The FET phase Oceanography and Zoology programme is offered as a two-part course for learners in their final years of high school who wish to pursue a career as a marine scientist. We strongly urge any aspiring ocean-lovers in Grade 11 to take advantage of this free opportunity to expand your knowledge, understanding of the natural world and insight into future job opportunities.

About the course

The high school Life Science and Physical Science curricula may provide a broad base in many aspects of these sciences, but leave students wishing to go on to tertiary studies in marine biology and oceanography with a very poor foundation in these topics. Our Oceanography and Zoology courses seek to bridge this gap.

The course is being offered, at no charge, to 50 grade 11s who show a keen interest in marine sciences and who may wish to pursue a career in this field. The purpose of this course is to provide important basic principles and terminology in the marine sciences, while also adding to their existing knowledge in the Physical Science and Life Science.

Examples of course content include:

  • Introduction to oceanography
  • Ocean geology
  • Ocean chemistry
  • Classification and characteristics of major marine phyla
  • Levels of organisation in living organisms
  • Comparative life processes and physiology

While many of our candidates may not go on to pursue a career in marine science, they leave our Marine Sciences Academy proudly ocean-literate and able to contribute positive actions towards the wellbeing of our two oceans.

How to apply

To apply, please email for application forms or call 021 814 4555 for more information.

  • Oceanography course dates: 1 & 5 July 2019
  • Zoology course dates: 23 - 27 September 2019
  • Students need to do both parts to get the full benefit of this course.
  • Application deadline: 22 May 2019

Other courses on offer

There are many ways your children can get involved in environmental education opportunities at the Aquarium. Here are a few of the most popular options:

  • School classes, youth groups and other organisations can book a classroom visit that fits in with your curriculum:
  • Individual children of all ages can take part in FREE courses from our Marine Science Academy:
    • Grade 6: Become Junior Biologists and study marine life and conservation on our coast.
    • Grade 7: Learn Smart Living and learn how our lives and the environment interact
    • Grade 8: Become a Marine Science Discoverer if you're in grade 8 and learn about careers in ocean science.
    • Grade 9: Become Marine Science Explorers - time to get hands-on with ocean life.
    • Grade 10: Apply for our flagship Young Biologist course, and jumpstart a marine career.
    • Grade 11: FET Zoology and Oceanography courses - a stepping stone into marine science tertiary studies.
  • If you can't get to the Aquarium, we'll come to you! 
    • A fully equipped mobile aquarium, Oceans in Motion, is on the road - bringing the ocean's wonders and lessons to previously disadvantages schools in the Cape Town area.
    • The Smart Living outreach programme engages with learners on key environmental issues such as energy, water, waste and protecting biodiversity.

If you would like to make a booking for your class, get involved in one of the above courses or are an adult looking for training opportunities or to take part in our job shadowing programme, please visit our Environmental Education Centre portal for more information and the relevant contact details.

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