Cornwall College

FdSc Renewable Energy Technologies

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Course details

  • Year 1
  • Core modules
    • CORC1217 Low Carbon Electricity

      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.

    • CORC1219 Life Cycle Analysis

      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.

    • CORC1218 Low Carbon Heat

      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.

    • CORC1243 Quantitative Methods

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

    • CORC1117 Sustainable Energy Futures

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

    • 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.

  • Final year
  • Core modules
    • CORC2101 Sustainable Architecture

      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.

    • CORC2189 Community Scale Renewable Energy

      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.

    • CORC2190 Business Development

      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.

    • CORC2193 Research Project

      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.

    • CORC2191 New Energy Developments

      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.

    • CORC2192 Work Placement

      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.

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 international-admissions@plymouth.ac.uk.



Our partnership with Cornwall College

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Our Academic Partnerships enable students to enrol for a degree at a college 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 college 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.

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