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Level 3 Marine Biology


Level 3 Marine Biology

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    Prior study is not a prerequisite – you just need a passion for the subject matter!

    Our brand-new Marine Biology study pack will give you a thorough grounding in the fascinating and stimulating subject of life in the sea. You will learn all of the underpinning knowledge required for pursuing a career in Marine Biology, or perhaps getting involved in any of the pastimes and sports associated with the sea, including sub aqua diving, Maritime archaeology, Marine conservation, and many others. The ocean is explored as an ecological habitat, and the incredible way aquatic animals, flora and fauna have evolved and adapted to be able to live, breed and flourish in the harsh marine environment. The seas all over the earth, from the Arctic north and Antarctic South to the Equator, and from the sunlit surface to the pitch black of the deepest ocean trenches, are examined in detail. Perhaps the most interesting part of the materials deal with the human impact on the marine ecosystem.


    One of the key benefits of studying with Distance Learning Plus is that you get access to your full course materials online once you enrol.

    You’ll receive access to our Online Student Community where you’ll be able to view your course materials, submit your work, contact your tutor, and interact with other learners via the online forums.


    A reasonable level of literacy is required, but there are no entry restrictions.

    You just need a keen interest in the subject, and will ideally have studied the subject or ancillary disciplines at a lower level if you want to progress quickly.

    Non-Regulated Qualification Endorsed by Focus Awards under the FQP Scheme

    This is a non-regulated qualification endorsed by Focus Awards under their Focus on Quality Provision (FQP) Scheme.

    Focus Awards is a member of the Federation of Awarding Bodies (FAB) and is regulated by Ofqual. Established 2011, Focus Awards is founded on three core values – Honesty, Integrity and Fairness – that underpin everything they do.

    The FQP scheme is designed to give endorsement to non-regulated qualifications in a wide range of subjects. On successful completion you will receive a Focus Awards Certificate of Achievement and a certificate of completion from Distance Learning Plus.

    Although the materials are comprehensive and informative, we do expect you to carry out your own investigations. After all, if you are not prepared to do your own research, you should be asking yourself if this is the right subject choice for you!

    Although, there are no entry requirements, you do need a reasonable level of literacy to be able to both understand the concepts introduced, and get the

    The Ocean Takes Shape

    Life Evolves

    Continental Drift

    The Major Oceans

    An Ocean is Born

    An Ocean Dies



    Basic Oceanography

    Ocean Structure


    Ocean Zones

    Major Habitats in the Ocean

    Intertidal Zone

    Challenges in the Intertidal Zone

    Marine Life in the Intertidal Zone

    Threats to the Intertidal Zone

    The Polar Regions

    Location and Countries in the Polar Regions



    Marine Life in Mangroves

    Threats to Mangroves

    Sea grasses, or Sea Grass Beds

    Sea grass Marine Life

    Threats to Sea Grasses


    Coral Reef Formation

    Major Types of Reefs

    Tropical Coral Reefs

    Cold Water Corals

    Marine Life in a Coral Reef


    Threats to Coral Reefs

    Pelagic Zone

    Marine Life in the Pelagic Zone

    The Deep Sea

    Ocean Depth

    Challenges Faced by Marine Life in the Deep Sea

    Marine Life Found in the Deep Sea


    Pseudoliparis amblystomopsis

    Hydrothermal Vents

    What Are Hydrothermal Vents?

    Types of Hydrothermal Vents

    Where Are Hydrothermal Vents Found?

    Kelp Forests

    Ecosystem Architecture

    Threats to Kelp Forests

    Polar Regions

    The Chemistry of Seawater and its Physical Properties



    Compositional Differences from Freshwater

    The Hydrologic Cycle

    Human Consumption


    Human Impacts

    The physics of Light and Sound Propagation in the Ocean


    Underwater Acoustics

    Features of Underwater Sound Propagation

    Speed of Sound Underwater

    General Frequency Changes Underwater

    Scattering and Reflection in Water Surface

    Scattering and Reflection on the Seafloor

    Application of Underwater Acoustics in Nature

    Human Application of Underwater Acoustics


    Underwater Communication and Data Transfer

    Marine Biology


    Sound speed

    Comparison with Airborne Sound Levels

    Hearing Sensitivity


    The Dynamics of Tides and Major Currents

    Physics of Currents

    Coastal Currents

    Open Ocean Currents

    Currents: Measurements and Data

    How Life Evolved in the Ocean






    The Point of Origin

    The Ingredients

    Animals that Live in these Habitats

    Food Webs in the Sea

    Level One: Photoautotrophs


    Sea grasses

    Level Two: Herbivores

    Level Three: Carnivores

    Level Four: Top Predators

    Alternative Food Chains

    Marine Phytoplankton and Zooplankton

    The Importance of Plankton

    How does Plankton Underpin the Marine Food Web?

    Primary Productivity

    Marine Food Webs

    Trophic levels



    Migration Patterns of Zooplankton

    Endogenous Factors

    Exogenous Factors

    Types of Vertical Migration

    Reasons for Vertical Migration

    Significance with the Biological Pump

    Global Distribution Patterns of Plankton

    Differences from Season to Season

    Differences from Year to Year

    How life is Adapted to the Harsh Marine Environment

    Salt Regulation:



    Water Pressure:

    Wind and Waves


    The Structures and Adaptations to Marine Living

    Mola Mola



    Animals with Shells


    Biological Systems



    Aquatic Locomotion of Marine Mammals

    Aquatic Locomotion of Fish

    Aquatic Locomotion of Marine Reptiles

    Terrestrial Locomotion



    Carbon Dioxide Release


    Life Cycles

    The Marine Life Cycle

    Simple versus Complex Life Cycles

    A Simple Life Cycle

    A Complex Life Cycle

    Life Cycle Pressures

    Sexual or Asexual?

