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BSc (Hons) Environmental Resource Management (top-up)

For 2017 start

Cornwall College Newquay LEVEL: 6 Marine & Natural Environment

This honours degree final year is designed for people with a strong interest in the environment who would like to develop their scientific skills and knowledge base.
You can progress to this one-year programme once you have successfully completed a science-related foundation degree or equivalent qualification.

As part of this programme you will study core modules in research methods, environmental impact assessment and Geographical Information Systems (GIS).
You will also design and carry out a research project in which you will investigate specific aspects of the environment. In addition to the core modules you choose two optional modules which allow you to specialise in your particular areas of interest.
The programme is assessed by a mixture of coursework, in-class tests and exams.
During your studies you will develop a range of practical and academic skills relevant to working in the environmental sector.

This programme will also provide you with an insight into the business world and the practices of organisations involved in environmental work.
Experienced, supportive and fully qualified academic staff will deliver the programme and be able to help and guide you throughout the course. Whilst on the course you will also benefit from a geographic location that utilises a diverse range of terrestrial, fresh water and marine ecosystems, as well as examples of contaminated land arising from the mining heritage of the area, as well as a dynamic renewable energy sector.

You will also have access to, and make full use of, our well-equipped laboratories.
Possible careers available with this qualification:

  • Environmental Management
  • Energy Management
  • Sustainability Consultancy

Core Modules

ERM304 Research Methods (20 Credits)

This module equips students with the skills required to complete an Honours project through a program of lectures on research design, methodologies, literature reviews, referencing, “writing-up”, data analysis and critical thought processes.

ERM303 Project  (40 Credits)

This module requires students to undertake an honours research project. Throughout this module, students can take further their interest and skills gained in their foundation degree and may find that a suitable choice of project enhances their employability.

EIA35 Geographical Information Systems and Environmental Impact Assessment (20 Credits)

An introduction to Geographical Information Systems in the context of Environmental Impact Assessment and environmental decision making.


Optional Modules

ERM301 Environmental Sustainability and Economics (20 Credits)

This module introduces the student to the impact and use of economic policies and theories on the environment. It shows how the use of models and ideas from the field of economics can assist in resolving environmental problems. It builds on an understanding of economic theory to consider the use of a range of environmental problems and the possible solutions which the science of economics can offer.

ERM302 Environmental Strategy and Marketing (20 Credits)

This module enables students to devise and evaluate strategic plans and policies as they apply to projects, organisations and agencies involved with environmental issues.

CORC301 Environmental Investigation (20 Credits)

This module allows the student to demonstrate an understanding of the application of forensic techniques to environmental issues and apply that knowledge to practical environmental investigations.

CORC302 Wildlife Crime (20 Credits)

This module allows the student to develop an understanding of wildlife crime and the application of forensic techniques to investigations of such crime.

The application process for full-time and part-time degree level courses with The Cornwall College Group starting in September 2017 is still open and we are taking applications.  Full-time applicants should apply via UCAS and part-time applicants directly via the College website.

Key Facts

  • UCAS Code: F9N2
  • Institution codes: CORN C78
  • Awarded by: Cornwall College & Plymouth University
  • Course Fee (per annum): £8000
Entry Requirements

240 credits from an appropriate science foundation degree, DipHE or HND.

Teaching Excellence Framework (TEF) Silver Award


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Course Documents

BSc (Hons) Environmental Resource Management (top-up)


Indicative Modules

- GIS & Environmental Impact Assessment

- Project

- Research Methods

Options (choose two)

- Environmental Investigation

- Environmental Strategy & Marketing

- Environmental Sustainability & Economics

- Wildlife Crime

- Marine Microbiology

- Marine Animal Observation

- Climate Change & Land-use

*Modules are subject to change and availability


Animal Management & Veterinary Nursing
Animal Management & Veterinary Nursing
Animal Management & Veterinary Nursing
Animal Management & Veterinary Nursing


BSc (Hons) Environmental Resource Management (top-up)

Start Date

September 2017




1 year full-time

Extra Information

Annual tuition fee is £8000

*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.

Careers advice available

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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