Course Code: ES1HE08 UCAS Code: C160 Marine Biology - Foundation Degree Duration2 Years Day/s of weekMonday and Tuesday Time09:45 - 15:45 Next course dates Start dateLocationDuration / Fees 12 Sep 2022 University Centre 2 Years / £8,750 per year Apply now 12 Sep 2023 University Centre 2 Years / £9,000 per year Apply now Overview Is this course for me? What will I learn? How will I be assessed? Key information Where could this course take me? Course Summary Start the journey towards a fulfilling career in marine biology with our Marine Biology foundation degree. You will study a varied programme, integrating field trips and practical laboratory work with highly transferable data processing skills, to equip you for endless career choices across a broad range of scientific disciplines. You will also be ideally located to explore the Lancashire Coast’s rich and varied coastal environment – with its rocky shores, mud flats, salt marshes and sand dunes – and enjoy a first-rate learning experience that’s genuinely hard to beat! Afterwards, many students choose to ‘top up’ their studies to a full honours degree with our one-year BSc Marine Biology programme. Our graduates find rewarding employment all over the world as well as locally, with leading companies such as Natural England, North West Fisheries and Merlin Entertainments Sea Life. Course Detail The programme aims to: - Raise your awareness of the complexity of the organisation of life forms, from molecules to ecosystems. - Help you understand the impact of human activity on the marine environment. - Provide you with a research-informed science education, which builds subject knowledge alongside developing your practical and field work skills. - Ensure you understand the relevant safety and ethical issues which can accompany work in the field. - Develop your understanding of the variation in natural systems and their evolution, alongside the appropriate use of hypothesis testing and statistical analysis, required to ensure valid conclusions are made from yours and others' investigations. - Encourage a creative and academic approach to study, including an appreciation of the value of current hypotheses, coupled to an appreciation of the uncertainty inherent in science. - Foster transferable skills such as team working, leadership and communication skills through providing appropriate developmental opportunities within and around the curriculum Entry Requirements You will need a minimum of 80 UCAS points (excluding Functional Skills) in relevant discipline or subject area: BB from at least one of the following A levels - Biology, Chemistry, Physics, Geography or Environmental Science MMP from Extended Diploma or DM from Diploma in appropriate discipline such as Applied Science, Animal Management Mathematic and English Language GCSE at grade C/4 or above Applicants for whom English is not their first language are expected to achieve a minimum 6.0 overall with at least 5.5 in each component International Baccalaureate Diploma with a minimum score of 29 overall including 5 or above in English at standard level We will also consider applicants who can demonstrate relevant work/voluntary experience on an individual basis. Qualification Obtained FdSc Marine Biology What will I learn? Modules at level 4 Module TitleCodeCreditsOptional? Core Science ES4MD024 No Evolution and Biodiversity ES4MD025 No Introduction to Academic Study Comp Sci Eng ES4MD033 No Coastal Ecology ES4MD034 No Coastal Geomorphology ES4MD035 No The Marine Environment ES4MD036 No Modules at level 5 Module TitleCodeCreditsOptional? Marine Invertebrates ES5MD024 No Marine Microbiology ES5MD025 No Marine and Coastal Management ES5MD032 No Fish Biology ES5MD033 No Work Based Learning ES5MD034 No Marine Ecosystem Ecology ES5MD037 No Learning and Teaching Methods Scheduled Learning Scheduled time relates to the time you spend in directed study with the guidance and support of our academic tutors. Scheduled learning can take a variety of forms and will vary from one course to the next, but may include lectures, seminars, tutorials, project supervision, demonstrations, studio or workshop time, fieldwork and external visits. Independent Study Higher education courses rely on students undertaking work outside of formal, scheduled sessions and this is generally categorised as independent study. Independent study might include preparation for scheduled sessions, follow-up work, wider reading or practice, completion of assessment tasks and revision. Placement Many of the degree programmes at B&FC incorporate opportunities for work placements to provide you with the opportunity to link your studies to relevant professional practice in a real work environment. Our programme teams are able to offer support in securing an appropriate work placement where it forms part of your programme, and will work closely with you during the placement to ensure that the opportunity allows you to develop personally, professionally and academically. Expert Tutors All staff involved in the delivery of higher education courses within the College are approved to teach the subjects and modules they deliver. The approval process ensures that staff delivering a given programme are appropriately qualified and, where appropriate, possess relevant technical and industrial experience and professional practice. Industry Placement and Field Trips During the second year of the course, the Work-Based and Placement Learning module provides an opportunity to undertake a work placement (totalling at least 96 hours) in an appropriate area. This allows you to apply your studies to a professional work environment and make sense of the course content in relation to your future career. Various field trips are included in the course and may include surveys of local and national coastal habitats. How will I be assessed? Assessment MethodLevel 4Level 5Level 6 Coursework 77% 57% 0% Exam 6% 16% 0% Practical 17% 27% 0% Assessment Methods Coursework Most courses are assessed via a combination of coursework and exams – the percentage weighting of each of these is outlined below. Coursework might range from written tasks and assignments to the collation of a portfolio of evidence based around a work placement. Coursework differs from exams in that it is usually non-timed and carried out independently. Exam Exams are formal, timed written assessments, carried out in a controlled environment and overseen by one or more invigilators. They assess your grasp of the theory and underpinning knowledge related to your chosen career area. The opposite of practicals, they require you to set out your practical understanding within an academic context. Some courses have no exams – the exam/coursework ratio is outlined below. Practical Practical assessments identify your technical ability to apply theory to hands-on tasks in your chosen career area. They can be timed or non-timed and involve observation of your practical skills and competencies, either in a work-based environment or a dedicated College setting that closely resembles the workplace. Practical work-based assessments are supported and carried out by a trained assessor. Learning Methods Learning MethodLevel 4Level 5Level 6 Scheduled 468 453 0 Independent 732 717 0 Placement 0 30 0 Total 1200 1200 0 Tuition Fees Please click here to find out more about tuition fees for this course. Other Costs and Equipment You will need to supply your own warm, waterproof clothing and Wellington boots. Prices for these vary depending on the brand and supplier. All other resources are provided by the College. The course includes a residential field trip, which we highly recommend since it can provide the foundation for certain assessments. We can't confirm the actual costs of this until the time of booking but as a guide, last year's trip was £300 per student and included transport, food and accommodation. Other field-trips are included in the cost of the course. You should be aware that there may be additional costs to consider, such as photocopying and printing. Regulation and Accreditation Accrediting Institution: N/A Awarding Body: Lancaster University Regulatory Body: Office for Students (OfS) Terms and Conditions Read our full terms and conditions for more information. Programme Specification Programme Spec MBI-2018.pdf Adobe PDF, 264.83 KB Career Options and Progression Upon successful completion of the Foundation Degree you can progress onto the BSc Honours top-up year. Our graduates have ultimately progressed onto level 7 courses, including Masters Degrees at Bangor, Lancaster, Herriot-Watt (Edinburgh) and Edge Hill Universities and also onto PGCE programmes here at B&FC and at Bangor University. Others have progressed to employment with a variety of organisations such as North West Fisheries, APEM Ltd Environmental Consultants, Natural England and Merlin Entertainment (Sealife Centre).