Blackpool and the Fylde College
Marine Biology FdSc
Blackpool and the Fylde College

Key Course Facts

Course Description

The Marine Biology programme will develop your scientific and transferable skills that underpin the subject area. It supports you to engage with theoretical principles and critically evaluate both your own, and others research, whilst gaining strong practical skills, to enable you to seek employment in this sector. The programme is enriched by work experience and preparatory practical experiences to fully equip you for industry or for further study. You will develop your skills as a biological scientist by completing field work and sampling, carrying out studies of the environment and ecosystems, and working with local employers to carry out scientific study and research. Marine Biology employment opportunities are rich and varied, with graduates progressing to a host of employers, environmental organisations and private consultation companies (including Natural England, North West Fisheries, APEM Ltd Environmental Consultants and biodiversity specialists, Merlin Entertainment Sea Life). The work you carry out has real, measurable impact on the local environment through links with conservation trusts and research centres, complementing the teaching and learning within your lectures and growing your employability and career options.

Student Reviews

Below you can see course specific reviews for 13 graduates of Marine Biology FdSc at Blackpool and the Fylde College for each of the survey questions in comparison to the average for all UK degree courses in Marine Biology.

Overall student satisfaction
100 /100
13 total respondents

Primarily based on data from undergraduate degree students.

The NSS is commissioned by the <a rel="nofollow" target="_blank" href="">Office for Students</a>


Salary of all UK Graduates of Marine Biology

  15 months after graduation 3 years after graduation 5 years after graduation
Median salary £19000 £17914 £21820
25-75 percentile range £16500 - £23000 £13226 - £22914 £16763 - £27214

What You Will Learn

Programme content: As a student of Marine Biology, FdSc you will study the following course modules.

Level 4

Level 5

Entry Requirements / Admissions

Minimum Required UCAS Tariff

Qualification requirements

Must include one of the following - Biology, Chemistry, Physics, Geography or Environmental Science

Full Access to HE Diploma in a relevant subject

Must be in a Science discipline - Applied Science, Animal Management

GCSEs in English Language and maths at grade C/4 or above. Also, pplicants who are able to demonstrate relevant work/life skills or knowledge will also be considered on an individual basis.

International applicants must apply through UCAS
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Visa Requirements for International Students

Visa requirement

All international students (including citizens from EU countries) intending to study this or any other academic programme for more than 6 months in the UK require a Student Visa.

International students younger than 18 years require a special Child Student Visa. Exceptions from this general rule may apply to holders of other UK work visas, British National Overseas visa, family member visa and recognised refugees or asylum seekers.

Permission to work while studying

Blackpool and The Fylde College is listed by the UK government as an institution licensed to sponsor migrant students.

Student visa holders from licensed institutions are entitled to work during their full-time bachelor's, master's or Phd studies for
- 20h/week during the term
- Full-time outside term time (e.g. vacations, work placements, once course ended)

After completion of a bachelor's or master's programme of at least 12 months Student Visa holders of licensed institutions can convert their visa into a Graduate Visa which entitles graduates to work for 2 years in the UK.


Tuition Fees Marine Biology FdSc

EU £9750 year 1
England UK £8750 year 1
Northern Ireland £8750 year 1
Scotland £8750 year 1
Wales £8750 year 1
International £9750 year 1

Additional fee information

Please note: our course fees are accurate at time of publishing. However, government information may change at short notice and we reserve the right to update our fees accordingly.

Average student cost of living in the UK

Rent £518
Water, gas electricity, internet (at home) £50
Supermarket shopping £81
Clothing £35
Eating out £33
Alcohol £27
Takeaways / food deliveries £30
Going out / entertainment (excl.alcohol, food) £24
Holidays and weekend trips £78
Transport within city £17
Self-care / sports £20
Stationary / books £13
Mobile phone / internet £13
Cable TV / streaming £7
Insurance £51
Other £95
Average student cost of living £1092

London costs approx 34% more than average, mainly due to rent being 67% higher than average of other cities. For students staying in student halls, costs of water, gas, electricity, wifi are generally included in the rental. Students in smaller cities where accommodation is in walking/biking distance transport costs tend to be significantly smaller.

How to apply

Application deadline:

January 1, 2023

This is the deadline for applications to be completed and sent for this course. If the university or college still has places available you can apply after this date, but your application is not guaranteed to be considered.

Possible Entry Points:

  • year 1 (Default entry point)

What students say about studying Marine Biology in the UK?

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About Blackpool and the Fylde College

Blackpool and The Fylde College (B&FC) is an institution offering both further and higher education in the seaside town of Blackpool, England. B&FC works from a total of four distinct campuses, with each location offering different facilities, services, and programmes. When students aren’t busy with their assignments, a popular way to relax here is by spending some time on the seafront, either on the beach or in the town’s famous Pleasure Beach theme park.

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Where is this programme taught

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