Education & Awareness

Academic Programmes

Marine Sciences Academy

  

The Two Oceans Aquarium is open to the public again, however large groups are not allowed yet. Due to this we cannot resume our school group and on-site course activities yet, but have a look at our incredible online offering and joining our Foundation Crew.

Grade 5 – 6
Aquabuddies
Real world courses

At our Discovery Centres at the
Two Oceans Aquarium

This course will be available in 2021!

Our brand new course highlights the awesome work that happens at the Two Oceans Aquarium. Explore the exhibits front-of-house and how they work behind-the-scenes. Experience the different species of animals we have at the Two Oceans Aquarium, and the inspirational feed talks that the staff offer every day. Engage with some of the aquarists, who look after our animals on a daily basis, through exclusive presentations and Q&A sessions. An exciting four-day course that will give insight into the inner workings of an Aquarium.

 

Grade 7-9
Marine Careers Course
Real world courses

At our Discovery Centres at the
Two Oceans Aquarium

This course will be available in 2021!

Marine science is an interdisciplinary field, which includes various disciplines of science, such as biology, engineering and physics. This course will highlight the various career paths that marine science has on offer, including options such as underwater photography and oceanography. We will also discuss requirements for university studies, and what various South African universities have to offer in terms of Marine Sciences.

Grade 7-9
Human Footprints Course
Real world courses

At our Discovery Centres at the
Two Oceans Aquarium

This course will be available in 2021!

This brand new course highlights the impact of the rapidly growing human population on our planet. There will be a specific approach to factors affecting biodiversity: 

  • Habitat loss 
  • Invasive alien species introduced by humans 
  • Pollution 
  • Human population growth and consequences 
  • Over-exploitation of natural resources 
  • Climate change as a result of human activities  

Grade 10-12
FET Marine Biology
Real world courses

At our Discovery Centres at the
Two Oceans Aquarium

This course will be available in 2021!

Please note that we will offer an online version of this course on our e-learning platform. We are currently not able to confirm any dates for this course taking place at the Two Oceans Aquarium in 2020.

The high school Life Science and Physical Science curricula may provide a broad base in many aspects of these sciences, but leave students wishing to go on to tertiary studies in marine biology and oceanography with a very poor foundation in these topics. Our Oceanography and Marine Biology courses seek to bridge this gap. This course is offered to grade 10s, 11s and 12s who show a keen interest in marine sciences and who may wish to pursue a career in this field. The purpose of this course is to provide important basic principles and terminology in the marine sciences, while also adding to their existing knowledge in the Physical Science and Life Science.

    Grade 10-12
    FET Oceanography
    course
    Real world courses

    At our Discovery Centres at the
    Two Oceans Aquarium

    This course will be available in 2021!

    Please note that an online version of this course will be offered on our e-learning platform, under the name ‘Key Principles of Oceanography’. We are currently not able to confirm any dates for this course taking place in 2020 at the Two Oceans Aquarium.

    The high school Life Science and Physical Science curricula may provide a broad base in many aspects of these sciences, but leave students wishing to go on to tertiary studies in marine biology and oceanography with a very poor foundation in these topics. This course seeks to bridge this gap. The course is offered  to grade 10s, 11s and 12s who show a keen interest in marine sciences and who may wish to pursue a career in this field. 

    This course is quite academic, and acts as a bridging course between high school and university. Most of the content covered in our course will be covered in first year university oceanography modules. If you are serious about studying marine sciences at university, then this course will definitely help you on your journey to becoming a marine scientist. Some of the course content that will be covered:

    The history of our Earth – continental drift, plate tectonics, ocean floor topography, coastal processes

    The water planet – water and its stages, temperature and heat, pH, tides, tsunamis, ocean waves

    The atmosphere – composition of the atmosphere, Coriolis effect, wind patterns, ocean currents and the 5 gyres, upwelling and downwelling, El Niño and La Niña

    We recommend that course participants are currently doing physics and chemistry as a school subject.

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