Marine Courses​​​​​​​

The following courses are Quality Endorsed Courses

Sea Turtle Conservation Certificate Level 3


The Level 3 Certificare in Sea Turtle Conservation studies sea turtle species, adaptations to the aquatic environment, health & disease as well as the threats faced by sea turtles. This course also explores the subject of marine pollution including plastic pollution and the resulting health issues and impacts on marine life.


Marine Biology Diploma Level 3


The Level 3 Diploma in Marine Biology course explores the ocean as a habitat and the fascinating diversity of animals that live in the marine environment. Gain an understanding of oceanography as well as the critical areas of the sea such as tropical coral reefs, mangroves, the polar regions, shores, estuaries and the deep sea. The course is suitable for many marine biology careers as well as for those wanting to expand their knowledge about marine biology.

Marine Zoology Diploma Level 3


The Level 3 Diploma in Marine Zoology Course studies the subject of marine life from the evolution of life in the oceans to the incredible adaptations to the harsh marine environment. Learn about the extraordinary marine adaptations of animals living in the sea,  the threats to marine life and ocean conservation. The course is suitable for marine zoology careers as well as for those wanting to learn about marine zoology.

Marine Conservation Studies Diploma Level 3


The Level 3 Diploma in Marine Conservation studies the ocean as a habitat, evolution and marine life adaptation, ecosystem functions, fisheries and sustainable fishing, ocean pollution & the impact of global climate change, the impact of non-native species and marine legislation. The course is suitable for various marine conservation careers as well as for those wanting to learn more about the subject of marine conservation.

Ichthyology Diploma Level 3

The Level 3 Diploma in Ichthyology explores the physiology, diversity and evolution of fish. The course provides a comprehensive overview of fish biology, evolution, diversity, reproduction, communication, migration, respiration, anatomy, physiology, habitats and ecology. The course is suitable for marine animal careers and for those wanting to learn more about the scientific study of fishes.

Marine Animal Rescue Diploma Level 3


The Level 3 Diploma in Marine Animal Rescue studies oceans as a habitat, when & how to assist marine animals affected by man made and natural disasters, first aid kit essentials, identification & record keeping, understanding animal behaviour in rescue situations, the handing, transportation, recovery, rehabilitation and safe release of marine animals. The course includes an optional practical marine mammal medic 1 day training session, covering seal rescue, dolphin rescue and whale rescue. The course is suitable for careers with marine animals and for those already involved in the rescue, rehabilitation, and care of marine animals.



Marine Science Research Practical Course, Menorca


This 1 week practical course runs from May to October and takes place on a beautiful research ship in the serene bays of Menorca.  Immerse yourself  in the science on board and integrate as part of the crew. Resulting surveys and discoveries contribute directly to the management and creation of Marine Protected Areas around the globe. These expeditions are unique and authentic and have the  specific objective of studying and conserving the ocean's natural and cultural treasures. This practical training includes an accredited Level 3 Diploma in any Marine subject.

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Marine Conservation Practical Course, Egypt


This 2 week practical course takes place on the undeveloped coast of the Red Sea, Egypt providing a great opportunity to get involved in many aspects of Marine Conservation. There are 3 nearby separate protected mangrove locations and extensive seagrass meadows all with an incredible depth of marine life and all unaffected by the global tourism boom. Study and monitor fringing reefs, sea grass meadows, mangroves, fossil reefs and more. This practical course includes a PADI Open Water Diving Course. This practical training includes an accredited Level 3 Diploma in any Marine subject.

Marine Research Station Practical Course, Malaysia


This 4 week practical course takes place on a marine research station where the local village boatmen are involved in conducting daily surveys to  empower them to protect their islands. This placement includes a PADI Open Water Diving Course. This practical training includes an accredited Level 3 Diploma in any Marine subject.


Turtle Conservation Practical Course, Malaysia


This 2 week practical course involves hands-on meaningful turtle conservation in a paradise beach location in the Perhentian Islands, Malaysia. Snorkel these beautiful waters to take photos of turtles for research and conservation management. Assist with hatchling beach patrols and education for locals & tourists. This practical training includes an accredited Level 3 Diploma in any Marine subject.


Working with marine animals is a popular choice for many people and there are various career options in this sector, especially for those who have  undertaken a marine course. Many roles working with marine animals are hands-on and involve working in a marine environment. Marine animal jobs include: Marine and Freshwater Biologist, Marine Animal Rescue Officer, Aquarist, Herpetologist, Marine Veterinary and Naturalist. Jobs in these roles include: Monitoring habitats and populations, rehabilitation of sick or injured marine life, rescue of marine animals from disasters, conducting surveys and more.

ZSL Fellowship

When you study a wildlife, zoology or conservation course with Animal Courses Direct, you will be eligible to apply for ZSL Fellowship. Fellows get unlimited access for them and a family guest to ZSL London and Whipsnade Zoos plus borrowing rights in the extensive ZSL library of rare zoological texts. Enrol on your course and apply directly to  ZSL for Fellowship.

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Marine Courses interview with Bryony Andrews (Merlin Animal Welfare & Development Aquarist)


1. What qualifications would you expect someone to enter the marine animal sector with?


Qualifications are not always essential but strongly preferred in this competitive industry. Marine biology is preferred but many other subjects lend themselves to the issues covered by the industry. Good examples include marine zoology, conservation, ecology, environmental biology and animal management to name a few.


2. What routes of progression are there within the industry and what are the requirements for this?


Travel is essential to want to progress in this industry. A good attitude and eagerness to stay up to date with ever changing research is a must.


3.  What are common gaps in CVs from people who applying for marine animal positions?


Always experience. A lot more candidates have a theoretical qualification without credible experience. Practical experience is very valuable.


4. What basic advice is missing for when people are wanting to come into the industry?


It is long hours for low pay. Lots of people expect to find their fortune and clock off at 5pm when both are merely a luxury in this industry!

Marine Courses

We are the largest organisation in the UK that offers Ofqual regulated qualifications that meet rigorous government regulated standards. 


The marine courses that we offer are designed to provide accredited training for a variety of careers working with marine animals and in marine environments. 

Many of our marine courses are studied online, and we also offer practical placements with some of our courses. Practical experience is an ideal way of gaining valuable hands-on experience in a variety of marine animal environments.


With our online marine courses, studies can fit around other commitments. Students can study the theory online from home and gain valuable practical experience as part of the course. Choose from a selection of practical placements around the world.


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