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Fish Studies 60 Credit diploma

Falmouth Marine School Falmouth LEVEL: 2 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. We have one of the largest aquatic teaching facilities in the UK, with research tank systems that include sharks, coral, seahorses, octopus and many more.

The practical nature of our courses provide you with the opportunity to conduct studies both on and around the water along Cornwall’s fantastic coast, aided by the use of boats specialised for marine research. Cornwall has almost 300 miles of coastline and a rich variety of marine habitat and industries so there is no better place to study.

All of our courses give you the right skills to develop a career in this area and many courses have work experience, employer links and research project opportunities that will position you with employers and research organisations working in the marine sector.

As part of your course you will be required to carry out Work Experience and/or an Industry Placement. For more details please click here.


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Ideal if:

You are looking for a practical course where you will learn the basics of fish care, welfare and maintenance and would like a career in fisheries or aquaculture, or fish conservation and aquatic management.

You’ll need:

four GCSEs at grade D or 3, including English, mathematics and science, or an equivalent qualification.

You’ll learn:

Through multimedia, field work, practical assessments and coursework; there are no exams. Units on the course range from fish biology
and health, and ecological surveys, to fisheries and aquaculture. You will also study GCSEs in English and mathematics if you don’t have grade C or above.


To be out in the field regularly carrying out netting, fishing and other ecological surveys. You will be taught introductory level principles and theory.

You’ll love:

Lots of practical work in purpose built marine laboratories and work experience in a local business.

You’ll go on to:

Further study with our Marine Biology & Ecology Level 3 Diploma, then into employment or university study such
as our FdSc Aquaculture & Fisheries Science or FdSc Marine Science.


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Fish Studies 60 Credit diploma

Start Date

September 2020




1 year


Lauren Bambury Marine & Natural Environment

Lauren studied a Marine based course with us and is now currently working at Hayle Harbour as an Assistant Harbour Master.

“Falmouth Marine School helped me to get where I am today by providing me with the skills to be confident in my abilities”.

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Angela Webster Marine Biology Level 2 Course Manager

Angela’s area of expertise within marine biology and ecology is conservation; specifically looking at the ever increasing issues surrounding marine pollution of invasive species and the effectiveness of environmental management. Angela is an experienced diver and enjoys being able to provide students with the opportunity to scuba dive, where each year a record number of students complete  their PADI qualification. Leading on from this the students are then able to put their new skills into practice during a field trip abroad, which Angela organises.

“The range of field trips undertaken at Falmouth Marine School gives all students the opportunity to develop valuable practical survey skills, in and around Cornwall’s beautiful marine environments.”

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