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Duration (approx) 500 hours
Qualification Proficiency Award

Become a specialist in Marine Studies and Ecotourism.

  • Gain knowledge of the important principles of ecotourism.
  • Understand marine environments, the different marine life and the ecosystems within which they exist.
  • Be aware of the impact of humans upon marine environments.
  • Learn the operation and management of ecotourism operations and critical considerations such as ethics, legalities, and safety.
  • Start the Proficiency Award in Marine Studies And Ecotourism at any time, and study at your own pace online or by eLearning.

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Would you like to work in ecotourism specialising in marine tours?


This distance learning course enables you to do just that. Learn more about marine creatures and ecotourism in this unique qualification.

  • Drastically increase your job and career prospects by being an expert in marine creatures and ecotourism.
  • Understand the importance principles of ecotourism.
  • Learn more about marine life.
  • Course Duration: 500 hours of self-paced study - there are three 100-hour modules in the course and a 200-hour workplace project/industry experience to complete.
  • Study online or by eLearning - where and when you want to. 


There are three core modules plus a Workplace Project, comprising:–

Marine Studies I BEN103

Marine Studies II BEN203

Ecotourism Management BTR101

A 200 hour Industry Experience/Workplace Project

At the end of each lesson, there is an assignment to submit to your tutor for marking.  Your tutor is also happy to help at any time with questions you have about the course and your studies.

Marine Studies I
The Marine Studies module comprises 9 lessons.  Students will learn about the ecology of marine systems - nutrient cycles and marine plants - as well as broader environmental factors, such as marine weather (such as the El Nino, Thermocline, and Gulf streams).  The module includes lessons on shallow waters and reefs, and specific marine life such as Arthropods, Shellfish and Crustaceans, and Cephalopods and Cluepeoids.  Students will also study the different types of fish (Sharks, Eels, Rays), marine mammals (Dolphins, Whales), Turtles, sea birds, and Sea Snakes.  To complete the module, we consider the products derived from sea life, and the human impact on marine environments.

Marine Studies II
The module comprises 10 lessons concerned with the different organisms, plant and animal life which exist within the marine environment.  Studying the characteristics of different animal and plant life will increase the students understanding of how they are adapted to their roles and how these fit in with the ecology of the marine environment.  The course also looks at the formation of the rich environment of coral reefs.

Ecotourism Management
Learn about marine life and ecotourism with ACS Distance Education Ecotourism Management is a 9 lesson module which considers what ecotourism is and what considerations need to be viewed in terms of the impact of recreation on the environment.  Students will learn about the relevant legal, as well as ethical, issues and the codes of practice pertinent to the management of an ecotourism operation.  As well as the scope of ecotourism, builds upon the basic elements by looking at the types of destinations that ecotourists want, and the practicalities of managing a tour desk and determining suitable accommodation and catering facilities.  In addition to the legal elements that need to be incorporated (e.g. in destinations such as national parks), the module considers other important elements such safety strategies and risk planning.  Ecotourism Management is then completed with a special project where students will produce a detailed plan for arranging an ecotourism activity.

Workplace Project
To complete the Proficiency Award, you are also required to complete a workplace project lasting 200 hours.  

There are 4 options available to you to satisfy this requirement.  The options will be different dependant upon whether or not you currently work within the industry.  Don’t worry if you are not sure how to proceed at this stage, as your tutor will be there to discuss how to proceed and help you every step of the way.

Why Study This Course?
Studying this course gives you a unique opportunity to become a specialist in marine ecotourism.  

  • Become an expert in your field.
  • You can start at any time to suit you, so what’s stopping you?
  • Enrol today and get started on the journey to becoming a marine ecotourism expert.





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Meet some of our academics

Bob James (Environmental)Bob has a unique set of qualifications and experience having worked in applied biological and environmental sciences for more than 50 years. He holds a string of tertiary qualifications in animal, plant and environmental sciences; including a Masters Degree in Environmental Science. He has worked as a tutor with ACS since 1995. Bob has worked as a teacher, research scientist and consultant for both government and private enterprise undertaking jobs ranging from environmental surveys to waste disposal.
Alison Pearce (animal)B.Sc.(Hons) in Animal Science. Masters Degree in Ecotourism. P.G.Cert. Ed. (Science). Alison's first job was in 1982 as a stockwoman, working with pigs in Yorkshire. Within a few years she of that she was working for the University of Western Australia as a Research Technician and instructor with their school of Agricultural Science.In 1989 she moved to Melbourne University as Unit Manager and Instructor in Animal Husbandry. By the mid 1990's she moved back to England to work in Animal Care and Veterinary Nursing at Cambridgeshire College of Agriculture. Throughout her career, Alison has developed and delivered courses in veterinary nursing and animal sciences for vocational colleges and universities in Australia, New Zealand and Australia. She has built a high level of expertise and an outstanding international reputation as an expert in animal sciences.
Barbara Seguel B.Sc. M.Sc.Agricultural science graduate, biologist, marine scientist, aquaculturist and educator. Barbara has worked on farms, in ecotourism, education and publishing. She is widely travelled, having been educated in both California and Chile; and having worked in Hawaii, Mexico, Chile, New Zealand, and Australia.
Dr. Gareth PearceGraduated from the University of Nottingham in 1982 with a B.Sc.(Hons) in Animal Science. Between 82 and 85 worked as Research Assistant and Demonstator in Animal Science at the University of Leeds. Over more than 30 years he has furthered his studies, obtaining eight significant university qualifications including degrees in Veterinary Science, Wildlife Conservation and Animal Behaviour. Gareth has significant teaching experience around the world as a faculty member at eight different universities including Associate Professor at Murdoch University and Director of Studies in Veterinary Science at Cambridge University. He has over 100 prestigious research papers published, and enjoys an outstanding international reputation in the fields of animal and veterinary science.

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