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Marine Biology QLS Level 3

OSC980

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

Course duration

Up to 1 year.

Course outcome

Marine Biology Level 3.

Entry requirements

There are no specific entry requirements for this course.

Assessment

Tutor marked assignments.

Course Options

Study Options

 
£389.00
or £11.56 /month*
Course code: OSC980
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Course overview

  • 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 120,000 students that already have!

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

Awarding body

This course has been endorsed by the Quality License Scheme for its high-quality, non-regulated provisions and training programmes.

This course and/or training programme is not regulated by Ofqual and is not an accredited qualification. Your training provider will be able to advise you on any further recognition, for example, progression routes into further and/or higher education. For further information please visit the learner FAQs on the Quality Licence Scheme website.

The Quality License Scheme’s endorsement involves robust and rigorous quality audits by external auditors to ensure quality is continually met. A review of courses is carried out as part of the endorsement process.

Extra information

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

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.

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!

At the end of this course successful learners will receive a Certificate of Achievement from the Quality License Scheme and a Learner Unit Summary (which lists the components the learner has completed as part of the course).

FAQs

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.

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.

  • Dedicated personal tutor support
  • Dedicated learner services
  • Assignment marking and feedback
  • FREE CV critique service
  • FREE employability guide to help you impress future employers
  • FREE XO Student Discounts membership
  • * Comprehensive study guide
  • * Exclusive Open Study College Pen
  • * Student notebook

* Not included with the online study option

No. This course is assessed on your coursework alone.

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

You will send your work to your personal course tutor for them to mark and return to you.

It's not a problem. We offer a course replacement service, so if you get into trouble and your course pack is lost or damaged, our Learner Services Team can provide you with a new set of materials for a one-time additional fee.

That's not a problem. We want to make sure you're 100% confident about enrolling on the course and starting your study. So, just give our team of education specialists a call on 03300 563 100 and they'll do their best to help.

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