Course Comparison

Course HNC Marine Engineering BSc (Hons) Marine Biology
Award Higher National Certificate - HNC Bachelor of Science - BSc (Hons)
Duration 2 years 3 years
Course type Part-time Full-time
Placement - (+ optional placement)
Location Cornwall College Plymouth
Provider Cornwall College School of Biological and Marine Sciences
Entry requirements -

A level applicants

128 points from a minimum of 2 A levels to include biology plus a second science (includes chemistry, environmental science, geography, geology, marine science, mathematics, physics or psychology). Biology and the second science subject must be at grade B or above. If no second science is offered, 136 points (including grade A Biology) are required. General Studies and key skills are excluded.

International Baccalaureate

30 overall to include 5 at higher level biology and 5 in a second relevant subject at higher level.

BTEC National Diploma
Applications from students studying 18 Unit BTEC National Diploma/QCF Extended Diploma in applied science, animal management, environmental sustainability or countryside management (marine and coastal ecology) are welcomed. Typical offer: DDD depending on units studied. 

BTEC National Diploma modules
If you hold a BTEC qualification it is vital that you provide our Admissions team with details of the exact modules you have studied as part of the BTEC. Without this information we may be unable to process your application quickly and you could experience significant delays in the progress of your application to study with us. Please explicitly state the full list of modules within your qualification at the time of application.

Access course
Pass an Access to HE Science course with 60 credits overall, to include 45 credits at Level 3, of which 30 credits must be at distinction and 15 credits at merit or higher. Must include a minimum 15 credits in biology units, plus 15 credits in other relevant subjects (includes mathematics, physics, chemistry, environmental science/studies, applied science, geography, geology, technology or psychology). An interview is usually required.

GCSE
All applicants must have GCSE (or equivalent) English and Mathematics at grade C / 4 or above.

International qualifications
We welcome applicants offering a wide range of international qualifications. Applications are considered on an individual basis, depending on the subjects studied. 

Other qualifications
Applicants with other qualifications should contact the Admissions Office for advice.

You can find additional information on our English language requirements page.

For a full list of all acceptable qualifications please refer to our tariff glossary.