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.
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You want a career working outdoors or in a laboratory in environmental sciences, biological sciences or fisheries.
need: four GCSEs at grade C or 4, including English, mathematics and science, or an equivalent qualification.
Through a mixture of theory, practical and multimedia assessments. You’ll study units looking at seawater chemistry and aquaria/aquaculture, marine populations and animal behaviour, ocean processes and meteorology, marine conservation, and field work techniques.
To be out in the field, on a boat or in the lab looking at some of the most beautiful habitats and typical marine species the ocean and Cornish coastline has to offer.
The opportunity to gain additional qualifications such as Marine Mammal Medic, PADI scuba diving or Marine Mammal Observation. You’ll also have the opportunity to take part in a diving and/or whale watching trip.
Further study such as our Marine Biology & Ecology BTEC Extended Diploma Level 3, followed by our FdSc Marine Science.
"I love the field work and studying in so many interesting locations just a short walk away from the college." James Turley
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”.
Luke Marsh Mareine Biology Level 3 Course ManagerLuke is a keen surfer, researcher and loves the ocean. He is particular interested in phenotypic plasticity and kleptoparasitism in Laridae - which is a fancy way of saying how Guls steal food from people. One area of his job he enjoys the most is getting students to conduct their own research, getting them to explore the questions they create and guiding them to become scientists. "I love helping students understand science in relation to their own interests, its a really satisfying job."
*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.