Marine Studies I - SPECIAL OFFER

Study marine science and gain the essentials of marine animals, plants and fish. Marine studies course- special discounted offer.

Course CodeBEN103
Fee CodeSOS2
Duration (approx)100 hours
QualificationStatement of Attainment

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Learn about fish and other marine animals and plants.

  • Professional Development for Marine Professionals including Biologists, Scuba Divers and Environmentalists
  • Enhance your career opportunities with this foundation course for anyone who wants to get a start in a marine studies career
ACS student comment: I have appreciated and valued the feedback from my tutor and am thoroughly enjoying my course. Being a stay-at-home mum with another baby on the way I have also greatly appreciated the chance to be able to complete the work

at my own pace, as some weeks/months it's hard to find the time to do it. B Robson, Australia - Marine Studies 1 course.
This course is a perfect introduction for people wanting to work in the field of Marine Studies. You will be introduced to a wide range of factors related to marine studies which include marine ecology systems, reef formation and function, marine organisms such as fish, cephalopods and marine mammals, marine ecosystems and how human activity impacts these.

Lesson Structure

There are 9 lessons in this course:

  1. Marine Ecology Systems
    • Ecology; Marine Weather (including El Nino, Thermocline, Gulf streams, etc), Continental shelf, Nutrient cycle, Red tide, Plankton, Marine Plants (including Mangroves, Shallow & Deep water algae, etc)
  2. Shallow Waters & Reefs
    • Coral Reefs, Rocky Shorelines, Estuaries, Introduction to marine arthropods
  3. Shellfish & Crustaceans
    • Molluscs and Brachiopods. True Crabs, Hermit Crabs, Lobsters, Prawns etc
  4. Squid, Octopus, and Other Primitive Animals
    • (Cephalopods and Clupeoids, etc)
  5. Fish Part A
    • (Cartilaginous Fish) Sharks, Eels, Rays; Shark Lifecycle, How dangerous are sharks? Effect of sharks on tourism, etc.
  6. Fish Part B
    • (Bony Fish) Fish Anatomy/structure (identifying external & internal parts); legalities (protection of wildlife), types of fish, etc
  7. Marine Mammals
    • (Dolphins, Whales, etc) Types of marine mammals, protection and politics, position of these animals in the food chain, products derived from marine mammals & substitutes for those products.
  8. Turtles, Sea Snakes and Seabirds
    • Types of turtles & sea snakes; toxicity of sea snakes; turtle protection, penguins and other sea birds (eg stints, knots, pelicans, swans, gulls, eagles, ibis, egrets, terns, shearwaters, gannets, albatross, prions, oyster-catchers and petrels).
  9. Human Impact on Marine Environments & Fishing
    • Human impact on marine environments; commercial vs recreational fishing, significance of certain mesopelagic fish, techniques for managing stocks of fish & other marine life.

Each lesson culminates in an assignment which is submitted to the school, marked by the school's tutors and returned to you with any relevant suggestions, comments, and if necessary, extra reading.


  • Identify characteristics of various marine environments.
  • Discuss the first basic groups of marine animal life.
  • Identify characteristics of various marine environments.
  • Describe the range of molluscs and crustaceans in the marine environment and their lifecycles.
  • Describe the biology and ecological significance of Cephalopods and Clupeoids in the marine environment.
  • Describe a range of cartilaginous fish (sharks, rays) and selected bony fish (eels) that inhabit the ocean.
  • Describe selected species and the diversity of marine fish that exists in the world’s oceans.
  • Describe a range of marine mammals
  • Discuss the presence of marine mammals in the seas and oceans of the world.
  • Describe a range of reptiles and birds that co-habitat with fish in the marine environment.
  • Explain the impact of humans upon marine environments and of selected aspects of commercial fishing.

  Marine Animals is a great guide to the diversity of animals, from the simplest to the most complex. Written by our marine biology tutors, this book is packed with stunning photos of marine life taken across the world.  Click for details


This course may lead you into any number of places.
Some graduates use this as a stepping stone to a business or career in something "marine" related. For others, it is a way to enhance a path they are already on; whether as an amateur or professional.

If you love the sea, this course will give you a foundation to build your knowledge and experience. You may continue studying formally or informally beyond this course, or you may not. We've seen all sorts of people do this course for all sorts of reasons; for example:

  • Scuba divers who want a better understanding of the world in which they dive
  • Ecotourism professionals -people who take guided tours on shorelines or into the sea
  • Budding marine biologists

Armed with a better understanding and awareness of marine animals and environments, graduates can discover all sorts of opportunities which they may not have even considered before. Some may tell you that you need a degree to work in Marine Biology; but in reality, most who study marine biology at university don't end up working in this field. Conversely, many who do little more than a course like this may end up finding serious employment in something related to marine biology (eg. marine tourism, farming, environmental surveying, writing, etc).  We had one graduate who was given a job to research dolphins, because of their passion and the knowledge they ad developed. The fact that they lacked university training was of no importance to their employer. We've had others who have enhanced services offered through their dive businesses or ecotour services, through what they learned in this course.

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