FdSc Ecotourism

For 2020 start

Cornwall College Newquay LEVEL: 5 Travel & Tourism

The Foundation Degree (FdSc) in Ecotourism is unique; it is the only course currently available in the UK offering a mix of key themes for employment in the growing ecotour industry. The course is based on three elements: wildlife, business and tourism, enabling students to learn the underpinning knowledge and skills to be a valuable employee or set up a business. The course is perfectly located in the beach-tourism capital of the UK with myriad experienced businesses to learn from on the doorstep.

Students will experience, and interact with, a range of ecotour operators working on land and at sea. Students will be able to choose to take part in overseas expeditions to experience exotic ecotour locations first-hand. Students will be part of the Higher Education community based at Cornwall College Newquay with access to experienced staff, tutoring, academic support, and extra-curricular activities. Students will undertake a period of work experience to understand the sector from the inside out and hone their skills. Students will be encouraged to pursue best practice in all areas and keep abreast of new technologies and initiatives to ensure currency throughout their studies and careers. Tourists have a responsibility to become conservationists to protect areas of importance and beauty for future generations, graduates in ecotourism will lead this evolution.

This programme is based at Cornwall College Newquay. With an environmentally friendly ethos at its heart, Cornwall College Newquay offers courses in zoological conservation, wildlife education and marine conservation, so you will feel completely at home with the other students.

FdSc Ecotourism will have a progression route in the BSc (Hons) Environmental Resource Management top-up programme at Cornwall College Newquay.

Key Facts

  • UCAS Code: TECO
  • Institution codes: CORN C78
  • Awarded by: University of Plymouth
  • Fees: Fees Explained
Entry Requirements

32 points from A2 level qualifications in appropriate subjects.

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Indicative Modules Year 1

  • Animals and their Environment
  • The British Countryside
  • Professional Employability Skills Development
  • Business & Sustainability
  • Understanding Tourist Behaviour
  • Wildlife Guiding

Indicative Modules Year 2

  • Individual Research Project
  • Vertebrate Zoology & Conservation
  • Marine Vertebrate Biology & Conservation
  • Ecosystem Services
  • Wildlife Education & Media in Practice
  • Global Sustainable Tourism & Hospitality

*Modules are subject to change and availability


FdSc Ecotourism

Start Date





2 years full-time

*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.

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