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    BSc (Hons) Zoology

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    Animal Studies

    Zoology incorporates the study of biology, ecology and biodiversity in order to better help manage and conserve the Earth's fragile ecosystems.

    Course Information

    • Qualification: BSc Honours Degree
    • Course Code: C300
    • Start Date: 09/09/2019
    • Duration: 3 years full-time
    • Campus: Easton
    • Entry requirements: Our typical offer is 96 UCAS tariff points from A levels or equivalent. A minimum of GCSE maths and English (preferred) grade 4/C or above or National Literacy and Numeracy tests at Level 2 or 3. UCAS points from Scottish Highers or Advanced levels are accepted. UCAS points from Irish Leaving Certificate or Welsh Baccalaureate are accepted. UCAS tariff points from BTEC or City and Guilds diplomas are accepted. Open University credits in lieu of A levels. Access to HE Diplomas at Pass level with suitable science or land-based credits. Credit transfer and accreditation of prior learning or experience: If you have achieved a qualification of credits towards a Higher Education programme at another Higher Education Institution you may be able to enter Level 5 or accredit matching modules. Please see our further information on our Credit Transfer/APL/APEL area.
    • Cost:Full-time £8500

    The programme aims to provide you with a wide set of skills to enable you to approach contemporary challenges locally, nationally and globally and provides a beautiful East Anglian setting in which to study both theory and apply techniques in practice. You will study alongside students on other HE programmes in land-based subjects and whilst broader at the outset over the course of the programme you will have to opportunity to make optional selections. 

    This BSc (Hons) Zoology is designed to meet the needs of students who wish to gain knowledge and understanding of the breadth of modern zoology within an academically challenging yet supportive environment. Our aim is to produce confident, knowledgeable and questioning graduates with the skills and experience needed for a wide range of careers. Students will be expected to integrate information and concepts from the breadth of zoology, but will be given opportunities to develop specialist interests in their final year, as this will enhance their employability in certain sectors 

    The programme aims to equip students with skills, knowledge and confidence necessary to pursue graduate careers in the biological sciences or other areas requiring graduates with strong analytical, communication and enquiry skills. This will be achieved by providing students with an educational framework in which they can develop their knowledge and understanding of the fundamental principles of zoology in a context where skills development is encouraged and supported as an integral part of the academic experience. Students will be encouraged to learn independently and to pursue areas they find particularly interesting in an enquiry-based approach.   

    For the academic year 19-20 the tuition feed for this programme are:

    Full-time £8500

    All fees quoted are for UK/EU students. For Overseas student please contact admissions

    Level 4 (Year 1 for full-time students)

    Credit Value

    Professional and Academic Skills

    Core

    All year

    20

    Animal Anatomy and Physiology

    Non- Core

    All year

    20

    Diversity and Evolution

    Non-Core

    Semester 1

    20

    Principles of Environmental Science and Ecology

    Non-Core

    Semester 2

    20

    Principles of Biology and Genetics

    Non- Core

    All year

    20

    British Wildlife, Surveys and Identification

    Non-Core

    All year

    20

    Level 5 (Year 2 for full time students

    Research Methods

    Core

    All Year

    20

    Behavioural Ecology

    Core

    All Year

    20

    Global Biodiversity

    Non-Core

    All Year

    20

    Human and Animal Interactions (option)

    Non-Core

    All Year

    20

    Vertebrate Zoology

    Core

    Semester 1

    20

    Invertebrate Zoology

    Core

    Semester 2

    20

    Zoo Animal Management (option)

    Non-Core

    All Year

    20

    Marine Biology and Coastal Ecology (option)

    Non-Core

    All Year

    20

    Level 6 (Year 3 for full time students)

    Dissertation

    Core

    All Year

    40

    Contemporary Issues in Zoology

    Core

    Semester 1

    20

    Animal Social Behaviour

    Non-Core

    Semester 1

    20

    Ethics and Sustainability

    Non-Core

    All Year

    20

    Conservation Biology (option)

    Non-Core

    All Year

    20

    Environmental Animal Physiology (option)

    Non-Core

    Semester 2

    20

    Advanced Methods and Techniques in Ecology (option)

    Non-Core

    All Year

    20

    Students are taught via a combination of lectures, seminars, guest speakers and practical activities within laboratories or on our farm units and estate. This mix of teaching and learning methods allows students to develop both academic and farm competencies side by side, applying theory from the classroom in real situations. Typical groups sizes are of 20-30 but are larger for cross-college modules (40 +), this smaller group profile allows you more contact time and support from our lecturers and subjects specialists.

    Students will be expected to utilise computers widely in research and producing their work and will have access to the programme Virtual learning Environment that support lectures and provided additional materials of interest.

    Independent learning-

    When not in timetabled sessions you are expected to continue learning independently through self-study. Typically this will involve reading journals articles, books and working on individual assessments or project work and preparation for examinations. You will be expected to work in groups at time for formative tasks or for summative assessment. This independent work is supported by the college’s library facilities, HE computer suite/common room and access to online journals and VLE materials.

