University of Reading

Degree level: Undergraduate

Zoology with Foundation

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Course summary

If you would like a future working with animals, this BSc Zoology with Foundation degree offers the perfect route into a wide range of careers. Are you keen to take our BSc Zoology course but haven't taken the necessary A level subjects? Our BSc Animal Science with Foundation is a four-year programme that includes a year of foundational study and leads directly into the three-year course. Zoology is the science of animals. Whether you’re passionate about one particular group of animals, or love the subject as a whole, our enthusiastic academics will help you get the most out of this degree. Following your foundation year, you will have the opportunity to select optional modules to follow your specific interests in this vast and fascinating area of study. You study animal life at all levels, from the simplest forms through to birds and mammals. You will learn about populations and ecosystems, animal behaviour, evolution, biodiversity and conservation. In your third year we run unique field courses to a variety of locations across Europe and beyond. In our Tropical Zoology field course, you can learn first-hand about the amazing wildlife in locations such as the Galapagos Islands, Borneo or Madagascar. The costs of these trips are not included, although all are subsidised. In the final year, you can complete a cutting-edge research project under expert supervision, either in the field or the lab – an opportunity that is no longer offered in many universities. We arrange projects on a wide range of animals including urban mammals such as hedgehogs and foxes, red kites, insects and pond or fresh-water animals. We also offer projects on animals in zoos. We achieved an overall student satisfaction score of 96% in the National Student Survey 2019 in BSc Zoology Our new £60m Health and Life Sciences building will open in 2020. As the new home of the School of Biological Sciences, it will offer state-of-the-art research and teaching laboratories, seminar rooms, and plenty of study and social space, including a café. The building will also house the Cole Museum of Zoology. The collection, featuring over 3,500 natural history specimens, provides a fantastic resource for biological scientists and the wider community. The Museum is used extensively in teaching in zoology, and provides you with unique opportunities to develop hands-on skills in taxonomy and natural history conservation. You can volunteer at the museum and receive training in natural Our degree offers placement opportunities, either as a one-year option or as a short summer module. You can undertake placements across the UK and also around the world. Previously, students have completed placements in regions as diverse as Canada, New Zealand, the Azores and Iceland. You will receive advice and support to find your ideal placement. Recent placements have included assisting at nature reserves, the RSPCA Reptile Rescue, Defence Science and Technology Laboratory (Dstl) and Longleat Safari Park. You can also volunteer at the Cole Museum of Zoology and receive training in natural history curation. Careers Our Zoology graduates enter a variety of careers in the biological sciences, including jobs in conservation, animal welfare, education, consultancy, pharmaceuticals, agriculture, the civil service and other public bodies such as local government conservation units and animal charities. Overall, 90% of our graduates are in employment or further study within six months of graduating (Destinations of Leavers from Higher Education (DLHE) survey, 2016/17). This may require some form of postgraduate training (PGCE, MSc, PhD), and we run two very successful MSc courses: Wildlife Management and Conservation, and Species Identification and Survey Skills. All our graduates are eligible for membership of the Society of Biology and can apply for Chartered Biologist status.

Course details

Modules

  • Biology
  • Chemistry
  • Scientific calculations
* Key skills and scientific concepts


How to apply

Application codes

Course code:
C301
Institution code:
R12
Campus name:
Main Site
Campus code:
-

Points of entry

The following entry points are available for this course:

  • Foundation

Entry requirements

Qualification requirements

Contextual offers for this programme are typically two grades beneath our standard entry requirement, e.g. CDD - BCC.


English language requirements

TestGradeAdditional details
IELTS (Academic)6.5We require a minimum score of 6.5 overall with at least 5.5 in each element of the test (Listening, Speaking, Reading and Writing).
TOEFL (iBT)88We require a minimum score of 88 overall with no less than 17 in Listening and Writing, 18 in Reading and 20 in Speaking.
Cambridge English AdvancedBWe require a grade B or a score of 176 overall with no element less than 162.
Cambridge English ProficiencyCWe require a grade C or a score of 176 overall with no element less than 162.
PTE Academic69We require a minimum score of 69 overall with at least 59 in each element of the test (Listening, Speaking, Reading and Writing).
Institution's Own TestTest of English for Educational Purposes (TEEP). We require a minimum score of 6.5 overall with at least 5.5 in each element of the test (Listening, Speaking, Reading and Writing).
Trinity ISEMeritWe require a Merit in each element from ISE II. If you take ISE III or ISE IV, we require a Pass in each element.

Full list of acceptable English Language Tests

http://www.reading.ac.uk/ad-EnglishTests.aspx


Unistats information

Operated by the Office for Students
84%
Student satisfaction
50%
Employment after 15 months (Most common jobs)
85%
Go onto work and study

The student satisfaction data is from students surveyed during the Covid-19 pandemic. The number of student respondents and response rates can be important in interpreting the data – it is important to note your experience may be different from theirs. This data will be based on the subject area rather than the specific course. Read more about this data on the Discover Uni website.

Fees and funding

Tuition fees

England £9250 Year 1
Northern Ireland £9250 Year 1
Scotland £9250 Year 1
Wales £9250 Year 1
Channel Islands £9250 Year 1
Republic of Ireland £9250 Year 1
EU £23700 Year 1
International £23700 Year 1

Additional fee information

No additional fees or cost information has been supplied for this course, please contact the provider directly.
Zoology with Foundation at University of Reading - UCAS