BSc(Hons) Applied Zoology




3 year(s) Full Time

Start Date:


Summary & Entry Requirements

Course Includes

This three year course explores the underpinning theories behind zoology and the animal sciences. The course is designed to enable you to understand and apply the principles of zoology to the study of a wide range of animal species whilst allowing for specialisation in your final year research project.

Principal Qualification

BSc (Hons) Applied Zoology to be validated by the University of Northampton



Entry Requirements

Please see the typical offer list below. A wide range of qualifications are accepted. Applicants may also be offered a place on the basis of their experience and we would welcome applications from mature students or people currently working in industry who are seeking Continuing Professional Development or part time opportunities

• UCAS – BTEC Extended Diploma Tariff points : 96

• Scottish Tariff points : 128

• 14-19 Diploma Tariff points : 96

• You will need 88 UCAS Tariff points from 3 A levels (or their equivalent) • Grade C or above in GCSE Maths (or equivalent).

Facilities & Location

Course Facilities

Amphibian, Crustacean and Invertebrate Centre

This specialist facility houses a wide range of animals including scorpions, millipedes, frogs, tarantulas, newts, stick insects and mantids.

Students can, however, work with a wider variety of animals than this due to the college’s relationship with other collections, which also ensures our in-house range is growing all the time.

By working with these species, students develop an understanding of the techniques of amphibian husbandry and conservation, an ever-more important role due to the infectious Chytid fungus that is prevalent in the wild and has led to over 3,000 species being classed as at risk.

Animal Welfare Centre

Our Animal welfare centre houses over 100 species of common and exotic mammals such as sugar gliders, birds, cold water and tropical fish, invertebrates, amphibians and reptiles.

The animal accommodation includes specialist housing such as a cattery, aviaries, reptile room and paddocks that contain the large mammals such as Kune Kune pigs, a llama, alpaca, Bennett’s wallaby and rhea.

The college is currently a member of the Pet Care Trust, holds a Pet Shop licence and is in the process of applying for a Dangerous Wild Animal licence so that the range of species kept can be increased. Best practice in all aspects of animal husbandry is promoted at all times at the centre, which is run to commercial standards so that students develop a deeper understanding of the industry they wish to enter.

Aquatic Centre

The centre contains a variety of modern, industry-standard tanks, ranging from bank systems found in aquatic retail premises and domestic tanks to large mixed community tanks and huge exhibitory tanks.

Due to the variety of tank systems, students develop their knowledge and gain a deeper understanding of key tasks such as monitoring water quality, testing procedures and setting appropriate conditions.

This is a vital component of learning as water filtration is the life support system of the fish housed at the centre, which include tropical, freshwater and coldwater species, as well as the critically endangered Asian yellow pond turtles.


Our aviaries are host to a wide range of birds such as cockatiels, lovebirds, canaries, budgies and parrots, all housed within indoor and outdoor flight facilities.

Students learn techniques of bird husbandry, how to behave around different species, about flight and flight patterns and how dangerous stress can be to many of them (which is why many of the birds are not handled).

The centre also houses a range of poultry and waterfowl.


All classrooms at the college are fitted out with modern and specialist equipment related to the area of study. They are also regularly upgraded to ensure they remain state of the art and provide inspirational places to learn and grow your knowledge.

Dog Grooming

The animal welfare centre has an extensive commercial grooming parlour with a fully equipped studio containing the latest equipment, which means we can ensure clients’ animals will leave looking good enough for Crufts!

Electric tables ensure dogs of every size can be groomed safely, full-size baths and a drying cabinet are available, while our experienced and qualified groomers also offer nail clipping, anal gland and ear cleaning too.

A modern kenneling block completes the facility and ensures animals awaiting treatment or collection are housed in total comfort.

IT Facilities

Significant investment has been made in I.T. facilities over recent years, teaching is enhanced with IT in the majority of classrooms and a number of I.T. Suites operate throughout the different campuses utilising a mixture of PC’s, Laptops and Netbooks.  A cutting edge Virtual Desktop Infrastructure (VDI) system means that Students at all sites receive a consistent IT experience. 

Fast WiFi networks cover the majority of the campus, and students are enabled to bring their own devices for use during informal study periods. 

We run Microsoft Windows and Office 2010 with a range of specialist software to support each curriculum area.  Each student is provided with a College email address and a home area to store their files alongside this 24/7 access from home is available to the College’s Virtual Learning Environment (VLE) where lesson notes, interactive study aids, and videos support and reinforce teaching from both the classroom and practical sessions.

Learning Resource Centres

The college has learning resource centres at the main Moulton site, at the East Northants, South Northants and Daventry vocational skills academies. The Moulton LRC provides access for 240 people, including a designated IT area for our higher education students.

