University Centre Sparsholt

Degree level: Undergraduate
Awarded by: University of Portsmouth

Marine Ecology and Conservation

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Course summary

TEF Gold

University Centre Sparsholt has opted into the TEF and received a Gold award.

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  • Gain the skills and experience needed for a variety of career opportunities in this growing sector
  • Enhance your learning with work placements such as coral research and shark conservation both in the UK and abroad
  • Experience the industry in depth by visiting UK and international fish farms, coastal sites and research centres
  • Develop wide-reaching skills and knowledge in biological science – from physiology to ecology and evolution
What will I learn? Marine ecology and conservation systems are studied in depth in this programme as you explore the impact of factors such as coastal developments, over-fishing, non-native species and worldwide climate change. The course includes significant work experience in marine aquaculture, coastal fisheries, marine aquaria and research establishments both at home and abroad. Where can I go from here? You can progress to the BSc (Hons) Top-up in Marine Biology at the University of Portsmouth, or enter the industry. Sparsholt students now work in national wildlife trusts and marine research.

Course details


YEAR 1 • Academic Skills • Biodiversity And Evolution • Industrial Experience • Introduction To Marine Ecology • Introduction To Marine Fisheries Management • Introductory Science (B) • Marine Conservation Biology YEAR 2 • Applied Industrial Research • Aquatic Ecology And Conservation • Industrial Development • Marine Fish Farming • Marine Organisms And Ecosystems • Population And Ecology

Assessment method

Assessment includes coursework (such as practical portfolios, laboratory reports, case studies and essay style assignments) plus formal exams. Research opportunities are also a feature, often enabling data collection within organisations such as the Inshore Fisheries Conservation Authority.

Qualified teacher status (QTS)

To work as a teacher at a state school in England or Wales, you will need to achieve qualified teacher status (QTS). This is offered on this course for the following level:

  • Course does not award QTS

How to apply

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Points of entry

The following entry points are available for this course:

  • Year 1

International applicants

We welcome applications from international students. For further details on the English language requirements, visa requirements and student life, please see our website

Entry requirements

Qualification requirements

Plus GCSE in Maths and English at grade C/4 or above, or Level 2 Functional Skills in Maths and English.

English language requirements

TestGradeAdditional details
IELTS (Academic)66.0 overall, with a minimum 5.5 in any band
PTE Academic61
Cambridge English AdvancedBScore 169-175 (FCE grade B; CAE level B2)

We will also accept the following qualifications from EU students: GCSE English Language at grade C/4 or above; IGCSE English (as a first or second language) at grade C/4 or above; AS or A level English Language or English Literature; International Baccalaureate (English A or B syllabus or English Literature Standard or Higher level) grade 4.

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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 £9800 Year 1
Channel Islands £9800 Year 1

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Sponsorship information

Sparsholt offers a College Bursary of up to £750 per annum to all eligible students and an Aim Higher Bursary to £1200 to all students progressing from a Sparsholt Level 3 course to a FdSc or BSc. Degree students can also apply for a grant to help cover non-travel costs associated with dissertations/ research projects, and subscriptions. For further details please see our website

Marine Ecology and Conservation at University Centre Sparsholt - UCAS