Cornwall College

FdSc Marine Conservation

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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.

    • CORN115 Diversity, Classification and Evolution

      This module provides an introduction to the main characteristics of different forms of life on Earth and how they evolved.

    • CORN128 Ecology of Aquatic Systems

      This module introduces students to the ecology of natural freshwater and marine environments. It involves the application of basic field study techniques during fieldwork.

    • CORN172 Marine Science

      This module provides students with an understanding of the key concepts of the science surrounding the aquatic environment and practical laboratory skills. Students will also design an experiment into an aspect of the aquatic environment.

  • Year 2
  • Core modules
    • CORN135 Marine Survey Techniques

    • CORN160 Biological Principles

      This biology-based module provides students with an understanding of the key biological concepts and practical skills which underpin the study of marine biological organisms.

    • CORN267 Algal and Coral Biology and Culture

      This module introduces students to the biology of algae and coral and the underlying principles of algal and coral culture

    • CORN290 Fish Ecology

      This module provides an introduction to the biology, population dynamics and behavioural ecology of marine and freshwater fish

    Optional modules
    • CORN202 Aquaria and Conservation of Aquatic Organisms

      This module considers the scientific principles required to establish and maintain aquaria and explores conservation issues and practices as they apply to aquatic organisms.

    • CORN268 Contemporary Issues in Marine Conservation

      This module will reveal contemporary issues concerning marine resources, the effects of pollution and purpose of biological monitoring of marine ecosystems, to enhance and develop an understanding of holistic approaches to addressing and solving environmental problems. This module will contribute to a graduate's capacity to work as a professional in conservation.

  • Final year
  • Core modules
    • CORN236 Marine Conservation in Practice

    • CORN270 Marine Vertebrate Biology and Conservation

    • CORN291 Marine Invertebrates

      This module provides an introduction to the biology and ecology of keystone marine invertebrates including cnidarians, molluscs, crustaceans, and echinoderms with particular reference to local species in Cornwall and south-west England. Emphasis will be directed to the major conservation issues surrounding marine invertebrates and their importance within the marine foodweb.

    • NQS219 Individual Research Project

      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.

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

For further information and to apply for this course, please contact the college's admissions team directly using the contact details below. 

Progression routes

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

*Your progression route application must be submitted by 28th November 2016.

Our partnership with Cornwall College

Plymouth University 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 Plymouth University. 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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