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MSc Land And Ecological Restoration

Level 7 • Full-time • Eden Project


Human activities are responsible for historical and ongoing damage to our planet and the services it performs for us. As the human population grows, so does the imperative not just to mitigate against further deterioration but to actively seek to restore and recover damaged and destroyed habitats to achieve environmental growth. MSc Land and Ecological Restoration aims to develop a holistic understanding of the process of restoring degraded sites and ecosystems. You will learn how to identify restoration priorities, engage stakeholders, plan, implement and monitor programmes of restoration, evaluate the success of activities, and plan aftercare. The course places a particular emphasis on ecological restoration as ‘the process of assisting the recovery of an ecosystem that has been degraded, damaged, or destroyed.’ You will develop a thorough understanding of the theoretical framework underpinning practical techniques together with the project management and employability competencies necessary to lead and contribute to restoration activities in the UK and abroad. The course is taught at Cornwall’s iconic Eden Project – a world-famous example of the successful restoration of post-industrial land, located within an area of active China clay extraction in the English county with the greatest proportion of ‘derelict’ land. You will have access to unique facilities at Eden – including Europe’s largest indoor rainforest, constructed soils, laboratories, teaching spaces, IT suite and learning centre and you will benefit from access to facilities at other Cornwall College campuses and at University of Plymouth. There is a large emphasis on fieldwork with visits to local restoration sites varying in scale from small nature reserves, through ongoing restoration by companies and government agencies, to large scale EU funded infrastructure projects that have transformed communities. During the course you will also have the unique opportunity to visit one of the Eden Project’s international development sites, such as Eden Qingdao – the Eden Project’s new site in China. You will contribute to site survey, assessment and restoration of reclaimed and environmentally-damaged land and learn the techniques used by Eden’s partners in the creation of new visitor attractions. With case studies and live employer briefs you will have ample opportunity to apply your learning and on graduation be well placed to progress to PhD research or enter an international labour market. Key principles and standards developed by professional bodies including the Society for Ecological Restoration (SER) and Chartered Institute of Ecology and Environmental Management (CIEEM) are embedded in the programme to prepare you for professional recognition.

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FdSc Conservation and Ecology

Level 5 • Full-time • Cornwall College Newquay


Are you interested in wildlife and nature conservation? This is an inspirational, field-based practical course situated on the Cornwall College Newquay campus, adjacent to Newquay Zoo. On this programme you will learn about ecology (how organisms interact with each other and with their physical environment) and how we conserve species and habitats. This requires knowledge about how to observe, survey, monitor and manage species and where they live. You will develop skills in Geographical Information Systems (GIS) and other relevant field and research skills. Teaching will be through traditional lectures, fieldwork, labwork and workshops. All our lecturers are experts in their particular field with wide-ranging qualifications, interests and experience. Some topics will be delivered by experts from organisations such as the Cornwall Wildlife Trust and the National Trust. Guest speakers play an important role in your learning and they are used regularly to provide more expert knowledge in some of the specialised modules. Work-related learning is a valuable part of the programme and you will undertake work experience locally or overseas. In this way, you will gain experience and develop graduate-level skills in the type of work that you hope to do, and learn about the expectations of those who may employ you. The contacts you make during your work experience may well be your link to future employment. During the programme, you will have plenty of opportunity to visit the broad range of habitats and environments in Cornwall. This course is also available with Science Gateway, perfect for you if you would like to study any of the science-based Foundation Degrees (FdSc) we offer, but don’t have the right qualifications or grades to do so. At the end of the programme you will be equipped with the academic qualifications, personal qualities, vocational skills and techniques essential for a career in the ecological or environmental sector.

