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FdSc Marine Science

For 2017 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, snorkelling and powerboat handling through to aquatic husbandry, photography and marine mammal observation. The newly equipped laboratories not only provide an excellent teaching environment, but the aquaria and aquatic systems they contain include a diverse range of aquatic species ranging from corals and carp through to sharks and seahorses.
There are also 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.

At Falmouth Marine School we have brand new labs, coastline on our doorstep, industry experts on the staff team and the biggest teaching aquarium tank in the whole of the UK.
With aquaria containing species that vary from cuttlefish to sharks, an extensive range of sampling equipment and newly established marine laboratories, the marine school also offers an almost unprecedented range of facilities for its students.

Our unique location also gives each student access to an ‘outdoor’ classroom that consists of the unique and varied marine habitats that can be found just a few minutes walk from the campus. The town of Falmouth also offers an exciting mix of social and recreational opportunities that fulfils the requirements of its diverse student population.

There is a variety of field trips to locations including visits to:

  • The National Marine Aquarium
  • National Maritime Museum Cornwall
  • Gweek Seal Sanctuary
  • The Lobster Hatchery.

There are boat trips for sampling, rocky shore surveys, mudflat surveys and a week-long field trip decided on, organised and run by you and your fellow students.

Possible careers available with this qualification:

  • Marine Biologist
  • Oceanographer
  • Conservation Researcher
  • Coastal Ranger
  • Dive Co-ordinator
  • Ecologist
  • Wildlife Ranger
  • National Trust Warden

The application process for full-time and part-time degree level courses with The Cornwall College Group starting in September 2017 is still open and we are taking applications.  Full-time applicants should apply via UCAS and part-time applicants directly via the College website.

Key Facts

  • UCAS Code: F710
  • Institution codes: CORN C78
  • Awarded by: Cornwall College & Plymouth University
  • Course Fee (per annum): £7500
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. Access to HE Diplomas - 45 credits at level 3. 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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Course Documents

FdSc Marine Science Handbook


Indicative Module Year 1

- Introduction to Marine Science

- Benthic Biology A

- Marine Resource Management

- Pelagic Biology A

- Personal & Employability Skills Development

- Coastal & Ocean Processes

- Practical Skills & Research Methods

Indicative Module Year 2

- Project

- Marine Spatial Planning

- Oceanography & Meteorology

- Biology & Culture of Aquatic Species

- Benthic Biology B

- Pelagic Biology B

*Modules are subject to change and availability



FdSc Marine Science

Start Date

September 2017




2 years full-time

Extra Information

Annual tuition fee is £7500

FdSc Marine Science

Start Date

September 2017




4 years part-time

Extra Information

Annual tuition fee is £3750

FdSc Marine Science - with Science Gateway

Start Date

September 2017




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 Marine Science - with Science Gateway route on UCAS you will need to use UCAS code: F17G. Please note that when studying the Science Gateway programme, you will be based at Cornwall College Newquay. Annual tuition fee is £7500


Dephiny Cesarano Ocean Science degree student, working on a research project for Opwall – Operation Wallacea

"Falmouth Marine School hugely inspired me to participate in more practical outdoor activities and gave me the motivation to do my open water diving course".
Marine & Natural Environment


Claire Marshall FdSc Marine Science

Zooplankton Taxonomist at Cefas "The degree course at Falmouth Marine School helped me to change my career and get the job I always dreamed of."
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.

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