Falmouth University has opted into the TEF and received a Gold award.
Immerse yourself in natural history image making, conservation and the environment. You'll have access to hundreds of miles of coast, sweeping landscapes, a range of habitats, and expert tuition from staff who are also practicing photographers, filmmakers, producers, writers and scientists.
You’ll have the chance to complete an optional underwater photography diving programme, a period of work experience, professional development, and first aid and survival skills training. Alongside frequent photo shoots in the wilds of Cornwall and Dartmoor, you’ll have the opportunity to go on field trips to places like Iceland, the Galapagos Islands, Sri Lanka, Borneo and the Red Sea.
Blending professional practice with theoretical knowledge, you’ll develop the critical understanding essential for your career. You’ll also be able to gain real-world experience during and after your studies through our relationships with agencies and conservation trusts, and paid opportunities through our in-house photo agency.
You'll focus on photographic practice, research, critical thinking, biodiversity and habitat - including photographic and scientific enquiry.
Research and Critical Thinking
Biodiversity and Habitat
The Marine Environment
Alongside studying moving image and still photography, you’ll develop your research and critical thinking skills, explore global conservation, and get ready for your own research project.
Moving Image and the Natural World
Photography of the Natural World
Conservation and its Representation
Photography, Culture, Environment
You'll look at photography from certain perspectives and focus on your final portfolio and dissertation.
The modules above are those being studied by our students, or proposed new ones. Programme structures and modules can change as part of our curriculum enhancement and review processes. If a certain module is important to you, please discuss it with the Course Leader.
Continuous assessment with no formal examinations.
Portfolios, presentations and essays.
End of year project and exhibition.
How to apply
If your application is completed by the following date, it’s guaranteed to be considered:
15 January*If you apply after this deadline, universities or colleges don’t have to consider your application if they’ve filled their spaces, so the sooner you apply, the better!
You will need these codes when you add a choice to your application.
|Campus name||Penryn Campus|
Points of entry
The following entry points are available for this course:
- Year 1
- Year 2
- Year 3
If English is not your first language, you will need to demonstrate English language skills that are sufficiently developed for successful completion of your studies. We accept a range of recognised English language qualifications that are equivalent to the International English Language Testing System (IELTS) Academic minimum score of 6.0 overall, with a minimum of 5.5 in Reading, Writing, Speaking and Listening. Through the award of international scholarships, we aim to support academic enrichment by encouraging diversity and excellence at Falmouth. For details of our international scholarships, and how to apply for them, please visit our website at www.falmouth.ac.uk
|UCAS Tariff||104 - 120 points||A typical offer is between 104 and 120 UCAS points, primarily from Level 3 equivalent qualifications, such as A levels, a BTEC Extended Diploma or a Foundation Diploma, or current, relevant experience. Grade 4 (or C) or above in GCSE English Language, or equivalent, is a minimum language requirement for all applicants. Due to the creative nature of our courses, you will be considered on your own individual merit and potential to succeed on your chosen course. Please contact the Applicant Services team for advice if you are predicted UCAS points below this range, or if you have questions about the qualifications or experience you have.|
|A level||We welcome A Levels in a wide range of subjects, especially in those relevant to the course for which you apply.|
|Pearson BTEC Level 3 National Extended Diploma (first teaching from September 2016)||A typical offer is between 104 and 120 UCAS points|
|Access to HE Diploma||60 credits (with a minimum of 45 credits achieved at level 3) in a relevant subject.|
|Scottish Higher||A typical offer is between 104 and 120 UCAS points|
|AS||We may consider a standalone AS in a relevant subject, if it is taken along with other A Levels and if an A Level has not been taken in the same subject. However, you will not be disadvantaged if you do not have a standalone AS subject as we will not ordinarily use them in our offers.|
|Cambridge International Pre-U Certificate - Principal||A typical offer is between 104 and 120 UCAS points|
|Extended Project||Acceptable when combined with other qualifications|
|International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme||24 points|
|Leaving Certificate - Higher Level (Ireland) (first awarded in 2017)||A typical offer is between 104 and 120 UCAS points|
|Leaving Certificate - Ordinary Level (Ireland) (first awarded in 2017)||A typical offer is between 104 and 120 UCAS points|
|Pearson BTEC Level 3 National Certificate (first teaching from September 2016)||Acceptable when combined with other qualifications|
|Pearson BTEC Level 3 National Diploma (first teaching from September 2016)||Acceptable when combined with other qualifications|
|Pearson BTEC Level 3 National Extended Certificate (first teaching from September 2016)||Acceptable when combined with other qualifications|
|Pearson BTEC Level 3 National Foundation Diploma (first teaching from September 2016)||Acceptable when combined with other qualifications|
|Scottish Advanced Higher||A typical offer is between 104 and 120 UCAS points|
|Welsh Baccalaureate - Advanced Skills Challenge Certificate (first teaching September 2015)||a minimum of 40 UCAS tariff points, when combined with a minimum of 64 UCAS tariff points from the Supporting Qualifications|
If you are able to demonstrate relevant, current, equivalent experience instead of formal qualifications, we encourage you to apply. Please contact our Applicant Services team before applying, for advice regarding your individual experience and eligibility.
If you are an International applicant and require a Tier 4 student visa to study in the UK, you must take an approved Secure English Language Test (SELT) to fulfil government visa requirements, or have a recognised language test approved and vouched for by the University. Our Applicant Services team can help you with any general questions you may have about study visas or suitable language tests. For more specific advice, we recommend you also consult UKCISA http://www.ukcisa.org.uk/.
Additional entry requirements
English language requirements
|Cambridge English Advanced||Level B2||A minimum on the Cambridge English scale of 169 is required|
|IELTS (Academic)||6.0||An (IELTS) Academic minimum score of 6.0 overall is required, with a minimum of 5.5 in Reading, Writing, Speaking and Listening|
|PTE Academic||55.0||A minimum score in the Pearson Academic Test of English of 55 overall is required, with a minimum of 51 in all four components.|
|Trinity ISE||A minimum of Trinity ISE II with Distinction in all four components is required.|
If English is not your first language, you will need to demonstrate English language skills that are sufficiently developed for successful completion of your studies. We accept a range of recognised English language qualifications that are equivalent to the International English Language Testing System (IELTS) Academic minimum score of 6.0 overall, with a minimum of 5.5 in Reading, Writing, Speaking and Listening
English language support at Falmouth
Fees and funding
|Channel Islands||£9,250||Year 1|
|Northern Ireland||£9,250||Year 1|