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BSc (Hons) Applied Zoology and Conservation

Level 6 • Full-time • Cornwall College Newquay


This degree equips you with the necessary skills and knowledge to work within the field of conservation. There is an emphasis on practical application using both national and international examples, and utilising field specialists within the institute and externally as guest speakers to discuss current issues and research in conservation. Modules cover a range of subjects from anatomy and physiology to specific animal behaviour and population management. A range of optional modules in the second and third years allows you to personalise your degree programme. The programme is delivered at Cornwall College Newquay with a range of lectures, workshops, seminars, laboratory and field-based practical sessions. There will be some modules taught in situ utilising the surrounding environment, for example habitat and wildlife surveys within the first year Fieldwork module. These will involve a mix of day or residential field trips to develop and apply survey techniques in the field.

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BSc (Hons) Applied Zoology & Conservation (including sandwich year)

Level 5 • Full-time • Cornwall College Newquay


The BSc (Hons) Applied Zoology and Conservation is a full-time four year programme designed to equip you with the necessary skills and knowledge to work within the field of conservation. Modules cover a range of subjects from anatomy and physiology to behaviour and population/habitat management. There is an emphasis on practical application using both national and international examples, and utilising field specialists within the institute and externally as guest speakers to discuss current issues and research in zoological conservation. The placement year will take place between years 2 and 3, requiring a total of 26 weeks on placement with either a single or multiple relevant employers/organisations. During the placement year you will need to conduct an independent research project and will be supported in the lead up to the placement and throughout by a placement year supervisor. The research conducted as part of the placement year project cannot be used for the Honours Project in Year 3.

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FdSc Conservation and Ecology

Level 5 • Part-time • Cornwall College Newquay


Are you interested in wildlife and nature conservation? This is an inspirational, field-based practical course situated on the Cornwall College Newquay campus, adjacent to Newquay Zoo. On this programme you will learn about ecology (how organisms interact with each other and with their physical environment) and how we conserve species and habitats. This requires knowledge about how to observe, survey, monitor and manage species and where they live. You will develop skills in Geographical Information Systems (GIS) and other relevant field and research skills. Teaching will be through traditional lectures, fieldwork, labwork and workshops. All our lecturers are experts in their particular field with wide-ranging qualifications, interests and experience. Some topics will be delivered by experts from organisations such as the Cornwall Wildlife Trust and the National Trust. Guest speakers play an important role in your learning and they are used regularly to provide more expert knowledge in some of the specialised modules. Work-related learning is a valuable part of the programme and you will undertake work experience locally or overseas. In this way, you will gain experience and develop graduate-level skills in the type of work that you hope to do, and learn about the expectations of those who may employ you. The contacts you make during your work experience may well be your link to future employment. During the programme, you will have plenty of opportunity to visit the broad range of habitats and environments in Cornwall. We also run optional residential field trips or research projects to destinations further afield, including Borneo, Honduras, South Africa and the Scilly Isles. At the end of the programme you will be equipped with the academic qualifications, personal qualities, vocational skills and techniques essential for a career in the ecological or environmental sector.

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MSc Land And Ecological Restoration

Level 7 • Part-time • Eden Project


Human activities are responsible for historical and ongoing damage to our planet and the services it performs for us. As the human population grows, so does the imperative not just to mitigate against further deterioration but to actively seek to restore and recover damaged and destroyed habitats to achieve environmental growth. MSc Land and Ecological Restoration aims to develop a holistic understanding of the process of restoring degraded sites and ecosystems. You will learn how to identify restoration priorities, engage stakeholders, plan, implement and monitor programmes of restoration, evaluate the success of activities, and plan aftercare. The course places a particular emphasis on ecological restoration as ‘the process of assisting the recovery of an ecosystem that has been degraded, damaged, or destroyed.’ You will develop a thorough understanding of the theoretical framework underpinning practical techniques together with the project management and employability competencies necessary to lead and contribute to restoration activities in the UK and abroad. The course is taught at Cornwall’s iconic Eden Project – a world-famous example of the successful restoration of post-industrial land, located within an area of active China clay extraction in the English county with the greatest proportion of ‘derelict’ land. You will have access to unique facilities at Eden – including Europe’s largest indoor rainforest, constructed soils, laboratories, teaching spaces, IT suite and learning centre and you will benefit from access to facilities at other Cornwall College campuses and at University of Plymouth. There is a large emphasis on fieldwork with visits to local restoration sites varying in scale from small nature reserves, through ongoing restoration by companies and government agencies, to large scale EU funded infrastructure projects that have transformed communities. During the course you will also have the unique opportunity to visit one of the Eden Project’s international development sites, such as Eden Qingdao – the Eden Project’s new site in China. You will contribute to site survey, assessment and restoration of reclaimed and environmentally-damaged land and learn the techniques used by Eden’s partners in the creation of new visitor attractions. With case studies and live employer briefs you will have ample opportunity to apply your learning and on graduation be well placed to progress to PhD research or enter an international labour market. Key principles and standards developed by professional bodies including the Society for Ecological Restoration (SER) and Chartered Institute of Ecology and Environmental Management (CIEEM) are embedded in the programme to prepare you for professional recognition.

