This course will suit students who are looking for a career within the aquaculture and fishery management industries. It provides a range of practical skills and good scientific knowledge. Students studying this Foundation degree develop a range of vocational skills and regularly visit fish farms, fisheries and research centres. They come into regular contact with fish farmers and fishery managers and are encouraged to relate theoretical learning to these practical settings.
Current Student, Ryan Shepherd, discusses his highlights of the course in the video below.
Content and Modules
First year modules include:
Fishery Management, Principles of Ecology, Fish Anatomy and Pysiology, Academic and Professional Development, and Warmwater Aquaculture.
Second year modules include:
Fishery Appraisal, Fish Health and Nutrition, Sustainable Mariculture, Coldwater Aquaculture, Research Methods, and Managing in an Organisation.
Students must complete at least 200 hours of work experience per academic year. These placements can be taken in a wide range of areas such as fish farms, fisheries, and research facilities both in the UK and further afield. Students could gain experience in coarse fish farms, salmon farms, public display aquaria, tackle manufacturers, specimen carp fisheries and match fisheries.
Assessment methods include both course work and examinations for each module studied.
Career opportunities for graduates exist within organisations such as Cefas and the Environment Agency, as well as private organisations such as fishery management consultants and contractors, public display aquariums and many different types of fish farms. Successful graduates can also progress to the final year of a related Honours degree.