Cornwall College

FdSc Surf Science and Technology

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UCAS course code
Institution code
2 years
Course type
Cornwall College (Newquay)

Course details

  • Year 1
  • Core modules
    • CORN123 Culture of Surf and Sport

      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.

    • CORN139 Media and Events

      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.

    • 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.

    • CORN124 Physical and Geographical Influences on Surfing

      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.

    • CORN146 Production Methods and Materials

      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.

    • CORN158 Scientific Techniques

      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

    • CORN138 Surf Practice

      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.

  • Final year
  • Core modules
    • CORN251 Application of Computer Aided Design in the Surf Industry

    • CORN223 Ecology and Management of the Coastal Environment

      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.

    • 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.

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

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

    • CORN242 Sociological and Psychological Perspectives of Surfing

      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.

    • CORN269 Surf Business

      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.

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 & 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.

Our partnership with Cornwall College

We know how important it is to land that first job after you graduate. We know you might want to learn in your local area. We know you may want to study a specialist degree – using unique facilities – that’s not available nationally. Which is why, through our Academic Partnerships, we collaborate with regional, national and international partners to create a hands-on learning experience that simply can’t be found on large university campuses. 

With 15 partner colleges and two partner institutions, the great work we’ve done with our partners won us the Queen’s Anniversary prize. And in 2005, we were awarded a £4.5 million grant to carry on the good work.

So, 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 us. And, as well as the facilities and services your college provides, we’ll give you all the additional support and resources you need. You’ll automatically become a member of our Students’ Union, too.

One of our partners delivers this course – so please visit their website for full course details, entry requirements, tuition fees and full information on what student life is like there. 

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