BSc (Hons) Marine Sports Science

For 2018 start

Cornwall College Newquay LEVEL: 6 Sports & Fitness

This is a one year top up programme designed to provide you with a firm grounding in the science, technology and business applicable for a career in the marine sports sector.

Based at our main Cornwall College Newquay campus, and at our premises on Tolcarne Beach in Newquay, you will have the opportunity to study a number of different modules relating to the ocean environment in which you practise your sport, including research into issues arising from the environmental impacts of marine sports and contemporary issues relating to
the practice and development of a variety of marine sports.

There are also modules that will allow you the opportunity to gain key qualifications in your particular area of expertise; enhancing your employability in what is a competitive industry. Sector specific businesses and events, the development of understanding of exercise sciences and coaching will all be included and considered throughout the course.

Alongside this the essential business, management, transferable and soft skills, which are key to graduate level employment, will be embedded in a number of modules. These include event and expedition management and business and enterprise.

Sustainability of marine sector sporting activities and environmental awareness will be considered alongside new and developing technology in the industry.

This programme will be taught in a variety of modes including lectures, practicals, workshops and block delivery both in and by industry. Assessment is via a combination of assignments, presentations, exams, case studies and practical work.


Possible Progression (subject to availability) 

– Masters-level programmes at other institutions
– PGCE or CertEd at Camborne, St Austell, Saltash or Duchy Stoke


Possible Careers 

– Activity Centre Management
– Equipment Manufacture
– Event Management
– Environmental or Sustainable Marine Business
– Sales
– Coaching
– Teaching

Key Facts

  • UCAS Code: R4MQ
  • Institution codes: CORN C78
  • Awarded by: Cornwall College & Plymouth University
Entry Requirements

64 UCAS points from AS and A-Levels (at least 48 points must be at A2-level) or relevant level 3 qualification, ie BTEC National Diploma / BTEC Extended Diploma - MPP Grades required (specific unit grades may be requested). Access to HE Diplomas in a relevant subject - 45 credits at level 3 (specific unit grades may be requested). Plus GCSEs at grade C/grade 4 or above in English Language, Science and Mathematics: alternatives at Level 2 may be considered. Mature applicants with relevant experience but without the stated qualifications will be considered individually and are encouraged to apply.

Entry Requirements for top-up:

240 credits with 120 at level 5 from a relevant Foundation Degree, HND, or equivalent in an appropriate subject.  All qualifications and subject grades will be considered on an individual basis.  HND qualifications may require additional bridging modules.

Teaching Excellence Framework (TEF) Silver Award


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Course Documents

BSc (Hons) Marine Sports Science Handbook (2017-18)


Indicative Module Year 1

  • Foundations in Sports Science for Marine Sports
  • Enterprise, Events & Expeditions
  • Oceanography & Meteorology
  • Practical Watersports
  • Production Methods & Materials in Marine Sports
  • Scientific Techniques

Indicative Module Year 2

  • Investigate Sociology in Marine Sport
  • Applications of Oceanography
  • Environmental Impact Assessment
  • Sport & Exercise Science
  • Personal & Employability Skills
Options (choose one)
  • Watersports in Practice
  • Applications of Computer Aided Design

Indicative Module Year 3

  • Honours Project
  • Contemporary Issues in Marine Environment Use
  • Business, Enterprise & Innovation
  • Applied Sports Science (Performance & Management)
Options (choose one)
  • Advanced Design Concepts
  • Advanced Applications of Oceanography

*Modules are subject to change and availability


Marine Engineering & Boatbuilding
Marine & Natural Environment


BSc (Hons) Marine Sports Science (top-up)

Start Date

September 2019




1 year full-time

*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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