Surf Science with Science Gateway at Cornwall College - UCAS

Cornwall College

Degree level: Undergraduate

Surf Science with Science Gateway

Course summary

If you are passionate about surfing and the surfing environment and want to pursue a career in the surf industry, then this unique course is for you. Newquay is where surf culture started and blossomed in the UK and this history has moulded Newquay into the self-proclaimed surf capital of the UK. Newquay and the South-West is where most of the surf industry has developed and continues to thrive, our strong industry links provide many opportunities for students to connect, engage, work alongside and be inspired by the big players within the industry. Although practical surfing is not part of the course, this surf rich location provides plenty of opportunities to practise your surfing on some of the best beaches in Europe. Whilst a healthy interest in aspects of surfing is important, you do not need to be a competent surfer to apply. This academic programme is taught by passionate, authentic lecturers and industry experts with a love for preserving the environment in which they work and play. You will learn through lectures and practical workshops that are all contextualised to surfing or the surf industry. Some of the industry experts who deliver on the programme are Ben Skinner at Skindog Surfboards, author and filmmaker Dr. Sam Bleakely, Brad Rochfort at FCS and Dr. Jamie Marshall of the International Surf Therapy Organisation, Steve Bowens of H2O Training amongst other exciting guest lecturers. You will also be taught in our classroom located on one of the most renowned surfing beaches in Europe, Fistral. This interdisciplinary programme covers myriad themes such as Surf Culture, Anatomy and Physiology, Biomechanics, Coaching, Wave Mechanics, Coastal Processes, Surfboard Anatomy, Design and Manufacture, Surf Media and the Value of Surfing to Society. You will also have the opportunity to gain subsidised, world recognised ‘tickets’ of your choice, for example, surf coaching (ISA level 1), surf judging (ISA) or lifesaving awards. You will also get an opportunity to design and shape your own bespoke surfboard from concept through to realisation with a world-renowned shaper, learn photography and videography skills, be a member of a thriving Surf Life Saving Club all alongside exploration of the surf industry to discover where you will eventually fit in. In short, this course is unlike any other in the UK and Europe, it enables you to develop your passion for surfing. The FdSc Surf Science with Science Gateway is ideal if you would like to study for a Foundation Degrees (FdSc), but do not have the right qualifications or grades to do so. The Science Gateway will prepare you for success on our FdSc programmes by helping you develop your knowledge in relevant areas of biology and chemistry, your practical skills, and your academic study skills. Cornwall College University Centre offers a unique and fulfilling university experience with small class sizes, allowing for personal attention from tutors and a strong sense of community among students. The wrap-around support provided ensures that students receive the necessary guidance and resources to excel in their studies, while studying alongside likeminded individuals who share their passion for vocational technical skills. Located in one of the most beautiful and natural parts of the country, students have the opportunity to immerse themselves in the stunning surroundings while developing practical skills that set them apart in the job market.


(Note there is some flexibility in order or modules studied, in addition some module titles and content may change.) Year 1: Foundation Biology; Foundation Chemistry; Practical and Field Skills in Biology; Skills for Learning; Environmental Science

Assessment method

Mix of coursework, exam, test and practice

How to apply

This course is not accepting applications from students requiring a Student visa. For more information, please contact the course provider.

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Newquay University Centre Cornwall College
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Points of entry

The following entry points are available for this course:

  • Foundation

International applicants

For applicants who require a visa to study in the UK, The Cornwall College Group does not have a visa sponsor licence and therefore unable to accept an application

Entry requirements

Qualification requirements

For those with an education, health and care plan or a legacy statement, the apprenticeship’s English and maths minimum requirement is Entry Level 3 A British Sign Language (BSL) qualification is an alternative to the English qualification for those whose primary language is BSL For applicants who require a visa to study in the UK, The Cornwall College Group does not have a visa sponsor licence and therefore unable to accept an application

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Student Outcomes

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Fees and funding

Tuition fees

Republic of Ireland £9250 Year 1
EU £9250 Year 1
England £9250 Year 1
Northern Ireland £9250 Year 1
Scotland £9250 Year 1
Wales £9250 Year 1
International £16500 Year 1
Channel Islands £16500 Year 1

Additional fee information

No additional fees or cost information has been supplied for this course, please contact the provider directly.
Surf Science with Science Gateway at Cornwall College - UCAS