildlife monitoring techniques with the kit used by professionals (which you can borrow to pursue your own interests)
- Study in stunning new laboratories with cutting-edge technology and methods used throughout the professional world
- Learn from academic tutors who are active zoologists and vets with close links to the industry, and internationally-renowned researchers
- 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
- Take part in exciting placements, studying anything from brown bears to snow leopards and dolphins
- 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
- 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
- Practical-focused course so most of the time you’ll be doing zoology hands-on (for example only 10% of the assessment in 1st year is by written exam)
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.
How to apply
If your application is completed by the following date, it’s guaranteed to be considered:
15 January*If you apply after this deadline, universities or colleges don’t have to consider your application if they’ve filled their spaces, so the sooner you apply, the better!
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|Campus name||Carlisle - Fusehill Street|
Points of entry
The following entry points are available for this course:
- Year 1
|UCAS Tariff||96 - 112 points||Must include A'level Biology at grade C or equivalent.|
|A level||CCC - BBC|
|Pearson BTEC Level 3 National Extended Diploma (first teaching from September 2016)||MMM - DMM|
|Access to HE Diploma||D: 15 credits M: 30 credits||Must pass all 60 credits, 45 at level 3|
|Scottish Higher||BBCC - ABBB|
GCSE English, Maths and Science at grade C/4
Fees and funding
|Northern Ireland||£9250||Year 1|