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0330 123 2523
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Cornwall College Newquay Wildflower Lane, Trenance Gardens, Newquay, Cornwall, TR7 2LZ
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Cornwall College Newquay

Cornwall College Newquay is a friendly campus specialising in zoology, marine and surf science and is well-known for high quality teaching and research.

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  Featured Courses

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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BSc (Hons) Applied Marine Zoology

Level 6 • Full-time • Cornwall College Newquay


What is more exciting or enigmatic than the life in our oceans? We still know so little about this alien world which makes up 98% of the living space on our planet, but with technology developing at such a pace more and more discoveries are being made. It is an exciting time to be involved in any aspect of marine science; a crucial one too, as our impact on the world’s oceans has never been greater. Foundation degree students who wish to progress to an honours degree can apply for third year entry to our top-up programme. You will need to have studied an appropriate foundation degree programme. The BSc has been designed to develop your interest and hone your professional skills to equip you for work in a growing industry. Situated on the beautiful coast of North Cornwall we are perfectly located for fieldwork and we have a strong practical element running through the programme. You will get hands-on experience in using sampling and survey equipment, as well as planning and undertaking marine surveys: from plankton trawls, to underwater video mapping and offshore marine life surveys. During your studies you will develop your understanding of marine animals; working from cellular processes up to whole organism and ecosystem levels. In Year 1 you will receive a firm grounding in aquatic ecology, marine and biological science as well as developing practical survey skills before moving on to more specialised modules, such as fish ecology and marine vertebrate biology and conservation in your second year. In your final year, you will choose from options such as GIS and marine environmental management, monitoring marine ecosystems and marine pollution and ecotoxicology as well as undertaking your own research for your honours project. Employers expect graduates to be skilled communicators and you will find that coursework takes a variety of formats; from scientific reports and posters, to presentations and discussions. In addition most modules have test or exam elements.

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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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FdSc Surf Science & Technology (Part-time)

Level 5 • Part-time • Cornwall College Newquay


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. 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.

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  Facilities

Learning Centre

The Learning Centre (LC) staff are information specialists who are here to help you with finding, using & assessing information in any format.  Approachable, knowledgeable & friendly, we support you with:

  • research & study skills
  • Moodle (the College Virtual Learning Environment)
  • finding books, journals, eBooks & eJournals
  • using specific software
  • avoiding plagiarism and creating references

What is available?

  • Books (for your course and for reading for pleasure) and journals to borrow
  • Study spaces for individual study and group work in a WiFi Hotspot to use with your own equipment
  • Computers, laptops & tablets to use in the LC

As a College student you will have access from home or on the move to the Learning Centre catalogue and Moodle, use the links below:

Learning Centre catalogue: (which gives you access to 97,000 items held within the Cornwall College group LCs including eBooks) 

Moodle:  (the College Virtual Learning Environment for your online course and the Virtual Learning Centre)

Contact Details:

newquay.learningcentre@cornwall.ac.uk

01637 857964

International Field Trips

Studying at Cornwall College Newquay gives you access to incredible opportunities, including international field trips to South Africa, Borneo and Honduras.

Darwin's Deli

A small café offering all home-made locally sources snacks and light meals everyday. We sell a wide range of sandwiches, rolls, baguettes, wraps, salads, jacket potatoes, homemade quiche, homemade soup and other exciting homemade food.

Our aim is to supply food which is locally produced, free range, organic, farm assured, English and where possible from sustainable sources.

Opening times:
Monday – Friday9.45am – 1.30pm
Tuesday – Thursday 9.30am – 1.30pm

Exciting Partnerships

Our own classrooms in Newquay Zoo are only a stone’s throw away and we use Blue Reef Aquarium and classrooms on Fistral Beach as teaching environments. We work closely in partnership with Cornwall Wildlife Trust, Cornwall Reptile & Amphibian Group, Cornwall Birds, Cornish Birds of Prey, Cornwall Seal Group Research Trust, Newquay Marine Group and Skindog Surfboards to name a few.

Marine Conservation Zone

Our campus is located within walking distance of The Gannel, a tidal river which has recently been given Marine Conservation Zone (MCZ) status, provides a great place to research birds, plants and fish. Not to mention, the range of marine and moorland habitats Newquay and wider Cornwall has to offer.

Wild Things

We have on-campus conservation areas including a pond with dipping platform and wildflower meadow that are great for studying nature up close.

  Subject Areas

Animal Management & Veterinary Nursing
Marine & Natural Environment
Wildlife Conservation & Zoology

  Partnerships

Newquay Zoo
Bluereef Aquarium
Wild Futures
Crealy
The Wave Project
Era Adventures
Surf Life Saving GB
English Surfing

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  Events

Taster Day at Cornwall College Newquay

Taster Day at Cornwall College Newquay

23 October 2021, 10:00-15:30


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Open Event at Newquay campus

Open Event at Newquay campus

25 November 2021, 17:00-19:00


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  News

College celebrates 15 years of inspiring student racing event

College celebrates 15 years of inspiring student racing event

22nd June 2021


The region’s largest college group is celebrating 15 years since establishing the aspirational Greenpower racing event in Cornwall, helping to inspire thousands of school students into engineering education.

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Students have ‘summit’ on their mind

Students have ‘summit’ on their mind

27th May 2021


Students at colleges in Cornwall are sending a message to the world’s leaders through a series of videos titled ‘#heyG7’.

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Future careers take centre stage at virtual college open day   

Future careers take centre stage at virtual college open day   

13th May 2021


People of all ages are being invited to experience everything a leading south west college group has to offer at a virtual event later this month.  

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Future careers take centre stage at virtual college open day

Future careers take centre stage at virtual college open day

30th April 2021


People of all ages are being invited to experience everything a leading south west college group has to offer at a virtual event next month.

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Sustainability tops college timetable during week-long eco conference

Sustainability tops college timetable during week-long eco conference

12th April 2021


A leading local college is renewing its focus on sustainability by hosting many of Cornwall’s most influential voices from the environmental movement in a series of talks and workshops. 

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