Plymouth University Academic Partnerships cornwall college (newquay) Programme Quality Handbook

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PS1. Programme Details

Awarding Institution:

Plymouth University

Partner Institution and delivery site (s):

Cornwall College, Newquay

Accrediting Body:


Language of Study:


Mode of Study:

Full time

Final Award:


Intermediate Award:

Certificate of Higher Education (CertHE)

Diploma of Higher Education (DipHE)

Ordinary Degree (BSc)

Programme Title:

Marine Sports Science

UCAS Code:


JACS Code:



The standards referred to for the development of this award are the QAA subject benchmarking document for Earth Sciences, Environmental Sciences and Environmental Studies (2007), Biosciences (2007), Hospitality, Leisure, Sport and Tourism (2008), General Business and Management (2007), Sociology (2007), Art and Design (2008). The management and delivery of the programme is in accordance with the precepts of the QAA Code of Practice

Date of Programme Approval:

16 October 2014

PS2. Brief Description of the Programme

This course is focussed on the practical, theoretical and experiential skills required to develop students into creative, entrepreneurial individuals with the knowledge and skills to succeed in Marine Sport Science.

It will provide underpinning understanding of marine sports in the context of their delivery, development and requirements through a business and science perspective. It is proposed that this will be an innovative course that provides graduates with expertise both in their specific interests and also in application of those skills to sustainable marine sports businesses and development in order to further enhance their employability in an increasingly competitive job market.
This course will in addition provide an industry relevant progression to the FdSc Surf Science and Technology, FdSc Adventure Sport and FdSc Marine Sports Science at partner colleges

PS3. Details of Accreditation by a Professional/Statutory Body (if appropriate)


PS4. Exceptions to Plymouth University Regulations

(Note: Plymouth University’s Academic Regulations are available internally on the intranet:


PS5. Programme Aims

This programme will deliver:

The programme will deliver a diet of study designed to:

A1. Promote an understanding of the key and new concepts of human exercise science, environmental science, and business management in a marine sports context.
A2. Encourage appraisal and challenge of researched information, critical evaluation of experiences and analysis of data resulting in the ability to creatively synthesise.
A3. Develop social & emotional intelligence to demonstrate effective enterprising performance both as a team member and as an individual using time, personnel & project management techniques in a range of scenarios with an emphasis on reflection.
A4. Cultivate the skills and acumen to enable students to manage themselves, others and associated resources in the context of employment in the marine sports sector.

A5. Improve communication skills through delivery of materials and information and practical skills to a wide range of audiences using a variety of media.

PS6. Programme Intended Learning Outcomes (ILO)

By the end of this programme the student will be able to:

LO1. Analyse and respond to socio-economical, environmental and/or regulatory changes that might affect the marine sport sector, operations and the environment in which they function using a wide range of appropriate techniques.

LO2. Recognise the value of, contribute ideas and apply detailed knowledge and understanding of key course concepts in the development of marine sports.
LO3. Employ graduate skills in research, autonomous working, transferable skills and employability in familiar and unfamiliar scenarios.
LO4. Analyse and employ elements of the knowledge and understanding gained through the course regarding human exercise science, environmental science, business management, and design in relation to marine sports.
LO5. Demonstrate initiative across theory and practice relating to all elements of the course and offer innovative and creative ideas.

PS7. Distinctive Features

This text is definitively approved at programme approval and therefore may be directly used for promotion of the programme without the need for further confirmation:

The distinctive features of the course involve:


• Cornwall has 258 miles of surrounding coastline and this places the college in a supreme location for studying the marine environment. A variety of coastal environments and related businesses within easy walking distance enables access to industry experts and practical work to be easily integrated into the programme.


• The campus at Newquay is small and friendly allowing a supportive and personal environment. It is surrounded by its own grounds and gardens and is adjacent to Newquay Zoo and Trenance Park. The college also has two classrooms on Tolcarne beach and a small teaching space at Blue Reef Aquarium.

Industry links:

  • This course has been developed with marine sports providers to deliver multi faceted course content. Integral skills defined by stakeholders and additional opportunities to gain relevant qualifications in the sector have been incorporated into the course in order to give students the best chance at employment.

Teaching & Learning

• This programme will deliver detailed theoretical knowledge and practical expertise in the management of business, people and activities in the marine environment. The exclusive content will be delivered by external industry experts alongside our strong academic team.

• Students are expected to complete a 100+ hours of WBL to enhance their CVs and build employability skills

  • Students will be involved in co-construction of the curriculum from content, to style of delivery and assessment method. Learner Led Project Based Problem Solving real life tasks and scenarios will be incorporated at every opportunity.

  • There is strong pastoral support. Students are allocated a personal tutor and will have regular meetings with them to check progress, develop academic skills and professional development.

  • The small size of the campus promotes a friendly and supportive environment; no-one is lost in the crowd!

PS8. Student Numbers

The following provides information that should be considered nominal, and therefore not absolutely rigid, but is of value to guide assurance of the quality of the student experience, functional issues around enabling progression opportunities to occur and staffing and resource planning:

Minimum student numbers per stage = 10

Target student numbers per stage = 15

Maximum student numbers per stage = 30

PS9. Progression Route(s)

Approved “progression route(s)” are those where successful achievement in this programme enables direct alignment to join a stage of another programme. This is an approach employed primarily for Foundation Degree students to “top-up” to complete a Bachelor degree, but may be employed for other award types.

