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If you have a keen interest in the natural world, then studying a Zoology degree would be an ideal choice. A degree in Zoology will often encompass a wide range of topics that include the care and conservation of wildlife, biology, environmental science, evolution and so much more.
Having a Zoology degree under your belt will equip you with the tools to undertake any number of professions. Whether you want to be in a lab conducting research & data analysis, work for charities, organisations and government agencies or work directly with animals in their natural habitat, the options you have are both exciting and extensive.
If your grades don’t meet the entry requirements to study a Zoology degree at your firm or insurance choice universities, don’t feel too disheartened. You still have plenty of other options to consider, including searching through Clearing 2020 to find an alternative course to apply to.
Zoology Degree Entry Requirements
The minimum UCAS tariff points to study a course ranges from 64 points (DDE at A-Level) to points 144 (AAA at A-Level), with the average being 120 points (BBB at A-Level).
For applicants with
A-Levels, many courses will require you to have studied Biology in the past, with some also asking for another science, such as Physics and Chemistry, or even Maths. This will depend on the entry requirements of the course, but as much of Zoology involves research and data analysis, having a scientific background will help. Typically, subjects such as General Studies and Critical Thinking are excluded and cannot be counted as part of your points total.
Entry requirements for
BTEC applicants range from DDD for the top universities, to as little as MPP-MM. In some cases you’ll need to have studied a science-based subject or have a combination of BTECs and A-Levels.
A small number of universities do offer Zoology degrees with integrated foundation years, specifically for students who don’t have the required qualifications to gain direct entry onto their degree programme. The first year is designed to equip students with the necessary knowledge and skills for degree-level study.
The entry requirements for these courses are much lower - as little as 32 UCAS points - so could be a good option for you. It’s important to remember though, that not only will your degree take longer to complete, the extra year will add additional course fees (up to £9,250) and living expenses to the cost of your studies.
Note: The exact entry requirements for Zoology courses will vary from university to university. It’s important to check the individual course pages for exact entry information - including information on what other qualifications may be accepted - before making any applications.
It’s important to remember that universities don’t just assess you on your grades or UCAS points totals. They will also take into account your
personal statement and how well you’ve communicated your passion for the subject and for your chosen career path. They will also want to see what you can contribute to university life, so will look favourably on students who’ve been active members of clubs and societies at college/sixth form.
Some universities may also ask students to attend an
interview or selection day and your performance here will form part of your application success.
Top tip: If you have only just missed out on the grades/UCAS points needed for your chosen university, it’s worth giving them a call to see if they would be willing to accept you - based on your personal statement and interview performance. There are no guarantees, but it’s worth a try.
How to Compare Zoology Courses in Clearing 2020
Other important information to look at when choosing a Zoology course include: what the module choices are, how you’ll be taught and/or assessed, whether there are placement opportunities and what the graduate employment rates are.
You can compare courses based on all these important factors right here on Whatuni. To start your search, head over to Whatuni’s
Clearing hub and enter ‘Zoology’ into the search bar. Then you can start browsing through the information pages for each course, comparing them on all the important factors listed above.
Top Tip: During Clearing, some universities have been known to lower the entry requirements for some of their courses. There is no way to tell if this will happen to Zoology courses in Clearing 2020, but if a university has a lot of vacancies to fill, they may be willing to accept students with lower grades.
The easiest way to see which courses your grades make you eligible for is to click the
‘YOUR GRADES’ button located at the top of the search results page and fill in the onscreen form.The list will then be personalised with matching courses:
Once you’ve compiled a list of courses, you then need to decide which of the shortlisted universities you’d be most happy living at for the next three to four years. A good place to begin your research is the university’s
prospectus, which will give you an overview of what they offer students in terms of learning facilities, accommodation, social activities, financial support and student support.
We would also advise you to
book an open day at each university - if you have time to do so. This will give you a chance to have a closer look at the campus and perhaps speak to some current students and/or potential tutors. Open day events are really useful for helping you build a picture of what your life there might be like and whether you’d enjoy it.
Before making any final decisions, we’d also suggest you check our
student reviews. They will give you an honest insight into what it’s really like to study and live at your shortlisted universities. Simply enter the university name and/or subject name to see what students are saying:
What if I Can’t Find a Zoology Course in Clearing?
If you haven’t been able to find or secure a place on a suitable Zoology course in Clearing, don’t despair. There are still a number of other options available to you:
Apply for a joint honours degree: If you can’t find a suitable Zoology course to apply for, then one alternative is to search for a joint honours course where Zoology makes up one half of the degree. Common subjects to be paired with Zoology include: Biology, Environmental Science, Equine Science and Marine Biology. Just make sure to think carefully about your future career aspirations before making a decision.
Study a Zoology HNC/HND: Higher National Certificates and Diplomas are vocational based courses that are the equivalent to one (HNC) or two (HND) years of a Bachelor’s degree. They aim to produce graduates who are ready for employment in a wide range of Zoology-related careers. The entry requirements for Zoology HNCs and HNDs are a lot lower than for a degree - as low as 48 UCAS points.
Resit your exams: If none of these alternative options appeal to you, or you have your heart set on a particular course at a particular university, then you could opt to re-sit your A-Level exams and apply for university entry in 2021.