Cornwall College

FdSc Conservation and Countryside Management

The Cornwall College Group offers a wide range of undergraduate courses across seven campuses throughout Cornwall and Devon, including Bicton College, Cornwall College, Duchy College and Falmouth Marine School. We offer specialist courses designed with employers and delivered by industry professionals. During your studies you will get the opportunity to work on live projects and start your career before you even graduate.

Course details

  • Year 1

  • Core modules

    • Field Botany (CORB1009)

      This module provides an introduction to the study of field botany and the identification of vascular plants, through a series of field trips to wildlife sites and lectures.

    • Countryside Research and Skills Development (CORB1010)

      This module allows students to investigate and understand a range of countryside related issues and challenges and develop their understanding of the research process that underpins the countryside management practice.

    • Personal and Employability Skills Development (CORC1013C)

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

    • Ecology (CORR172)

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

    • Practical Conservation Skills (FCCM103)

      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.

    • Biodiversity (IEM102)

      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

    • Environmental Education (CORB2011)

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

    • Conservation Work Placement (CORB2012)

      The module allows the student to gain experience within the Conservation industry. Students to undertake a period of work not less than 100 hours, within the Industry. Prior to commencing work students will undertake a reflective portfolio with regard to their own skills and employability status. After completing the students will conduct a critical analysis of the skills and abilities that they have gained.

    • Coastal and Freshwater Ecology (CORB2013)

      This module gives an understanding of the ecology and natural history of some of Britain's inland wetlands, estuaries and coastal habitats.

    • Research Project (CORD2078)

    • Habitat Management (CORR2021)

    • Ecological Survey Techniques (CORR2038)

      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

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.

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 Partnerships 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. 

Open days

Partner college open days

This course is run at one of our partner colleges. Open days are held at the college and more details of these can be found on the college website. You'll find contact details below, on this page.

University of Plymouth open days

You are also very welcome to attend a University of Plymouth open day, to get a flavour of the courses you can progress to from a partner college. There will however be limited information on this specific course and college.

Studying with Cornwall College

Looking to study a specialist subject at university level? Want to do it in one of the most beautiful places in the world? Our wide range of courses gives you the chance to pick up the skills and experience you’ll need for your chosen profession.
Plymouth students working on a group project