What is more exciting or enigmatic than the life in our oceans? We still know so little about this alien world which makes up 98% of the living space on our planet, but with technology developing at such a pace more and more discoveries are being made. It is an exciting time to be involved in any aspect of marine science; a crucial one too, as our impact on the world’s oceans has never been greater.
Foundation degree students who wish to progress to an honours degree can apply for third year entry to our top-up programme. You will need to have studied an appropriate foundation degree programme. The BSc has been designed to
develop your interest and hone your professional skills to equip you for work in a growing industry. Situated on the beautiful coast of North Cornwall we are perfectly located for fieldwork and we have a strong practical element running through the programme. You will get hands-on experience in using sampling and survey equipment, as well as planning and undertaking marine surveys: from plankton trawls, to underwater video mapping and offshore marine life surveys.
During your studies you will develop your understanding of marine animals; working from cellular processes up to whole organism and ecosystem levels. In Year 1 you will receive a firm grounding in aquatic ecology, marine and biological science as well as developing practical survey skills before moving on to more specialised modules, such as fish ecology and marine vertebrate biology and conservation in your second year. In your final year, you will choose from options such as GIS and marine environmental management, monitoring marine ecosystems and marine pollution and ecotoxicology as well as undertaking your own research for your honours project.
Employers expect graduates to be skilled communicators and you will find that coursework takes a variety of formats; from
scientific reports and posters, to presentations and discussions. In addition most modules have test or exam elements.
Possible Progression (subject to availability)
– Biological Science Research Masters at Newquay
– Masters-level programmes at other institutions
– PGCE or CertEd at Camborne, St Austell, Saltash or Duchy Stoke
– Marine Biologist
– Marine Education Officer
– Fisheries Officer
– Marine Technician
– Marine Ecological Consultant
– University Researcher
– Wildlife Guide
- UCAS Code: 0B4X or 2M74 (top-up)
- Institution codes: CORN C78
80 UCAS points (56 from A2 Level). Plus GCSEs at grade C or above in English language, maths and science. (Top-up requirements: 240 credits with 120 from Level 5).
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Indicative Modules Year 1
- Marine Science
- Marine Survey Techniques
- Biological Principles
- Diversity, Classification & Evolution
- Ecology of Aquatic Systems
- Key Professional Skills
Indicative Modules Year 2
- Marine Vertebrate Biology & Conservation
- Fish Ecology
- Zoological Conservation in Practice
- Biosecurity & Invasive Species
- Marine Invertebrates
- Research Methods & GIS for Zoology
Indicative Modules Year 3
- Monitoring Marine Ecosystems
- GIS & Marine Environmental Management
- Honours Project
- Applications of Zoology
- Conservation Project Management
- Marine Pollution & Ecotoxicology
*Modules are subject to change and availability
*Courses listed on this website are indicative of the subject, nature and level of study. The college reserves the right to alter specific qualifications titles, awarding bodies and levels of qualification, which can change in year. Any cost may also vary, based on personal funding eligibility.
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If you are considering an undergraduate programme with us, you may wish to access our free Careers and Employability advice service. This gives you the opportunity to talk with an advisor about career options before, during and after your study with us. To make an appointment, please e-mail: H.E.Advice@cornwall.ac.uk
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