Zoology with Foundation Year BSc (Hons)

* New course, subject to validation

UCAS CodeC30F
QualificationBSc (Hons)
Duration4 years
Study modeFull-time
Typical offer48 UCAS Tariff points

About this Course

Please Note: this course offering is currently subject to validation. We expect this course to be validated soon, after which time you will be able to submit your application via UCAS, using the UCAS code above.

Zoology is literally ‘all about animals’. Students receive a thorough grounding in general zoology, exploring the diversity of animal form and function, and the evolution and ecology of the major animal groups. Through a series of individual modules which offer an element of choice, students will cover both invertebrate and vertebrate zoology and consider applied aspects such as parasitology, and the interaction between animals and their environment.

The BSc Zoology with Foundation Year programme combines a foundation year with the three year Honours Degree to create an integrated four year programme. The programme provides an excellent introduction to studying a science subject at university and will provide you with the knowledge, skills and confidence required to study at degree-level.  The with Foundation Year programme is ideal for applicants who do not quite meet the entry requirements for the three year degree or who would benefit from further a further year’s study in relation to studying a science subject.

Successful completion of the Foundation Year will see you progress to Year 1 of the Zoology programme.

As a Bangor University student, you will be taught by committed and enthusiastic staff and will have access to the University’s extensive student support network and facilities.

Why choose Bangor University for this course?

  • Cutting-edge science is integral to our research programmes, and feeds through into the teaching environment. Our expertise in biology and biotechnology encompasses studies into medical and environmental microbiology, plant biology, marine biotechnology, fisheries genetics, cell and genome biology, neurobiology and development.
  • Our excellent teaching facilities include a Natural History Museum which boasts an exceptionally comprehensive collection of insects and vertebrate material, and extensive marine and freshwater aquaria with a suite of temperature controlled rooms.
  • Bangor’s location makes it an ideal place to study zoology as we have an extensive range of local terrestrial and aquatic habitats for field trips.
  • As part of the course you may choose to spend 3-6 months in year 2 at a University in either Europe or the United States on a student exchange programme.

Course Content

Our aim is to provide you with sound and broad zoological training that covers both pure and applied aspects of animal life. Throughout your degree you will study a range of modules and engage in a wide variety of different learning activities, which may include lectures, seminars, tutorials, and practicals. In addition, you will develop your knowledge and skills through undertaking a wide variety of assessments. We offer several opportunities to carry out field studies, both home and abroad, and to work in a research laboratory.

 

You will not only enjoy the resources expected of a modern centre of animal biology but will also benefit from the proximity of an exceptional range of terrestrial, marine and freshwater habitats where field work, which is an integral part of the degree is conducted. We are unusual among British universities in having our own substantial Zoology Museum, and being part of the Environment Centre Wales which is a partnership venture between Bangor University and the Natural Environment Research Council’s Centre for Ecology & Hydrology (CEH). We also have our own marine and freshwater aquaria.

For more on studying degree courses see our Study at Bangor section. 

What will you study on this course?

The Foundation Year component of the programme is designed to prepare you for degree-level study.  You will study a range of modules focused on your developing your academic skills and subject-specific knowledge, ahead of progressing to Year 1 of the programme.  You will complete modules focusing on IT and Communication Skills, Essential Mathematics and develop a range of skills through a subject specific research project. In addition, you will complete modules on Essential Biology and Essential Chemistry.

Year 1 and 2 of the programme aim to consolidate and deepen your knowledge and widen skills base. The aim of the third year is to further develop your critical understanding of the subject and to further enhance your employability.

Course content is for guidance purposes only and may be subject to change.

Careers and Employability

Zoologists have gained employment in wildlife management, environmental consultancy, and local and national media, whilst some have undertaken a range of postgraduate programmes.

Employability and the School of Natural Sciences

As a graduate with a good degree from the School of Natural Sciences, a variety of careers will be open to you. There are careers for which a Biological Sciences degree is essential, and careers for which Biological Sciences provides a useful base.

In addition, there are careers open to graduates and postgraduates from any discipline. These include, for example, careers in management training, accountancy, teaching, nursing, social work, the police and the armed forces. However, employers are usually looking for general or transferable skills, and a Biological Sciences degree arguably provides a unique combination of these.

Find out more on the School's 'Careers for our graduates' pages.

Entry Requirements

For 2020 Entry:

Typical offer is based on a minimum 48 tariff points from a Level 3 qualification* e.g.

  • A Levels (including: AS-levels, General Studies)
  • International Baccalaureate
  • Extended Project Qualification (EPQ)
  • BTEC Diplomas and Certificate are accepted and Cambridge Technical Diplomas / Certificates
  • Cambridge Technical Diplomas and Certificates
  • City & Guilds Advanced Technical Diplomas
  • Welsh Baccalaureate is accepted
  • Scottish Highers
  • Irish Leaving Certificate is accepted

We also welcome applications from mature applicants. Mature students and/or those with other qualifications are considered on individual merit

*For a full list of accepted Level 3 qualifications, go to www.ucas.com.

International Applicants

We are currently unable to accept applications from international students for this course.

If you are an international student your recommended route of study for this degree is through our International College. Successful completion of Year 0 of the equivalent International programme guarantees entry to Year 1 of the same Bangor University degree programme. Through this route, Year 0 is delivered at Bangor University International College (BUIC) located at the heart of our University Campus and run by our partner, Oxford International Education Group.

