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Marine Biology & Ecology Level 3 Extended Diploma

Falmouth Marine School Falmouth LEVEL: 3 Marine & Natural Environment

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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Ideal if:

You want to study and work in the ocean environment? You will study a broad range of marine science skills including biology, ecology, conservation, aquaculture, marine management, legislation, oceanography and fisheries.
This qualification is for students wanting to go to university or employment in the marine sector, especially science and conservation, or those with a general love and interest of the ocean.

You’ll need:

four GCSEs at grade C or 4, including English, mathematics and science, or an equivalent qualification and have passed the 90 Credit Diploma.

You’ll learn:

Key marine science elements in both a theory and practical context as well as:

  • Animal behaviour and biology
  • Aquaculture systems
  • Estate skills and investigative projects
  • Marine mammals (seals, dolphins and whales)
  • Laboratory skills
  • Environmental Interpretation
  • Aquaria installation and management
  • Report writing and ecological surveying
  • Seabirds


To carry out dissections and laboratory-based sample processing, to engage in community and employer level projects and attend talks on subjects such as shark conservation and marine management.

You’ll love:

Studying in our purpose built aquaculture facility, using marine science specialist equipment and developing your academic knowledge, gaining confidence and abilities to help you stand out.  You will also have the opportunity to attend an international dive and research trip, previous students have been to Greece, Iceland and the Red Sea.

You’ll go on to:

Employment, or university study such as our FdSc Marine Science, FdSc Marine Conservation, FdSc Aquaculture and Fisheries Science or a BSc (Hons).

Progression Courses

"I moved from Wiltshire for this course. Leaving home at 16 was scary but the staff and other students were so welcoming, I settled in really well." Eloise Kennedy


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Marine Biology & Ecology Level 3 Extended Diploma

Start Date

September 2017




1 year


Lauren Bambury Marine & Natural Environment

Lauren 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”.
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Luke Marsh Mareine Biology Level 3 Course Manager

Luke 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."
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