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FdSc Marine Conservation

Level 5 • Full-time • Cornwall College Newquay


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. This course is also available with Science Gateway, perfect for you if you would like to study any of the science-based Foundation Degrees (FdSc) we offer, but don’t have the right qualifications or grades to do so.

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Science CAVA Access To HE Diploma

Level 3 • Full-time • Cornwall College St Austell


Access courses are designed as a stepping stone to enable motivated, enthusiastic people to progress on to Higher Education. There is a very high level of academic and personal support throughout the course. This can help if you need to combine study with part time employment and family commitments. Please Note: This course is only available to applicants who are 19+

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FdSc Marine Conservation

Level 5 • Part-time • Cornwall College Newquay


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.

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FdSc Wildlife Education & Media

Level 5 • Full-time • Cornwall College Newquay


Take a look at your smart phone, your tablet, your laptop, your computer. In your hand, under your fingers, is the final result of mathematical theory, engineering know-how, scientific understanding and technological inspiration. It is fused with design and art so it appeals to your sense of aesthetic and to your emotions. It allows you to be creative. So should a degree course. Single subject courses made sense in the twentieth century but in the twenty-first, life, employment, is a lot more complex and inter-disciplinary. Global problems require an ability to understand a range of subjects and combine them to propose global solutions. This is the case for conservation. Understanding the conservation science is one thing but explaining the issues and proposing the solutions to the general public is quite another. Most conservation science jobs require these skills: educators in zoos, aquariums and nature reserves, science journalists, wildlife media creators, wildlife guides, wildlife campaign managers, project coordinators, fundraisers for charities. The FdSc Wildlife Education and Media course does just that. It teaches you the zoological conservation science that makes you a conservation scientist but it also provides skills in educating a range of audiences, both in person and through a range of media. It is a theoretical course but it is also a practical and applied course: Pop-Up Nature Centres, British Science Week activity, interpretation development, storytelling, writing journalistic copy, producing films and podcasts. You don’t just learn but do. Employers like that and this is why this small course has been successful in getting graduates into jobs, especially if you complete the one-year top-up in BSc (Hons) Applied Zoology. You produce a portfolio to evidence your skills. You learn industry standard software. We guide you to become more employable. Other skills and knowledge you’ll gain include: • Learning subjects like ecology, zoology, biodiversity, evolution, animal behaviour and species/habitat conservation • Developing environmental interpretation for use by the public • Learning how to teach through running our dedicated pop-up nature centre • Planning and running an educational event for British Science Week • Learning how to use digital cameras for wildlife photography/film-making and industry-standard specialist software for media creation • Developing independent research skills in a second year project in conservation science, education and/or media. The course can be carried out on a full time basis, which is two years at our Newquay campus adjacent to Newquay Zoo, or on a part time basis over 3 or 4 years, where you will be infilled with full time students. During the course you will have the opportunity to visit various science communication centres and also to gain first-hand experience of teaching in the classroom. Overseas field work: The college also organises trips further afield, at your own cost. These trips are a fantastic opportunity to learn new skills and practise your skills learnt at the college. They could also be considered highly valuable if you are looking to pursue a career in ecotourism, as a wildlife tour guide. Past trips have visited the forests of Borneo, the reefs of Egypt, nature reserves in Portugal and the beautiful island of Mull in the Inner Hebrides. More recently, we have run fantastic trips to the Kruger National Park in South Africa and to the cloud forests and coral reefs of Honduras. Both of these trips offer great opportunities for a wildlife educator or a wildlife media creator to practice what you have learned in the class room. This course is also available with Science Gateway, perfect for you if you would like to study any of the science-based Foundation Degrees (FdSc) we offer, but don’t have the right qualifications or grades to do so.

