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Zoology with Foundation Year

BSc (Hons)

School - School of Environment & Life Sciences

Subject area - Biology and Zoology

UCAS Code: C350

Start Date(s): September

Duration:

4 years full-time
5 years full-time with a placement year
Up to 8 years part-time

Fees:

UK - £6,165 for Foundation Year; £9,250 for subsequent years

International - £12,300 per year

In Brief:

  • Gain a broad, basic knowledge of biological  principles to prepare you for more advanced study
  • An excellent route into science for those from a non-scientific background
  • Ideal if you are returning to education or seeking to develop your career in a new direction
  • Part-time study option
  • Work/industrial placement opportunity
  • International students can apply

Course Summary

This course will provide you with a strong foundation in biology and environmental issues, allowing you to progress onto a BSc (Hons) Zoology degree course within the School of Environment and Life Sciences.

It is ideal if you want to develop your career along a zoological pathway but have a non-scientific background, or you don’t meet the entry requirements for direct entry to an Honours degree. This course may also be attractive if you are returning to education or if you wish to change career direction.

During the Foundation Year you will study modules which will increase your knowledge and understanding of basic biology and other aspects of environmental studies. There is an emphasis on both understanding and problem solving in addition to practical and communication skills. These skills will aid and enhance your performance on the Honours degree

Our BSc in Zoology will develop your knowledge of concepts at the forefront of zoological science. Practical training will equip you with many of the subject specific, personal and practical skills that you will need for your future career. You will learn about biological processes, their behaviour  and  how they react with their environment.

This course will provide you with a comprehensive understanding of the biology of animals. You will learn about animals, the links between them and their environment, and key aspects of zoological phenomena from molecular to ecological levels.

You will have the opportunity to go on several field trips over the duration of this programme which will provide real world experiences and examples to learn from. You will only pay a modest non-refundable administration fee for the residential field courses, which are otherwise 100% subsidised by the  university.

Between years two and three of this course we encourage students to complete a placement year, which is arranged with our support. The position is often salaried, with a major company linked to a public health laboratory or wildlife trust, or a research organisation such as the Centre for Ecology and  Hydrology,  MAFF or Central Veterinary Laboratory. In our experience, final degree results and employability are enhanced for students who undertake a placement year. The placement also counts towards the final degree classification as part of the year 2 mark.

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Foundation Year

Explore the characteristics of plant and animal cells which are the building blocks of all life forms; their interactions with micro and macro environments, and learn about the diversity of animal and plant life in a range of ecosystems.
Take a hands-on approach to develop biological and chemical laboratory skills, practise environmental and fieldwork techniques, and apply scientific knowledge in the interpretation of results of experiments and surveys.
Develop skills for application of statistical and mathematical methods and practise using Information Technology for effective presentation and communication of data and ideas.
Develop life-long learning skills including techniques for self-assessment and reflection, written and verbal communication skills for meetings, debates and presentations.

Choose two modules from:

Understand key ecological concepts, explore biogeography, appraise conservation techniques and consider priorities and issues in management of habitats and wildlife.
Explore the interactions of earth processes, geological structures and environmental functions, the use of resources e.g. fossil fuels including fracking and consider the differential impacts of a range of geological hazards – earthquakes, volcanic activity and rising sea levels.
Evaluate a range of environmental and scientific factors that interact to influence health – e.g. pollution, nutrition, drug development and consider examples of environmental interventions and clinical trials.
Understand the significance of the structure of atoms, their classification in the periodic table, chemical reactions and bonding to form organic and inorganic molecules and the importance of pH.

Year 1

This module focuses on the origins and diversity of living organisms (including humans), the environmental processes and their role in the generation of biodiversity.
This module focuses on the basic principles involved in the build-up of molecules from atoms: the formation, properties and importance of bio-organic molecules, the diverse nature of micro-organisms and their structure, function and importance.
You will learn by observation, investigation, comparison and engagement, and develop practical learning and presentation methods which can be applied during year 1 and beyond. You will also gain an appreciation of Personal Development Planning and effective data handling, calculation and numerical skills.
This module will look at the multidisciplinary nature of cell biology and the basic structure of cells, focusing on animal cells. It will help you develop a theoretical knowledge of the fundamental physiological and biochemical functions carried out by cells.
This module will help you develop practical laboratory skills relevant to cell, organismal, micro- and molecular biology which will form a basis for competence in biological and biochemical experimental work.

