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Zoology (with Foundation Year) (Hons), B.Sc.

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    Application Deadline
  • 48 months
Gloucester, United Kingdom
Immerse yourself in the practical application of zoology, studying the science behind how animals function and interact with their environment during the Zoology (with Foundation Year) (Hons) course from Hartpury College. Progress into degree-level study through a Foundation year. Work with a range of animals on site including dogs, horses, exotic species and livestock.
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This Foundation Year pathway provides an alternative route for degree-level study. It’s ideal for those who need to gain subject-specific knowledge and skills in order to progress. You’ll develop academic skills, subject content and undertake a short internship on our rural campus, to give you an ideal start to university life.

Explore a range of zoology-related subjects before tailoring your studies to suit your interests and career goals. You’ll be able to experience international conservation and fieldwork as part of an exciting field trip to Mankwe Wildlife Reserve, South Africa.

This Zoology (with Foundation Year) (Hons) course from Hartpury College provides a fantastic opportunity for you to study a range of zoology-related subjects. You’ll work in our labs as well as with different animals both on and off campus – exotics, domestics, invertebrates, livestock and wildlife. The course offers a variety of modules, with topics including biodiversity, animal behaviour, welfare, ethics, animal psychology, animal health and disease, nutrition and anthrozoology. As you progress through your course you’ll develop your own areas of specialism, gaining skills and experience ready for your chosen career path.

Industry opportunities

You’ll be able to gain experience in industry throughout the course, most specifically in the optional placement year: Students have recently gained professional experience in the UK as well as in New Zealand, the Seychelles, and Kenya through this. We’ll support you to gain a voluntary role during your studies to help prepare you for your career, and promote a variety of opportunities for you to travel. 

Our students gain work and research experience in our on-site facilities, as well as at nature reserves, animal rescue centres, zoos and wildlife parks. We have strong industry connections, and host regular guest lectures as well as professionals undertaking practical demonstrations. Visits to a range of animal-based facilities will be offered throughout the course to support practical understanding and industry connections.

Graduate destinations

As a zoology graduate, you may go on to work in zoos, aquariums, wildlife parks, animal rescues, laboratories, conservation organisations or welfare centres. Studying a zoology degree will also give you the transferable skills you need for other graduate careers. Recent graduate destinations from our animal-based courses have included:

  • Zoos and wildlife centres
  • Animal charities and rescue centres
  • Animal nutrition advisers
  • Pharmaceuticals researchers
  • Animal health and welfare advisers
  • Animal education and outreach officers

Detailed Programme Facts

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  • Programme intensity

    You can choose to do this programme part-time or full-time.

    • Full-time duration 48 months
    • Intensity Flexible
    • Duration description

      Part-time study options available.

  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode
    On Campus

Programme Structure

Courses included:

  • Foundation skills development 
  • Academic skills in practice (internship) 
  • Reviewing literature 
  • Foundation in animal studies 
  • Foundation biological principles

English Language Requirements

You need the following IELTS score:

  • Minimum required score:


    The IELTS – or the International English Language Test System – tests your English-language abilities (writing, listening, speaking, and reading) on a scale of 1.00–9.00. The minimum IELTS score requirement refers to which Overall Band Score you received, which is your combined average score. Read more about IELTS.

General Requirements

  • GCSE - A minimum of 5 GCSE A* to C, (or 9 to 4 where numeric grades are being awarded) or equivalent, to include English Language and Mathematics. 
  • A Level - Typical offer is DD-EE or equivalent. This must  include a minimum of one A Level.
  • Vocational awards - Typical offer is a PPP in an Extended Diploma or equivalent in a relevant subject
  • All applications for the Foundation year will be considered individually.
  • We welcome students with equivalent qualifications, including Access and the International Baccalaureate.
  • We may interview mature applicants and those with non-traditional qualifications.

Tuition Fee

  • International

    13000 GBP/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 13000 GBP per year and a duration of 48 months.
  • EU/EEA

    9250 GBP/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 9250 GBP per year and a duration of 48 months.
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Living costs for Gloucester

  • 824 - 1570 GBP/month
    Living Costs

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