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Cornwall College launches Marine Conservation Foundation Degree

Cornwall College is set to launch a brand new Marine Conservation Foundation Degree in September, validated by the University of Plymouth, which will equip students with the skills and knowledge to gain employment in a range of jobs throughout the marine industry.

Ideally situated at the Newquay campus, students will be able to take advantage of the local surroundings and close relationship with Blue Reef Aquarium. Students on the course will study a number of modules including ecology, marine science, diving and survey techniques, biodiversity, classification and evolution, pollution and mitigation, fish ecology and marine mammals.

Cornwall College is a partner in the Objective One flagship Combined Universities in Cornwall and the Newquay campus is one of several that has received investment for a high quality building.

Axel Bamberger, Programme Manager said: "The marine industry in Cornwall is rapidly expanding and is currently worth around £180 million. It also supports over 14,000 jobs with an increasing need for skilled employees to enter the industry. The Marine Conservation Foundation Degree will equip graduates with the skills needed to become environmental consultants, managers, rangers and divers, amongst many other jobs available within the marine industry.

 "The proposed Marine Bill legislation balances the need for wildlife protection with the requirements of industry around our coasts. Once passed, the Bill will provide appropriate powers to protect and restore important marine areas, species and habitats in all parts of the marine area. This Bill will also, without doubt, create considerable demand in the near future for graduates in the field of marine conservation. So there isn't a better time to study a course of this nature."

Colin Wells from The National Lobster Hatchery is a supporter of the new course and said: "There is a clear role for this course and it will form an important part of the economic development of the county. The course could provide employers with skilled employees and provide entrepreneurs with the skill base required to boost their business."

John Latham, Principal of Cornwall College said: "CornwallCollege Newquay is rapidly expanding the number of courses on offer and has recently enjoyed substantial investment in new buildings and facilities. This new course will sit alongside a highly successful suite of animal and marine based courses at Newquay which includes: Marine Aquaculture, Zoological Conservation, Wildlife Education and Media and Animal Science."

For further information please contact Kerry Trevenna, Marketing Executive, Cornwall College, on 01637 857957 or email

The Objective One Programme for Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly has invested in the Combined Universities in Cornwall (CUC) project, both Phase 1 and Phase 2, through the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF) and the European Social Fund (ESF). CornwallCollege is a partner of the CUC.


Editor's notes:

  • Cornwall College is the largest college in the UK with over 45,000 students
  • Cornwall College has seven campuses in Cornwall, these are Camborne, St Austell, Saltash, Newquay, Duchy College Rosewarne, Duchy College Stoke Climsland and Falmouth Marine School
  • University courses are approved by the University of Plymouth
  • Cornwall College is a partner in the Combined Universities in Cornwall initiative, which is part-funded by the European Regional Development Fund


Clare Morgan
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