Cornwall College

Science Gateway

The Cornwall College Group offers a wide range of undergraduate courses across seven 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

    • Foundation Biology (CORN001)

      This module introduces learners to key introductory and overarching principles in biology - no prior knowledge is required or assumed. The emphasis is on understanding core principles including the classification and diversity of organisms, relationships between organelles, cells and tissues, structure and function of eukaryotes and prokaryotes, cell division, structure and function of biological molecules and how microorganisms, plants and animals carry out essential life processes.

    • Further Biology (CORN002)

      This module builds on core concepts introduced in CORN001, with a strong emphasis on applying scientific principles to a range of concepts in biology. Learners will explore biochemical pathways including cellular respiration and photosynthesis and study animal body systems, homeostatic and regulatory mechanisms. Basic ecological concepts will be introduced linked to field work completed in CORN003.

    • Practical and Field Skills in Biology (CORN003)

      Linked to theory covered in CORN001 (Semester 1) and CORN002 (Semester 2), this module provides a range of opportunities to complete laboratory practical work and undertake field surveys. Learners will phrase and test hypotheses, develop competence in key practical and analytical techniques and build confidence in both laboratory and field settings.

    • Study and Mathematical Skills for Scientists (CORN008)

      This module helps refresh basic mathematical skills needed to start in Higher Education and develops research and study skills needed for success. Through lectures, workshops and research seminars, learners explore the nature and method of science, reflect on their skills and develop action plans for continuing improvement. The module provides opportunities to work with problems and examples, applying knowledge and understanding in context wherever possible.

    Optional modules

    • Foundation Chemistry (CORN004)

      This module introduces learners to key introductory principles in chemistry - no prior knowledge is required or assumed. The emphasis is on understanding core principles including atomic theory of matter, chemical bonding and intermolecular forces, molarity calculations and gas laws and simple organic chemistry. Theory is supported by practical work.

    • Further Chemistry (CORN005)

      This module expands upon concepts introduced in CORN003 to provide a more in-depth study of organic chemistry together with an introduction to enthalpy changes (with associated practical work) and inorganic chemistry.

    • Foundation Physics (CORN006)

      This module introduces students to fundamental concepts in physics, including Newtons Laws. The emphasis throughout is on applying the principles of physics in all areas of science with many hands-on learning experiences.

    • Further Physics (CORN007)

      This module builds on the knowledge and understanding gained from CORN006 and introduces new concepts and their practical applications including electricity, environmental, nuclear and magnetic physics. Workshop and practical sessions give students the opportunity to apply their learning and work with problems and examples.

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

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.
Plymouth students working on a group project