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FdSc Wildlife Education & Media

For 2018 start - Available with a Science Gateway qualification

Cornwall College Newquay LEVEL: 5 Wildlife Conservation & Zoology

This programme is designed for those who want to use scientific communication in their careers; educators at nature reserves, zoos and aquaria, campaign co-ordinators for wildlife charities, educators in the natural history sections of museums, eco-tour guides, teachers, environmental interpretation designers, scientific journalists, and, of course, wildlife photographers and film-makers who want a lot more science in their education.

This specialist foundation degree mixes biological and conservation science with creative modes of communication. A lot more emphasis is placed on environmental education delivery and interpretation than most courses, using media as a vehicle for environmental education.

Being a small programme, the attention you’ll receive from teaching staff will be intensive, with a lot of guidance given. We believe that this can help launch your career. To assist with that aim, we will guide your creation of a portfolio of your output, something to take to interview.

Those with no media or education delivery background are welcome to apply – we will teach you that. Those without a Level 3 science qualification are also welcome to apply.


Possible Progression (subject to availability) 

– BSc (Hons) Animal Conservation Science final year at Plymouth University
– BSc (Hons) Applied Zoology (top-up) at Newquay
– BSc (Hons) Environmental Resource Management final year at Camborne

Possible Careers 

– Zoo, aquarium, nature reserve or museum
– Wildlife campaigns/PR coordination
– Educational events management
– Ecotourism and wildlife tourism
– Scientific journalism
– Design of environmental interpretation and signage
– Production of wildlife media

Key Facts

  • UCAS Code: XP33
  • Institution codes: CORN C78
  • Awarded by: Cornwall College & Plymouth University
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 / City & Guilds Extended Diploma - PPP Grades required (specific unit grades may be requested). Any students without Level 3 in a science subject may need to complete an entry assignment. 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.

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Course Documents

FdSc Wildlife Education & Media Handbook (2017-18) updated Feb 18


Indicative Modules Year 1

  • Wildlife Education
  • Wildlife & the Media
  • Evolutionary Theories
  • Animals & their Environment
  • Introduction to Zoology
  • Fieldwork Techniques
  • Personal & Employability Skills Development

Indicative Modules Year 2

  • Education & Interpretation in Public Spaces
  • Wildlife Education & Media in Practice
  • Communicating Science & Natural History
  • Vertebrate Zoology & Conservation
  • Individual Research Project
Options (choose one)
  • Behavioural Ecology
  • Primate Behaviour & Conservation
  • Marine Vertebrate Biology & Conservation

*Modules are subject to change and availability




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*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

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