Animal Conservation and Welfare

Introduction

Course Title: FdSc Marine Ecology & Conservation
Course Code: AC078



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 2 year full time course requires 3 days per week attendance at Kingston Maurward College and includes a 250 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.

Overview

Qualification

Foundation Degree

Course Content

Year One (Level 4)
• Study and Research Skills.
• Introductory Marine Ecology.
• 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.

You also have the choice of two of the following options:

- Management of Animal Collections
- Topics in Applied Psychology
- Physical Therapy and Rehabilitation

Entry Requirements

120 UCAS tariff points. Normally one A Level in a Biological /Environmental Science or Geography, or an average pass at Level 3 Extended Diploma (previously National Diploma) in Animal Management or Countryside Management. GCSEs in Maths, English (grade C or above) are required. Mature entry is actively encouraged and relevant work experience will be considered in place of formal qualifications, but Acess 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.