This is in part an automated admissions criterion and therefore progression may be impacted on by availability of a position on the progression award; however progression opportunity, if not available in the first year of application, is guaranteed within 3 years.

Progression arrangements with institutions other than Plymouth University carry an increased element of risk. It is necessary for the delivering partner institution to obtain formal agreement from that institution to guarantee progression for existing students on the programme. For progression to Plymouth University, should there be the need to withdraw the progression route programme(s) then either this will be delayed to provide progression or appropriate solutions will be found. This arrangement is guaranteed for existing students that complete their programme of study with no suspensions or repeat years and who wish to progress immediately to the University.

Graduates will also be encouraged to consider progression on to appropriate Masters study or supported in their pursuit of employment opportunities.

The contribution of marks from prior levels of study to the progression award is governed by University regulations.

PS10. Admissions Criteria

Qualification(s) Required for Entry to this Programme:


Level 2:

5 passes at grades A-C, including maths, English language and a science subject or to include equivalent Level 2 Numeracy and Literacy

  • Key Skills requirement / Higher Level Diploma:


  • GCSEs required at Grade C or above:

Level 3: at least one of the following:

  • AS/A Level

180 UCAS Tariff points from a combination of A-level/AS-level to include 80 points from a science subject at A2.

Environmental, science or sport related subjects

Equivalent to ‘MMP’ at Extended Diploma in a science or sport related subject
Environmental, science or sport related subjects, overall pass grade

Normally, relevant AGNVO at pass

Successful completion of a relevant Access to HE programme, 45 credits should be at Merit or above.

24 IB Diploma points

180 UCAS tariff points equivalent

  • Advanced Level Diploma:

  • BTEC National Certificate/Diploma:


  • Access to HE or Year 0 provision:

  • International Baccalaureate:

  • Irish / Scottish Highers / Advanced Highers:

Work Experience:

Relevant experience assessed on application and interview.

Other non-standard awards or experiences:

To be reviewed during application process

APEL / APCL4 possibilities:

Applications are considered on an individual basis in accordance with the academic regulations

Interview / Portfolio requirements:

All students would have to demonstrate at interview the necessary motivation, potential, experience and/or knowledge.

Disabilities – the course welcomes applications from students with disabilities and is committed to its inclusive policy. In order to be more learner centred, the College requests that all applications be considered individually and in consultation with the Course Manager

Independent Safeguarding Agency (ISA) / Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) clearance required:

All students will require this check if they may be working with young people

PS11. Academic Standards and Quality Enhancement

The Programme Leader/Manager (or the descriptor) leads the Programme Committee in the Plymouth University’s annual programme monitoring process (APM), as titled at the time of approval. APM culminates in the production, maintenance and employment of a programme level Action Plan, which evidences appropriate management of the programme in terms of quality and standards. Any formally agreed changes to this process will continue to be followed by the Programme Leader/Manager (or other descriptor) and their Programme Committee.

Elements of this process include engaging with stakeholders. For this definitive document it is important to define:

Subject External Examiner(s):

An Interim visit by External Examiner (EE) (usually between January and February) will review work that has been marked, consult students and feed back to the programme manager and module leaders and course team.

Subject Assessment Panel (SAP) reviews the assessment marking and is scrutinised by the subject EE. Representatives of the team review and present their module marks for each student on the programme.

The annual Award Assessment Board (AAB) takes place with Programme Manager, the awarding body’s partnership member and the External to receive the students work and confer progression or award.

The following modules are parented by other programmes, as detailed, and therefore covered by the respective external examiners:

  • Scientific Techniques and Applications of Computer Aided Design: FdSc Surf Science and Technology

  • Oceanography and Meteorology, applications of Oceanography, Environmental Impact Assessment: FdA Coastal Safety Management

  • Enterprise, Events and Expeditions: FdA Coastal Safety Management

  • Honours Project: Shared with other BSc (Hons) courses at CCN

Additional stakeholders specific to this programme:

Students have the opportunity to discuss the programme independently, twice a year in the Student Review. This forms part of the discussion for the annual programme monitoring in the autumn and spring of each academic year.

The Student Perception Questionnaire (SPQ) is administered during the year and feeds into the programme review.

Students Representatives attend Annual Programme Monitoring (APM) to contribute student views alongside Module Leaders, the Programme Manager and the Assistant Registrar to monitor module delivery and the course provision.

Curriculum meetings take place once a month to review progression, department provision, resources and staffing.

In addition employers from a number of different and relevant industry types, both public and private sector, are invited to an employer’s forum held twice a year, whereby development of programme, modules, assessment and further employer links for work-related study and work experience placements are discussed and embedded into the programme. Current students on the programme will be asked to elect a student representative from each year. This student will be provided with regular time slots within the group tutorial slot to hold an open discussion with their fellow colleagues, highlighting any issues that need raising, These points are then brought to the student representative meetings attended by a member of the senior management, a member of the student union, and a senior tutor. Minutes of these meetings are passed on to the relevant management level for action. All current students will contribute towards course development though termly student review meetings, held within group tutorials, and end of module reviews- with particular emphasis on assessment type and range, and sector specific skills development.

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