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Marine Biology Level 3

Course code: OSC980

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Kick-start your career in marine biology with this Level 3 course, from home!

This course will allow you to:

  • Understand tectonic plates and continental drift
  • Explore the origins of life and the concept of evolution
  • Understand the chemical, physical and biological properties of seawater that make it capable of supporting life
  • Investigate how marine life has adapted to be able to cope with the different marine environments
  • Understand primary production and how it differs in the marine environment from on land
  • Gain an understanding of food chains and food webs
  • Recognise the damaging impact of humans in the recent past
  • Identify ways in which we can protect our oceans for the future

This course will allow you to study at a time and place which suits you with no strict deadlines or timetabling to contend with. This means you can fit studying around your other commitments!

You will receive your course by post or email, so getting your materials is easy and hassle-free. Your personal tutor is there to support you every step of the way by email, so help is only a click away!             

Start your journey and develop your skills and knowledge today and join over 50,000 students that already have!

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2Course Content
Unit 1: Basic oceanography
  • Evaluating the history of the formation of the planets oceans
  • Concepts of plate tectonics and continental drift
  • Various chemical and physical properties of seawater
  • Role of light in the oceans
  • How oceans are zoned
Unit 2: Evolution in the oceans
  • Compare the various theories of evolution and life’s origins
  • Common methods of self-replication
  • Accepted methods of taxonomic classification of organisms
  • Compare ways in which marine organisms have adapted to life in the changing oceans
Unit 3: Transfer of energy and feeding in the oceans
  • The chemosynthetic and photosynthetic methods of harvesting energy
  • The oceans primary producers
  • Compare the different groups of phytoplankton
  • The flow of energy through food chains and food webs in the marine context
  • Different methods of feeding found amongst marine organisms
Unit 4: Tropical and polar environments
  • Distribution, structure and anatomy of coral reefs
  • Zonation of a coral reef and identify their inhabitants
  • Compare the two polar environments – The Arctic and Antarctic
  • Analyse polar organisms
  • Explain why one pole supports comparatively little life
Unit 5: The Open Ocean, the intertidal and the deep
  • Ways in which organisms move across the pelagic environment
  • The species that make the open ocean their home
  • The conditions of the intertidal zone
  • How inhabitants of shores and beaches are some of the hardiest organisms in the world
  • Sea floor and the deep ocean
  • Adaptations required to survive in on the sea floor and deep ocean
Unit 6: The future of the oceans and human impact
  • Different fishing techniques and the impact on marine life
  • The cause and impact of pollution and climate change
  • Concept of an ‘invasive’ or ‘non-native’ species and the effects this can have on an ecosystem
  • National and international policies and legislation in place to protect our oceans
3Other Information
Assessment

This course will be assessed through a series of written assignments, which will be sent and marked by your tutor.

Course Duration

You may start at any time and have 12 months to complete your studies from the time of enrolment. This is more than enough time to give you flexibility and work at your own pace without the pressure of deadlines.

Study Method

The course is designed for study by distance learning at home or at work. You will receive your course by post or email and have personal tutor support by email, so help is only a click away!

Course Outcomes

At the end of this course successful learners will receive a Certificate of Achievement by ABC Awards and a Learner Unit Summary (This lists details of all the units you have completed as part of your course).

The course itself has been designed by Open Study College to meet specific learners’ or employers’ requirements. The course has been endorsed under the ABC Awards’ Quality Licence Scheme. This means Open Study College have undergone external quality checks to ensure that the organisation and the courses’ it offers meet a high standard. Regular reviews of our courses are carried out as part of the endorsement process.

The completion of this course alone does not lead to an Ofqual regulated qualification, but may be used as evidence of knowledge and skills towards regulated qualifications in the future. The unit summary can be used as evidence towards your Recognition of Prior Learning if you wish to progress your studies in this sector.

The course depth and study has been benchmarked at Level 3 against level descriptors published by Ofqual.

ABC Awards are a national awarding organisation that have years of experience in developing and awarding high quality vocational qualifications across a wide range of industries. They have a comprehensive portfolio of over 650 Ofqual regulated qualifications on the national Qualifications and Credit framework (QCF) for all ages and abilities post-14.

4Q&As

Course Questions & Answers

What skills are needed to enrol onto this course?

You do not need any previous knowledge to enrol onto this course, however it would be beneficial to have studied a science and geography GCSE before enrolling onto this course.

Is there a time limit for the completion of this course?

You may start at any time and have a full year from the start of enrolment to complete your studies. It is truly flexible and is designed to be adaptable around your lifestyle and other commitments.

What is included in the cost of my course?
  • Dedicated personal tutor support
  • Dedicated student support
  • Assignment marking and feedback
  • FREE CV writing service
  • *Comprehensive study guide
  • *Exclusive Open Study College Pen
  • *Student study planner
  • *Three colour highlighter
  • *Student notebook
  • *Document wallet
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  • * Not included with the online study option
Do I have to sit an exam?

No. This course is assessed on your coursework alone.

Are there any additional costs?

No. Everything you need is included in the course price!

How will I get my work assessed?

You will send your work to your personal course tutor for them to mark and return to you. On successful completion of the course you will be awarded your Certificate.

What happens if I lose my course pack?

We offer a course replacement service which ensures that, if your course pack is lost or damaged throughout the duration of your studies, we can issue you with a new set of materials for a one-time additional fee. This is available by calling our Student Support team on 03300 563100.

What do i do if i still have questions?

For further information please contact us.

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