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!

  • 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
Course Overview

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 80,000 students that already have!

Course Duration

Up to 1 year.

Study Hours

Approximately 100 hours.

Course Outcome

Marine Biology Level 3.

Entry Requirements

There are no specific entry requirements for this course.

Assessment

Tutor marked assignments.

Course Content
  • Evaluating the history of the formation of the planet’s 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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