AVAILABLE BRAND: Falmouth Marine School | LEARNING AREAS: Marine & Natural Environment COURSES

Marine Biology & Ecology Diploma

Falmouth Marine School Falmouth LEVEL: 2 Marine & Natural Environment

Located in the heart of one of the most biologically diverse regions in the world, with rocky shores, mudflats, maerl and seagrass beds, and a coastline that supports internationally important marine wildlife, there really is no better place to turn your passion for the ocean into a full-time career.

We offer two options for you to gain a career in the marine science industry depending on your GCSE results. Our Level 3 course offers you the choice of university study or employment on successful completion of your course. Our Level 2 course is ideal should your GCSEs not be what you expected, with the option to progress to Level 3.

Located in one of the most beautiful coastal regions of the UK, this Falmouth-based programme provides a proven track record of success in developing the academic potential of students, which enables them to progress on to some of the most prestigious marine-based academic institutions in the world, or obtain employment within this expanding and exciting career path.

All of our courses give you the right skills to develop a career in this area and many courses have work experience, employer links and research project opportunities that will position you with employers and research organisations working in the marine sector.


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Ideal if:

This one-year course is ideal if you are looking for a practical course in marine biology and don’t have the entry requirements for Level 3.

You’ll need:

Four GCSEs at grade 3, including English and maths and ideally science.

You’ll learn:

During this course you will be introduced to a range of marine species and survey techniques. You will learn about aquatic ecology, species populations and behaviours, and marine conservation, in order to progress onto the Level 3 diploma.

You will also have the opportunity to gain and build on dive skills with PADI at a reduced cost.


To be introduced to a range of marine species and survey techniques. You will also be given work placement opportunities.

You’ll love:

The opportunity to discover new career paths. You’ll also be offered the opportunity to gain and build on dive skills with PADI as well as other applied science organisations.

You’ll go on to:

Marine Biology & Ecology Level 3 at Falmouth Marine School.

Careers in this industry

  • Marine biologist
  • Conservation professional
  • Aquaculture professional
  • Environmental professional

Progression Courses

“I have always wanted to study Marine Biology and Falmouth Marine School was the only place in the country that offered this course so I relocated. The course is located in an amazing place and the tutors and other students really helped me to settle in. Alongside my National Diploma I have gained a diving qualification, RYA powerboat and I’m now a qualified marine mammal medic. I have been accepted for a Masters in Marine Biology at the University of Essex and before I start I have secured a seven week internship with the Turtle Foundation in Cape Verde Islands”. Jake Woodier


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Marine Biology Ecology Diploma Level 2

Start Date

September 2018




1 year


Angela Webster Marine Biology Level 2 Course Manager

Angela’s area of expertise within marine biology and ecology is conservation; specifically looking at the ever increasing issues surrounding marine pollution of invasive species and the effectiveness of environmental management. Angela is an experienced diver and enjoys being able to provide students with the opportunity to scuba dive, where each year a record number of students complete  their PADI qualification. Leading on from this the students are then able to put their new skills into practice during a field trip abroad, which Angela organises.

“The range of field trips undertaken at Falmouth Marine School gives all students the opportunity to develop valuable practical survey skills, in and around Cornwall’s beautiful marine environments.”
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