BSc (Hons) Zoology (with integrated foundation year)


Course code C300

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Course code C300

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Duration Full-time, 4 Years
Start date September 2021
Entry Requirements Programme specification (PDF)
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Our strong links with animal and wildlife organisations provide excellent work placement opportunities, which means you could be studying anything from brown bears to snow leopards to dolphins. With plenty of opportunity for volunteering alongside organisations such as Cumbria Wildlife Trust, your CV will gain the competitive edge it needs to stay ahead.

Our hands-on course provides an understanding of wildlife monitoring techniques using professional equipment and covers a broad range of topics including evolution, ecology and conservation.

During your time with us you will have the opportunity to explore the local area and the many habitats it offers. Such as the Eden River basin (close to our Carlisle Campus), The Lake District National Park and our wonderful Cumbrian coastline. We spend a substantial amount of time on our modules teaching you within the local habitats we have on our doorstep and where possible we choose to deliver experiential learning outdoors.*

*Subject to Covid-19 Social Distancing Restrictions

Our current international field trip to The Gambia provides further opportunity to work with critically endangered species, boosting your knowledge and confidence.


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Foundation Year (Compulsory)

  • Essential University Skills 1
  • Essential Biology
  • Scientific Investigation
  •  Essential University Skills 2
  • Essential Chemistry
  • Environmental Sciences

Year One (Compulsory)

  • Vertebrate Zoology
  • Invertebrate Zoology
  • Ecology for Zoologists
  • Animal Form and Function
  • Animal Conservation Practice
  • Core Zoology

Year Two (Compulsory)

  • Exploring Research
  • Zoological Monitoring Techniques
  • Animal Behaviour
  • Evolution and Biogeography
  • British Wildlife
  • Applied Zoology

Year Three (Compulsory Modules)

  • Dissertation
  • Professional Skills in Zoology
  • Behavioural Ecology

Optional Modules

  • Entomology and Parasitology
  • Behavioural Applications for Conservation
  • Population and Community Ecology


You may wish to pursue a career with wildlife in such areas as conservation, ecological consultancy, wardening, wildlife research, wildlife forensics or wildlife holiday guides. You’ll also have the option of using our CPD and postgraduate courses as a stepping stone into a career. Whatever your choice, studying or working, you can count on our support.


We pride ourselves on listening to our student's voice, which is why:

94% of our students agree “My course has provided me with opportunities to bring information and ideas together from different topics."*


94% of our students agree “I have had the right opportunities to provide feedback on my course”.*

NSS 2021




Course study options

We also offer this course without an integrated foundation year or with a year-long placement.

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You'll develop an understanding of British Wildlife and the ways in which it's surveyed, which will prove to be invaluable in pursuing a career in wildlife. Your skills will leave you well set for working in animal welfare and education, disease and pest control, wildlife tour guiding and the biotechnology industry, as well as any job that involves working with animals.