University Centre Sparsholt

Applied Zoo Science University Centre Sparsholt Degree level: Undergraduate Awarded by: University of Portsmouth


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  • Bene fit from working with expert lecturers and a diverse and exciting collection of animals in our BIAZA-member centre

  • Extensive industry contacts and development of employability skills

  • A focus on zoo culture, promotion of natural environments and behaviours to support conservation and meet the growing awareness of the needs of exotic species collections, taught by industry experts

You will develop research techniques in aspects of zoo animal welfare, behaviour and population management and consider the wider roles of the modern zoo in conservation and education.

Students undertake a work placement in each year of the programme and will attend a residential study programme at one of the UK's leading research-based zoo collections
You will have the opportunity to develop your academic research through the year 2 module on Applied Industrial Research, choosing an area relevant to a specific sector of interest.

Much of the assessment is coursework based, i.e. essays, reports, practical portfolios and seminar presentations. Practical activities, in-class assessments and a limited number of exams also play a part.

This programme will provide progression to the BSc (Hons) Zoo Biology (top-up), from which students have potential to progress onto the MSc Applied Zoo Biology. Sparsholt graduates now work in a variety of roles in the zoo and conservation sectors including keeper, nutritionist, veterinary nursing, education, media and marketing.

Course details


Year 1 (Level 4) will provide the foundation in animal science and academic skills required for subsequent years, contextualised to the Zoo Industry. Specialist units in Exotic Animal Management and Zoo History and Culture will underpin the role of zoos in modern society:

• Academic Skills
• Anatomy and Physiology
• Industry Skills
• Principles of Biology
• Work Practice 1
• Exotic Animal Management
• Zoo History and Culture

Year 2 (Level 5) will apply the knowledge gained in year one to develop the skills and knowledge required for employment in the zoo industry. Research, data collection and industry engagement will be fundamental. Core units include:

• Animal Health
• Applied Industrial Research
• Population Biology
• Work Practice 2
• Zoo Industry Ethics and Legislation
• Zoo Animal Nutrition
• Exotic Animal Behaviour, Welfare and Husbandry

Assessment method

Much of the assessment is coursework based, i.e. essays, reports, practical portfolios and seminar presentations. Practical activities, in-class assessments and a limited number of exams also play a part.

Qualified teacher status (QTS)

To work as a teacher at a state school in England or Wales, you will need to achieve qualified teacher status (QTS). This is offered on this course for the following level:

  • Course does not award QTS

How to apply

Application deadlines

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!

Application codes

You will need these codes when you add a choice to your application.

Course code CD34
Institution code S34
Campus name Main Site
Campus code -

Points of entry

The following entry points are available for this course:

  • Year 1

International applicants

We welcome applications from international students. For further details on the English language and visa requirements, please see our website

Entry requirements

Qualification requirements

Qualification Offer Further information
A level CE Two 'A' level passes, including one at grade C or above in a life science.
Pearson BTEC Level 3 National Extended Diploma (first teaching from September 2016) MMP We also accept the following City & Guilds Diploma:

• C&G Advanced Technical Extended Diploma (1080) - MMP;
• C&G Advanced Technical Diploma (720) - MM
• C&G Extended Diploma - Pass with 6 units at Merit
Access to HE Diploma M: 45 credits A satisfactory pass in a relevant Access course with 45 credits at Level 3 with Science units at Merit.
International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme Appropriate IB certificates will be considered
Pearson BTEC Level 3 National Diploma (first teaching from September 2016) MM

Plus GCSE Maths and English at grade C/4 or above, or Level 2 Functional Skills in Maths and English.

English language requirements

Test Grade Additional details
Cambridge English Advanced B Score 169-175 (FCE grade B; CAE level B2)
IELTS (Academic) 6.0 6.0 overall, with a minimum 5.5 in any band
PTE Academic 61.0

We will also accept the following qualifications from EU students: GCSE English Language at grade C/4 or above; IGCSE English (as a first or second language) at grade C/4 or above; AS or A level English Language or English Literature; International Baccalaureate (English A or B syllabus or English Literature Standard or Higher level) grade 4.

Further information

Fees and funding

Tuition fees

Channel Islands £9,800 * Year 1
EU £9,250 * Year 1
International £9,800 * Year 1
England £9,250 * Year 1
Northern Ireland £9,250 * Year 1
Scotland £9,250 * Year 1
Wales £9,250 * Year 1

*This is a provisional fee and subject to change.

Additional fee information

Trips and fees required to complete a course of study will be covered by the College as part of the tuition fees for full-time students. For a full breakdown of other costs associated with your course, such as PPE clothing, equipment and optional trips, please see our website

Sponsorship information

Sparsholt offers a College Bursary for financial support to all eligible students and an Aim Higher Bursary for students joining a degree following completion of a Level 3 programme at Sparsholt. Degree students can also apply for a grant to help cover non-travel costs associated with dissertations/ research projects, and subscriptions. For further details, plus information on the loans available to both postgraduate and undergraduate students, please see our website

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