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Marine Biology with Oceanography FdSc

Cornwall College

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  • Qualification

    Foundation Degree in Science - FdSc

  • Location

    Cornwall College Newquay

  • Study mode

    Part time

  • Start date

    12-SEP-22

  • Duration

    3 Years

Course summary

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.

Tuition fees

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£ 6,633per year

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University information

Cornwall College

  • Campus address

    Cornwall College, Tregonissey Road, St Austell, Cornwall, PL25 4DJ, England

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