Marine Courses and Biology Diplomas

We offer a range of online marine courses including studies in marine biology, zoology and conservation.​ Our courses have been written by experts in the Marine Conservation sector so students can be confident they will be gaining the relevant knowledge to pursue a career in the Marine life sector. We also have a range of exciting practical courses in locations all around the world, including Malaysia, Spain and Egypt. Opportunities include studying Turtle Conservation and Marine Life with hands-on experience.


Our quality endorsed courses include learning that meet the National occupational Standards for the animal care sector.


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Once enrolled on a wildlife, zoology or conservation course with Animal Courses Direct, students can apply directly to ZSL for 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.




Marine Courses

The following courses are Quality Endorsed Courses

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.

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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