Ours is a planet largely covered by water, however; terrestrial habitats comprise less than one third of its Surface; and of that liquid water 99,7% is in the ocean. Some 99% of the planet´s inhabited space is that ocean.
To a first approximation, therefore, the ecology of the Earth is the ecology of its seas.
The marine environment and its inhabitants are exciting and stimulating subjects for amateur naturalists and students.
The GCE Advanced Subsidiary Level and Advanced Level in Marine Science syllabus includes a scientific study of the sea and its ecosystems and how human activities have an impact on the marine environment.
King Richard College in Mallorca is the perfect place to offer the opportunity to study Marine science because Mallorca is home to a number Natural Reserves many located on the coast and the sea around the island is populated by a variety of species of fish and seagrass studied in our course.
Pupils will learn about marine life, productivity in the ocean and relationships between organisms, for example, did you know that a coral and an algae work together to form a reef?
Yes, coral reef is a team effort, but the players don’t know that. Each does their own thing, but together they form a silent web. The web has to be intact for the reef to flourish. So, as with any team, injury or loss of even one player-group (e.g. one fish species) can lead to a loss for the whole team. While sports teams play out their game on a minutes-to-hours scale, coral reefs do so on a scale of years, and final score can take decades. Because the time is so spread out, the team work is not obvious, but it is there.
Cambridge International AS and A Level Marine Science provides a coherent and stimulating introduction to the science of the marine environment. The content of the AS part of the course concentrates on the scientific study of the sea and its ecosystems, while the Cambridge International A Level part of the course concentrates on human activities that depend on the sea and have an impact on it.
After the first course AS pupils will received the AS qualification.
After the A2 pupils will be leading to the full A Level qualification.
During the first year of your Marine Science AS course pupils will be concentrated on the scientific study of the sea and its ecosystems:
1 Scientific method
2 Marine ecosystems and biodiversity
3 Energetics of marine ecosystems
4 Nutrient cycles in marine ecosystems
5 Coral reefs and lagoons
6 The ocean floor and the coast
7 Physical and chemical oceanography
The A2 part of the course concentrates on human activities that depend on the sea and have an impact on it:
8 Physiology of marine primary producers
9 Aspects of marine animal physiology
10 Marine animal reproductive behaviour
11 Fisheries management
13 Human impact on marine ecosystems
14 Marine conservation and ecotourism
15 Marine biotechnology