First Year in Marine & Ocean
Jump straight into the first year of your Oceanography, Ocean Exploration or Ocean Science degree, but benefit from an integrated approach that offers a supported transition to studying in the UK.
If your IELTS score and high school leaving grades exceed the requirements for foundation entry, this option is for you. The Interactive Learning Skills and Communication (ILSC) module is taught at the college, but the rest of the course is taught at the University.
- ILSC: extra support with study and communication skills during the first year of your degree, preparing you for success at undergraduate level
- Optional placement year
Pathways at the University of Plymouth
Fees for 2021/22
Fees for 2022/23
Introduction to Ocean Science
This module provides an introduction to the breadth and importance of the field of ocean science and aims to develop skills in scientific enquiry and communication.
Physical and Chemical Processes of the Ocean
This module provides an introduction to the main physical and chemical processes occurring in the world's oceans and a foundation in key aspects of underpinning science and mathematics.
Measuring the Marine Environment
This module will introduce students to the basic skills required to collect, analyse, visualise and present marine data. The module has a focus on the collection and analysis of a variety of marine data sources.
Mapping the Marine Environment
This module will introduce and help students to develop skills in field survey techniques, collation of data within software and presenting results. A range of primary data will be gathered in the field, both on land and at sea and be uploaded into software for visualisation. The assessment will address techniques, analysis and reporting.
Exploration and Geomorphology of the Oceans
This module introduces students to the scope of ocean exploration and hydrography with application in a variety of marine disciplines. It covers key concepts of geodesy, optical and acoustic measurement techniques to explore underwater and geomorphological characteristics of the marine environment. Material will be explored by theory lectures, supported by practical exercises and computer laboratory practicals.
Introduction to Biodiversity and Marine Ecosystems
This module will provide an introduction to biodiversity with particular focus on marine organisms. Students will be taught how we name and classify species using a hierarchical system. Students will learn where different organisms live and how they interact in various ecosystems in our oceans. Students will gain a basic understanding of food webs, primary production and marine ecology.
Interactive Learning Skills and Communication (ILSC)
You will develop your academic communication skills and use of digital technology for higher education.
How will I be assessed? 60% coursework, 40% exam