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GSCE level students

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: Either in years 8 or 9 students must choose their 'options', for which GCSE's they wish to study at GCSE level, where it is certainly important to take the right ones to get onto the A' Levels they want, and so onto University. 

There is really no need to be concerned, most people do not know so specifically what they want to do at that stage, and simply knowing you want to study science, or even more specifically biological science is enough. 

SUBJECTS TO TAKE: Students need to take at least 2 of the three 'mainstream' GCSE science subjects, one which should really be biology. Other subjects like computer studies would be useful, and remember to work hard in maths, as most colleges and Universities require a decent standard to admit students. 

Most Universities offering Marine Biology degrees are looking for at least 2 Science A' Levels with good grades, though it must be noticed that this subject is of increasing popularity and entry requirements may change. If you thinking of marine biology in particular - A' Level Biology is quite important! 

FUTURE PROSPECTS: Marine Biology is a very competitive subject and after graduating, many people have difficulty in finding work in this area. Jobs in this area require sometimes a high level of education, and experience. So if you are really interested it is important to get in experience when you can, working as a volunteer, joining the Marine Conservation Society which organises beach cleans, fundraisers etc. There is a section on voluntary organisations on this website (though there is not a great deal on there for this age group). 

National Marine Aquarium
: Downloadable material on the NMA Distance Learning Project has been designed specifically to support science teaching. Consistent with the educational remit of the Aquarium, the material sets out to inform about issues in the marine environment. However, at the same time, we have ensured that material is consistent with the National Curriculum, and that it can be used in teaching core elements of the science syllabus.

» Teachers Overview
» Module 1 – Biodiversity & Adaptation
» Module 2 – Ecosystems & Food Webs
» Module 3 – Exploitation & Conservation

National Oceanography Centre (Southampton)

NOCS is host to a wide range of resources, opportunities and information for schools, teachers and the general public. They hold a number of open days through the year such as Rockwatch and Science Week, which provide opportunities for the public to visit NOCS, meet some of their scientists and find out more about research they carry out. They also open their doors to the public once a month for the Marine Life talks, where scientists from NOCS and other local organisations share their research experiences and adventures. For details of all these events, please see their events page.

Follow the links below to explore their resources, from online cruise diaries from research ships, to multimedia teaching materials and activities that help teachers bring science to life in the classroom.

Teachers TV:

A Surfer's Guide to Climate Change - On the Push

Anne is a surfer who undertakes a journey from England and across Europe to learn more about climate change and what surfers can do to help protect the marine environment.

The Turning Tide - The Rock Pool

Along the rugged coastline of Britain lies a unique habitat, that of the rock pool. Small, shallow, lagoon-like and filled with seaweed, rock pools are home to a group of resident sea creatures.

Uncovering the Ocean Secrets. A Cruise through the blue

The first of a series of brochures on scientific and basic concepts on Marine Sciences. It briefly gives an overview of the world oceans, biodiversity and special marine ecosystems.

PDF version

Whale and Dolphin Trust: Their resources can be downloaded for free and can be printed off on your own printer. While they have tried to keep them simple so they won't take hours to download, those resources which contain pictures may take a few minutes.

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