    Overall workload-

    Students should expect to spend 15-25% of their time in scheduled activities

    Level 4

    Teaching Learning and Assessment 276 hours

    Independent Learning 924 hours

    Level 5

    Teaching Learning and Assessment 252 hours

    Independent Learning 948 hours

    Level 6

    Teaching learning and Assessment 180 hours

    Independent Learning 1020 hours

    The programme provides you with a range of opportunities to display your understanding and application of the subject informally prior to summative assessments that will count towards your final grade. Each module normally contains at least one piece of formative (practice) work for which feedback is provided from tutors or peers but grades will not be provided for this work.

    Formal (summative) assessments may be mid or towards the end of modules. A range of methods are utilised to assess performance including (but not limited to) examinations, essays or literature reviews, presentations, posters, portfolios, observed practical work and project reports. The grades from each formal assessment count towards an overall module grade.

    The balance of assessment by examination and assessment by coursework depends on modules selected.

    Feedback

    Feedback on coursework is provided via an online system. Feedback on examination performance is available in a broad summary but further feedback is available on request to the module leader.

    Feedback is intended to help you to learn and to build your performance over time, therefor we encourage discussion of performance and progress with your programme tutor.

    We aim to provide feedback within 21 working days.

    Whilst there are no modules within this programme including specified work experience hours. It is expected that students will build their CV and transferable skills with suitable work or commitments such as working for wildlife trusts and zoological collections or laboratories.

    Easton and Otley College aims to support students with learning needs. Applicants that have identified needs are eligible for support via DSA which aims to provide equipment, training or additional support to students on Higher Education programmes. Further information is available at application or during enrolment and induction

    Bursaries

    The College provides a bursaries and funds available for undergraduate students which you may be eligible to apply for.

    You can check your eligibility for these types of financial support along with their value and application deadlines at our Bursaries page.

    Facilities

    220 hectare farm

    Dedicated HE area including common room, study facilities and kitchen

    4 on site laboratories

    Private College Wet Meadows reserve

    Farm units include- species utilised for conservation grazing activities

    Wider College farm estate of 220 hectares including wildlife margins under HLS, woodland, marsh, meadow, arable, cover crop, ponds and river

    Animal Care Centre – housing a range of small animals species indoors and outdoors, exotics and aquatic, goats and alpaca

    Range of teaching and learning rooms including lecture theatre and conference facilities

    Commercial Facilities – including dog grooming parlour, veterinary area, hydrotherapy unit, pet retail outlet, kennels and cattery

    Well equipped library

    Free wi -fi

    Free parking

    HE accommodation

    On successful completion of the BSc (Hons) students may apply seek provision for post graduate study in similar subjects at other institutions (subject to entry requirements) Students may select to enter employment or graduate internships in a range of industry based careers such as research, working within zoological collection, conservation roles, entomologist, marine scientist, environmental consultancy, field trials officer

    Applications for Further Education full time, access to HE, apprenticeships and part time courses are made online. Go on to the relevant course page and click on the 'Apply Now' button to start the application process. Applications for short courses are made by contacting the College Admissions Team on 08000 224556. Higher Education programme applications should be made via UCAS in the first instance, UCAS website

    Applications for accommodation usually open late Spring. For more information pleae see the following link; Student accommodation

    Students aged 19 ( as of 31 August) and above can study any of our part time or short courses as well as our Access to Higher Education and Higher Education programme. Some of floristry, horticulture and arboriculture courses may also be available to adult learners. Please contact the College Admissions Team for more information, 08000 224556. Adult learning

    Yes, you can speak to the College Admissions Team on 08000 224556 who can provide general course choice advice and guidance or you can drop in to one of our Course Advice Days.

    Course Advice Days are normally held on Saturday morning's from 9am-12pm. They provide an excellent opportunity to speak to course tutors, find out more about the courses we offer, have a tour of the facilities and speak to Student Services about any non academic questions like transport or bursaries. Dates are advertised on our website. Course Advice Day

    We also have our campus open days, known as a 'Big Day Out' which take place in the summer term. Both campuses and facilities are available for you to explore, speak to tutors and students, watch demonstrations and have a go at activities. If you like what you see you can also make an application on the day. Details on the Big Day Out will be advertised on our website nearer the time

    Please see the following links for more information on applying for your bus pass;Easton transport information or Otley transport information

    Please contact the College Admissions Team on 08000 224556 who will be able to advise of any future interview dates and rebook your interview to a suitable date.

    To cancel your application pleae contact the College Admissions Team on 08000 224556 or use the contact us form on our website.

    The College Admissions Team will send out letters to all students aged 19 and over, on relevant courses, providing all the information needed from Easton & Otley College to enable you to make an online application with Student Finance England. These letters will be sent out during the summer term.

    Applications for the college bursary are made online. You should make sure that you read the guidance notes prior to making an application to ensure that you are eligible. Further information can be found on Financial Support

    For students resident in England and aged 18 and under on 31 August, before they are due to start their course in September, then your full time course fees are fully funded. For students aged 19 and over, and those looking to study a short course, please contact the College Admissions Team for more details on 08000 224556.