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Bee Keeping Introduction

No Qualification • Part-time • Duchy College Rosewarne


The Basic Bee Keeping Part 1 is a 2 term course of 36 hours providing a grounding in beekeeping. This course aims to get you started before getting your bees. The course is an excellent grounding for those wishing to keep bees and involves lectures, practical demonstrations, sharing of experiences along with answers to those unsure of whether to keep bees or not. All teaching takes place at Rosewarne where West Cornwall Beekeepers Association has an outdoor apiary.

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Squirrel Management for Conservation

No Qualification • Part-time • Bicton College


This course is suitable for landowners, gamekeepers, pest controllers, farmers, arborists and those involved in land/forestry management The course will give you a working knowledge of the legislation surrounding grey and red squirrels and practical methods of managing the grey squirrel. Upon successful completion of the course you will be obtain a certificate to prove your knowledge, understanding and competence of squirrel management. The course is held over two days with the first day mainly classroom based covering legislation, ecology of both the grey and red squirrel. The principles of available management methods for the grey squirrel. Survey methods and identifying the presence of the grey squirrel. Setting traps and the laws surrounding trapping and where to put them for maximum impact. Shooting and the basic principles of marksmanship. The second day will be mainly field based putting the theory from the previous session into practice. Carrying out survey for evidence of the squirrels, the placement of traps and setting of the most commonly used traps on the market that are used for squirrel control. Setting up bait stations and ensuring the area is safe, the gun is suitable and the shooting is accurate.

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Animal Care and Welfare Assistant Apprenticeship

Level 2 • Work-based • Duchy College Rosewarne, Duchy College Stoke Climsland


During this Level 2 Animal Care Apprenticeship you will learn to develop and demonstrate competence in a range of areas, enabling you to progress onto the Level 3 course. If you are passionate about animals and would love a job where you work with them every day, then a career in animal management is for you. As an apprentice you will work with a range of animals and learn more about their health, welfare, handling and supervision, as well as earning money at the same time. Working with animals can be an extremely rewarding career, where no two days are the same and you can gain hands-on training with this Level 2 apprenticeship. To study this course you must have relevant employment within the animal care sector. If you need help to find an employer, please get in touch. You can expect to spend one day every two weeks on campus for 12 - 18 months and the remaining days in the workplace with your employer. While on campus you will benefit from our extensive animal management collections which, depending on where you study, includes lemurs, meerkats, goats, ferrets, exotic animals, farm animals and aquatics. This apprenticeship may start as and when required.

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Land-Based Studies (Countryside Conservation and Horticulture)

Level 1 • Full-time • Bicton College


This sector is all about sustaining, protecting and conserving the natural environment. So if you love the countryside, are passionate about its protection and conservation, and the livelihoods that rely on its existence, then this is the career for you. If you would love a career working outdoors then this course is ideal for you. Throughout your studies you will learn the skills and knowledge needed to manage land and wildlife and have the opportunity to go on field trips and work with numerous organisations such as the National Trust, Forestry England, Dartmoor National Park, RSPB and the Pebblebed Conservation Trust. With access to our beautiful farms and estates this course focuses on practical skills development, ensuring you are work ready when you finish your studies. Bicton College is located in an area of outstanding natural beauty and the grounds include an 8 acre wet woodland, numerous freshwater habitats, grassland, woodland, farmland and is home to many species including Dormice, Otters, Beavers, Barn Owls, Roe Deer, Grass Snakes, Common Lizards and Greater Horseshoe Bats.

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