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Marine Biology with Oceanography with Science Gateway FdSc

Cornwall College

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  • Qualification

    Foundation Degree in Science - FdSc

  • Location

    Cornwall College Newquay

  • Study mode

    Full time

  • Start date


  • Duration

    3 Years

Course summary

Do you have the passion and potential to study one of our university-level programmes, but not the necessary qualifications to start? Our Science Gateway course is the perfect solution. Whether you are returning to education or your results weren’t quite what you hoped for, the Science Gateway provides a high-quality route into the large range of science foundation degree (FdSc) programmes at Cornwall College Newquay.Science Gateway is designed to prepare you to succeed on a foundation degree in a number of ways. It’ll help to develop your knowledge of core underpinning scientific concepts, as well as subject knowledge specifically related to your chosen subject area. With our focus on building practical skills; you’ll gain confidence and competence in both the laboratory and fieldwork. Alongside this, the development of your academic study skills will help to boost your research competencies and overall employability. You will study at our thriving Newquay campus, set against an inspirational backdrop of wild and rugged headland, sheltered coves, freshwater streams, saltmarsh and sprawling estuaries. For over 20 years, Cornwall College Newquay has inspired thousands of science graduates to make a difference, using their passion as a guide. Our small supportive group sizes and friendly experienced tutors create a family-feel that’s unlike any university experience you will have seen. Another benefit is the contact you’ll get with academic staff teaching at higher levels, ranging from formal tutorials and lessons to attendance at oral and poster presentation sessions. So, what are you waiting for? The Science Gateway programme is the ideal way to progress onto your foundation degree, knowing that you are well-prepared, not just to achieve but to excel.Following on from the Science Gateway year you may then progress onto the FdSc Marine Biology with Oceanography. 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. 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. 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.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.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 ind

Application deadline

26 January

Tuition fees

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£ 9,950per year

Tuition fees shown are for indicative purposes and may vary. Please check with the institution for most up to date details.

Entry requirements

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GCSE/National 4/National 5 :

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


University information

Cornwall College

  • Campus address

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

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