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Level 3 Marine Biology

Distance Learning Plus
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12 months
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Level 3 Marine Biology

Prior study is not a prerequisite – you just need a passion for the subject matter!

Our brand-new Marine Biology study pack will give you a thorough grounding in the fascinating and stimulating subject of life in the sea. You will learn all of the underpinning knowledge required for pursuing a career in Marine Biology, or perhaps getting involved in any of the pastimes and sports associated with the sea, including sub aqua diving, Maritime archaeology, Marine conservation, and many others. The ocean is explored as an ecological habitat, and the incredible way aquatic animals, flora and fauna have evolved and adapted to be able to live, breed and flourish in the harsh marine environment. The seas all over the earth, from the Arctic north and Antarctic South to the Equator, and from the sunlit surface to the pitch black of the deepest ocean trenches, are examined in detail. Perhaps the most interesting part of the materials deal with the human impact on the marine ecosystem.

Suitability - Who should attend?

A reasonable level of literacy is required, but there are no entry restrictions.

You just need a keen interest in the subject, and will ideally have studied the subject or ancillary disciplines at a lower level if you want to progress quickly.

Non-Regulated Qualification Endorsed by Focus Awards under the FQP Scheme

This is a non-regulated qualification endorsed by Focus Awards under their Focus on Quality Provision (FQP) Scheme.

Focus Awards is a member of the Federation of Awarding Bodies (FAB) and is regulated by Ofqual. Established 2011, Focus Awards is founded on three core values – Honesty, Integrity and Fairness – that underpin everything they do.

The FQP scheme is designed to give endorsement to non-regulated qualifications in a wide range of subjects. On successful completion you will receive a Focus Awards Certificate of Achievement and a certificate of completion from Distance Learning Plus.

Although the materials are comprehensive and informative, we do expect you to carry out your own investigations. After all, if you are not prepared to do your own research, you should be asking yourself if this is the right subject choice for you!

Although, there are no entry requirements, you do need a reasonable level of literacy to be able to both understand the concepts introduced, and get the most out of the materials.

For more information about admission requirements, please contact the provider.

Outcome / Qualification etc.

When you have successfully completed your studies you will receive a certificate of achievement from Focus Awards.

This is a non-regulated qualification which is endorsed by Focus Awards under the FQP scheme. They are not nationally recognised qualifications; on successful completion of your studies you will receive a Focus Awards Certificate of Achievement and a certificate of completion from Distance Learning Plus.

Focus Awards is regulated as an Awarding Organisation by Ofqual, the qualification regulators for England, Wales and Northern Ireland.

Non-regulated qualifications endorsed under the FQP scheme are ideal for professionals required to demonstrate commitment to CPD (Continuous Professional Development), and for those wanting to gain specialist knowledge of a particular subject.

