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FdSc Marine Biology with Conservation

Level 5


Key Info

Learning Area   Marine & Natural Environment
Delivery Mode   Full-time
Duration   2 Years
Institution Code   C78
Course Code   12031-NQY-22

Dates & Locations

Course Type   University
Location   Cornwall College Newquay
Start Date   12/09/2022

To us at Cornwall College Newquay, there’s nothing more exciting or enigmatic than our oceans.

With so much still undiscovered, our marine habitats are the last of the wild frontiers left to explore.

And with human impact on our underwater world at an all-time high, now is the crucial time to better understand and protect it.

Our oceans need people who feel a shared desire to get involved with the big issues that we’re facing. To use science to challenge the status quo. To promote progressive change in the people around them through education and positive action.

For over 20 years, Cornwall College Newquay has inspired thousands of students to make that all-important difference, using their passion as a guide.

Our inspirational location has its part to play in our student’s success of course. There’s no better place to study marine life and conservation than in Cornwall, a county intricately linked to the seas around it.

Where else will you find such a wide range of aquatic habitats within walking distance of where you study

There’s wild and rugged headland, sheltered coves, freshwater streams, saltmarsh and sprawling estuaries. You’ll be living with a Marine Conservation Zone in your back yard. Not to mention, the even wider variety of habitats accessible to you just a short drive away.

This unique location has cultivated a vibrant conservation community to match the surroundings, and your passion for the sea will be in good company.

Students can take their pick of what to get involved in, benefiting from our strong ties with likeminded groups, charities and businesses such as Blue Reef Aquarium, Cornwall Wildlife Trust, Cornwall Seal Group Research Trust, Newquay Marine Group, British Divers Marine Life Rescue and many more.

It’s these collaborations that give our students an edge. Embedding industry-focused, ground-roots conservation work experience into your programme of study is what makes us tick.

With our focus on the applied nature of foundation degrees; employability and real-world relevance is at the heart of everything we do. Think of it as a considerable emphasis on building practical skills and survey experience, underpinned by a strong academic and scientific core.

In short, ours is a marine-focused degree experience unlike any other in the UK.

The urgent need for passionate scientists who can speak for the ocean and its inhabitants has never been more vital than right now.

  What You Will Learn

(Note there is some flexibility in order or modules studied, in addition some module titles and content may change.)

First year modules include:

Our Ocean Planet
Skills for Scientific Success
Marine Survey Techniques
Fundamentals of Biology
Diversity of Life

Second year modules include:

Marine Vertebrate Biology and Conservation
Marine Invertebrates
Marine Biology in Practice
Husbandry and Conservation of Aquatic Organisms
Advanced marine Survey Techniques
Individual Research Project

  Entry Requirements

Functional Skills GCSE (or equivalent) L2 Literacy and L2 Numeracy Minimum of Grade C/grade 4 in Maths, English Language and Science AS/A Levels 64 UCAS tariff points to include A2 level in appropriate subjects BTEC National Diploma/Extended Diploma BTEC L3 Diploma BTEC 90 Credit Diploma/Subsidiar Diploma 64 UCAS tariff points – MPP grades in an appropriate subject 64 UCAS tariff points – MM grades in an appropriate subject

  Work Experience

100 hours


Mix of coursework, exam, test and practical


BSc Applied Marine Zoology (final year top up)?




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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. The Cornwall College Group reserves the right to withdraw any course listed at any time.

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