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Marine Biology with Oceanography

Cornwall College

UCAS Code: Not applicable | Foundation Degree in Science - FdSc

Entry requirements


64 UCAS Tariff points to include at least 48 from A2 level study in scientific subjects

At least 45 credits at level 3 in a scientific subject area

GCSE/National 4/National 5

GCSE Maths, Science and English Language at grade C/4-5 We may accept Functional Skills Level 2 in Literacy and Numeracy

International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme

24

Must contain some science based subjects

Pearson BTEC Level 3 National Extended Diploma (first teaching from September 2016)

MPP

In a scientific subject

64 UCAS Tariff points to include some science subjects

UCAS Tariff

64

About this course


Course option

3.0years

Part-time | 2022

Subject

Marine biology

Science graduates hold the key to addressing the emergency our oceans are currently facing – and you should be one of them.
Graduates who can grasp the global scope and timeliness of the issues at hand, and undertake the necessary science to answer tough questions as they come up.
For over 20 years, Cornwall College Newquay has inspired thousands of people aiming to make a difference through science, using their passion for the marine environment as a guide.
With our unique university experience as a springboard, our graduates have gone on to make that all-important difference through a career working in the marine biology and conservation sector.
Could our FdSc Marine Biology with Oceanography programme be a starting point to make your mark?
You’ve likely seen similar courses on your search, but none with the key differences that set ours apart.
Firstly, no other degree programme in the UK has embedded the Ocean Literacy (OL) programme (promoted by UNESCO) to such an extent. So much so that we’ve based a first-year module around it, using the seven ocean literacy principles as Assessed Learning Outcomes.
Alongside this, we believe the dissemination of marine scientific knowledge is a core attribute. To reflect this, we focus on a programme embedded in science communication.
Each year includes a specific module where science education and interpretation, as well as outreach, are not only taught, but form part of your assessment.
Pair this with the applied nature of foundation degrees; employability and real-world relevance, and the resulting mixture is at the heart of everything we do. Think of it as an emphasis on building practical skills and survey experience, but underpinned by a strong academic and scientific core.
The course is designed to be as practical as possible. You’ll be collecting data, maintaining equipment and publishing your recordings, to build up your applied skillset.
Modules that cover biological, chemical and physical oceanography, as well as GIS skills from a marine spatial planning perspective, will develop your experience even further. These are the building blocks needed to become a skilled technician, or to advance your preparation towards a research-related career.
Our fantastic campus in the heart of Newquay is unlike any other university experience you will encounter. A small, family feel within walking distance of wild and rugged headland, sheltered coves, freshwater streams, saltmarsh and sprawling estuaries. A Marine Conservation Zone quite literally where you live.
The 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.
Perhaps our most important asset is our team of research-active lecturers. Unlike larger universities, you’ll find that student-teacher collaboration is commonplace at our campus. We often encourage students who write exceptional and publishable project reports to work with our team for scientific publication, with them as the lead author.
So, what are you waiting for? There’s never been a more important time for you to explore your passion for the science of the sea. Take your next step here in Cornwall and join #GenerationRestoration.

Modules

(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 Biology in Practice; Applications of Biological Oceanography; Applications of Chemical Oceanography; Applications of Physical Oceanography; Marine Resources Innovation and Management; Individual Research Project

Assessment methods

Mix of coursework, exam, test and practice

Tuition fees

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Channel Islands
£6,633
per year
England
£6,167
per year
EU
£6,167
per year
International
£6,633
per year
Northern Ireland
£6,167
per year
Republic of Ireland
£6,167
per year
Scotland
£6,167
per year
Wales
£6,167
per year

The Uni


Course location:

Cornwall College Newquay

Department:

Marine Studies

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