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Animal Biology BSc (Hons)

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What is Animal Biology BSc (Hons)?

Learning in the field and lab, focusing on local and global biological issues, you’ll join our Biosciences team – ranked 6th nationally for student experience by the Guardian and The Times.

Our Animal Biology BSc (Hons) course scored 100% for overall student satisfaction in the National Student Survey 2021.

Our Biosciences courses are ranked 1st in the UK for student & feedback satisfaction, and 3rd for teaching satisfaction by the Guardian University Guide 2022. Our Biological Science courses are also ranked 1st in the UK for student experience and teaching quality by The Times Good University Guide 2022.

You’ll explore the form and function of animals, their adaptions to the environment, interaction, physiology and evolution. You’ll examine animal behaviour from ants to primates and learn how to conduct surveys for a variety of animal populations.

You’ll have the opportunity to progress from field training in the UK to field research overseas, in the Savannah of South Africa, the tropical rainforests of Borneo or mountains of Switzerland.

Throughout, you’ll be guided by lecturers awarded for their teaching excellence and media work, and internationally-recognised for their frontline conservation research in bioscience.

Note that we offer a range of fee waivers, scholarships, bursaries and awards for both UK and International students.

Study style

You’ll learn through fieldwork, laboratory analysis, seminars, debates and lectures. Around 75% of assessment is by coursework, through consultancy reports, presentations, essays, scientific reports and practical tests with an emphasis on active research areas.

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Entry requirements

    • 112 – 128 UCAS tariff points, BBC – ABB at A levels, DMM – DDM at BTEC, or a Merit in your T-Level.

      If you are using a combination of qualifications to achieve the required UCAS tariff points, they must either include at least 2 A levels, a BTEC or an equivalent qualification.

      If you are unsure whether we could make you an offer or you have any questions, just get in touch with our admissions team who will be able to advise you.

    • English Language or Literature and Maths Grade 4/C in GCSE (or equivalent) are normally required.

    • We welcome and encourage applications from mature students (aged 21 and over). If you are taking an Access to Higher Education Diploma you will need to pass 60 credits with at least 45 credits at Level 3.

Course modules

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Fees and costs

See the further details of fees and potential extra costs when studying a course at the University of Gloucestershire.
Start date Location UCAS code Fee (UK)
per year
Fee (international)
per year
Sep 2022 Francis Close Hall, Cheltenham C190 £9,250 £15,000
Sep 2023 Francis Close Hall, Cheltenham C190 TBC TBC

Possible careers

Graduates from this course can go on to work as:

  • Biologist
  • Ecologist
  • Wildlife Journalist
  • Laboratory Technician
  • Conservation Biologist
  • Wildlife Manager
  • Researcher/Teacher
  • Ecological Consultant.

Industry links

We offer short-term internships and year-long placement options – so you can gain workplace experience, network with potential employers and obtain academic credit towards your degree. Recently our students have been placed with zoos, conservation groups and wildlife rangers. Others have gained teaching experience in schools to support their teacher training applications. And some have joined our research into hedgehog conservation, the microbiology of dormice nest-boxes, and seabird surveys using thermal imaging.

Learn from world-renowned experts

Our entomologist Professor Adam Hart and ornithologist Dr Anne Goodenough regularly make national media appearances – in particular on the annual Flying Ant and Starling Murmuration surveys. These are led jointly by the University of Gloucestershire and the Royal Society of Biology.

Leaf-cutter ants carrying a piece of leaf

Excellent levels of student satisfaction

Learn in a supportive and personal environment. Our Bioscience courses have been ranked 6th nationally for student experience by the Guardian and The Times.

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Ranked 1st in the UK for student and feedback satisfaction

Our Biosciences courses are ranked 1st in the UK for student and feedback satisfaction by the Guardian University Guide 2022.

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Ranked 1st in the UK for student experience and teaching quality

Our Biological Science courses are ranked 1st in the UK for student experience and teaching quality by The Times Good University Guide 2022.

Placements

As part of your course you can gain valuable experience on an optional placement year.

  • Duration – 12 months, full-time (minimum 35 hours a week)
  • Location – popular destinations include the UK, USA, China and Europe
  • Visa – you may need a visa if you’re on placement abroad
  • Finance – your tuition fee is reduced for your placement year – and you can still apply for a maintenance loan and get money advice
  • Placement support – we’ll help you find a great placement and get the most out of the experience

"I invite students to work with me on my research projects"

“My particular passions are ornithology and conservation – anything connected with birds and how to conserve both birds and other species fascinates me. I frequently invite students to work with me on my research projects. I’ve now published 18 papers jointly with students – and I’m always delighted with the level of commitment and skill they demonstrate.”

Dr Anne Goodenough, Professor of Applied Ecology

Anne Goodenough in a laboratory

"I've always loved biology"

“I guess growing up on the coast and spending my summers going through rock pools probably helped. It’s that fascination that’s taken me to some remarkable places and found me working with organisations such as the BBC, The Society of Biology and the EU Cooperation on Science and Technology. I’m recognised at the highest national levels as a biologist, entomologist, teacher and science communicator – and I think that’s a reflection of the enthusiasm I have for my subject.”

Adam Hart, Professor of Science Communication

Adam Hart in a laboratory

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