The Two Oceans Aquarium Environmental Education Centre has become a popular venue for visiting school groups, to the extent that we provided interactive lessons to 72 000 visiting school children in the past year. In the past, we have been approached by parents, teachers and senior officials from the Western Cape Education Department to provide enrichment courses outside of school time for children interested in ocean-related topics.

Over the years, we’ve compiled and presented several exciting weekend and holiday courses, and these courses have been so successful that education district officials and subject specialists encouraged us to develop a curriculum for Marine Sciences as a Matric subject! This we have done and the Marine Sciences curriculum document is in its final stages of being registered as a formal FET subject.


As a result, 2017 and 2018 will see the introduction of new and improved enrichment courses at the Two Oceans Aquarium. All of them will reflect aspects of the new curriculum and there are thus some new courses, as well as courses that have been renamed and tweaked slightly to reflect their relationship within the new Marine Sciences Academy suite.

Courses are on offer from grades 6 to 12 and are structured to build upon each other. Introductory courses 101 to 104 provide the foundation for course 201, enabling its participants to qualify as volunteers at the Aquarium and will pave the way to the final 301 and 302 courses, open to grade 11 and 12 pupils who are interested in studying oceanography and/or marine biology at a tertiary level.

To apply for any of these courses, please contact Katja Rockstroh on education@aquarium.co.za for application forms or call 021 814 4555 for more information.

Marine Sciences Academy 101

Junior Biologist: grade 6

This is a free, entry-level course to the Marine Sciences Academy for grade 6s with a keen interest in marine life and conservation. This three-day course introduces marine life found along our coastline, as well as concepts relating to coastal and ocean ecology and oceanography. The course is informative and interactive, with various outings included.

  • Dates: 18 & 25 February and 4 March 2017
  • Application deadline: 27 January 2017

Marine Sciences Academy 102

Junior Smart Living: grade 7

In addition to topics around human impacts on the environment and sustainable living in a modern society, this free course introduces ecological concepts, marine ecosystems and sustainable use of the ocean as a source of food, energy, minerals, tourism opportunities and recreation. Field trips are arranged to provide practical insight, where possible.

  • Dates: 6, 13, 20 & 27 May and 3 June 2017
  • Application deadline: 31 March 2017

Marine Sciences Academy 103

Marine Science Discoverer: grade 8

An introduction to marine biology and marine careers ideally suited for grade 8s who have an interest in marine life and science and who are considering this as a career path. The course runs over five days, covering various aspects of the oceans, with a few animal examples added to the mix. We ensure that the course is as hands-on as possible, with various activities and outings included. 

  • Dates: 3 to 7 July 2017
  • Application deadline: 9 June 2017

Marine Sciences Academy 104

Marine Science Explorer: grade 9

This course introduces students to some basic principles of oceanography, ecology and marine biology. Theory mixed with hands-on activities will specifically expose students to marine research and the scientific method. This approach to marine sciences seeks to guide grade 9s in their choice of grade 10 subjects and to assist those keen on pursuing a career in this field.

  • Dates: 17 to 21 July 2017
  • Application deadline: 23 June 2017

Marine Sciences Academy 201

High School Volunteer Course: grade 10

Formerly our very popular Young Biologist (YB) course, this course is aimed at grade 10s who are passionate about the marine environment and committed to positive action. The applicants will cover theory vital for volunteering and then they will spend time at a local environmental education campsite, where they will focus on practical course work and team building. All participants are required to facilitate an environmental cleanup as well as an eco-activity at their respective schools.

Please note that there are two courses happening this year, with different application deadlines:

  • Course 1 dates: 1 to 7 April 2017
  • Application deadline: 3 March 2017
  • Course 2 date: 2 to 8 October 2017
  • Application deadline: 1 September 2017

Marine Sciences Academy 301 & 302

Oceanography FET and Zoology FET: grades 11 and 12 

The high school Life Science and Physical Science curricula may provide a broad base in many aspects of these sciences, but can leave students wishing to go on to tertiary studies in marine biology and oceanography with a 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 and 12s who show a keen interest in marine sciences and who may wish to pursue a career in this field.

  • Zoology course dates: 10 to 14 July 2017
  • Oceanography course dates: 7 & 8 December and 11 to 13 December 2017
  • Students need to do both parts to get the full benefit of this course
  • Application deadline: 15 June 2017

To apply for any of these courses, please contact Katja Rockstroh on education@aquarium.co.za for application forms or call 021 814 4555 for more information.

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