Cornwall College
Marine Biology with Oceanography FdSc
Cornwall College

Key Course Facts

Course Description

Science graduates hold the key to addressing the emergency our oceans are currently facing – and you should be one of them. Graduates who can grasp the global scope and timeliness of the issues at hand, and undertake the necessary science to answer tough questions as they come up. For over 20 years, Cornwall College Newquay has inspired thousands of people aiming to make a difference through science, using their passion for the marine environment as a guide. With our unique university experience as a springboard, our graduates have gone on to make that all-important difference through a career working in the marine biology and conservation sector. Could our FdSc Marine Biology with Oceanography programme be a starting point to make your mark? You’ve likely seen similar courses on your search, but none with the key differences that set ours apart. Firstly, no other degree programme in the UK has embedded the Ocean Literacy (OL) programme (promoted by UNESCO) to such an extent. So much so that we’ve based a first-year module around it, using the seven ocean literacy principles as Assessed Learning Outcomes. Alongside this, we believe the dissemination of marine scientific knowledge is a core attribute. To reflect this, we focus on a programme embedded in science communication. Each year includes a specific module where science education and interpretation, as well as outreach, are not only taught, but form part of your assessment. Pair this with the applied nature of foundation degrees; employability and real-world relevance, and the resulting mixture is at the heart of everything we do. Think of it as an emphasis on building practical skills and survey experience, but underpinned by a strong academic and scientific core. The course is designed to be as practical as possible. You’ll be collecting data, maintaining equipment and publishing your recordings, to build up your applied skillset. Modules that cover biological, chemical and physical oceanography, as well as GIS skills from a marine spatial planning perspective, will develop your experience even further. These are the building blocks needed to become a skilled technician, or to advance your preparation towards a research-related career. Our fantastic campus in the heart of Newquay is unlike any other university experience you will encounter. A small, family feel within walking distance of wild and rugged headland, sheltered coves, freshwater streams, saltmarsh and sprawling estuaries. A Marine Conservation Zone quite literally where you live. The unique location has cultivated a vibrant conservation community to match the surroundings, and your passion for the sea will be in good company. Students can take their pick of what to get involved in, benefiting from our strong ties with likeminded groups, charities and businesses such as Blue Reef Aquarium, Cornwall Wildlife Trust, Cornwall Seal Group Research Trust, Newquay Marine Group, British Divers Marine Life Rescue and many more. It’s these collaborations that give our students an edge. Embedding industry-focused, ground-roots conservation work experience into your programme of study is what makes us tick. Perhaps our most important asset is our team of research-active lecturers. Unlike larger universities, you’ll find that student-teacher collaboration is commonplace at our campus. We often encourage students who write exceptional and publishable project reports to work with our team for scientific publication, with them as the lead author. So, what are you waiting for? There’s never been a more important time for you to explore your passion for the science of the sea. Take your next step here in Cornwall and join #GenerationRestoration.

Mix of coursework, exam, test and practice

Entry Requirements / Admissions

Minimum Required UCAS Tariff

Qualification requirements

64 UCAS Tariff points to include at least 48 from A2 level study in scientific subjects

64 UCAS Tariff points to include some science subjects

At least 45 credits at level 3 in a scientific subject area

Must contain some science based subjects

In a scientific subject

Mature applicants with relevant experience but without the stated qualifications will be considered individually and are encouraged to apply For applicants who require a visa to study in the UK, The Cornwall College Group does not have a visa sponsor licence and therefore unable to accept an application

For applicants who require a visa to study in the UK, The Cornwall College Group does not have a visa sponsor licence and therefore unable to accept an application
Do you not fulfill the minimum requirements in terms of UCAS score, A levels, or English language requirements?
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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

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.

Costs

Tuition Fees Marine Biology with Oceanography FdSc

EU £6167 year 1
England UK £6167 year 1
Northern Ireland £6167 year 1
Scotland £6167 year 1
Wales £6167 year 1
Ireland £6167 year 1
International £6633 year 1
Channel Islands £6633 year 1

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.

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About Cornwall College

Cornwall College (also known as the Cornwall College Group) is a further education group that operates from eight locations found across Cornwall and Devon. Collectively, the college group offers prospective students more than 2,000 vocational and technical qualifications, without including the access they provide to GCSE education and apprenticeship placements.

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Where is this programme taught

Cornwall College Newquay
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