Animal Welfare & Science


Course Title: Foundation Degree in Marine Ecology and Conservation
Course Code: AC078

Department: Animal Welfare & Science
Course Type: Degree Level

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 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.


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.
Marine Animal Health and Welfare (Option Unit).
Marine Field Study Tour (Option Unit).
Specialist Research Project.

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

Start Date End Date Start Time End Time Mode of Attendance Days of the Week No of sessions
23-Sep-19 29-Jul-21 9.15 a.m. 4.45 p.m. Degree Level Mon, Tue, Wed
Total Fee Full Cost Total Fee 19-23 Total Fee 24+
£6,165.00 £6,165.00

Additional Costs

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

Location & Contact Details


Kingston Maurward College Main Campus | Directions


Course Helpline 01305 215215

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Materials Required

Water proof clothing, sturdy walking boots and wellington boots, laboratory coat and protective overalls/clothing. Students are advised to have a wetsuit, wet shoes and wetsuit gloves as field work may present opportunity for snorkelling.


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