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    BSc (Hons) Zoology

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    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 form 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 are accepted Welsh Baccalaureate 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

    FAQs

    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

    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.

    There are buses from all over Norfolk and Suffolk which will drop students off at college. For details of bus routes and other transport options, please see the 'Easton Transport Information' link or Otley Transport Information .

    Once we receive your application for your course we will check your details and any grades/predicted grades to make sure that you meet any entry requirements. The College Admissions Team will then contact you to arrange your interview with a course tutor. If you are successful at your interview then you will be offered a place on your chosen course or if the tutor feels that you may be suited to another course they will advise you of this.

    We will then invite you to attend a Keep in Touch day held in early July where you can come on to campus, meet your tutors and other students hoping to study the same course, gain some campus familiarisation, learn more about your course, do some activities and ask any questions that you may have.

    Enrolment commences once GCSE results are released, you will be sent details regarding completing your enrolment in July, advising of a date and time.

    Once you have successfully completed your enrolment you will receive your timetable and confirmation of your course start date.

    You don't need to let the college know your GCSE results, instead you should attend your enrolment appointment, which will have been sent to you beforehand. Please bring all exam results with you so that we can make sure you have met the entry requirements for your course.

    Don't panic if you haven't got the grades for your chosen course, we will always try and find a suitable course for you. We will be able to offer you an alternative course in the same or similar subject area. We will do this when you attend for your enrolment where there will also be course tutors on hand to speak to you about your course options.

    If you have done better than predicted then we can also change your course offer to the most appropriate level. Again this is all done at enrolment.

    We strongly encourage all students to source their own work placement however we are aware that sometimes this can be difficult. We have work placement coordinators who can help you find your work placement and ensure that all students are able to fulfill this requirement. More information will be provided to you prior to you starting your course. Please see Work Placement for more information.

    The college term dates can found using the following link; https://www.eastonotley.ac.uk/for-students


    College officially starts back on the first full week of September however not all courses will start on the Monday. You will advised of your actual start date at enrolment.

    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