This is an inspirational field-based practical programme situated on the Newquay campus, adjacent to Newquay Zoo. The programme provides you with the academic and work-based skills needed to go forward with a career in ecological and environmentally related subjects.
Are you interested in wildlife and nature conservation? On this programme you will learn about observing, surveying, monitoring and management of species. This will include knowledge of Geographical Information Systems (GIS), as well as other relevant field and research skills needed for work within industry and research. During the programme you will be given opportunities to travel, either as part of the FdSc Conservation & Ecology or as a member of Cornwall College Newquay, including some international destinations such as an optional residential field trip to Borneo, Honduras or South Africa.
At the end of the programme you will be equipped with the academic qualifications, personal qualities, vocational skills and
techniques essential for a career in ecology or ecological consultancy. You will be assessed in a variety of ways such as practicals, seminar presentations, exams, in-class tests and problem-based learning exercises.
Work-related learning is a valuable part of the programme. You will gain experience of the type of work that you hope to do and an idea of the expectations of those who may employ you. You will also be encouraged to take part in industry placements as part of the learning experience.
Possible Progression (subject to availability)
– BSc (Hons) Applied Zoology (top-up) (Level 6) at Newquay
– BSc (Hons) Animal Conservation Science (final year/Level 6) at Plymouth University
– BSc (Hons) Environmental Resource Management (top-up) (final year/Level 6) at Newquay
– BSc (Hons) Biosciences (top-up) (final year/Level 6) at Plymouth University
– Field Ecologist or Ecological Consultant
– Work in Charities, e.g. Wildlife Trust Media, Environmental Journalism
– Work in Government Organisations, e.g. Natural England, Environment Agency
– Research or Teaching
– Field Guide in the UK or abroad
- UCAS Code: C180
- Institution codes: CORN C78
- Awarded by: Cornwall College & Plymouth University
48 UCAS points from AS and A-Levels (at least 32 points must be at A2-level) or relevant level 3 qualification, ie BTEC National Diploma / BTEC Extended Diploma - PPP 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.
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Course DocumentsFdSc Conservation Ecology Handbook (2017-18) (01 Dec 17) updated Feb 18
Indicative Module Year 1
- Ecology of Aquatic Systems
- Bird Survey Techniques
- Diversity, Classification & Evolution
- History of the British Countryside
- Introduction to Ecology
- Habitats & Communities
- Personal & Employability Skills Development
Indicative Module Year 2
- Genetics for Conservation
- Individual Research Project
- Vertebrate Zoology & Conservation
- Habitat Survey & GIS
- Ecology & Conservation in Practice
- Survey & Management of Mammals
- Invertebrate Ecology & Survey
- Freshwater Ecology
- Reptile & Amphibian Ecology & Surveying
*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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