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Sep Jan
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About this course

Falmouth Marine School's Marine Biology & Ecology, is one of the oldest and best established college level (Level 3) courses in the UK.  Recruiting across the whole of the UK including overseas, the course is a specialist course studying the environmental sciences such as biology, physics and chemistry, but focusing on marine systems and processes.

As a BTEC, the course mixes both practical with the academic theory, and links in the additional skills needed to become a scientist or going straight into industry in the marine sector. The course can also offer additional qualifications that students can choose to take in boat handling, diving, Marine Mammal Medic, that for an extra cost can make students qualified in a range of skills to make them stand out from the crowd.

Entry Requirements

  • You will need four grade Cs or above at GCSE, including English and Maths. Ideally you will have the additional two in the sciences, but Level 2 courses and additional qualifications such as GCSE in other academic areas can be considered. Mature students will be assessed on qualifications and previous life experience
  • The qualification you will study for is BTEC Countryside Management. The course is two one year components, consisting of Year 1, 90-Credit Diploma and Year 2 'top-up' Extended Diploma. The full qualification of completing the two years is an 'Extended Diploma in Countryside Management, bias, Marine Biology & Ecology'. This qualification is UCAS Point translatable with full achievement on a Pass, Merit and Distinction based assessment equating to 420 UCAS Points (A-Level, A*A*A*).
  • Assessment is carried out by written assignments as well as practical work including field and laboratory based work. There are no exams. Students are also required to demonstrate employability skills, which do normally require a Work Experience Placement and students are encouraged in the course to take on Work Experience/Internships in their own time. The course is full-time, with year one Monday to Wednesday, year two Wednesday to Friday.