Located in one of the most beautiful coastal regions of the UK, this Falmouth-based programme provides a proven track record of success in developing the academic potential of students, which enables them to progress on to some of the most prestigious marine-based academic institutions in the world, or obtain employment within this expanding and exciting career path.
The newly constructed and equipped campus provides an almost unprecedented level of access to the diverse marine ecosystems of the South West peninsula. We have one of the largest aquatic teaching facilities in the UK, with research tank systems that include sharks, coral, seahorses, octopus and many more.
The practical nature of our courses provide you with the opportunity to conduct studies both on and around the water along Cornwall’s fantastic coast, aided by the use of boats specialised for marine research. Cornwall has almost 300 miles of coastline and a rich variety of marine habitat and industries so there is no better place to study.
All of our courses give you the right skills to develop a career in this area and many courses have work experience, employer links and research project opportunities that will position you with employers and research organisations working in the marine sector.
You are looking for a practical course in marine biology and want to work within the exciting area of marine conservation, marine management, coastal field work and boat surveys.
four GCSEs at grade D or 3, including English, mathematics and science, or an equivalent qualification.
Aquatic ecology and aquaria/aquaculture, species populations and behaviours, marine conservation, as well as field work techniques. You will study GCSEs in English and mathematics if you don’t already have a grade C or above.
To be introduced to a range of marine species and survey techniques. You will also be given work placement opportunities.
The opportunity to discover new career paths. You’ll also be offered the opportunity to gain and build on dive skills with PADI as well as other applied science organisations.
Further study such as our Marine Biology & Ecology Level 3 Diploma followed by our FdSc Marine Science degree.
“I have always wanted to study Marine Biology and Falmouth Marine School was the only place in the country that offered this course so I relocated. The course is located in an amazing place and the tutors and other students really helped me to settle in. Alongside my National Diploma I have gained a diving qualification, RYA powerboat and I’m now a qualified marine mammal medic. I have been accepted for a Masters in Marine Biology at the University of Essex and before I start I have secured a seven week internship with the Turtle Foundation in Cape Verde Islands”. Jake Woodier
Lauren Bambury Marine & Natural EnvironmentLauren studied a Marine based course with us and is now currently working at Hayle Harbour as an Assistant Harbour Master.
“Falmouth Marine School helped me to get where I am today by providing me with the skills to be confident in my abilities”.
Angela Webster Marine Biology Level 2 Course Manager
Angela’s area of expertise within marine biology and ecology is conservation; specifically looking at the ever increasing issues surrounding marine pollution of invasive species and the effectiveness of environmental management. Angela is an experienced diver and enjoys being able to provide students with the opportunity to scuba dive, where each year a record number of students complete their PADI qualification. Leading on from this the students are then able to put their new skills into practice during a field trip abroad, which Angela organises.“The range of field trips undertaken at Falmouth Marine School gives all students the opportunity to develop valuable practical survey skills, in and around Cornwall’s beautiful marine environments.”
*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.