Applied Zoology and Conservation at Cornwall College - UCAS

Cornwall College

Degree level: Undergraduate
Awarded by: University of Plymouth

Applied Zoology and Conservation

Course summary

“We have a moment where we can change our world and make it better. This is that moment…” Extinction: the facts. The Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) strives for global cooperation in support of biodiversity conservation, sustainable use, and the fair and equitable sharing of benefits. You can be part of the next generation of graduates equipped with a detailed understanding of the natural world and our place within it, who will we be able to make progress towards the vision agreed by world governments for 2050, ‘Living in Harmony with Nature’. The BSc (Hons) Applied Zoology and Conservation is a full-time three-year course has been designed to equip you with the necessary skills and knowledge to work within the field of conservation, but equally equips you with knowledge relevant to the environmental sustainability of all areas of society and business. With the increasing environmental challenges faced by society, there has never been a more relevant time to study zoology and conservation. This programme has been specifically designed to ensure our graduates are equipped with the theoretical background and industry-specific skills needed to be successful in the conservation sector, as well as transferable skills relevant to professional success in a wider context. Students also complete a minimum of 100 hours of work experience to ensure they gain relevant on the job training and continue to develop their professional practice and skills. The course is delivered at Newquay University Centre which is ideally located for field-based observation, with terrestrial and marine sites including Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB) such as Trevose Head and Bedruthan Steps, Special Areas of Conservation (SAC) including Breney Common and Goss and Tregoss Moor (JNCC 2014), and newly designated Marine Conservation Zones (MCZ) including Newquay and the Gannel. We also provide opportunities to join international field trips to, for example, Honduras and Borneo, to gain field experience and network with academics and field staff from all over the world (additional fee applicable). Assessment Assessments are varied and industry relevant to help students develop a wide range of transferrable skills, but include: reports, essays, projects, presentations, posters, podcasts and video presentations, tests and exams. In the final year, students undertake an Honours research project which allows them to specialise in an area of research of particular interest to them. Progression Graduates from this programme are well-equipped to go directly into employment in a range of organisations within the zoological and conservation sectors. For example, Wildlife Trusts, RSPB, Woodlands Trust, Natural England or the Environment Agency, international NGOs. Types of roles may include: 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, Research Technician, Field Researcher. Alternatively, graduates may often choose to move onto postgraduate study (some example progression routes are illustrated below. • PGCE or CertEd • MSc Zoo Conservation Biology at University of Plymouth • MSc Sustainable Environmental Management at University of Plymouth • MSc Conservation & Biodiversity at the University of Exeter • MSc Conservation Science & Policy at the University of Exeter


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).

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Points of entry

The following entry points are available for this course:

  • Year 1

International applicants

For applicants who require a visa to study in the UK, The Cornwall College Group does not have a visa sponsor licence and therefore unable to accept an application

Entry requirements

Qualification requirements

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 £9250 Year 1
England £9250 Year 1
Northern Ireland £9250 Year 1
Scotland £9250 Year 1
Wales £9250 Year 1
Republic of Ireland £9250 Year 1
International £16500 Year 1
Channel Islands £16500 Year 1

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Applied Zoology and Conservation at Cornwall College - UCAS