Cornwall College

FdSc Conservation and Countryside Management

Small study groups. An open door policy from our tutors. All the one-to-one support you need. Get involved with courses designed in conjunction with employers and delivered by industry professionals. Work on live projects and start your career before you even graduate. It’s why 9 out of 10 of the 2,000 learners who study with us every year go on to the career of their choice. 

Course details

  • Year 1
  • Core modules
    • CORC1013C Personal and Employability Skills Development

      This module is designed to equip students with the necessary knowledge and skills to develop themselves in terms of their personal and employability skills.

    • CORD135 Research Skills

      This module is designed to develop the student's knowledge of the underpinning principles of research, experimental design and data analysis.

    • CORR157 British Countryside

    • CORR172 Ecology

      An introduction to the concept of ecological processes and factors combining to create ecosystems

    • FCCM103 Practical Conservation Skills

      This module aims to give students experience and knowledge of a range of the practical techniques used in the conservation industry. It covers a variety of vegetation management techniques and countryside construction tasks, the hand tools and machinery needed for the projects, and also health and safety, risk assessment and environmental good practice.

    • FCCM104 Field Botany

    • IEM102 Biodiversity

      This module will introduce students to the diversity of life and the many issues faced by species. The module will take a global view and consider issues such as pollution, the use and release of GMOs, exotic species, overexploitation of species, population/pest control and disease control. The values of biodiversity and management strategies will also be discussed.

  • Final year
  • Core modules
    • CORR2000B Research Project

      The opportunity to carry out an individual piece of research or survey work, with the support of teaching staff. The module commences with a series of sessions covering project design and appropriate data analysis techniques.

    • CORR2021 Habitat Management

    • CORR2022 Conservation Work Placement

    • CORR2023 Coastal and Freshwater Ecology

    • CORR2038 Ecological Survey Techniques

      Module introduces a wide variety of ecological field techniques used to survey plants, animals (including birds, mammals, reptiles, invertebrates) and natural habitats, and covers how to produce reports, submit records and how to analyse survey results

    • CORR225 Wildlife Identification and Recording

    • FCCM208 Environmental Education

      This module will introduce students to a range of techniques used to convey environmental information to audiences.

The modules shown for this course are those currently being studied by our students, or are proposed new modules. Please note that programme structures and individual modules are subject to amendment from time to time as part of the University’s curriculum enrichment programme and in line with changes in the University’s policies and requirements.

Fees, costs and funding

As this course is delivered by one of our partner colleges, please contact the college directly for information on fees and funding.

How to apply

All applications for undergraduate courses are made through UCAS (Universities and Colleges Admissions Service). 

UCAS will ask for the information contained in the box at the top of this course page including the UCAS course code and the institution code. 

To apply for this course and for more information about submitting an application including application deadline dates, please visit the UCAS website.

Support is also available to overseas students applying to the University from our International Office via our how to apply webpage or email

Progression routes

Completing this course enables you to progress onto these related courses and programmes with the University of Plymouth at level 5 or level 6, as specifically defined by this programme’s progression agreement.

For further information, including the progression from foundation degree form, please visit

Our partnership with Cornwall College

The University of Plymouth has developed partnerships with institutions around the world with the sole purpose of making higher education more accessible to those people who need something just a little different.

Our Academic Partnerships enable students to enrol for a degree at a partnership institution closer to home, or engage in distance learning – even when they’re in the middle of the ocean. They are there for those people looking to return to education, or enhance their professional development. Full- or part-time; foundation degree to masters-level – we cater for a huge variety of needs and aspirations.

Many of our partners offer specialist degrees, unique facilities, and smaller class sizes at a competitive price. And as a student of two institutions, you get the best of both worlds; a supportive learning environment as part of a close-knit community, and a university-level qualification awarded by the University of Plymouth. You’ll enjoy not only the facilities and services your partnership institution provides, but also all of the additional support and resources you need from us, and you’ll automatically become a member of our Students’ Union, too.

We are continuing to grow the number of partner institutions and expand our academic community to new locations around the UK and overseas. Why not visit the Academic Partners page on our website for a full list of partners and for more details on studying with us?

One of our partners delivers this particular course – so please visit their website for full course details, entry requirements, tuition fees and information on what student life is like there. 

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