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FdSc Marine Science

For 2019 start - Available with a Science Gateway qualification

Falmouth Marine School Falmouth LEVEL: 5 Marine & Natural Environment

Located in one of the most beautiful coastal regions of the UK, this Falmouth-based programme provides a proven track record of success in developing the academic potential of students, which enables them to progress on to some of the most prestigious marine-based academic institutions in the world, or obtain employment within this expanding and exciting career path.

The newly constructed and equipped campus provides an almost unprecedented level of access to the diverse marine ecosystems of the South West peninsula. With subjects ranging from pelagic and benthic biology through to oceanography and marine resource management, the course provides an almost unique mix of field work, laboratory-based practicals and lectures delivered by experienced industry experts and innovative research scientists.

You will also have the opportunity to develop a range of non-academic practical skills that are often considered to be essential for progression, these range from diving and powerboat handling through to aquatic husbandry.

The newly constructed laboratories provide an excellent teaching environment. The specially constructed ‘wet lab’ has been especially commended by students, employers and examiners. The large aquaria provide students with the ability to gain direct experience of studying and managing a range of tropical marine and freshwater habitats that complement the diverse marine environments located just a few minutes’ walk away from the campus.

You will also have the opportunity to participate in a number of residential and international field trips that enable you to gain practical skills and study in habitats that can vary from the sub-arctic through to coral reefs and mangroves.


Possible Progression (subject to availability) 

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


Possible Careers 

– Marine Biologist                                       – Oceanographer
– Conservation Researcher                       – Research Scientist 
– Coastal Ranger                                          – Aquaculturist 
– Dive Co-ordinator                                    – Marine Exploration
– Ecologist                                                    – National Trust Warden
– Wildlife Ranger                                       – Coastal Ranger

They may be some additional costs on your course, throughout the duration of your studies, here is some further information: Additional Costs

In the Press:

Undergraduate work is published in world leading scientific publication: https://www.falmouthmarineschool.ac.uk/news/article/undergraduates-work-is-published-in-world-leading-scientific-publication/

Student led Aquaculture Society welcomes new species: 


Work experience leads to key role:  https://www.falmouthmarineschool.ac.uk/news/article/work-experience-dog-charity/

Survey week uncovers the amazing marine life in Falmouth: https://www.falmouthmarineschool.ac.uk/news/article/amazing-marine-life-surveyed-in-falmouth/

Key Facts

  • UCAS Code: F710
  • Institution codes: CORN C78
  • Awarded by: University of Plymouth
  • Fees: Fees Explained
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.

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Course Documents

FdSc Marine Science Handbook 2018-2019


Indicative Module Year 1

  • Introduction to Marine Science
  • Benthic Biology A
  • Marine Resource Management
  • Pelagic Biology A
  • Personal & Employability Skills Development
  • Practical Skills & Research Methods

Indicative Module Year 2

  • Project
  • Marine Spatial Planning
  • Oceanography & Meteorology
  • Biology & Culture of Aquatic Species
  • Benthic Biology B
  • Marine Science in Practice

*Modules are subject to change and availability





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Lauren Pestana Internship with The Shark Project

At Falmouth Marine School I had the chance to do some great field work in some really scientifically interesting areas. I got to move to the other side of the country and meet new people who were interested in the same things as me. I love sharks, so to be given the support to collect my own specimens was an excellent experience.

Marine & Natural Environment

*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. The Cornwall College Group reserves the right to withdraw any course listed at any time.

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