Training Course Content

  • The Ocean Takes Shape
  • Life Evolves
  • Continental Drift
  • The Major Oceans
  • An Ocean is Born
  • An Ocean Dies
  • Consequences
  • Reversal
  • Basic Oceanography
  • Ocean Structure
  • Benthos
  • Ocean Zones
  • Major Habitats in the Ocean
  • Intertidal Zone
  • Challenges in the Intertidal Zone
  • Marine Life in the Intertidal Zone
  • Threats to the Intertidal Zone
  • The Polar Regions
  • Location and Countries in the Polar Regions
  • Weather
  • Mangroves
  • Marine Life in Mangroves
  • Threats to Mangroves
  • Sea grasses, or Sea Grass Beds
  • Sea grass Marine Life
  • Threats to Sea Grasses
  • Reefs
  • Coral Reef Formation
  • Major Types of Reefs
  • Tropical Coral Reefs
  • Cold Water Corals
  • Marine Life in a Coral Reef
  • Nudibranch
  • Threats to Coral Reefs
  • Pelagic Zone
  • Marine Life in the Pelagic Zone
  • The Deep Sea
  • Ocean Depth
  • Challenges Faced by Marine Life in the Deep Sea
  • Marine Life Found in the Deep Sea
  • Anglerfish
  • Pseudoliparis amblystomopsis
  • Hydrothermal Vents
  • What Are Hydrothermal Vents?
  • Types of Hydrothermal Vents
  • Where Are Hydrothermal Vents Found?
  • Kelp Forests
  • Ecosystem Architecture
  • Threats to Kelp Forests
  • Polar Regions
  • The Chemistry of Seawater and its Physical Properties
  • Salinity
  • Geochemistry
  • Compositional Differences from Freshwater
  • The Hydrologic Cycle
  • Human Consumption
  • Standard
  • Human Impacts
  • The physics of Light and Sound Propagation in the Ocean
  • Sound
  • Underwater Acoustics
  • Features of Underwater Sound Propagation
  • Speed of Sound Underwater
  • General Frequency Changes Underwater
  • Scattering and Reflection in Water Surface
  • Scattering and Reflection on the Seafloor
  • Application of Underwater Acoustics in Nature
  • Human Application of Underwater Acoustics
  • Sonar
  • Underwater Communication and Data Transfer
  • Marine Biology
  • Measurements
  • Sound speed
  • Comparison with Airborne Sound Levels
  • Hearing Sensitivity
  • Light
  • The Dynamics of Tides and Major Currents
  • Physics of Currents
  • Coastal Currents
  • Open Ocean Currents
  • Currents: Measurements and Data
  • How Life Evolved in the Ocean
  • Monoplacophora
  • Agnathan
  • Doliodus
  • Cooksonia
  • Tiktaalik
  • The Point of Origin
  • The Ingredients
  • Animals that Live in these Habitats
  • Food Webs in the Sea
  • Level One: Photoautotrophs
  • Phytoplankton
  • Sea grasses
  • Level Two: Herbivores
  • Level Three: Carnivores
  • Level Four: Top Predators
  • Alternative Food Chains
  • Marine Phytoplankton and Zooplankton
  • The Importance of Plankton
  • How does Plankton Underpin the Marine Food Web?
  • Primary Productivity
  • Marine Food Webs
  • Trophic levels
  • Producers
  • Consumers
  • Migration Patterns of Zooplankton
  • Endogenous Factors
  • Exogenous Factors
  • Types of Vertical Migration
  • Reasons for Vertical Migration
  • Significance with the Biological Pump
  • Global Distribution Patterns of Plankton
  • Differences from Season to Season
  • Differences from Year to Year
  • How life is Adapted to the Harsh Marine Environment
  • Salt Regulation:
  • Oxygen:
  • Temperatures:
  • Water Pressure:
  • Wind and Waves
  • Light
  • The Structures and Adaptations to Marine Living
  • Mola Mola
  • Reptiles
  • Mammals
  • Animals with Shells
  • Chiton
  • Biological Systems
  • Osmoregulation
  • Thermoregulation
  • Aquatic Locomotion of Marine Mammals
  • Aquatic Locomotion of Fish
  • Aquatic Locomotion of Marine Reptiles
  • Terrestrial Locomotion
  • Respiration
  • Solutions
  • Carbon Dioxide Release
  • Reproduction
  • Life Cycles
  • The Marine Life Cycle
  • Simple versus Complex Life Cycles
  • A Simple Life Cycle
  • A Complex Life Cycle
  • Life Cycle Pressures
  • Sexual or Asexual?
  • Seasons and Rhythms
  • Habitat use by Marine Organisms
  • Types of Marine Life Cycles
  • Microscopic Life Cycles
  • Marine Plant Life Cycles
  • Bacteria versus Multicellular Organisms
  • Fish
  • Fisheries
  • Pollution
  • Threats
  • Eutrophication
  • Introduced Species
  • Ocean Acidification
  • Environmental & Socioeconomic Impacts
  • The Impacts of Over-fishing
  • Open Access Fisheries
  • Poor Fisheries Management
  • Pirate Fishing
  • Subsidies
  • Lack of Protected Areas
  • Marine Life Imbalance
  • Decreased Food Security
  • Economic Loss

Course delivery details

Flexible Study - when you want, where you want.

We will dispatch your course the same day if ordered before 2pm. Should your order be placed after this time we will post the next business day. For students enrolled on an online-only programme, you will receive access to your course materials within 24 hours of purchase.

By providing us with your mobile phone number, you consent to us passing this on to our Courier, who will notify you by SMS of the delivery time of your course materials. Your number will not be forwarded to any other parties by either ourselves or the Courier.


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Simply choose your course and subscription package; your first payment will be taken by credit or debit card when you enrol, with subsequent payments due by monthly direct debit until you complete your studies

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