Level 3 Marine Biology and Ocean Ecology Study Programme

Our Level 3 Diploma in Marine Biology and Ocean Conservation Studies and BTEC Animal Management qualification have been blended together to help you gain skills and knowledge of working in a laboratory. You will learn about the principles and applications of Marine Biology, care for aquatic animals and environments, and Ocean Ecology.




Level 3

Course Type

16 +


Options Course Code Starts Ends
apply 04000y1 09/09/24 04/07/25

What will I study?

Our two-year BTEC and Marine Biology course will teach you more about marine biology and animal care in an applied way. Throughout the course, you will develop skills in independent learning, lab work, marine biology, and research. You will gain knowledge of the oceans, marine biodiversity, and the interaction between marine life and humankind. Learners will understand the various threats to the oceans, seas, and specific marine environments and the impact of the increasing demands for aquaculture, alongside developing an understanding of other human activities such as marine engineering and freight, and how these affect marine life and the marine environment. In addition, learners will develop an understanding of conservation efforts in a variety of marine contents, examining in detail conservation efforts and ways used to mitigate the impact of climate change. You will also gain an understanding of how to work safely in a laboratory and use lab equipment. You will also develop an appreciation of the competencies, skills, and knowledge required for Higher Education and employment in science-based careers.

What previous qualifications or experience do I need?

Minimum five grade 4-9 at GCSE or successful completion of the Level 2 course, and English Language, maths and a science subject at grade 5.

How will I be assessed?

Your assessments will be coursework-based and will include specific unit assignments, presentations, tests, observation of practical work, and practical lab written reports. There will also be elements of external assessment towards your BTEC qualification.

What qualification will I achieve?

Once you have completed this course, you will achieve GA Level 3 Diploma in Marine Biology and Ocean Conservation Studies and a Level 3 BTEC Diploma in Animal Management.

What can I do after completing this course?

Once you have finished the course, you will have the opportunity to study a wide range of university courses, both within and outside the Animal Management and Marine Biology curriculum. Degree courses may include Marine Biology, Oceanography, Veterinary Science, Veterinary Nursing, Animal Management, Agriculture, Zoology, and Animal Science.

Are there any extra costs?

There may be some additional costs during the course for trips and visits to further your learning.

Additional Info

The units involve a range of practical laboratory work and academic study, as well as talks from professionals and visits to places of scientific interest and industries.