Aquaculture is the production of commercially valuable organisms in water-based systems. With the ever expanding human population and the intense pressure on the dwindling fish stocks and regions with limited access to water, aquaculture will provide a sustainable source of protein and more into the 21st century and beyond.
The fishing industry in West Cornwall is worth over £18 million to the regional economy with nearly 9,000 tonnes of fish landed annually in the port of Newlyn, according to the Cornwall Maritime Strategy. It’s because of this economic impact that Falmouth Marine School has worked with numerous industry representatives to create a new foundation degree in Aquaculture and Fisheries Science.
This programme has been specifically designed to meet the needs of employers and will be taught at the newly refurbished Falmouth Marine School. Our new state-of-the-art aquaculture facility is located just minutes away from the Fal estuary, its beaches and internationally recognised marine habitats. There is truly no better place to come and study aquaculture.
You will work with experienced lecturers and industry partners on the programme to develop the skills needed to work in the environmental sector. This will include setting up aquaria and outside systems for culturing fish and shellfish, diagnosing and managing disease and developing entrepreneurial skills in both freshwater and marine systems. You will also learn about other areas of aquaculture such as hydroponics and aquaponics.
The programme focuses on developing the skills required to survey, predict, model, and care for wild, semi-wild and captive populations of valuable species. You will develop a range of both academic and industry-related skills including report writing, applied IT and numeracy, general construction techniques, spawning and husbandry of aquatic species, aquatic nutrition and enrichment, netting and sampling, systems design and maintenance, health assessment, microscopy and dissection.
The programme includes work-based learning opportunities within environmental organisations, providing you with a firm scientific background and real-life experiences within the environmental sector. You will be able to broaden your horizons with visits to a range of businesses and research facilities both in the UK and Europe. There is also the opportunity to join the Marine School’s annual trip to dive in the Red Sea.
To be employable in this sector you need to understand microscopy as well as the design, construction and maintenance of accommodation and policy, legislation, health and safety, project management and finance.
There is growth in the sector in the South West illustrated by the Marine Trout farming test and demonstration project (Cefas 2014). These proposals provide excellent local case studies for students to appraise and recognise the various stakeholders and associated viewpoints. LANTRA (2011) estimate approximately 60 business related to aquaculture in the South West of England, second only to Scotland in the UK as a whole. These tend to be small businesses with between 1-9 employees (LANTRA 2011) with 11% stating a vacant position (LANTRA 2011).
Possible careers available with this qualification:
- Aquarium Manager
- Marine Conservationist
- Fish producer
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.
- UCAS Code: 073V
- Institution codes: CORN C78
- Course Fee (per annum): £7500
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. Access to HE Diplomas - 45 credits at level 3. 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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Indicative Modules Year 1
- Biological Principles
- Marine Biology
- Introduction to Aquaculture & Fisheries Science
- Production Systems
- Personal & Employability Skills Development
- Boat Handling, Diving & Aquatic Survey
Indicative Modules Year 2
- Individual Research Project
- Biology, Husbandry & Cultivation of Finfish
- Biology, Husbandry & Cultivation of Invertebrates
- Aquaculture & Fisheries in Practice
- Current Issues in Aquaculture & Fisheries
- Business Skills for the Sector
Optional (choose one)
- Fisheries Science
- Aquarium Systems Management
*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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