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BSc (Hons) Applied Marine Zoology

For 2020 start - Available with a Science Gateway qualification

Cornwall College Newquay LEVEL: 6 Marine & Natural Environment

What is more exciting or enigmatic than the life in our oceans? We still know so little about this alien world which makes up 98% of the living space on our planet, but with technology developing at such a pace more and more discoveries are being made. It is an exciting time to be involved in any aspect of marine science; a crucial one too, as our impact on the world’s oceans has never been greater.

Foundation degree students who wish to progress to an honours degree can apply for third year entry to our top-up programme. You will need to have studied an appropriate foundation degree programme. The BSc has been designed to develop your interest and hone your professional skills to equip you for work in a growing industry. Situated on the beautiful coast of North Cornwall we are perfectly located for fieldwork and we have a strong practical element running through the programme. You will get hands-on experience in using sampling and survey equipment, as well as planning and undertaking marine surveys: from plankton trawls, to underwater video mapping and offshore marine life surveys.

During your studies you will develop your understanding of marine animals; working from cellular processes up to whole organism and ecosystem levels. In Year 1 you will receive a firm grounding in aquatic ecology, marine and biological science as well as developing practical survey skills before moving on to more specialised modules, such as fish ecology and marine vertebrate biology and conservation in your second year. In your final year, you will choose from options such as GIS and marine environmental management, monitoring marine ecosystems and marine pollution and ecotoxicology as well as undertaking your own research for your honours project.

Employers expect graduates to be skilled communicators and you will find that coursework takes a variety of formats; from
scientific reports and posters, to presentations and discussions. In addition most modules have test or exam elements.

Possible Progression (subject to availability) 

– Biological Science Research Masters at Newquay
– Masters-level programmes at other institutions
– PGCE or CertEd at Camborne, St Austell, Saltash or Duchy Stoke

Possible Careers 

– Marine Biologist
– Marine Education Officer
– Fisheries Officer
– Marine Technician
– Marine Ecological Consultant
– University Researcher
– Wildlife Guide

Key Facts

  • UCAS Code: 0B4X or 2M74 (top-up)
  • Institution codes: CORN C78
  • Awarded by: University of Plymouth
  • Fees: Fees Explained
Entry Requirements

80 UCAS points from AS and A-Levels (at least 56 points must be at A2-level) or relevant level 3 qualification, such as: BTEC National Diploma / BTEC Extended Diploma - MMP Grades required (specific unit grades may be requested). Access to HE Diplomas in a relevant subject - 45 credits at level 3 (specific unit grades may be requested). Plus GCSEs at grade C/grade 4 or above in English Language, Science and Mathematics: alternatives at Level 2 may be considered. Mature applicants with relevant experience but without the stated qualifications will be considered individually and are encouraged to apply.

Entry Requirements for top-up (entry to year 3):

240 credits with 120 at level 5 from a relevant Foundation Degree, HND, or equivalent in an appropriate subject.  All qualifications and subject grades will be considered on an individual basis.  HND qualifications may require additional bridging modules.

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Course Documents

BSc(Hons) Applied Marine Zoology Handbook (2019-20)
CORN Module Records Newquay (10 Sept 19)


Indicative Modules Year 1

  • Marine Science
  • Marine Survey Techniques
  • Biological Principles
  • Diversity, Classification & Evolution
  • Ecology of Aquatic Systems
  • Key Professional Skills

Indicative Modules Year 2

  • Marine Vertebrate Biology & Conservation
  • Fish Ecology
  • Zoological Conservation in Practice
  • Biosecurity & Invasive Species
  • Marine Invertebrates
  • Research Methods & GIS for Zoology

Indicative Modules Year 3

  • Monitoring Marine Ecosystems
  • GIS & Marine Environmental Management
  • Honours Project

Options (choose two) -

  • Applications of Zoology
  • Conservation Project Management
  • Marine Pollution & Ecotoxicology

*Modules are subject to change and availability



BSc (Hons) Applied Marine Zoology

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3 years full-time

BSc (Hons) Applied Marine Zoology (top-up)

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1 year full-time

BSc (Hons) Applied Marine Zoology - with Science Gateway

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4 years full-time

Extra Information

This option includes an additional Science Gateway year which is ideal if you don’t have the right qualifications to apply for a degree programme straight away. If you are applying for the FdSc Surf Science & Technology - with Science Gateway route on UCAS you will need to use UCAS code: CC31. Please note that when studying the Science Gateway programme, you will be based at Cornwall College Newquay.

*Courses listed on this website are indicative of the subject, nature and level of study. The college reserves the right to alter specific qualifications titles, awarding bodies and levels of qualification, which can change in year. Any cost may also vary, based on personal funding eligibility. The Cornwall College Group reserves the right to withdraw any course listed at any time.

Careers advice available

If you are considering an undergraduate programme with us, you may wish to access our free Careers and Employability advice service. This gives you the opportunity to talk with an advisor about career options before, during and after your study with us. To make an appointment, please e-mail: H.E.Advice@cornwall.ac.uk

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