Marine Science A-Level

SORCE’s Marine Science A-Level runs over four months, during which time you will be based at our research and conservation field school on Lombok Island. Here you can spend your days working with like-minded people from around the world, learning about the ocean and a number of tropical ecosystems while participating in scuba diving and conservation. Our intensive Marine Science A-Level course is accredited by Cambridge International and therefore recognised world wide. This course offers a fast-tracked approach to A-Level study allowing you to complete an entire A-level (typically a two year program) in only 16 weeks. The 360 hours of study required are all undertaken consecutively meaning that whilst here you will eat, sleep and breathe marine science, until you walk away from the examinations in early May. Nothing in your head is more than three months old. Your real life can’t get in the way. There are no other subjects competing for your brain power. It’s just you, the marine environment on our doorstep, and the support of SORCE’s team of professional scientists.


Course Overview

The Cambridge International Marine Science A-level provides a reasoned and stimulating introduction to the marine environment. The A-level has two distinct parts, the AS-level and the A2 level. The AS element of the course concentrates on the scientific study of the sea, its ecosystems and the abiotic factors which influence it. The A2 element concentrates on how humans interact with the oceans including the benefits we gain and the impacts we have upon it. Our emphasis throughout the course is to nurture the understanding of new concepts through the acquisition of knowledge and the application of new ideas. We encourage problem-solving and creative thinking, skills which are transferable to any future career path. Our unique location provides the opportunity to conduct a range of interesting and enjoyable field activities which support all aspects of the course. Cambridge International A Level Marine Science provides a suitable foundation for the study of Marine Biology, Environmental Science or related courses in higher education. Equally it is suitable for candidates intending to pursue careers or further study in marine science, conservation, shipping, fisheries, tourism or aquaculture, or as part of a course of general education. Practical activities will underpin the teaching of the whole course and candidates may be asked about practical activities in examination questions, but there is no practical paper and no coursework.


Module Breakdown

AS Level Modules
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

A2 Level Modules
8. Physiology of marine primary producers
9. Aspects of marine animal physiology
10. Marine animal reproductive behaviour
11. Fisheries management
12. Aquaculture
13. Human impact on marine ecosystems
14. Marine conservation and ecotourism
15. Marine biotechnology


Prerequisites
  • You must be a minimum of 18 years of age
  • Medically evaluated and cleared for diving by a physician within 12 months
  • Minimum 16 week commitment
  • You must be available to start the course in January

Tuition Fees

The total cost for our Marine Science A-Level Program is:

  • Rp.100,000,000 (Including PADI OW and AOW)
  • Rp.90,000,000 (Excluding PADI OW and AOW)

Each additional week after the 16th week is charged at Rp.3,850,000

For reference, a comparable qualification at a British college is approximately double this cost and would not cover living expenses, scuba diving, PADI courses or fieldtrips, let alone any of the incredible practical experience you will gain by being immersed in the tropical marine environment and surrounded by professional marine conservation biologists.


What’s Included

We offer our Marine Science A-Level as a package program and have worked hard to include as much as we can so that you really get the most out of your time with us. This package includes:

  • Marine Science A-Level Tuition and Qualification
  • PADI Open Water SCUBA Course (including PIC + Manual)
  • PADI Advanced Open Water SCUBA Course (including PIC + Manual)
  • SCUBA equipment rental (Tanks, BCD, Regulator, weight belt and weights – you will need to provide your own mask, fins, snorkel and wetsuit. Dive computers must also be worn and can be rented separately on a week by week basis from SORCE)
  • Unlimited training and survey dives – typically 1-2 dives per day 5 days a week (weather and tides permitting)
  • Comprehensive teaching and exam technique tuition
  • All equipment required for practical lessons and field trips
  • Examination fee and transport to and from examinations
  • 16 weeks complementary private accommodation in traditional bamboo lodges (double rooms and dormitory style rooms can be accommodated on request)
  • All off-site accommodation and transport required for field trips
  • 16 weeks full board (breakfast, lunch and dinner)
  • Unlimited drinking water and hot drinks (tea and coffee)
  • Complementary use of outdoor gym, basketball court and yoga equipment
  • Sunday Funday – including additional fun dive and end of week party with a special dinner
  • Boat transfer from collection point on Lombok to our site
  • 24hr in-country support
  • Visa and travel advice

You will also have the opportunity to get involved with a number of the projects that are running on-site during your spare time. The marine Science A-Level is designed to be a very intensive program so how much time you spend taking part in our research and conservation activities is up to you. Activities that you may wish to get involved with include:

  • Field training and hands-on experience in a number of our projects, techniques and methodologies
  • Introductory Marine biology and conservation lecture and workshop series’ (Coral Reef Biology and Conservation, Indo-Pacific Identification – Fish, Substrate, Coral, Invertebrate and Megafauna, Coral Restoration Techniques, Coral Reef Impact Assessment and Survey Methodologies, Mangrove Ecology and Restoration, Seagrass Ecology and Restoration, Turtle Identification, Population Analysis and Conservation, Recycling and Waste Control, Buoyancy Control and Eco-Aware Diving, Community Outreach and Cultural Exchange)
  • Underwater field training in 3-Dimensional reef modelling, diver operated Stereo Video Systems (DOVs) and Baited Remote Underwater Video Systems (BRUVs)

Not Included:

  • Flights and airport transfers
  • Visa costs
  • Travel and Diving Insurance
  • Additional drinks, food and excursions
  • Dive computer rental (available to rent on-site)
  • Fins, Mask and Wetsuit/Rashsuit
  • Internet (sim cards and data can be purchased locally)


For more detail regarding the Marine Science A-Level course please download our Course Prospectus.

If you are interested in booking onto our Marine Science A-Level program please download and fill in the Booking Form and return it to enquiries@sorce.org or contact us to ask about availability.

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