Year 2    

The highlight of year 2 is the opportunity to go on an excellent residential field trip at Dale Fort in Pembrokeshire in May for the Marine Biology module, which includes studies of the zonation and ecology of animals and plants on various rocky sea shores.    

The aim of this module is to provide you with a cohesive lecture and laboratory programme to enable you to become aware of mammalian molecular biology and genetics and to develop an understanding of theoretical and practical knowledge in the application of clinical laboratory techniques used for diagnosis.
This module aims to provide you with a cohesive lecture programme and directed reading, enabling you to gain knowledge and understanding of: the range of infectious diseases that impact on humans; the basic biology and life cycles of protozoa and helminths of medical importance; vectors that transmit infectious agents and the internal and external factors that affect transmission of infectious diseases.
This module is to help you develop an ability to understand the basics of scientific research under the following areas in order to prepare you for future research based activity:        
  • critical evaluation of research-based literature            
  • understanding experimental techniques and design            
  • data interpretation, analysis and presentation            
  • dissertation writing and presentation.            
This module provides an structured approach to evolution and covers the evolution of animal body plans with a focus on vertebrates as well as covering the mechanisms that drive evolution.

And one from:

This module looks at the ecological principles that govern community interactions within and between species. This module includes extensive fieldwork and will provide an insight into living ecological systems.
This module introduces the concepts of animal behaviour with a specific emphasis on primates. It related behaviour to conservation.
Courses are available in: Arabic, German, French, Italian, Japanese, Mandarin Chinese and Spanish.    

As well as one from the below:

This module introduces the concepts of biological conservation and covers the consideration of different habitats and the way they influence ecosystems. The module also includes practical information of benefit to those who may consider careers in this area.
This module provides awareness of the biology and ecology of marine environments as well as providing you with the opportunity to undertake field work and encouraging you to adopt an investigative approach to ecological studies.
Courses are available in: Arabic, German, French, Italian, Japanese, Mandarin Chinese and Spanish.    

Year 3  

This is a unique module that builds on the considerable research experience that staff at Salford have in Parasitology and infectious diseases. It covers the basics and epidemiology of this group of diseases from a holistic view.
The aim of this module is to develop an understanding of the cognitive abilities and limitations of nonhuman animals, with a particular focus on nonhuman primates. The course also develops your understanding of the cognitive challenges associated with living in complex social groups.
This module looks at the importance of human and animal parasites, in relation to medical, veterinary or wildlife aspects, life-cycle biology, host response and the principles of parasite epidemiology and transmission. You will also study strategies for parasite detection, diagnosis and control. The module includes a unique field course to enable you to see parasites living in their natural environment.
The module focuses on biology relevant to the water industry and organisations which regulate and control the aquatic environment; for example the Environment Agency. The major themes are biology associated with water resources and water pollution. The module will be enhanced by field studies and external visits.
This module helps to develop an understanding of tropical ecosystems (particularly from the New World). It involves a two-week field course to Brazil and an independent research project conducted in a rain forest environment.
This module looks at the way evolution has shaped both the development and adaptation of groups of animals to their environments.

Please note that it may not be possible to deliver the full list of options every year as this will depend on factors such as how many students choose a particular option. Exact modules may also vary in order to keep content current. When accepting your offer of a place to study on this programme, you should be aware that not all optional modules will be running each year. Your tutor will be able to advise you as to the available options on or before the start of the programme. Whilst the University tries to ensure that you are able to undertake your preferred options, it cannot guarantee this.

Entry Requirements

Qualification Entry requirements
European Baccalaureate Completion of two full years study and an awarded qualification
GCSE
You must fulfil our GCSE entry requirements as well as one of the requirements listed below.
English Language and Maths at grade C or 4 or above
UCAS tariff points 64 points
GCE A level 64 points
BTEC National Diploma MPP
Scottish Highers 64 points fron Higher Level
Irish Leaving Certificate 64 points from Higher Level
Access to HE 64 points

Salford Alternative Entry Scheme (SAES)

We welcome applications from students who may not meet the stated entry criteria but who can demonstrate their ability to pursue the course successfully. Once we have received your application we will assess it and recommend it for SAES if you are an eligible candidate.

