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BSc (Hons) Applied Zoology & Conservation

For 2017 start - Available with a Science Gateway qualification

Cornwall College Newquay LEVEL: 6 Wildlife Conservation & Zoology

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

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: 0V47
  • Institution codes: CORN C78
  • Course Fee (per annum): £8000
Entry Requirements

80 UCAS points from AS and A-Levels (at least 56 points must be at A2-level) or relevant level 3 qualification, ie BTEC National Diploma / BTEC Extended Diploma - MMP Grades required. Access to HE Diplomas - 45 credits at level 3. Plus 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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Course Documents

BSc (Hons) Applied Zoology & Conservation


Indicative Modules Year 1

- Hygiene, Health & Welfare of Captive Animals

- Introduction to Zoology

- Fieldwork

- Animals & their Environment

- Diversity, Classification & Evolution

- Key Professional Skills

Indicative Modules Year 2

- Population Genetics & Community Ecology

- Zoological Conservation in Practice

- Biosecurity & Invasive Species

- Research Methods & GIS for Zoology

Options (choose one)

- Behavioural Ecology

- Marine Vertebrate Biology & Conservation

- Primate Behaviour & Conservation

- Advanced Ecology & Survey Techniques

Indicative Modules Year 3

- Honours Project

- Conservation Genetics

- Conservation Project Management

- Application of Zoology

Options (choose one)

- Zoology & Conservation of Aquatic Ecosystems

- Monitoring Marine Ecosystems

- Wildlife Conservation

*Modules are subject to change and availability


BSc (Hons) Applied Zoology & Conservation

Start Date





3 years full-time

Extra Information

Annual tuition fee is £8000

BSc (Hons) Applied Zoology & Conservation - with Science Gateway

Start Date





4 years full-time

Extra Information

This option includes an additional Science Gateway year which is ideal if you don’t have the right qualifications to apply for a degree programme straight away. If you are applying for the BSc (Hons) Applied Zoology & Conservation - with Science Gateway route on UCAS you will need to use UCAS code: CC31. Please note that when studying the Science Gateway programme, you will be based at Cornwall College Newquay. The tuition fee for the science gateway year zero is £7500. Year one, two and three of the honours degree will be £8000 per annum.

*Courses listed on this website are indicative of the subject, nature and level of study. The college reserves the right to alter specific qualifications titles, awarding bodies and levels of qualification, which can change in year. Any cost may also vary, based on personal funding eligibility.

Careers advice available

If you are considering an undergraduate programme with us, you may wish to access our free Careers and Employability advice service. This gives you the opportunity to talk with an advisor about career options before, during and after your study with us. To make an appointment, please e-mail: H.E.Advice@cornwall.ac.uk

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