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Duration (approx) 500 hours
Qualification Proficiency Award

Study marine biology and aquaculture- a unique course on marine life, ecology, and farming (mariculture).

There are three core modules and a workplace project making up this course.   The core modules are Marine Studies I and II, and Marine Aquaculture.  The workplace prpoject provides the student with the opportunity to apply their knowledge in a practical manner.

  • Study the different forms of marine life.
  • Learn about marine ecology, weather systems, nutrition and more.
  • Learn about mariculture - the cultivation of marine organisms.

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Study this fascinating a unique course on marine life and aquaculture.

Working in marine biology is a dream for many people, but to actually work with marine creatures, you need the drive and vision to succeed. Taking a course in marine biology is an excellent starting point. This shows potential employers or volunteer organisers that you are dedicated, committed and willing to learn. It shows that you are committed to working with the field of marine studies.

  • Study the different forms of marine animal life.
  • Learn about marine ecology - ecological systems, weather, nutrient cycles, and more.
  • Study marine plant life and understand their importance of plants within the ecological systems in the sea.
  • Learn about the production and marketing of marine products.

If you would like to work in a zoo, marine park, sealife centre, safari park, aquarium shop, pet shop or learn about a mariculture business or similar, then this course is a great starting point.


There are three core modules and a workplace project making up this course.

Study three core modules –

Marine Studies I

Marine Studies II

Marine Aquaculture

Then complete a 200 hour Workplace project.

To complete this qualification, 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 dependent upon whether or not you currently work within the industry. The project can be work experience, voluntary experience, a project you carry out, other training you have already undertaken and there are other options. 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.

You can start the course at any time.

It is studied by distance learning, so you can study in the comfort of your own home. But this doesn't mean you are all alone in your studies.  Our highly qualified and friendly tutors are there to help you every step of the way.  If you have any questions at all, they are always happy to help.

The Proficiency Award In Marine Studies requires 500 hours of study.  It is made up of three 100 hour modules and a workplace project.

To pass the course –

  1. Pass all assignments on the three 100 hour modules. There will be an assignment at the end of each lesson to submit to your tutor for marking and feedback.
  2. Pass three examinations – one on each module. These are usually taken at the end of the module and can be arranged at a time and location to suit you.
  3. Complete a Workplace Project.  The project should last around 200 hours.  There are four options available to you to satisfy this requirement.  Don’t worry if you are not sure at this stage, your tutor will be there to help you every step of the way. This includes evidence of work experience or other studies or workshops, a research project or completion of Workshop I.


  • We offer quality courses - written and taught by experienced professionals.
  • We provide full support to students - contact us at any time for full tutor support for the duration of your studies.
  • Our courses are flexible - you can start your course at any time, and study at your own pace.
  • The choice is yours - select from online or eLearning options - study where you want to.


If you would like to work in the field of marine biology and become an expert in these fascinating creatures, this is the course for you.

Improve your job and career prospects in this area of world.  Learn more for your own interest or hobby.

If working within the field of marine biology sounds like your dream job, then why not get started and enrol today?

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Meet some of our academics

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.
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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