There are two different routes through the Salford Alternative Entry Scheme and applicants will be directed to the one appropriate for their course. Assessment will either be through a review of prior learning or through a formal test.

Please note that you should discuss the possibility of being considered for the scheme with the Admissions Tutor  before making an application. Please contact the Environment and Life Sciences school office to speak with the Admissions Tutor for this course: +44(0)161 295 4656

English Language Requirements

International applicants will be required to show a proficiency in English. An IELTS score of 6.0 (no element below 5.5) is proof of this.

Applicant profile

You should be interested in the study of animal life and their biological processes, the interactions of animals with one another and their environment as well as the behaviour of animals in general.

Fees and Funding

Fees

Fees 2018-19

Type of Study Fee
Full-time £6,165 for Foundation Year; £9,250 for subsequent years
Part-time Your annual fee will be calculated pro rata to the full-time fee according to the number of credits you are studying.
Full-time International £12,300 per year

Additional costs

  • Field courses - a non refundable deposit of £25 is charged for all residential field courses 
  • Field trips - students will not be charged for field (day) trips but are expected to provide their own refreshments.
  • International field courses - for the trip to Brazil (as part of the optional Tropical and Ecology module) there is a fee of about £600 and students need to pay for their own flights and visa

You should also consider further costs which may include books, stationery, printing, binding and general subsistence on trips and visits.

Teaching

Teaching methods include:

  • Lectures which will offer information and illustrative application, presenting and exploring core ideas in the subject area surrounding zoological sciences.
  • Tutorials which will be directed student-centred and problem-based sessions, and provide the chance to discuss material taught in lectures and laboratory practical classes.
  • Practical classes which will provide demonstrations of techniques and methods used in zoology and provide you with a structured opportunity to acquire such techniques/methods and the chance to develop both individual and group-working skills.
  • Fieldwork which will enable you to further develop skills in team working; learn and put into action ecological techniques; enhance observational and species recognition skills and appreciate the ethical aspects of handling animals within their environments.
  • Research project which will allow you to practice the application of appropriate, selected techniques and methods used in zoology in an academic context, demonstrate research methodologies and acquire skills in the zoological field.

Assessment

Assessment throughout is by a combination of coursework and examination, with coursework accounting for around one third of the marks in years 1 and 2 and up to half in year 3. Continuous assessment includes the research project, laboratory reports, essays, data analysis and presentations. The final degree award is weighted to reflect year 2 (25%) and year 3 (75%) performances.

Employability

Heather Wells, BSc Zoology graduate

Heather graduated with a first class degree having completed a 12 month placement in the Airway Pharmacology group at Wythenshawe hospital

What I enjoyed most about the course at Salford was the learning environment. The classes were much smaller than those I had experienced at a previous university, meaning it was a friendlier atmosphere in which to learn and make lots of friends. 

I think the course itself is really well structured, covering a broad range of subjects in relation to zoology, giving students a thorough background into the subject. I feel that it prepared me well to continue on to Master's level study.

Career Prospects

Zoology graduates can enter a wide range of vocations in biological or life sciences. These include careers related to zoological sciences training such as science communication and publishing, science administration, zoo work, wildlife conservation and management. Other graduates may go on to work in the pharmaceutical industries, agrochemicals or medical technology as well as research institutes, government agencies and as animal physiologists.

Links with Industry

We would encourage you to take a placement year, during which you do not pay tuition fees and the position is often salaried, with a major company linked to a public health laboratory or wildlife trust, or a research organisation such as the Centre for Ecology and Hydrology, MAFF or Central Veterinary Laboratory

In our experience, final degree results and employability are enhanced for students who undertake a placement year. The placement also counts towards the final degree classification as part of the year 2 mark.

Placement Opportunities

Between years two and three of this course we encourage students to complete a placement year, which is arranged with our support. The position is often salaried, with a major company linked to a public health laboratory or wildlife trust, or a research organisation such as the Centre for Ecology and Hydrology, MAFF or Central Veterinary Laboratory. In our experience, final degree results and employability are enhanced for students who undertake a placement year. The placement also counts towards the final degree classification as part of the year 2 mark.

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