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FdSc Renewable Energy Technologies

For 2019 start - Available with a Science Gateway qualification

Cornwall College Eden Project LEVEL: 5 Marine & Natural Environment

This innovative programme, based at the iconic Eden Project, is designed to enable you to enter the renewable energy field and make a difference. You will learn how low carbon technologies work, where they can be implemented and how to recognise and overcome the challenges that will confront you.

This programme is ideal for anyone who has a passion for the renewable energy industry and is either completing relevant Level 3 courses, or who is currently working in the industry and wants to progress further.

During the programme you will build your theoretical understanding of how renewable energy technologies work by means of lectures, supported by online materials and quizzes. However, real understanding and confidence in your ability is developed by getting you to solve real life problems, often in teams, just as you would in the workplace. These problems will require that you deploy a range of IT skills, such as CAD and GIS, together with open source presentational and analytical software.
In addition, you will learn how to make projects actually happen. This means knowing how projects might be funded, how communities might be engaged and how the planning system works. The problems that you will work on will develop expertise in all these areas. The intention is that this experience, together with the work placement and follow-up research project, will enable you to move smoothly into relevant employment, or progress further to Honours degree level.


Possible Progression (subject to availability) 

– BSc (Hons) Renewable Energy & Carbon Management at Camborne
– BSc (Hons) Environmental Resource Management at Camborne


Possible Careers

– Environmental Markets Assistant
– Energy Manager
– Carbon Footprint Analyst
– Measurement Technician
– Carbon Management Graduate Analyst
– Field Service Technician
– Carbon Accreditation Associate
– Wind Farm Site Manager
– CDM Project Analyst
– Energy Consultant
– Business Development Associate
– Systems Designer
– Land Quality Consultant
– Graduate Sustainability Consultant
– Carbon Manager
– Sustainability Project Lead
– Graduate Carbon Management Consultant
– Sustainability Manager/Officer/Champion
– Supply Chain Manager
– Planning Development Officer

Key Facts

  • UCAS Code: 3K61
  • Institution codes: CORN C78
  • Awarded by: University of Plymouth
Entry Requirements

48 UCAS points from AS and A-Levels (at least 32 points must be at A2-level) or relevant level 3 qualification, ie BTEC National Diploma / BTEC Extended Diploma - PPP Grades required (specific unit grades may be requested). Access to HE Diplomas in a relevant subject - 45 credits at level 3 (specific unit grades may be requested). Plus GCSEs at grade C/grade 4 or above in English Language, Science and Mathematics: alternatives at Level 2 may be considered. Mature applicants with relevant experience but without the stated qualifications will be considered individually and are encouraged to apply.

Teaching Excellence Framework (TEF) Silver Award


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Indicative Module Year 1

  • Personal & Employability Skills Development
  • Sustainable Energy Futures
  • Low Carbon Electricity
  • Quantitative Methods
  • Low Carbon Heat
  • Life Cycle Analysis

Indicative Module Year 2

  • Sustainable Architecture
  • Community Scale Renewable Energy
  • Business Development
  • New Energy Developments
  • Project and Work Placement
  • Work Placement
  • Research Project

*Modules are subject to change and availability


Renewable Energy Technologies

Start Date



Eden Project


2 years full-time

Renewable Energy Technologies - with Science Gateway

Start Date



Eden Project


3 years full-time

Extra Information

This option includes an additional Science Gateway year which is ideal if you don’t have the right qualifications to apply for a degree programme straight away. If you are applying for the FdSc Renewable Energy Technologies - with Science Gateway route on UCAS you will need to use UCAS code: F901. Please note that when studying the Science Gateway programme, you will be based at Cornwall College Newquay.

*Courses listed on this website are indicative of the subject, nature and level of study. The college reserves the right to alter specific qualifications titles, awarding bodies and levels of qualification, which can change in year. Any cost may also vary, based on personal funding eligibility.

Careers advice available

If you are considering an undergraduate programme with us, you may wish to access our free Careers and Employability advice service. This gives you the opportunity to talk with an advisor about career options before, during and after your study with us. To make an appointment, please e-mail: H.E.Advice@cornwall.ac.uk

If you come into the International category (non EU*) and Channel Island (inc. Isle of Man) the tuition fee may vary – click here for full fee information