Cornwall College

FdSc Renewable Energy Technologies

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.

    • Sustainable Energy Futures (CORC1117)

      This module surveys the key drivers towards adoption of a sustainable energy future and maps out scenarios by which it might be achieved.

    • Low Carbon Heat (CORC1218)

      This module covers the technologies for generation, transmission and distribution of low carbon heat and cooling. This includes but it not limited to solar thermal, ground source heat pump, absorption heat pump geothermal, CHP and biomass technologies. We will consider the practical implementation of each technology as well as their environmental impacts and limitations.

    • Quantitative Methods (CORC1243)

      This module will develop the students mathematical and statistical skills, and allow them to apply these techniques in a relevant practical context.

  • Year 2

  • Core modules

    • Low Carbon Electricity (CORC1217)

      This module covers the technologies for generation, storage and transmission of low carbon electricity. This includes but is not limited to solar PV, wind, hydroelectric, wave and tidal power, as well as grid capacity and storage technologies.

    • Life Cycle Analysis (CORC1219)

      This module is an introduction to how to conduct a life cycle analysis in order to assess the lifetime environmental impact of products and the carbon footprint of a business or organisation. Learners will make use of standard methodologies and emerge with an awareness of the need for thorough documentation. A number of specific products and businesses will be analysed in some detail, as well as specific contexts.

    • Sustainable Architecture (CORC2101)

      This module shows how to assess and reduce the in-use and embodied energy budgets of buildings. Learners will progress from a first-principles understanding of these budgets and their origin to a thorough grounding in the use of standardised methodologies for their assessment and reduction, in compliance with local building regulations, and with externally imposed emissions reduction targets.

    • Business Development (CORC2190)

      This module explores the corporate strategies, financial structures, sources of finance and management of companies with an energy focus. This includes energy service companies as now found in many localities.

  • Final year

  • Core modules

    • Community Scale Renewable Energy (CORC2189)

      This module studies how energy projects actually come into being within communities. Besides the technical aspects, we investigate the role played by political structures, modes of finance and community engagement.

    • New Energy Developments (CORC2191)

      The purpose of this module is to appraise learners of new developments in the energy landscape. We will investigate their technological plausibility, their potential impact and their likely reach. Examples will be considered from a developer, implementer and end-user point of view.

    • Work Placement (CORC2192)

      In this module learners will undertake a work placement with an employer relevant to the programme, and reflect on their experience, as well as on the role that the employer and its activities fill in a low carbon society.

    • Research Project (CORC2193)

      Following some taught sessions on research methods, learners will complete a research project of relevance to the achievement of a low carbon society. Under the guidance of a tutor, they will formulate research aims, gather appropriate data, analyse it and discuss its meaning. They will present their findings to an audience by a variety of means.

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

Please contact Cornwall College to apply for this course:

Cornwall College
Tregonissey Road
St Austell
PL25 4DJ

Tel: +448452232567

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.

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