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FdSc Marine Conservation

For 2018 start - Available with a Science Gateway qualification

Cornwall College Newquay LEVEL: 5 Marine & Natural Environment

There has never been a more pressing need for trained marine biologists who understand the threats facing life in the oceans. This programme allows you to gain an understanding of the science underlying marine conservation; whilst our location on the beautiful wild coast of north Cornwall enables you to study a wide variety of aquatic habitats and marine wildlife at first
hand. Designed in close consultation with the marine industry, this exciting and vibrant programme is highly relevant if you would like a career in the expanding field of marine biology and conservation.

The first year will give you a firm grounding in aquatic ecology, marine and biological science, as well as developing practical survey skills. In the second year there are more specialised modules covering topics such as fish ecology and marine invertebrates.

There is a large element of work-related learning integrated within the programme and you will have the opportunity to talk to many experts in the field and visit professional institutions; we have strong links with commercial partners Blue Reef Aquarium, the National Lobster Hatchery and Cornwall Wildlife Trust.

Marine Conservation in Practice develops skills in stakeholder engagement and outreach activities. It also incorporates the requirement to gain 100 hours of relevant work-based experience.


Possible Progression (subject to availability) 

– BSc (Hons) Applied Zoology (top-up) at Newquay
– BSc (Hons) Applied Marine Zoology (top-up) at Newquay
– BSc (Hons) Environmental Resource Management (final year) at Newquay


Possible Careers 

– Marine Biologist
– Marine Education Officer
– Fisheries Officer
– Marine Technician
– Wildlife Guide


Key Facts

  • UCAS Code: F711
  • Institution codes: CORN C78
  • Awarded by: Cornwall College & Plymouth University
Entry Requirements

48 UCAS points from AS and A-Levels (at least 32 points must be at A2-level) or relevant level 3 qualification, ie BTEC National Diploma / BTEC Extended Diploma - PPP 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.

Teaching Excellence Framework (TEF) Silver Award


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Course Documents

FdSc Marine Conservation Handbook 2018-2019


Indicative Module Year 1

  • Biological Principles
  • Marine Science
  • Ecology of Aquatic Systems
  • Diversity, Classification & Evolution
  • Marine Survey Techniques
  • Personal & Employability Skills Development

Indicative Module Year 2

  • Marine Vertebrate Biology & Conservation
  • Algal & Coral Biology & Culture
  • Fish Ecology
  • Individual Research Project
  • Marine Invertebrates
  • Marine Conservation in Practice
Options (choose one)
  • Aquaria & Conservation of Aquatic Organisms
  • Contemporary Issues in Marine Conservation

*Modules are subject to change and availability



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*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.

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