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Cornwall College

Marine Science

UCAS Code: F710

Foundation Degree in Science - FdSc

Entry requirements

A level


At least 32 points must be at A2 level when considered alongside AS levels.

Pass Access to HE with at least 45 credits at level 3, Merits and Distinctions may be required for particular subjects.

International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme


A minimum of 48 tariff points in total from appropriate subjects.

PPP grades in an appropriate subject.

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


In an appropriate subject.

A minimum of 48 tariff points in total from appropriate subjects.

UCAS Tariff


From acceptable level 3 qualifications. Plus GCSEs at grade C/grade 4 or above in English Language, Science and Mathematics: alternatives at Level 2 may be considered.

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About this course

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Course option


Full-time | 2021

Other options

4.0 years | Part-time | 2021


Marine sciences

Introduction to the course:
This course provides a range of marine science based modules across the physical, chemical and biological disciplines allowing students to develop a deep understanding of the marine environment and the biotic and abiotic interactions within. We will also explore current methods used to monitor and manage these marine resources. This will build on the current links to industry and employers to ensure currency and relevance of material as well as further develop employability skills such as negotiation, team building and networking in our students, skills which are vital for employment in the marine science sector.

Ideal for:
Students with a passion for the marine environment, a good understanding of science, and an interest in studying how the biotic and abiotic factors interact within this dynamic environment.

What to expect:
Students can expect taught sessions 3-4 days a week, at the Centre for Applied Zoology, Cornwall College Newquay. They will be required to undertake a minimum period of work experience to enhance their employability skills and build their CV. Students will be assessed through various means including exams, scientific reports, essays, presentations and posters.

What you’ll love:
Students can expect a boutique university experience; they will have access to specialist equipment and experienced lecturing staff. They will have the opportunity to take part in fieldtrips and practical activities to build a range of skills. They can choose to take part in optional international fieldtrips such as the Bornean Rainforest, Kruger National Park, and Honduras’ cloud forest and coral reefs, for additional cost. Cornwall as a maritime region with a culture heavily influenced by its extensive coastline is the perfect place to develop your passion for the marine environment and develop a network of employment contacts.

Students have the opportunity to progress onto BSc (Hons) Environmental Resource Management, BSc (Hons) Applied Marine Zoology, BSc (Hons) Applied Zoology (with caveats) at Cornwall College Newquay, or BSc (Hons) Environmental Science at University of Plymouth, to achieve a full Bachelors in 3-years.
Graduates will progress into work in the marine environment sector, example roles include; marine enforcement officer, marine educator, marine advisor, marine scientist and marine surveyor.


Module Summary:- Year 1: Marine Biogeochemistry: This module introduces students to meteorological and geochemical influences on the marine ecosystems; Coastal and Ocean Processes: This module explores the formation of oceans and the coastal environments evident today with a review of the monitoring techniques used to inform planning for the future;
Diversity, Classification and Evolution: This module provides an introduction to the main characteristics of different forms of life on Earth and how they evolved; Key Professional Skills: This module parameterises the internal and external factors that defines the relevant employment sector, providing students with the knowledge and skills to begin positioning themselves professionally within that field; Fundamentals of Biology: This biology-based module provides students with an understanding of the key biological concepts and practical skills which underpin the study of living organisms; Marine Survey Techniques: This module teaches students how to use basic navigational skills in the marine environment for the purposes of marine surveying, identify, select and use appropriate surveying techniques and apply them to a survey, taking into account health and safety considerations.

Year 2:- Marine Science in Practice: This module explores current issues and new practices with a view to developing student’s repertoire for future employment; Marine Ecology: This module will introduce the learner to the wide range of habitats and ecosystems within the marine environment, the diversity and structure of the biota within in and the threats they currently face; Marine Chemistry: This module examines the chemical interactions within the marine environment and their potential impact on the ecosystem; Oceanography and Meteorology: This module aims to give the students an insight into the interaction between oceanography and meteorology and the impact of climate change; Marine Resource Management: This module aims to examine the growing human pressure on the marine environment and reflect on sustainable use and development; Individual Research Project: This module gives students the opportunity to conduct their own research project. Student involvement and responsibility stretches from project conception and planning, literature research, analysis and interpretation of data to report writing and presentation.
All modules are 20-credits, they are taught using a variety of modes including lectures, workshops seminars, practicals and fieldtrips, and assessed through a range of media including scientific reports, essays, exams, presentations, and posters.

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