Cornwall College

FdSc Surf Science and Technology

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

    • Key Professional Skills (CORN1005)

      This module parameterises the internal and external factors that defines the relevant employment sector, providing students with the knowledge and skills to begin positioning themselves professionally within that field. PESTLE factors for the industry will be covered as well as specific personal, professional and employability skills required for both academic study and the workplace

    • Culture of Surf and Sport (CORN123)

      This module underpins knowledge of how surf recreation has developed and provides an introduction to the institutions of government in the UK and internationally which govern sports. It outlines the decision making procedures of those bodies and examines the political and social context in which they work. It also examines the media in the context of surfing and the surf industry.

    • Physical and Geographical Influences on Surfing (CORN124)

      This module will introduce the theoretical aspects of wave formation and motion and the link to weather systems. It will also provide students with an understanding of tides and tidal cycles, climatic change along with practical aspects of meteorology, the ability to interpret weather systems.

    • Surf Practice (CORN138)

      This module underpins how surf recreation is practised and taught and offers a frame-work for understanding the acquisition of basic skills in surfing. It incorporates practical sessions in which safe management of surfing activity is covered, followed by outline coverage of the Surfing GB's Level 1 Surf Instructor syllabus. It also explains body movement and the physical principles that underpin the sport of surfing.

    • Media and Events (CORN139)

      This module introduces students to competitions and how they are organised and judged, and to the skills and techniques that top class surfers demonstrate. This module explores the variety of media forms available to communicate in the sporting arena.

    • Production Methods and Materials (CORN146)

      This module provides students with the knowledge and understanding necessary for the intelligent selection of processes and materials in product design, material selection, testing, composition and development in relation to the manufacturing process.

    • Scientific Techniques (CORN158)

      This module provides a foundation in a range of scientific techniques and skills that are fundamental to academic study of the sciences both in a field based and laboratory scenario

  • Final year

  • Core modules

    • Ecology and Management of the Coastal Environment (CORN223)

      This module examines the ecology of marine systems and the issues relating to the management of the physical environment of the coastline and the human impact upon it.

    • Sociological and Psychological Perspectives of Surfing (CORN242)

      Examines the sociological factors underlying surfing's growth over the last fifty years towards its current recognition as a sport within mainstream society. It examines the psychological factors that control the performance of an individual or team in the sport of surfing.

    • Scientific Aspects of Health, Fitness and Nutrition in Sport (CORN243)

      This module examines the human body in relation to sport and exercise, in terms of bioenergetics, neuromuscular activity, cardio-respiratory physiology and thermoregulation.

    • Application of Computer Aided Design in the Surf Industry (CORN251)

    • Surf Business (CORN269)

      This module is an introduction to business and employment in the context of the surf industry including a consideration of the structure and roles of companies and organisations. Students will be introduced to the principles of law that might be encountered within businesses in the surf industry. This module also provides students with an opportunity to acquire work experience in a field related to the subject area of their programme.

    • 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

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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