Marine Biology Course Level 3 Award – QLS


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    Marine Biology Level 3 online course. Marine biology is the scientific study of organisms living in the ocean and other saltwater environments, such as seas and estuaries. It encompasses a wide range of topics, from the behavior and physiology of marine species to the ecology of marine ecosystems. Marine biologists study the interactions between marine organisms and their environments, the processes that govern life in the oceans, and the impact of human activities on marine life.

    Marine biology is a dynamic and interdisciplinary field essential for understanding the complex and vital roles that marine organisms and ecosystems play in our planet’s health. By studying marine biology, scientists can contribute to the conservation and sustainable management of the world’s oceans, ensuring they remain vibrant and productive for future generations.

    This Marine Biology Level 3 course provides students with an insight into the life of a marine biologist, Learners are able to enrol 365 days a year and adapt their studies to suit over a 12 month period. 

    This Marine Biology course will provide students with the following knowledge:

    • 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

    Qualification: Marine Biology Level 3 Award – QLS
    Support: 1-year support included
    Start Date: Anytime – We enrol 365 days a year 
    Endorsed Specification: Certificate of Achievement

    You may also wish to consider our Zoology Level 3 Course 

    Course Syllabus

    Learners will complete 6 units of study in total as listed below.

    6 tutor marked assignments to complete

    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
    Seafloor 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


    Entry Requirements

    There are no previous qualifications required. However, students looking to enrol onto this course should meet the following criteria:

    Be aged 16 Years or above
    Possess a solid knowledge of the English language
    Have access to a PC and the internet for the duration of the whole course
    Basic computer skills: e.g. Word processing, emailing, uploading documents etc
    Have a genuine desire to succeed

    Course Duration

    This course comes with 12 months of support included:

    Guided Learning Hours (GLH) – 80 Hours
    Total Qualification Time (TQT) – 100 Hours

    On average, learners will complete this course within 6 months.

    Course Outcome

    ABC Quality License Scheme – Certificate of Achievement

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

    The course has been endorsed under the ABC Awards’ Quality Licence Scheme & is offered in partnership with Open Study College (OSC). This means that OSC has undergone an external quality check to ensure that the organisation and the courses it offers, meet certain quality criteria.  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 Recognition of Prior Learning if you wish to progress your studies in this sector.  To this end the learning outcomes of the course have been benchmarked at Level 3 against level descriptors published by OFQUAL, to indicate the depth of study and level of difficulty involved in successful completion by the learner.

    The course itself has been designed by Open Study College to meet specific learners’ and /or employers requirements which cannot be satisfied through current regulated qualifications. Abc Awards & Cert awards 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.

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    Learners will be required to complete a series of tutor-marked assignments ( normally 1 after each unit) as they progress through this course. Each assignment will contain a variety of tasks/questions. These assignments are assessed by your tutor to monitor progress. You will be provided with constructive feedback to help you in completing each unit to the required standard.

    There is no examination to complete as the course is completed using continual assessment.

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