Zoology BSc Hons - 2020 Entry

UCAS Code
C300

Entry Year
2020

A Level Requirements
AAB see all requirements see all requirements

Duration
Full time 3 Year(s)

Course Overview

Zoology is a science dedicated to the study of animal life, and our degree provides a range of modules covering the different elements from animal behaviour to cellular processes and physiology, and from taxonomy and the diversity of animal life to evolution. This broad range of modules gives you the flexibility to focus on the topics that interest you.

You will learn from our world-leading academics who bring their expertise into your lectures, practical work and small group tutorials. This will develop your understanding of the living world and how this knowledge can be applied to help address global environmental issues.

Practical work doesn’t just take place in our state-of-the-art laboratories. You will also have the opportunity to participate in one of our exciting field trips which include local excursions to the Lake District, Yorkshire Dales and Bowland Fells, or residential trips to Doñana National Park in south west Spain, which is home to a plethora of plant, bird and animal species, including the world’s most endangered cat, the Iberian lynx. You can visit some of the UK’s last remaining natural habitats in rural Scotland, and witness a range of animals including red deer, osprey and golden eagles; or contribute to an expert-led study of the Rift Valley of Kenya, where you will evaluate the challenging balance between tropical conversation and human activity.

In first year you will learn about the broad foundations of the subject with additional options to study either another area of biology or a subject from a different science.

In Year two you will start to gain a deeper understanding of zoology at different levels as you begin to specialise in areas that interest you. Core modules include the study of evolution and vertebrate biology, and you will develop your research techniques in both the laboratory and the field.

In third year you will take a core module in animal behaviour. You will complete your own research project either working with our internationally recognised academics or with an industry partner through our Enterprise and Business Partnerships team.   

Entry Requirements

Grade Requirements

A Level AAB

Required Subjects A level grade AB in two sciences from the following; Biology, Chemistry, Computing, Environmental Science, Geography, Geology, Human Biology, Mathematics, Physics or Psychology.

GCSE Mathematics grade B or 5, English Language grade C or 4

IELTS 6.5 overall with at least 5.5 in each component. For other English language qualifications we accept, please see our English language requirements webpages.

Other Qualifications

International Baccalaureate 35 points overall with 16 points from the best 3 Higher Level subjects including two science subjects at HL grade 6

BTEC Distinction, Distinction, Distinction to include sufficient science. We require Distinctions in majority of relevant science units. Please contact the Admissions Team for further advice.

We welcome applications from students with a range of alternative UK and international qualifications, including combinations of qualification. Further guidance on admission to the University, including other qualifications that we accept, frequently asked questions and information on applying, can be found on our general admissions webpages.

Contact Admissions Team + 44 (0) 1524 592028 or via ugadmissions@lancaster.ac.uk

Course Structure

Detailed module information for this undergraduate programme will follow shortly. However, if you have any questions please contact the department.

Careers

Careers

Our programmes maintain an excellent record for graduate prospects spanning a wide range of roles. Alternatively, many of our graduates continue their studies to postgraduate level and pursue scientific research in areas such as soil and crop science. Our goal is to empower all our graduates with the skills, confidence and experience they need to achieve a successful career. You will be offered a wide range of support, helping you realise your career ambitions and providing you with the skills to reach your full potential.

We offer a variety of extra-curricular activities and volunteering opportunities that enable you to explore your interests and enhance your CV. Our weekly careers bulletin and careers blogs are written by student volunteers, and inform you of all careers events. The Students’ Union-run Green Lancaster programme offers placements with external organisations, allowing students to gain volunteering experience at weekends by working in the local community, taking part in a wide range of activities and developing their practical skills.

Lancaster University is dedicated to ensuring you not only gain a highly reputable degree, you also graduate with the relevant life and work based skills. We are unique in that every student is eligible to participate in The Lancaster Award which offers you the opportunity to complete key activities such as work experience, employability/career development, campus community and social development. Visit our Employability section for full details.

Fees and Funding

Fees

We set our fees on an annual basis and the 2020/21 entry fees have not yet been set.

Channel Islands and the Isle of Man

Some science and medicine courses have higher fees for students from the Channel Islands and the Isle of Man. You can find more details here: Island Students.

Funding

For full details of the University's financial support packages including eligibility criteria, please visit our fees and funding page

Students also need to consider further costs which may include books, stationery, printing, photocopying, binding and general subsistence on trips and visits. Following graduation it may be necessary to take out subscriptions to professional bodies and to buy business attire for job interviews. 

Ellie Smith, BSc (Hons) Biology with Psychology

Ellie's story

"I picked Lancaster University because all you need is on one campus and it has a lovely small city. As I come from a village it is good because it is not such a big step as going to a large city. The academic advisors in the department are very supportive for issues relating to the course and for giving specific advice on career options, and the Careers website is also really helpful. My advice would be to make sure you become part of your College – make the most of the JCR and its advisors. Obviously, do well academically, but try to have a nice balance!"

Cutting-edge teaching facilities

Our new £4.4 million teaching laboratories have total bench space for 216 students. The flexible design means that up to four classes are taught at one time in the two laboratories, with up to 12 students clustered around double benches. Additional facilities include cold store rooms, a plant growth room, preparation rooms and fume cupboards. Lockers are provided in a circulation area so students can follow best practice and leave their coats and bags outside the labs.

Take your studies into the field

At Lancaster, we take advantage of our natural surroundings to create amazing fieldwork experiences for students. As well as exciting trips to the neighbouring Lake District and Morecambe Bay we offer unique, optional field trips to the Doñana National Park, in the south-west of Spain, the Rift Valley of Kenya and the mountains of Scotland.

Careers and Employability

Employers

In addition to going onto postgraduate study, our recent graduates are also employed by a diverse range of organisations spanning business, industry and the public sector including the NHS, Boots, GlaxoSmithKline, Environment Agency, RSPB, Syngenta, Blackwell Scientific Publishing, United Biscuits, and Scientific Pictures Ltd.

Networking Opportunities

From question and answer panel events to careers fairs, we provide you with many opportunities to network with alumni and employers. This includes our annual STEM careers fair, attended by over 60 employers ranging from small and medium enterprises to national organisations.

Work Experience

Relevant work experience while you are at university is crucial to achieving a good graduate job. An internship will give you the opportunity to apply your academic knowledge in real-world situations whilst helping you to develop your transferable skills such as team working, time management, leadership, networking and commercial awareness – and get paid for it! This will provide you with valuable work experience and employers frequently offer graduate roles to interns.

Personal Development

We place a great deal of emphasis on developing your career aspirations and preparing you for life after Lancaster. We offer tutorials and workshops on career planning and preparation of integral parts of each degree, a range of degree-specific careers events, opportunities to plan and develop your career and practical advice from Lancaster graduates and industry experts.

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