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Marine Conservation FdSc

Cornwall College

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  • Qualification

    Foundation Degree in Science - FdSc

  • Location

    Cornwall College Newquay

  • Study mode

    Full time

  • Start date


  • Duration

    2 Years

Course summary

There has never been a more pressing need for trained marine biologists who understand the threats facing life in the oceans. This programme allows you to gain an understanding of the science underlying marine conservation; whilst our location on the beautiful wild coast of north Cornwall enables you to study a wide variety of aquatic habitats and marine wildlife at first hand. Designed in close consultation with the marine industry, this exciting and vibrant programme is highly relevant if you would like a career in the expanding field of marine biology and conservation.The first year will give you a firm grounding in aquatic ecology, marine and biological science, as well as developing practical survey skills.In the second year there are more specialised modules covering topics such as fish ecology and marine invertebrates.There is a large element of work-related learning integrated within the programme and you will have the opportunity to talk to many experts in the field and visit professional institutions; we have strong links with commercial partners Blue Reef Aquarium, the National Lobster Hatchery and Cornwall Wildlife Trust.Marine Conservation in Practice develops skills in stakeholder engagement and outreach activities.It also incorporates the requirement to gain 100 hours of relevant work-based experience.The combination of staff expertise and specialist equipment available to carry out fieldwork such as fish and seabed observations is an essential part of this programme.Students are based at the Newquay campus and the course delivery takes full advantage of this spectacular location in the heart of North Cornwall. Much of the practical work will be carried out on local beaches. Whilst most teaching takes place in our sustainable building on campus some lectures will be delivered at our marine classroom overlooking Towan Beach.This is a full-time course with delivery spread over four consecutive days each week with occasional weekend workshops. Throughout the course, you will have the opportunity to gain first-hand experience working in the nearby Blue Reef Aquarium and the National Lobster Hatchery, gaining valuable practical experience which will help you in any future employment.As well as traditional lectures, fieldwork and laboratory work, you will take part in workshops delivered by experts from organisations such as the Cornwall Wildlife Trust, Surfers against Sewage, the Marine Biological Association and the Environment Agency. There are also activities and day trips to supplement the academic side of the programme and most of these are free, although some may entail small costs towards travel or entry fees.You will also be encouraged to undertake some training in boat handling and diving, however this is entirely optional.Upon successful completion of this programme you may progress onto the following to obtain an honours degree:BSc (Hons) Applied Zoology 3rd year top up based at Newquay campusBSc (Hons) Applied Marine Zoology 3rd year top up based at Newquay campusBSc (Hons) Environmental Resource Management 3rd year top up based at Newquay campusPossible careers available with this qualification:Marine Biologist with an environmental organisation such as Natural EnglandMarine Officer with an environmental charityMarine Science Officer with an expedition organisationUniversity ResearcherMarine TechnicianFisheries OfficerMarine Planning OfficerMarine ConsultantEducation Officer or Teacher

Application deadline

15 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.

University information

Cornwall College

  • Campus address

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

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