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BSc (Hons) Applied Zoology & Conservation

For 2020 start - Available with a Science Gateway qualification

Cornwall College Newquay LEVEL: 6 Wildlife Conservation & Zoology

This degree equips you with the necessary skills and knowledge to work within the field of conservation. There is an emphasis on practical application using both national and international examples, and utilising field specialists within the institute and externally as guest speakers to discuss current issues and research in conservation.

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Modules cover a range of subjects from anatomy and physiology to specific animal behaviour and population management. A range of optional modules in the second and third years allows you to personalise your degree programme.

The programme is delivered at Cornwall College Newquay with a range of lectures, workshops, seminars, laboratory and field-based practical sessions. There will be some modules taught in situ utilising the surrounding environment, for example habitat and wildlife surveys within the first year Fieldwork module. These will involve a mix of day or residential field trips to develop
and apply survey techniques in the field.

Your work will be assessed in a variety of ways including presentations, reports, management plans, practical assessments and examinations. Assessment strategies will vary across modules to allow you to develop a range of skills appropriate for collecting, synthesising and reporting findings in zoology and conservation, and will reflect those skills required by employers in the sector.

Possible Progression (subject to availability) 

– PGCE or CertEd at Camborne, St Austell, Duchy Rosewarne and Duchy Stoke
– MSc Zoo Conservation Biology at University of Plymouth
– MSc Sustainable Environmental Management at University of Plymouth
– MSc Conservation & Biodiversity at the University of Exeter
– MSc Conservation Science & Policy at the University of Exeter

Possible Careers 

Working within organisations such as Wildlife Trusts, RSPB, Woodlands Trust, Natural England or the Environment Agency as:
– Communications or Education Officer
– Wildlife or Development Officer
– Community Engagement Officer
– Wildlife or Reserve Warden
– Project Officer or Manager
– Advisor or Consultant Ecologist
– Environment Officer or Research Technician

Key Facts

  • UCAS Code: 0V47
  • Institution codes: CORN C78
  • Awarded by: University of Plymouth
  • Fees: Fees Explained
Entry Requirements

80 UCAS points from AS and A-Levels (at least 56 points must be at A2-level science subjects) or relevant level 3 qualification, ie BTEC National Diploma / BTEC Extended Diploma - MMP Grades required (specific unit grades may be requested). Access to HE Diplomas in a relevant subject - 45 credits at level 3 (specific unit grades may be requested). Plus GCSEs at grade C/grade 4 or above in English Language, Science and Mathematics: alternatives at Level 2 may be considered. Mature applicants with relevant experience but without the stated qualifications will be considered individually and are encouraged to apply.

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Course Documents

BSc (Hons) Applied Zoology and Conservation Handbook (2019-2020)
CORN Module Records Newquay (10 Sept 19)


Indicative Module Year 1


  • Fundamentals of Biology
  • Diversity, Classification and Evolution
  • Health and Welfare of Animals
  • Key Professional Skills
  • Field Survey Techniques
  • Animals and their Environment

Indicative Module Year 2


  • Vertebrate Zoology & Conservation
  • Population Genetics and Community Ecology
  • Global Conservation Issues
  • Zoological Conservation in Practice
  • Research Methods and GIS for Zoology


  • Behavioural Ecology
  • Primate Behaviour and Conservation
  • Marine Vertebrate Biology and Conservation
  • Advanced Ecology and Survey Techniques


Indicative Module Year 3


  • Honours Project
  • Conservation Project Management
  • Conservation Genetics
  • Application of Zoology


  • Zoology and Conservation of Aquatic Ecosystems
  • Wildlife Conservation
  • Monitoring Marine Ecosystems

*Modules are subject to change and availability



BSc (Hons) Applied Zoology & Conservation

Start Date





3 years full-time

BSc (Hons) Applied Zoology & Conservation - with Science Gateway

Start Date





4 years full-time

Extra Information

This option includes an additional Science Gateway year which is ideal if you don’t have the right qualifications to apply for a degree programme straight away. If you are applying for the BSc (Hons) Applied Zoology & Conservation - with Science Gateway route on UCAS you will need to use UCAS code: CC31. Please note that when studying the Science Gateway programme, you will be based at Cornwall College Newquay.

*Courses listed on this website are indicative of the subject, nature and level of study. The college reserves the right to alter specific qualifications titles, awarding bodies and levels of qualification, which can change in year. Any cost may also vary, based on personal funding eligibility. The Cornwall College Group reserves the right to withdraw any course listed at any time.

Careers advice available

If you are considering an undergraduate programme with us, you may wish to access our free Careers and Employability advice service. This gives you the opportunity to talk with an advisor about career options before, during and after your study with us. To make an appointment, please e-mail: H.E.Advice@cornwall.ac.uk

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