FdSc Marine Ecology and Conservation

Subject Area: Course code: Course Type:
Animal Welfare & Science AC142A07/21/1 Higher Education

Course Information

Marine ecology is an integrative science that studies the basic structural and functional relationships within and among living populations and their physical-chemical environments in marine ecosystems. It is a discipline which draws on all the major fields within the biological sciences, focusing on specific organisms as well as particular environments. The importance of conserving marine species and ecosystems is growing as a consequence of human activities (including over-fishing, over-utilisation, degradation and loss of coastal and marine habitats, introduction of non-native species) and the intensification of global climate change. As a result the management of marine species and ecosystems to prevent their decline are more important than ever before.

This 4 year part time route requires 1-2 days per week attendance at Kingston Maurward College and includes a 150 hour industry placement prior to starting year two. The course is presented through a combination of lectures, discussions, assignments, practical activities, visiting guest speakers, specialist visits and work experience. Students can also expect to attend a study tour.


  • Foundation degree in Marine Ecology and Conservation (Part Time)
Course Content
  • Year One (Level 4)
    Study and Research Skills.
    Introduction to Marine Habitats
    Principles of Marine Animal Ecology and Behaviour.
    Marine Environmental Science.
    Environmental Marine Animal Physiology.
    Work Based Learning

    Year Two (Level 5)
    Zoology of Marine Invertebrates.
    Zoology of Marine Vertebrates.
    Coastal Processes and Geomorphology (Option Unit).
    Marine and Coastal Conservation.
    Aquaculture Health and Welfare (Option Unit).
    Field Study Tour (Option Unit).
    Specialist Research Project.
Entry Requirements
  • Total of 48 new UCAS tarriff points. Normally one A Level in a Biological /Environmental Science or Geography, plus other subjects to complete total points, or an average PPP at Level 3 City & Guilds Advanced Teachnical Extended Diploma (1080) in Animal Management or Countryside Management or MM in L3 Advanced Technical Extended Diploma (720). Four GCSEs in Maths, English (grade 4/5 or above) are required.

    Mature entry is actively encouraged and relevant work experience will be considered in place of formal qualifications, but Access to HE courses in Science are highly recommended. International students required to meet IELTS (Academic) 6.0 or above (with minimum 5.5 in each component)
Next Steps
  • Students can progress to a BSc (Hons) Marine Ecology and Conservation top-up course at Bournemouth University, that is also partly taught at Kingston Maurward
Career Opportunities
  • This qualification offers excellent employment opportunities in the areas of marine conservation organisations, aquaria, fish health and disease, and marine conservation education. Graduates have progessed onto postgraduate study at Master’s level with Bournemouth University, as well as key roles with local and national organisations such as Dorset Wildlife Trust and RSPB.

Dates & Fees

Dates & Times
Start date: End date: Start time: End time:
20-Sep-2021 (Already Started) 30-Jul-2025 10.00 a.m. 4.00 p.m.
Mode of attendance
Day of the week Number of sessions
Mon, Tue, Wed
Course Fees
Tuition fees (Full Time) £3250.00

Students on this course are normally eligible for a student loan depending on their circumstances.
There will be an additional cost towards industry visits and study tours.Study tour at Level 5 estimated cost c£275Day tours costs c£5-£15Scuba diving if required c£350 to £400There are opportunities for other enrichment activities such as Kayaking and ATV driving with reduced course fees as appropriate.

Materials Required

Water proof clothing, steel toe boots and suitable workwear/ protective overalls/clothing. Students are advised to have a wetsuit, wet shoes and wetsuit gloves as field work may present opportunity for snorkelling.

What's next?

Applications for this course are now closed. If you'd like to know when there will be another or need more information we are happy to answer any questions.