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Applied Zoology


Study mode Full time / Part time
Location Moulton
Level Level 5
Start date Sep 2023
Duration 2 years / 3 years
Awarding body University of Northampton

Our FdSc Zoology course is the scientific study of all aspects of animal life.

This course provides an introductory exploration of our planets stunning biodiversity and the evolutionary processes behind them. You will explore a variety of topics which will prepare you for a career in zoology ranging from ecology, animal behaviour, animal welfare, genetics and evolution. Successful completion of this course will set you up to moving onto the optional top-up year where you will investigate and discuss some more in-depth topics such as the role of Zoos and Aquaria in the 21st Century as well as explore some of the modern methods used across a variety of zoological disciplines.

We offer a range of facilities that you will use throughout your studies, including our extensive estate of farmland, our Animal Welfare Centre, which houses over 137 different species from a variety of taxonomic groups and our biosciences laboratory, where you will undertake activities such as microscopy, dissection, genetic analyses and morphometry.

You’ll develop an understanding of animal biology, health, husbandry, behaviour and genetics, and gain an appreciation for animal law and ethics. Industry experience forms an integral part of the course, and you will be encouraged to establish connections with industry and undertake your own research project in a related area in your second year.

You can find out more information about what you will study on this award map.

For information about course fees please refer to our Fees and Financial Support pages.

You will be studying on campus for three days per week. Contact time on this course is 12 hours per week on average.

During the first year of the course you will have both practical and theory lectures. You will also be expected to complete study on your own. There is an industry placement module which will require you to complete 120 hours work-related experience and a research project module which will be linked to industry.

The course is assessed through a rage of assessments including written assignments, poster presentations, seminar presentations, portfolios, exams and project work. The course is mostly assessed through individual assessments, but elements of group work may be incorporated to bring in a real-world learning experience.

Our variety of assessment methods, providing students with an increased chance of success, have been commended by external examiners.

Upon successful completion of this course you could progress on to our BSc (Hons) top-up degree to complete your studies. Previous students have progressed from this course to work in various fields in the animal industry.

QualificationUCAS Tariff Points
BTEC Level 3 Extended Diploma64 points
Scottish Highers30 points
14-19 Diploma48 points
A-Levels48 points (grade 4 (C) or above in GCSE maths (or equivalent)

The UCAS code for this course is C301.

The facilities you'll be using

No other college in the UK can rival the world class facilities we have at Moulton College.

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Amphibian, Crustacean and Invertebrate Centre

Animal Welfare Centre
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Aquatics Centre

Animal Welfare Centre
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Rodent Centre

Animal Welfare Centre
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Outdoor Unit

Animal Welfare Centre
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Reptile Centre

Animal Welfare Centre
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Exotic Species Centre

Animal Welfare Centre
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Africa Section

Animal Welfare Centre
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Twilight Centre

Animal Welfare Centre