Do you have a love for the ocean? Do you wonder about what life lives beneath the waves? Or perhaps you want to know why South Africa has such rich and diverse marine life? If it is your dream to become a marine biologist or an oceanographer then this course is for you.
The Two Oceans Aquarium Foundation will be offering a three-year online Marine Sciences course in 2021. The course is aimed at commencing Grade 10 learners who would like to study Marine Sciences as an additional school subject. The subject will form part of their Matric certification and will be reflected on their final Matric Certificate.
After many years of offering highly informative and sought-after courses, the Two Oceans Aquarium Foundation was approached by the Western Cape Education Department to use the content from these courses and to write up a curriculum for a formal school subject. The subject, Marine Sciences, was included for the first time as a formal Matric subject in 2020 with six schools offering it to their students.
The subject is based on four pillars: Marine Biology, Oceanography, Ocean Ecosystems, and Humans and the Ocean. Within these four pillars, there are 85 topics, including marine phyla, water chemistry, gas laws used for diving science, sustainable seafood aquaculture and Marine Protected Areas.
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