Marine Biology - Foundation Degree

Course Code: ES1HE08
UCAS Code: C160

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Start DateLocationDuration
09/09/2019University Centre2 YearsApply

Course Overview

Lay the foundations for an exciting career as a marine biologist with our two-year Foundation Degree Marine Biology. Modules are brought to life through fascinating field trips arranged in association with the Environment Agency, with other industry partners helping to shape a lively curriculum aimed at significantly enhancing your employability. At the end of the course you can progress to our one-year top-up honours course in the same discipline, designed to increase your career prospects even further. Past students are now enjoying rewarding careers with companies such as Natural England, North West Fisheries and Merlin Entertainments Sea Life.

Entry Requirements

You will need a minimum of 80 UCAS points (excluding Functional Skills) to include at least one subject from Biology, Chemistry, Physics, Geography or Environmental Science OR a BTEC/QCF Diploma in a science discipline (such as Applied Science or Animal Management) plus GCSEs in English Language and Maths at grade 4 (previously grade C) or above.

We will also consider applicants who can demonstrate relevant work/voluntary experience on an individual basis.

Qualification Obtained

FdSc in Marine Biology

Career Options and Progression

Assessment Methods

Coursework

Most courses are assessed via a combination of coursework and exams – the percentage weighting of each of these is outlined below. Coursework might range from written tasks and assignments to the collation of a portfolio of evidence based around a work placement. Coursework differs from exams in that it is usually non-timed and carried out independently.

Exam

Exams are formal, timed written assessments, carried out in a controlled environment and overseen by one or more invigilators. They assess your grasp of the theory and underpinning knowledge related to your chosen career area. The opposite of practicals, they require you to set out your practical understanding within an academic context. Some courses have no exams – the exam/coursework ratio is outlined below.

Practical

Practical assessments identify your technical ability to apply theory to hands-on tasks in your chosen career area. They can be timed or non-timed and involve observation of your practical skills and competencies, either in a work-based environment or a dedicated College setting that closely resembles the workplace. Practical work-based assessments are supported and carried out by a trained assessor.

Assessment MethodLevel 4Level 5Level 6
Coursework75590
Exam13250
Practical12160

Course Structure

Level 4 Modules

TitleCodeCreditsOptions
Academic and Digital Literacy ScienceES4MD02120Mandatory
The Marine EnvironmentES4MD02620Mandatory
Coastal EcologyES4MD02220Mandatory
Evolution and BiodiversityES4MD02520Mandatory
Coastal GeomorphologyES4MD02320Mandatory
Core ScienceES4MD02420Mandatory

Level 5 Modules

TitleCodeCreditsOptions
Marine and Coastal ManagementES5MD02220Mandatory
Fish BiologyES5MD02120Mandatory
Marine Ecosystem EcologyES5MD02320Mandatory
Marine MicrobiologyES5MD02520Mandatory
Work Based and Placement LearningES5MD01420Mandatory
Marine InvertebratesES5MD02420Mandatory

Teaching and Learning Methods

Scheduled Learning

Scheduled time relates to the time you spend in directed study with the guidance and support of our academic tutors. Scheduled learning can take a variety of forms and will vary from one course to the next, but may include lectures, seminars, tutorials, project supervision, demonstrations, studio or workshop time, fieldwork and external visits.

Independent Study

Higher education courses rely on students undertaking work outside of formal, scheduled sessions and this is generally categorised as independent study. Independent study might include preparation for scheduled sessions, follow-up work, wider reading or practice, completion of assessment tasks and revision.

Placement

Many of the degree programmes at B&FC incorporate opportunities for work placements to provide you with the opportunity to link your studies to relevant professional practice in a real work environment. Our programme teams are able to offer support in securing an appropriate work placement where it forms part of your programme, and will work closely with you during the placement to ensure that the opportunity allows you to develop personally, professionally and academically.

Learning MethodLevel 4Level 5Level 6
Scheduled7326520
Independent4684520
Placement0960
Total120012000

Industry Placement and Field Trips

Other Costs and Equipment Needed

Expert Tutors

All staff involved in the delivery of higher education courses within the College are approved to teach the subjects and modules they deliver. The approval process ensures that staff delivering a given programme are appropriately qualified and, where appropriate, possess relevant technical and industrial experience and professional practice.

Tuition Fees

Regulation and Accreditation

Terms and Conditions

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