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FdSc Zoological Conservation*

For 2020 start - Available with a Science Gateway qualification

Cornwall College Newquay LEVEL: 5 Wildlife Conservation & Zoology

Zoological conservation is concerned with maintaining the wonderful diversity of animal life (including invertebrates) that exists on our planet. Involving the protection and management of animal populations and their habitats in order to minimise the harmful effects human activities may have on them.

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The programme gives you the skills required to help conserve wild animals by developing your knowledge in topics such as ecology, biodiversity, animal nutrition, captive breeding and reintroduction, conservation of aquatic organisms, and primate behaviour and learning. You will also gain first-hand experience in observing, surveying and the occasional handling of animals.

As well as traditional lectures, fieldwork and laboratory work, you will take part in workshops delivered by animal and wildlife experts from organisations such as the Cornwall Wildlife Trust, the National Trust and RSPCA. Guest speakers play an important role in your learning and they are used regularly to provide more expert knowledge in some of the specialised modules.

Working in industry is the very essence of a foundation degree and as such you will also undertake work experience locally or overseas. This opportunity helps you to develop graduatelevel skills that will help you in any job. Work placements and the contacts you make may well be your link to employment on completing the programme.

Possible Progression (subject to availability) 

– BSc (Hons) Applied Zoology (top-up) (Level 6) at Newquay
– BSc (Hons) Animal Conservation Science (final year/Level 6) at University of Plymouth
– BSc (Hons) Environmental Resource Management (top-up) (Level 6) at Newquay
– BSc (Hons) Conservation Biology (entry at Level 5) at University of Plymouth

Possible Careers 

– Conservation Officer
– Research Assistant
– Reserves Manager
– Zoo Education Officer
– Wildlife Conservationist

*subject to approval by the University of Plymouth

Key Facts

  • UCAS Code: C390
  • Institution codes: CORN C78
  • Awarded by: University of Plymouth
  • Fees: Fees Explained
Entry Requirements

48 UCAS points from AS and A-Levels (at least 32 points must be at A2-level) or relevant level 3 qualification, ie BTEC National Diploma / BTEC Extended Diploma - PPP 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

FdSc Zoological Conservation Handbook (2019-20)
CORN Module Records Newquay (10 Sept 19)


Indicative Module Year 1

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

Indicative Module Year 2


  • Individual Research Project
  • Zoological Conservation in Practice
  • Global Conservation Issues
  • Animal Breeding and Conservation Genetics


  • Primate Behaviour and Conservation
  • Behavioural Ecology
  • Vertebrate Zoology and Conservation
  • Marine Vertebrate Biology and Conservation
  • Habitat Survey and GIS
  • Ecology Survey and Management of Mammals and Herptiles
  • Invertebrate Ecology and Survey

*Modules are subject to change and availability


FdSc Zoological Conservation

Start Date





2 years full-time

FdSc Zoological Conservation - with Science Gateway

Start Date





3 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 FdSc Zoological Conservation - with Science Gateway route on UCAS you will need to use UCAS code: F19G. 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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