Cornwall College

BSc (Hons) Applied Zoology and Conservation

The Cornwall College Group offers a wide range of undergraduate programmes across eight campuses throughout Cornwall and Devon, including Bicton College, Cornwall College, Duchy College and Falmouth Marine School. We offer specialist courses designed with employers and delivered by industry professionals. During your studies you will get the opportunity to work on live projects and start your career before you even graduate.

Course details

  • Year 1
  • Core modules
    • CORN115 Diversity, Classification and Evolution

      This module provides an introduction to the main characteristics of different forms of life on Earth and how they evolved.

    • CORN154 Hygiene, Health and Welfare of Captive Animals

      This module gives students an understanding of the conditions needed to maintain health in captive animals and how to detect ill health. Special consideration is given to the role of the immune system and psychological well-being in fighting disease, and the importance of the five freedoms in captive animals to maintain good health.

    • CORN162 Key Professional Skills

    • CORN163 Animals and their Environment

    • CORN171 Introduction to Zoology

      This module provides students with an understanding of the key scientific concepts and practical skills which underpin the study of zoological conservation.

    • ZOO6 Fieldwork

  • Year 2
  • Core modules
    • CORN272 Vertebrate Zoology

    • CORN273 Population Genetics and Community Ecology

    • CORN274 Biosecurity and Invasive Species

    • CORN275 Zoological Conservation in Practice

    • CORN276 Research Methods and GIS for Zoology

    Optional modules
    • CORN213 Behavioural Ecology

    • CORN270 Marine Vertebrate Biology and Conservation

    • CORN278 Primate Behaviour and Conservation

    • CORN292 Advanced Ecology and Survey Techniques

  • Year 3
  • Core modules
    • CORN326 Placement Project

  • Final year
  • Core modules
    • CORN306 Applications of Zoology

      This module enables students to study and develop ideas related to selected zoological themes relevant to the workplace or research situation. The student will explore these themes through the literature, seminars and tutorials developing his/her own research skills.

    • CORN310 Honours Project

      This module allows students to explore in detail an academic subject of their choice. The module comprises a substantial research study element, which includes a literature review, experimental design, the collection, analysis and interpretation of data and report writing.

    • CORN314 Conservation Project Management

    • CORN315 Conservation Genetics

    Optional modules
    • CORN304 Zoology and Conservation of Aquatic Ecosystems

      This module focuses on recent advances in the biology, ecology and conservation of animal life within freshwater and marine environments, and addresses how conservation measures can ensure marine life and the marine environment can be utilised in a sustainable way.

    • CORN313 Wildlife Conservation

      This module allows students to examine the application of science to the practice of wildlife management and the impact of environmental law and policy on the biological outcomes for threatened species and ecosystems. The module has a strong emphasis on field-based experience with the added knowledge of GIS (Geographical Information Systems) to back up the practical applications, and link into WBL.

    • CORN316 Monitoring Marine Ecosystems

The modules shown for this course are those currently being studied by our students, or are proposed new modules. Please note that programme structures and individual modules are subject to amendment from time to time as part of the University’s curriculum enrichment programme and in line with changes in the University’s policies and requirements.

Fees, costs and funding

As this course is delivered by one of our partner colleges, please contact the college directly for information on fees and funding.

How to apply

All applications for undergraduate courses are made through UCAS (Universities and Colleges Admissions Service). 

UCAS will ask for the information contained in the box at the top of this course page including the UCAS course code and the institution code. 

To apply for this course and for more information about submitting an application including application deadline dates, please visit the UCAS website.

Support is also available to overseas students applying to the University from our International Office via our how to apply webpage or email international-admissions@plymouth.ac.uk.



Our partnership with Cornwall College

The University of Plymouth has developed partnerships with institutions around the world with the sole purpose of making higher education more accessible to those people who need something just a little different.

Our Academic Partnerships enable students to enrol for a degree at a partnership institution closer to home, or engage in distance learning – even when they’re in the middle of the ocean. They are there for those people looking to return to education, or enhance their professional development. Full- or part-time; foundation degree to masters-level – we cater for a huge variety of needs and aspirations.

Many of our partners offer specialist degrees, unique facilities, and smaller class sizes at a competitive price. And as a student of two institutions, you get the best of both worlds; a supportive learning environment as part of a close-knit community, and a university-level qualification awarded by the University of Plymouth. You’ll enjoy not only the facilities and services your partnership institution provides, but also all of the additional support and resources you need from us, and you’ll automatically become a member of our Students’ Union, too.

We are continuing to grow the number of partner institutions and expand our academic community to new locations around the UK and overseas. Why not visit the Academic Partnerships page on our website for a full list of partners and for more details on studying with us?

One of our partners delivers this particular course – so please visit their website for full course details, entry requirements, tuition fees and information on what student life is like there. 

Studying with Cornwall College

Looking to study a specialist subject at university level? Want to do it in one of the most beautiful places in the world? Our wide range of courses gives you the chance to pick up the skills and experience you’ll need for your chosen profession.

Find out more about studying at Cornwall College