Marine Conservation Course

Marine Conservation Diploma Course

Marine Conservation Diploma Course

Course Price:  £699

£325 followed by 5 x monthly payments of £90 (includes optional practical)

(Course cost is all inclusive of tutoring fees, assessments, materials and course registration)

Course Accreditation

QLS-01945

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Continued Professional Development

This theory aspect of this course counts for 72 hours CPD. 142 hours CPD with the practical placement included.

Anyone 18 or over and studying our Marine Conservation Diploma Course is eligible for ZSL (Zoological Society of London) Fellowship.

Marine Conservation Diploma
Level 3 (Advanced)

  • This Marine Conservation course has been designed for those interested in marine conservation and for those wanting to volunteer or follow a career in this field.
  • Marine Conservation is the study of conserving physical and biological marine resources and ecosystem functions.
  • Marine conservationists rely on a combination of scientific principles derived from marine biology, oceanography and fisheries science, as well as on human factors such as demand for marine resources and marine law, economics and policy in order to determine how to best protect and conserve marine species and ecosystems. 
     

Module 1

The ocean as a habitat

Module 1 of the Marine Conservation Course explores basic oceanography and the marine environment. Learn about the formation of the earth's oceans, zonal classification of the marine environment. Learn about the physical and chemical properties of seawater and how these properties make the ocean a suitable habitat. 


Module 2

Evolution and marine life adaptation

Learn about common theories of evolution and the history of our understanding of evolutionary biology and the natural mechanisms of self-replication. Learn about the classification of marine organisms and species adaptations in the context of the marine environment.


Module 3

Fisheries and sustainable fishing

Learn about the flow of energy within a marine food chain. Explore the different fishing techniques and the environmental impact of fisheries and fishing. Learn about sustainable fishing.


Module 4

Ocean pollution and the impact of global climate change

Learn about various types of pollution and explore the different properties of pollutants & their effects on marine life, wildlife and ecosystems and the different clean up methods. Understand the impact of climate change on the marine environment.

 


Module 5

Impact of non-native species

Learn about utilisation, degradation and loss of coastal & marine habitats.


Module 6

Government policy and legislation

This module explores the need for marine wildlife protection, sustainable fisheries and clean seas and beaches. 

2 Week Practical Placement (Optional) at the Merlin Animal Welfare and Development Department in Weymouth OR the Blue Planet Aquarium in Cheshire

Merlin Animal Welfare and Development department in Weymouth

The Merlin Animal Welfare and Development department supports SEA LIFE public aquaria throughout the Merlin estate and is responsible for setting standards, the development of new displays and rolling out new concepts to SEA LIFE sites. The department is located on the same site as Weymouth SEA LIFE Park but is run separately. The Department offers site support for all sites globally, and undertakes research into all aspects of exhibitory. Their main concerns and areas of expertise are animal health and welfare and they advise all sites on these matters. 

This placement gives students the opportunity to work alongside experienced aquarists and marine biologists in the day to day running of the Concept Development Unit where animals are quarantined and their husbandry requirements developed ready for innovative displays. Students attending this placement will gain hands-on experience working with a variety of marine animals.

This is a fantastic opportunity to gain highly sought after hands-on experience. This placement includes gaining skills and knowledge in:

  • Aquatic animal husbandry
  • Species identification
  • Veterinary care
  • Animal behaviour
  • Life support systems
  • Water quality

The animals at the Merlin Animal Welfare and Development department will vary but will predominantly include marine fish and invertebrates.


The Blue Planet Aquarium in Cheshire

Offers the placement working with a wide range of species. Their zoological collection is split into three subsections:

  • Freshwater
  • Marine
  • Herpetological (the section also contains Asian short clawed otters)

The main objectives of this programme are to learn about the working world of a public aquarium and the aquarium industry as a whole. As one of the largest commercial aquariums in the country the zoological department is proactive in conducting their own husbandry work, undertaking the volunteer programme you will benefit from learning about and or having an influence on:

  • Exhibit development
  • The different biomes Blue Planet Aquarium creates
  • The role of SCUBA diving in the aquarium
  • Health and safety practices within a zoological/aquarium setting
  • The role of a public aquarium in modern day society
  • Animal husbandry
  • Zoological collection management

Having a placement is NOT a compulsory element of this course and we recognise that some students may not be able to commit to either placement. Accommodation and travel costs are not included.

Please note that students can enrol on this course without the Practical Placement. Students must be at least 18 years old to take part in either placement.

Free with this course 2 ebooks - over 600 pages of exclusive content - Volunteering with Animals and Working with Animals, compiled and written by the Animal Jobs Direct team of animal care professionals.

£699

£325 followed by 5 x monthly payments of £90 (includes optional practical)

Please contact us if you would like to enrol WITHOUT the practical placement

(Course cost is all inclusive of tutoring fees, assessments, materials and course registration)

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Marine conservation is the study of conserving physical and biological marine resources and ecosystem functions. Martine conservationists rely on a combination of scientific principles derived from marine biology, oceanography and fisheries science, as well as on human factors such as demand for marine resources and marine law, economics and policy in order to determine how to best protect and conserve marine species and ecosystems. Covering over 70% of our planet’s total surface, the seas are somewhat of an enigma. As little as 5% of the world’s oceans have actually been explored by man and new species are discovered everyday with an estimated 75% of species yet to be discovered. Irrespective of the fact we know very little about our oceans they are incredibly important to life on earth in a number of aspects; they drive weather systems, control global temperatures based on oceanic currents and provide transport, food and habitats for its extremely diverse inhabitants. However, where did the oceans come from? How did they develop and come to be configured around the continents as they are today? This marine conservation course explores all this and more.


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