Marine biology and ecology

Bettys Bay South Africa

The marine biology and ecology course is a six-unit course set at level 3  from how oceans formed to the multitude of habitats provided by the seas.

The course is aimed at those wanting to learn more about the seas and oceans; those who want to change career and move in to marine conservation; conservation workers; teachers and anyone who wants or needs to show relevant professional development.

The marine biology and ecology course will be useful to students moving onto university courses in marine studies as it covers areas and aspects not seen in A-Level or other pre-university qualifications.

Course Content

Unit 1  Physical Properties of Marine Environments

After this unit you should be able outline the lithosphere, oceans basins and the formation of waves and tides, explain  the nature of seawater and its influence on marine life and assess ocean currents

Unit 2   Coral Ecosystems

Learn about how coral reefs are formed, explain their ecology and biology and assess factors that influence their survival

Unit 3  Mangroves, Seagrasses and Kelp Beds

At the end of unit 3 you will be able to identify  factors that favour mangrove, seagrasses and kelp beds and explain their importance as marine habitats

Unit 4  Coastal Habitats

Coastal habitats include beaches, rocky shores (very important), estuaries and cliffs. In this unit you will learn how to outline factors that characterise coastal habitats, identify adaptations for life in coastal habitats and explain ecological niches within these rich areas of diversity.

Unit 5  The Polar Biome

The North and South poles are the most extreme environments on Earth yet animals can find a living in this frozen Biome. Describe and compare the environments of the Polar Biome and investigate biotic factors that can sustain life within these regions.

Unit 6 The Deep Oceans

In unit 6 you will Investigate, explain and discuss factors that influence life within the deep ocean from hydrothermal vents to the unique food web that exists at great depths. 

Course fee: £425.00


Instalments: these are made by standing order at £42.50 p.c.m. and can be tailored to individual requirements. International transactions will incur additional fees.


Course materials are sent via email but paper copies are available for an additional fee of £15 per unit. Postage charges may need to be added depending on your location.

Payment options

by card and PayPal

International bank transfers incur a minimum £25.00 fee to cover currency exchange and bank charges

Card payments accepted by phone Call 01953 600070 or 07936536823
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