BSc Zoology (C300)

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UCAS code C300
Application method UCAS/Common Application
Course duration 3 year(s) full-time
Part-time study Part-time study is not available for this course
Number of applications for 2014/15 1040
Number of places for 2016/17 163

About BSc Zoology

In considering a Zoology degree, you already know that your main interest is animal biology, but maybe you don't yet know exactly which area of the subject you would like to pursue.

Because modern zoology is interdisciplinary we believe that you need to be aware of the breadth of animal biology, from the molecular to the ecological. Our Zoology degree therefore begins broadly and then introduces more choice in years two and three.

This freedom to specialise or maintain breadth in your studies, and the range of skills you will learn (both research-oriented and transferable) will also maximise your employability as a graduate.

We have outstanding facilities in our brand new state-of-the-art Life Sciences Building, and all our lecturers are top researchers in their fields.

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Course structure

First year

  • Diversity of Life
  • Life Processes
  • Key Concepts in Biology
  • A third unit pertinent to the degree programme

Second year

  • Quantitative Methods in Biology
  • Molecular Methodology for Biologists
  • Evolutionary Biology
  • Science and Success: writing, speaking and communicating science
  • Field Course or laboratory workshop
  • Seven additional lecture units from a wide choice, biased towards animal-related topics

Third year

  • Field Course Report
  • Library Project
  • Practical Research Project
  • Six lecture units from a wide choice across the spectrum of biology.
Further details about the course structure for Zoology

Typical offer for BSc Zoology

(including international A-levels)
AAB in at least two science/mathematics subjects*
(including international A-levels)
(contextual offer)
ABB in at least two science/mathematics subjects*
IB Diploma 34 overall to include 17 points at Higher Level with 6, 5 in any order in two science/mathematics subjects at Higher Level*
IB Diploma
(contextual offer)
32 overall to include 16 points at Higher Level with 5, 5 in two science/mathematics subjects at Higher Level*
Cambridge Pre-URequirements are as for A-levels, where Grade A* is D2, A is D3, B is M2, and C is M3
AccessPass Access to HE Diploma (Science) with 30 credits at Distinction, including 12 credits in each of two sciences, and 15 credits at Merit
BTEC DDD in Science plus grade A in A-level Mathematics or Science
SQASH: AAABB and AH: AB in at least two science/mathematics subjects*
Welsh BaccRequirements are as for A-levels where you can substitute the same non-subject specific grade for the Welsh Baccalaureate Advanced Level Core grade
EB80% overall with 8.5 in science/mathematics subjects*
International qualificationsQualifications, scholarships and local information sources for your country
English language requirements Profile E
Further information about English language requirements
Subjects required at GCSE or equivalent:grades A*-B in Mathematics, English and Sciences.
Academic qualifications*Suitable science/mathematics subjects: Biology, Chemistry, Physics, Mathematics, Botany, Statistics and Zoology, Psychology, Environmental Studies, Geology, Geography, Further Mathematics, Other Mathematics, Human Biology, Engineering and Electronics.

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  • 12 Bristol graduates and members of staff have been awarded Nobel prizes.


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