Last term, Cambridge International sent a film crew to Wentworth College to record a short video about our AS Marine Science course. Well done to Miss Fisher and our Marine Science students; they all came across really well and the finished video looks great. We are so lucky to have the Hauraki Gulf on our doorstep to really support the practical learning in this subject.
Cambridge A Level Marine Science provides a coherent and stimulating introduction to the science of the marine environment. The AS part of the course concentrates on the scientific study of the sea; its ecosystems, including marine ecosystems and biodiversity, energetics of marine ecosystems, nutrient cycles, coral reefs and lagoons and tectonic processes. It also looks at natural features and events of the ocean, e.g. earthquakes and tsunamis and 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 such as fisheries management, aquaculture and the human impact on marine ecosystems.
Practical activities underpin the teaching of the whole course, taking advantage of the local environment around the Whangaparaoa Peninsula, with fieldwork at Goat Island Marine Reserve, local beaches and a conservation / yachting experience with the Sir Peter Blake Trust. Students will be required to gain at least one qualification beyond the classroom – such as Maritime VHF Radio licences, Powerboat qualifications, Day Skipper, or Diving qualifications.