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BSc (Hons) Applied Zoology (top-up)

For 2017 start

Cornwall College Newquay LEVEL: 6 Wildlife Conservation & Zoology

This programme is designed for foundation degree graduates wishing to progress to an honours degree. The programme will further develop skills of scientific analysis, communication and evaluation. You will gain an understanding of applied zoology which will enhance your opportunities for employment or postgraduate study.

Optional modules focus on a number of topics including: the conservation and monitoring of wild terrestrial animals, including the possibility of an optional residential field trip to Borneo or South Africa; mapping techniques and Environmental Impact Assessment; developing ways in which to communicate ideas and messages about conservation issues to wider society.

The programme includes a compulsory module in research methods which develops analytical and research skills in preparation for the Honours Project, where you explore an area of interest in greater depth.
Through our close connection to a number of conservation and animal welfare organisations, this programme will extend your knowledge of animal biology beyond foundation degree level, with the emphasis of your studies chosen by you.

The programme will apply knowledge in these fields, particularly in South West England, but also internationally. There will also be some formative assessment by mini in-class tests, presentations and group work.
There is an option to study the importance of developments in zoological sciences and conservation and their implications in human and global affairs, partly through an international field course. For your Honours, you will be given the opportunity to gain first-hand experience at centres such as Newquay Zoo, the Blue Reef Aquarium in Newquay and at nature reserves and sites of biological interest as well as working with other conservation organisations in the South West.

Upon completion of the programme you could continue your studies at Plymouth University for a year to gain a master’s degree in conservation, or you may wish to go straight into employment in a variety of directions such as animal collections, conservation education, animal welfare management, biodiversity protection, environmental monitoring and surveying and other related areas, when combined with the relevant work experience.

BSc students from this programme have secured employment as environment officers in several governmental bodies, such as the Environment Agency, Natural England and county councils.

Possible careers available with this qualification

  • Animal Collections
  • Conservation Education
  • Animal Welfare Management
  • Biodiversity Protection
  • Environmental Monitoring or Surveying

The application process for full-time and part-time degree level courses with The Cornwall College Group starting in September 2017 is still open and we are taking applications.  Full-time applicants should apply via UCAS and part-time applicants directly via the College website.

Key Facts

  • UCAS Code: C300
  • Institution codes: CORN C78
  • Awarded by: Cornwall College & Plymouth University
  • Course Fee (per annum): £8000
Entry Requirements

240 credits from a relevant foundation degree in biological or environmental science or related subjects. Applicants with an HND may also apply but a bridging module may be required.

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Course Documents

BSc (Hons) Applied Zoology (top-up)


Indicative Modules Year 1

Full-time study (1 year)

- Research Methods in Pure & Applied Sciences

- Applications of Zoology

- Honours Project

Options (choose two)

- Current Issues in Animal Behaviour

- Wildlife Conservation

- Communicating Zoology

- Zoology & Conservation of Aquatic Ecosystems

- Impacts of Disease

Part-time study (2 years)

Year 1

- Research Methods in Pure & Applied Sciences

Options (choose two):

- Current Issues in Animal Behaviour

- Wildlife Conservation

- Communicating Zoology

- Zoology & Conservation of Aquatic Ecosystems

-Impacts of Disease

Indicative Modules Year 2

Part-time study

- Applications of Zoology

- Honours Project

*Modules are subject to change and availability


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Marine & Natural Environment
Animal Management & Veterinary Nursing



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