For more information, visit: www.bangor.ac.uk/buic/

General University entry requirements Home/EU applicants

We accept students with a wide range of qualifications and backgrounds and consider each application individually.

All students need to have good basic skills and the University also values IT and communication skills.

As part of the University’s policy we consider applications from prospective disabled students on the same grounds as all other students.

To study a degree, diploma or certificate course you’ll be asked for a minimum of UCAS Tariff points. For a fuller explanation of the UCAS Tariff Points, please see www.ucas.com

We also consider applications from mature students who can demonstrate the motivation and commitment to study a university programme. Each year we enrol a significant number of mature students. For more help and advice about being a mature student at Bangor, please visit the Study at Bangor site.

Specific entry requirements can be seen on the individual course pages.

EU students' entry requirements

For information and further detailed guidance on entry requirements for EU, including the minimum English Language entry requirement, please visit the Entry Requirements by Country pages.

More information

Home/EU UCAS applicants

E-mail for General Admissions: admissions@bangor.ac.uk, or write to: Admissions Office, Bangor University, Gwynedd, LL57 2TF

Telephone: +44 (0)1248 383717

International applicants

Email to International Admissions: internationaladmissions@bangor.ac.uk or write to: Admissions Office, Bangor University, Gwynedd, LL57 2TF

Telephone: +44 (0) 1248 382028

Course Costs

Mandatory Costs:

Suitable clothing and equipment for fieldwork will be required e.g. walking boots and waterproofs, rucksack. The cost for these will vary. Approximate cost: £50-£80.

Appropriate stationery for note-taking during classes, e.g. notepad, pens and pencils. The cost for these will vary. Approximate cost: £5-£15.

Necessarily Incurred Costs:

Students may be required to provide their own food on the Year 2 fieldcourses. The cost for these will vary. Materials for the preparation of assessments: the cost and number of these will vary. Approximate cost: £10-£15.

Travel costs to undertake any fieldwork as part of Year 3 Honours Project research. The cost will vary by project (and may not even be incurred). Approximate cost for a UK-based project in a student’s home area: £15-£20.

Optional Costs:

Cost for optional residential Year 2 fieldcourse. The cost will vary by trip. Approximate cost £600.

Purchase of Wellington Boots for fieldwork. The cost for these will vary. Approximate cost: £10-£20.

Costs of any visas and vaccinations required if the student opts to undertake project work overseas. The cost for these will vary.

How to Apply

How to apply through UCAS

UCAS stands for Universities and Colleges Admissions Service. All university applications are processed through UCAS and then passed on to the universities listed.

Students may apply for a maximum of five courses. For Medicine, Dentistry and Veterinary courses students are only allowed to apply for four courses.

The application form is found on the UCAS website, under ‘Apply’.

When to Apply

We advise you to apply as early as you can as we will start considering applications and making offers straight away. The initial UCAS deadline for UK and EU students is 15 January, however we welcome applications after this date. Those received between 15 January and 30 June will continue to be forwarded to universities by UCAS and will receive consideration where places are still available.

Your Personal Statement

Writing your Personal Statement is the part of the application form that requires most work. You are only allowed 47 lines or 500–550 words to explain why you wish to study the course and the skills you have that are essential for university study.

To write a successful personal statement for your UCAS application you must have a good understanding about the course and its content. Remember that you write only one personal statement for your five choices. Make sure that the courses are similar, if not the same, and make sure that you do not mention a specific course or university.

Read our advice on how to draft a winning personal statement or watch our video guide.

After you’ve applied

You should keep an eye on your application on UCAS ‘Track’. Offers from universities will appear on track and you will be able to accept or decline offers.

You can only reply when you have received all your decisions. The types of reply you can make are firm acceptance and insurance acceptance. Usually students reply in early May.

International Student?

We are currently unable to accept applications from international students for this course.

If you are an international student your recommended route of study for this degree is through our International College. Successful completion of Year 0 of the equivalent International programme guarantees entry to Year 1 of the same Bangor University degree programme. Through this route, Year 0 is delivered at Bangor University International College (BUIC) located at the heart of our University Campus and run by our partner, Oxford International Education Group.

For more information, visit: www.bangor.ac.uk/buic/

Confused about your next steps?

Take a look at our Going to University website for information and advice on getting ready for university.

Further Information

Contact us

The Admissions Administrator
Tel: +44 (0) 1248 388616
E-mail: zoology@bangor.ac.uk 

Why study a Biological Sciences degree?

  • Bangor University has a long tradition in teaching and research in the Biological Sciences.
  • Research submitted by Biological Sciences has been recognised as being within the top 20 in the UK in the most recent Research Excellence Framework (REF 2014).
  • Our students enjoy being here and expressed their praise for the quality of the teaching and pastoral care provided by Biological Sciences
  • Our staff have a strong commitment to providing excellent teaching and care for their students.
  • We have excellent facilities for the study of both flora and fauna – these include snake, lizard and fish collections a Botanic Garden and a Natural History Museum.
  • We offer a wide range of degrees in the Biological Sciences encompassing 'traditional' disciplines such as Zoology and Biology to Biology with Biotechnology.
  • We offer the opportunity to study at a university in the United States for all or part of the second year.

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