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Marine Science

Cornwall’s college of the ocean…

We are located in the heart of one of the most biologically diverse marine regions in the world. With rocky shores, mudflats, maerl and seagrass beds and a coastline that supports internationally important marine wildlife. There really is no better place to turn your passion for the ocean into a career. We offer specialist full-time courses for those leaving school as well as a foundation degree route in partnership with the University of Plymouth.

Listen to what former student has to say about our courses…

Study Marine Science at Falmouth Marine School, Cornwall

Clare Marshall is a former FDSc Marine Science Student at Falmouth Marine School and is now a Plankton Analyst at the Marine Biological Association (MBA), The Continuous Plankton Recorder (CPR) Survey in Plymouth

Events at Falmouth Marine School

Watersports Taster Session at Stithians

18 June 2022, 10:30-13:00


We would like to invite you to join our Watersports Taster Session at Stithians Lake Watersports Centre on Saturday 18th June from 10.30am to 1pm. Please note – this event is for people aged between 14 and 19. BOOK NOW The session will be led by Hannah Mason, Study Programme Manager for

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Marine Science Courses at Falmouth

Marine Biology & Ecology Diploma

Level 3 • Full-time • Falmouth Marine School


Careers in Marine Biology and Ecology are some of the most sought-after jobs, providing the opportunity to travel the world and explore the wonder of the oceans as part of your day to day work. Whether your dreams involve living on tropical islands protecting reefs, studying mega-fauna such as sharks, observing the movement of whales in the arctic or monitoring fisheries in coast off the Isles of Scillies, this course is the ideal starting place. The Marine Biology & Ecology Level 3 Diploma at Falmouth Marine School benefits from a long history of teaching, specialist equipment, and a wealth of teaching expertise. Our facilities are unique at college level, with no other course in the UK offering the same opportunities and resources. Whether on the boat learning about marine surveying techniques, in the laboratory practicing identification, or using the different aquaculture/fish tanks in the wet lab, this course offers something special and provides the perfect opportunity for anyone looking to stand-out and develop a bright future in marine environment sciences.

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Marine Conservation Diploma

Level 2 • Full-time • Falmouth Marine School


If you have always dreamt of having a career within the marine sector, then this course will offer you the first step into studying the basics of Marine Biology, ecology and Conservation. This introductory course gives you a flavour of the different avenues and aspects of biology, ecology and conservation that you may wish to specialise in within your further studies. The course offers a mixture of classroom theory and practical experience, within an array of marine environments. You will be looking at developing a multitude of survey skills using flora and fauna to be able to complete records which will then give an indicator on environments issues and management plans to support conservation. Within our established Aquaria at Falmouth Marine School, you will gain hands on experience for the health and welfare of our species and the systems that support them. The above skills will then support you in securing a work experience placement in any national Aquarium should you wish or a conservation industry of your choice. Embedded within the course, there will be opportunities to conduct rocky shore surveys as well as pelagic surveys on a vessel in the Fal Estuary. Should your passion lead you directly into the ocean environment, there is an additional opportunity for you to undertake a PADI diving qualification. You’ll be learning from experienced marine biology and ecology professionals as well as meeting successful persons from National and International Marine related industries on our unique Industry Day. You will be encouraged to network and make future contact with them to support you learning journey into employment.

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Marine Conservation Diploma

Level 3 • Full-time • Falmouth Marine School


If you have always dreamt of a career within marine conservation then this course could be the perfect place to start. Offering a unique qualification within the sector, our Level 3 Marine Conservation Diploma will give you the opportunity to learn from experienced marine biology and conservation professionals as well as providing excellent opportunities for networking at our unique Industry Day. In the first year of the course you will have the opportunity to study 5 individual units which are heavily focused on Animal Welfare and Ethics. The focus of this area is to gain knowledge and skills that are fundamental to any role in the animal sector. These additional units will include visits to nationally recognised animal Sanctuaries and Zoos. You will have first-hand experience in monitoring the behaviour of animals in relation to captivity, rehabilitation and their natural habitat. You will investigate factors that affect animal health and which cover a range of influencing factors affecting growth and reproduction. Within our established Aquaria at Falmouth Marine School you will gain hands on experience of ensuring the health and welfare of our species and the systems that support them. This experience will support you in securing a work experience placement in any national Aquarium or a conservation industry of your choice. Embedded within the course there will be opportunities to conduct rocky shore surveys as well as pelagic surveys on a vessel in the Fal Estuary and should your passion lead you directly into the ocean environment, there is an additional opportunity for you to undertake a PADI diving qualification.

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Anchors aweigh! Students complete epic charity boat project

7th September 2021


A Cornish Pilot Gig built by local college students for a Cornish Veteran’s charity will take its maiden voyage this week, 35 years after a previous college cohort built its predecessor.

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