Applied Zoology and Conservation

Cornwall College

Degree level: Undergraduate
Awarded by: University of Plymouth
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Course summary

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This degree equips you with the necessary skills and knowledge to work within the field of conservation. There is an emphasis on practical application using both national and international examples, and utilising field specialists within the institute and externally as guest speakers to discuss current issues and research in conservation. Modules cover a range of subjects from anatomy and physiology to specific animal behaviour and population management. A range of optional modules in the second and third year allows you to personalise your degree programme. The programme is delivered at Cornwall College Newquay with a range of lectures, workshops, seminars, laboratory and field-based practical sessions. There will be some modules taught in situ utilising the surrounding environment, for example habitat and wildlife surveys within the first year Fieldwork module. These will involve a mix of day or residential field trips to develop and apply survey techniques in the field. Your work will be assessed in a variety of ways including presentations, reports, management plans, practical assessments and examinations. Assessment strategies will vary across modules to allow you to develop a range of skills appropriate for collecting, synthesising and reporting findings in zoology and conservation, and will reflect those skills required by employers in the sector. Possible careers available with this qualification: Working within organisations such as Wildlife Trusts, RSPB, Woodlands Trust, Natural England or the Environment Agency as: Communications or Education Officer Wildlife or Development Officer Community Engagement Officer Wildlife or Reserve Warden Project Officer or Manager Advisor or Consultant Ecologist Environment Officer or Research Technician

Course details


Indicative Modules Year 1: - Health & Welfare of Animals (20 credits) - Animals & their Environment (20 credits) - Diversity, Classification & Evolution (20 credits) - Key Professional Skills (20 credits) - Fundamentals of Biology (20 credits) - Field Survey Techniques (20 credits). Indicative Modules Year 2: - Population Genetics & Community Ecology (20 credits) - Zoological Conservation in Practice (20 credits) - Research Methods & GIS for Zoology (20 credits) - Vertebrate Zoology & Conservation (20 credits) - Global Conservation Issues (20 credits). Year 2 Optional Modules: - Behavioural Ecology (20 credits) - Marine Vertebrate Biology & Conservation (20 credits) - Primate Behaviour & Conservation (20 credits) - Advanced Ecology & Survey Techniques (20 credits). Indicative Modules Year 3: - Honours Project (40 credits) - Conservation Genetics (20 credits) - Conservation Project Management (20 credits) - Application of Zoology (20 credits). Year 3 Optional Modules: - Zoology & Conservation of Aquatic Ecosystems (20 credits) - Monitoring Marine Ecosystems (20 credits) - Wildlife Conservation (20 credits).

How to apply

This course is not accepting applications from Tier 4 international students. For more information, please contact the course provider.

Application deadlines

If your application is completed by the following date, it’s guaranteed to be considered:

15 January

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Application codes

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Course code0V47
Institution code C78
Campus nameCornwall College Newquay
Campus codeN

Points of entry

The following entry points are available for this course:

  • Year 1

Entry requirements

Qualification requirements

QualificationOfferFurther information
UCAS Tariff 80 points
A level 80 UCAS points from AS and A-Levels (at least 56 points must be at A2-level)
Pearson BTEC Level 3 National Extended Diploma (first teaching from September 2016) MMP
Access to HE Diploma 45 credits at level 3
GCSE/National 4/National 5 GCSEs at grade C/grade 4 or above in English Language, Science and Mathematics: alternatives at Level 2 may be considered.

Mature applicants with relevant experience but without the stated qualifications will be considered individually and are encouraged to apply.

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Fees and funding

Tuition fees

EU £8600 Year 1
England £8600 Year 1
Northern Ireland £8600 Year 1
Scotland £8600 Year 1
Wales £8600 Year 1
International £9950 Year 1
Channel Islands £9950 Year 1

Additional fee information

No additional fees or cost information has been supplied for this course, please contact the provider directly.
Applied Zoology and Conservation at Cornwall College - UCAS