    Seasons and Rhythms

    Habitat use by Marine Organisms

    Types of Marine Life Cycles

    Microscopic Life Cycles

    Marine Plant Life Cycles

    Bacteria versus Multicellular Organisms






    Introduced Species

    Ocean Acidification

    Environmental & Socioeconomic Impacts

    The Impacts of Over-fishing

    Open Access Fisheries

    Poor Fisheries Management

    Pirate Fishing


    Lack of Protected Areas

    Marine Life Imbalance

    Decreased Food Security

    Economic Loss

    When you have successfully completed your studies you will receive a certificate of achievement from Focus Awards.

    This is a non-regulated qualification which is endorsed by Focus Awards under the FQP scheme. They are not nationally recognised qualifications; on successful completion of your studies you will receive a Focus Awards Certificate of Achievement and a certificate of completion from Distance Learning Plus.

    Focus Awards is regulated as an Awarding Organisation by Ofqual, the qualification regulators for England, Wales and Northern Ireland.

    Non-regulated qualifications endorsed under the FQP scheme are ideal for professionals required to demonstrate commitment to CPD (Continuous Professional Development), and for those wanting to gain specialist knowledge of a particular subject.

    Who is this for?

    Anybody with a reasonable standard of general education will be able to cope with the academic demands. If you can read and write well enough to complete a job application, and have a good grasp of basic maths (add, subtract and divide) you should have no problems. The learning materials are written in simple everyday language and the answers to your assignments will be completed in the same style. In addition to the comprehensive learning materials provided, you will receive a Study Guide to assist you, and, of course, you will have the support of your tutor.

    What will I cover?

    Your studies will cover the areas of study listed above through detailed exploration of the subject matter. You will also receive tasks and prompts for further personal exploration and research to carry out so that you can gauge how much you have learned. There are plenty of examples to help you but personal research is a prerequisite, so be prepared to use your initiative to fully answer the assignments.

    Is it accredited?

    This is a non-regulated qualification endorsed by Focus Awards under the FQP scheme.

    Although the learning materials are comprehensive and informative, we do expect you to carry out your own investigations. After all, if you are not prepared to do your own research, you should be asking yourself if this is the right subject choice for you!

    Your work is not graded; assignments are simply identified as Pass, Fail or Referred. For assignments not passed at first attempt, your tutor will advise on the improvements to be made to obtain a Pass on a reworking. A certificate of achievement will be issued by Focus Awards on successful completion of all the assignments.

    Is this a nationally recognised qualification?

    No, this is a non-regulated qualification which has been endorsed by Focus Awards under their FQP scheme

    What will my studies prepare me for?

    The learning materials and accompanying tasks will help you to develop the necessary knowledge and confidence to successfully complete the tutor marked assignments. The tasks are designed to encourage you to apply your knowledge, and help you to develop relevant research and academic writing skills.

    If I fail an assignment can I retake it?

    Yes, your tutor will ask you to resubmit your assignment and give you some pointers as to where you could improve.

    How do I send in my work?

    You email your assignments one at a time for marking. This enables your tutor to properly assess the standard and style of your work for each section, and give you feedback which will be used on your next assignment; a process of continuous improvement. On obtaining feedback and comment you will either move on to the next assignment or review and rework the one you submitted.

    What do I receive once I enrol?

    You will receive login details to our Online Student Community. Here you will be able to access your course materials, contact your tutor, submit your work, and interact with other learners via the online forums.

    Is there a time limit or any deadlines?

    Your studies should be completed within 12 months, but can be extended for a small fee if your tutor supports your request. As a rough guide, depending on your circumstances and commitment, you can complete your studies in about 100 study hours. There are no other deadlines to meet.

    Is there a word count for my assignments?

    Although a word count is not given for the tutor marked assignments, it is important that you demonstrate to your tutor that you have fully understood the questions; a comprehensive Study Guide is included with your materials. Many students start slowly at first, but your tutor will give guidance to help and encourage you to improve.

    Do I need a computer to complete my studies?

    Yes, you will need access to email and the internet to access your materials, submit assignments and do research. Most students also find word-processing their assignments is much more convenient than writing by hand.

    Are the learning materials paper-based or online?

    All of the learning materials are online. You will receive a login to the online student community when you enrol, where you will be able to access the full set of materials and assessment tasks for your course.

    What is marine biology?

    Marine biology is the focus on the study of oceans, seas and all life that lives there (plants and animals). Oceanographers have very similar roles as marine biologists but they solely focus on oceans and seas.

    What does a marine biologist do on a day to day basis?

    A marine biologists looks closely at plant and animal life within seas and oceans. Much of the work is based on research and findings on investigations or projects that take place. You would be expected to write reports on these findings and publish them.

    What are the entry requirements to work in marine biology?

    Employers would expect you to have a first/second class honours degree in maths or a science related subject. You would then have to undertake a Master’s degree in Oceanography or Marine Biology. In order to study at degree level you are usually expected to have five GCSE’s A*-C level including maths, English and science. You would then need three A-Levels one which would have to be science related. Please be aware different universities have different entry requirements.

    What can I expect to earn working in marine biology?

    Starting salaries for marine biologists can be between £18,000 – £25,000 a year.

    Experiences marine biologists can earn around £38,000 to £44,000 a year

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