Marine Biology - Foundation Degree

Course Code: ES1HE08

UCAS Code: C160


Next available course:

Start DateLocationDuration / Fees
12/09/2022University Centre2 Years / £8,750 per yearApply

Course Overview

Course timetable

Duration: 2 days a week
Day/s of week: Mon and Tue  
Time: 9.30am - 3.45pm
Indicative Delivery: 100% On-site at the ATC, Bispham Campus

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.

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

Career Options and Progression

Assessment Methods


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.


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 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.

Assessment MethodLevel 4Level 5Level 6

Course Structure

Level 4 Modules

Core ScienceES4MD02420Mandatory
Evolution and BiodiversityES4MD02520Mandatory
Introduction to Academic Study Comp Sci EngES4MD03320Mandatory
Coastal EcologyES4MD03420Mandatory
Coastal GeomorphologyES4MD03520Mandatory
The Marine EnvironmentES4MD03620Mandatory

Level 5 Modules

Marine InvertebratesES5MD02420Mandatory
Marine MicrobiologyES5MD02520Mandatory
Marine and Coastal ManagementES5MD03220Mandatory
Fish BiologyES5MD03320Mandatory
Work Based LearningES5MD03420Mandatory
Marine Ecosystem EcologyES5MD03720Mandatory

Teaching and Learning 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.


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.

Learning MethodLevel 4Level 5Level 6

Industry Placement and Field Trips

Other Costs and Equipment Needed

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.

Tuition Fees

Regulation and Accreditation

Terms and Conditions

Programme Specification

European Structural and Investment Funds
Council for Independent Education
European Social Fund
Lancaster University
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