Cornwall College

FdSc Ecotourism

The Cornwall College Group offers a wide range of undergraduate programmes across eight 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

    • 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.

    • Animals and their Environment (CORN163)

    • The British Countryside (CORN181)

      This module looks at the processes which have shaped the countryside, including geology, climate, human activity and agriculture. It examines detailed studies of major British habitats, with particular reference to plants and their identification.

    • Business and Sustainability (CORN183)

      This module explores the ways in which commercial operations can incorporate the principles of holistic sustainability into the business model.

    • Understanding Tourist Behaviour (CORN184)

      The aims of this module are to develop students understanding of the complex nature of tourist behaviour with reference to various influencers, trends, cultures and evolution over time including the development of the ecotourism sector.

    • Wildlife Guiding (CORN185)

      This module provides the learner with knowledge of the biodiversity that they are likely to encounter and educate participants about, whilst providing wildlife experiences through various media, and to appreciate the hospitality skills needed to make for an enjoyable and informative experience for all concerned. Leaners will gain these attributes whilst volunteering or working for companies in the sector.

  • Final year

  • Core modules

    • Wildlife Guiding (CORN2006)

      This module addresses current issues in the ecotourism sector including impact of tourism on wild spaces, the positive and negative influences of tourism on indigenous and local communities and their associated cultures, and explores the value of the ecosystem services approach in assessing the benefits and costs of tourism and other land uses

    • Global Sustainable Tourism and Hospitality (CORN2007)

      The aims of this module are to: develop students understanding of the need for sustainable development of tourism and hospitality through critical assessment of current practices and proposals for solutions to identified obstacles.

    • Vertebrate Zoology and Conservation (CORN241)

    • Marine Vertebrate Biology and Conservation (CORN270)

    • Wildlife Education and Media in Practice (CORN296)

      This module provides the student with an opportunity to develop their educational delivery and media skills in work-related contexts, in line with their Personal Development Plan. Students will be encouraged to place all materials produced in their web-based portfolio.

    • Individual Research Project (NQS219)

      This module gives students the opportunity to conduct their own research project. Student involvement and responsibility stretches from project conception and planning, literature research, analysis and interpretation of data to report writing and presentation.

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.

In light of the Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, the changeable nature of the situation and any updates to government guidance, we may need to make further, last minute adjustments to how we deliver our teaching and learning on some or all of our programmes, at any time during the academic year. We want to reassure you that even if we do have to adjust the way in which we teach our programmes, we will be working to maintain the quality of the student learning experience and learning outcomes at all times.
Fees, costs and funding

The UK is no longer part of the European Union. EU applicants should refer to our Brexit information to understand the implications.

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 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.

Find out more about studying at Cornwall College
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