What will I learn?
Marine ecology and conservation systems are studied in depth in this programme as you explore the impact of factors such as coastal developments, over-fishing, non-native species and worldwide climate change.
The course includes significant work experience in marine aquaculture, coastal fisheries, marine aquaria and research establishments both at home and abroad. Previous placements range from working in the Cornish Seal Sanctuary or for the Manta Trust in the UK, to shark and ray research in South Africa and Malta, whale and dolphin conservation in Tenerife, and Coral Cay Conservation in the Philippines.
How will I be assessed?
Assessment includes coursework (such as practical portfolios, laboratory reports, case studies and essay style assignments) plus formal exams. Research opportunities are also a feature, often enabling data collection within organisations such as the Inshore Fisheries Conservation Authority.
Where can I go from here?
After completing this course, you can progress to the BSc (Hons) Top-up in Marine Biology at the University of Portsmouth for a third year of study, or enter the industry. Sparsholt students now work in national wildlife trusts and marine research.
Each year includes an assessed work placement unit
- Intro to Marine Ecology
- Principles in Aquatic Science
- Marine Conservation
- Biology Industrial Experience
- Introduction to Marine Fisheries Management
- Academic Skills
- Aquatic Ecology and Conservation
- Population and Ecology
- Marine Fish Farming (optional)
- Aquarium Design and Husbandry (optional)
- Marine Organisms and Ecosystems
- Applied Industrial Research
- Industrial Development
- A Levels – Two A Level passes, including one at grade C or above which should be in a science
- BTEC Extended Diploma – MMP
- City & Guilds Advanced Technical Ext. Diploma (1080) – MMP
- BTEC Diploma – MM
- City & Guilds Advanced Technical Extended Diploma (720) – MM
- TLevels – Pass in a relevant subject
- Access to HE – A satisfactory pass in a relevant Access course with 74 tariff points, with 24 credits at merit or above including 12 credits in science-based units
- International Baccalaureate Appropriate IB – Certificates considered
- Plus GCSE maths and English at grade 4/C or above or Level 2 Functional Skills in maths and English.