During the programme you will study: the sport of surfing as well as surfing businesses; business planning relating to the surfing industry; event management; environmental science; human exercise science; principles of psychology and coaching; design and manufacture of surf boards; the environment and human impacts on it; the development of surfing culture and history; sport-related media and politics; the geographical and climatic influences on surfing.
The programme is based at our main Cornwall College Newquay campus and at our premises on Tolcarne Beach in Newquay.
This is an academic programme and although practical surfing is not part of the course, the location provides plenty of opportunities to surf on some of the best beaches in Europe. So, whilst a healthy interest in some aspect of surfing is helpful, you do not need to be an excellent surfer to apply.
The programme benefits from very close links with many of the major players in the surfing world. You will have the chance to design and build your own surfboard, take surf coaching, first aid and beach lifeguard qualifications, review competitions, as well as working in an industry-related environment.
There is the possibility of taking an optional field trip to the west coast of France and Spain to explore the implications of human and climatic influences on the environment. This trip normally lasts ten days, and it gives you the chance to carry out some fieldwork and learn more about beach topography, oceanography and the different aspects of tourism and business related to the surfing industry. During this trip you will experience first-hand some of the best surf locations in Europe.
There will be a number of opportunities to engage with industry throughout the programme and also to complete a work placement in an area of your own interest. As Cornwall is the centre of the surfing industry within the UK, Cornwall College is lucky enough to have links with some of the top names from the industry. There are regular guest speakers and lecturers who help to further engage with you about the many different aspects of the surfing sector. Speakers in the past have included Rob Barber, Dave Reed, Tony Butt and Ester Spears.
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.
What You Will Learn
Key Professional Skills
Culture of Surf and Sport
Physical and Geographical Influences on Surfing
Media and Events
Production Methods and Materials
Indicative Modules Year 2
Ecology and Management of the Coastal Environment
Sociological and Psychological Perspectives of Surfing
Scientific Aspects of Health, Fitness and Nutrition in Sport
Individual Research Project
Application of CAD in the surf industry
– BSc (Hons) Marine Sports Science final year at Newquay
– BSc (Hons) Environmental Resource Management final year at Newquay
– BSc (Hons) Sport, Health & Exercise Science (top-up) final year at Camborne
– BA (Hons) Creative Events Management final year at Falmouth University
– Surfing Industry
– Surfing Centre Manager
– Surfing Retail Industry
– Event Management
– Environmental Sustainability
– Set up your own surf-related business
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.