Each learning resource centre offers a range of services such as libraries, careers advice, learning support and study spaces, as well as access to resources including books, journals, newspapers, trade literature, online resources and DVDs.

Each centre also has a computer suite that provides access to network drives, the internet and Moodle, as well as hardware such as printers, copiers and scanners. Specialist software includes AutoCAD and packages for horse management, farm management, garden design, accounting, statistics and mind mapping.

For anyone requiring additional support, the learning resource centres at Moulton and at the vocational skills academies offer learning support, where needs can be discussed and arrangements put in place.

Outdoor Unit

The expanding outdoor unit holds goats, wallabies, alpacas, llama, Kune Kune pigs and rhea. The Kune Kune pigs are a rare breed from New Zealand and provide handling and student interaction, as they love the company of people. The llama, at over 6ft tall encourages students to respect large animals and overcome their fear of those which are more intimidating. The South American rhea, related to the ostrich, reaches 5ft tall and along with the Bennetts wallabies provide further exotic species for students to work with. We have a number of different goat breeds which helps to illustrate the difference between those used for fibre, milk and food production.

Reptile Centre

Home to a wide variety of species, including tortoises, snakes from small up to large boa constrictors, lizards (including some only found in zoological collections) and others on recognised and monitored global breeding programmes, our reptile centre is where students can handle them and learn all about their care.

Within these surroundings students learn the theory about natural habitats and then put this into practice through recreating the conditions in a captive environment.

Sheep Unit

Based at Lodge Farm, our Sheep Unit is a complementary enterprise within the college’s farm.

The flock consists of 1,000 North Country Mule ewes and ten pedigree Suffolk, one Charollais and 12 Texel and rams, as well as two Beltex rams. The flock lambs in March, with ewes moved 18 days before tupping to a flushing pasture.

The March-lambed ewes are mothered with their lambs for 36 hours before being turned out to grass and the lambs are sold off grass between June and early August. Any unsold lambs are ‘stored’ at grass and then moved in early autumn to be finished and sold dead weight to a number of abattoirs.

Both ewes and lambs are grazed on the Moulton and Boughton Hall estates, extending to a total grazing area of around 100 hectares, and the flock is a member of the Farm Assured British Beef and Lamb Scheme.

Small Mammal Centre

Based at the animal welfare centre, our small mammal unit is home to a number of exotic species such as common marmosets, goeldis monkeys and a large breeding group of slender-tailed meerkats. Domestic animals such as rabbits, guinea pigs and various rodents are also kept at the unit, as well as chipmunks, ferrets, degus and chinchillas.

This varied collection provides students with an invaluable opportunity to conduct behaviour observations, while handling exotic species that are often difficult to control is an ideal way to develop and improve vital hands-on skills.

Twilight Room

This specialist facility is home to the college’s collection of nocturnal species such as sugar gliders (an unusual Australian marsupial), Eastern flying squirrels and rats.

Containing walk-through enclosures, it has a reversed lighting system that reflect the change in natural light conditions, providing a moonlight view throughout the day for students to observe these timid creatures’ natural behaviour.

Course Location

Moulton Campus
Moulton Campus

Moulton College is one of the longest established Colleges in the country. This history of providing education and training gives the campus a unique feel, combining tradition with the latest and most up to date resources.

Moulton now provides a wide range of courses specialising in the natural, built and recreational environment, which is not only spacious and attractive, but provides an ideal location in which to study.

The College is proud of its record since beoming an independent Further Education Corporation in 1992. The number of students has increased significantly, and the courses on offer now range from pre-entry through to degree and post-graduate level. Staffing breadth and expertise have increased, and the buildings and specialist resources are now amongst the best in Great Britain.

Moulton is situated close to major motorway networks and main railway lines, provising easy access from all parts of the country.

Course Content &Careers

Teaching and Learning

The first stage provides the underpinning knowledge of how animal bodies work and how different species are managed as well as allowing you to sample a variety of areas to specialise in later. You will be able to gain hands-on experience of working with a wide range of species alongside studying the more scientific aspects of keeping animals. At stage two, you will further explore animal body systems and the law and ethics behind the animal industry whilst specialising in a field of either, Animal Science, Veterinary Health, Animal behaviour and welfare or Zoo management and conservation. Industrial experience and research forms a key part of this course whereby you must also complete an industrial placement and project of your choice within the animal sector.

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This is a new course provision with a range of exciting opportunities to move into employment in zoology-related positions. Potential graduate careers could include zoo keepers, animal technicians, research assistants, natural history collection technicians and much more. There is also great potential to move onto further studies in animal sciences at master's and PhD level.

Assessment Methods

You will be assessed using a wide range of methods including practical project work, presentations, reports, written work, oral presentations, exams and time-constrained tests. You will also produce a large research project on an area of your choice and an academic poster.