Our four-year Society of Biology-recognised course is ideal if you don’t have the qualifications for our BSc (Hons) in Zoology. The foundation year gives you a really good grounding in science, and then you’ll join our BSc course. After that, the world’s your oyster (or zebra, lynx or yak). Zoology studies animals, ranging from invertebrate biology to vertebrate physiology, ecology and behaviour. It’s connected to subjects like cell biology and genetics. You could specialise in areas such as animal behaviour, wildlife biology or ecology and conservation. In your foundation year you’ll cover a broad range of subjects including biology, chemistry and maths, helping you to prepare for higher-level study. You’ll then move on to the first year of our BSc (Hons) in Zoology. Field work is an important part of zoology. It’s a practical subject and we’ll give you plenty of opportunities to learn and practise both in the lab and the field. In your third year you’ll take a week-long field trip to north Devon to experience both marine and terrestrial zoology, the costs of which are included in your course fees. On our optional field trips you might experience rutting red deer on the island of Rum; marine biology in Scotland; world-class zoos in the Netherlands; wildlife and ecology in Africa; and diving and marine biology overseas. You’ll need to pay for these optional trips. Cambridge is a world centre for wildlife conservation, with several significant international organisations based here. You’ll have opportunities to attend lectures and visit specialist museums and libraries in the city. If you’re interested in captive animal behaviour, you can access the facilities at the College of West Anglia, Cambridge. Our Zoology course is recognised by the Society of Biology's degree-recognition scheme.
Year 1: Core modules Interactive Learning Skills and Communication Information and Communication Technology Critical Thinking Maths for Scientists Cellular Biology Biology – Physiology Chemistry Physics for Life Scientists Year 2: Core modules Animal Physiology and Behaviour Introduction to Ecology and Conservation Principles of Biology Quantitative Techniques and Tools for Biologists Personal and Professional Development - Level 4 Year 3: Core modules Invertebrate Biology Vertebrate Biology Principles of Genetics and Evolution Ruskin Module Field Skills in Biology Biological Research Skills Personal and Professional Development - Level 5 Optional modules Evolutionary Bases of Behaviour Animal Health and Disease GIS and Spatial Ecology Mammalogy Year 4: Core modules Undergraduate Major Project Comparative Physiology and Development Biology Wildlife Conservation Optional modules Population Ecology and Wildlife Management Tropical Ecology and Management Biogeography Zoos and Zoo Animal Management Practical Marine Biology Sustainable Land Management Applied Animal Behaviour and Animal Welfare Animal Communication
Throughout the course, we’ll use a range of assessment methods to help you and your tutors measure your progress. Besides exams, these include essays, practical reports, computer-based assessments, presentations, debates, classroom- or laboratory-based tests, and reviews of scientific papers.
How to apply
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Points of entry
The following entry points are available for this course:
- Year 1
We welcome applications from international and EU students, and accept a range of international qualifications.
5 GCSEs at grade 3, or grade D, or above, (or equivalent) plus evidence of having attempted two years of post GCSE study at level 3. Students who have achieved a minimum of 1 A level (or equivalent), will be exempt from the two year post GCSE requirement (as stated above) but must still hold 5 GCSEs (as stated above). Applicants who do not meet the two years post GCSE study at level 3 may be considered based on their satisfactory employment history, which must be a minimum of two years full time employment supported by employer evidence and deemed appropriate by the University for meeting the course of study applied for. Students without English as their first language will be expected to demonstrate a certificated level of proficiency of at least IELTS 5.5 (Academic level with at least 5.5 in each of the four components) or equivalent English Language qualification, as recognized by Anglia Ruskin University.
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Fees and funding
|Northern Ireland||£9250*||Year 1|
|Channel Islands||£9250*||Year 1|
|Republic of Ireland||£9250*||Year 1|
*This is a provisional fee and subject to change.