Cornwall College

FdSc Wildlife Education and Media

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
    • CORN1000 Fundamentals of Biology

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

    • CORN1005 Key Professional Skills

      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

    • CORN163 Animals and their Environment

  • Year 2
  • Core modules
    • CORN142 Wildlife Education

      This module provides students with an understanding of the biodiversity of this planet and allows students to develop methods of informal and formal teaching delivery to a range of audiences in the process. Being able to communicate difficult scientific concepts to the general public is a key element of a zoo, aquarium or nature reserve education officer.

    • CORN144 Fieldwork Techniques

      This module equips students with the skills and knowledge to carry out field work using appropriate techniques, data handling and analyses, and effective communication of ecological information.

    • CORN178 Evolutionary Theories

      This module provides an introduction to the origins of the earth and theories of evolution.

    • WEM102 Wildlife and the Media

      This module aims to provide students with a sound basis of ecological concepts; from habitats, ecosystem relationships and food-webs through to nutrient flows, competition and predator-prey relationships. There is also an introduction to population modelling; a useful tool to any wildlife manager.

  • Year 3
  • Core modules
    • CORN219 Education and Interpretation in Public Spaces

    • CORN296 Wildlife Education and Media in Practice

      This module provides the student with an opportunity to develop their educational delivery and media skills in work-related contexts, in line with their Personal Development Plan. Students will be encouraged to place all materials produced in their web-based portfolio.

    Optional modules
    • CORN221 Communicating Science and Natural History

      This module addresses the diverse ways in which science is communicated to a range of audiences - scientific, lay, young and old.

  • Final year
  • Core modules
    • CORN241 Vertebrate Zoology and Conservation

    • 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.

    Optional modules
    • CORN2016 Global Conservation Issues

      This module explores the relationship between human societies and the natural environment, focussing on the consequences of anthropogenic activity on biodiversity

    • CORN2017 Behavioural Ecology

      This module will explore the functional significance of animal behaviour in terms of fitness, covering major theories and supporting studies in the fields of evolutionary and behavioural ecology

    • CORN2018 Marine Vertebrate Biology and Conservation

      This module explores the functional biology of marine vertebrates, focussing especially on key conservation flagship species; elasmobranchs, marine reptiles, birds and marine mammals. A detailed understanding of feeding, physiological and morphological adaptations to the marine environment, locomotion and migration, social and reproductive behaviour will be explored and related to their conservation.

    • CORN278 Primate Behaviour and Conservation

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

EU applicants should refer to our dedicated Brexit webpage for details of the implications of the UK’s plans to leave the European Union.

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 the University of Plymouth at level 5 or level 6, as specifically defined by this programme’s progression agreement.

For further information, including the progression from foundation degree form, please visit

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.

Find out more about studying at Cornwall College