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IGCSE Marine Science Course

If you’re captivated by exploring the underwater realm, then the IGCSE Marine Science online course may be just what you’re looking for.

Beneath the waves of our vast oceans lies fascinating worlds teeming with life and mystery. Thanks to modern technology and the efforts of intrepid marine scientists, we now have a deeper understanding of this incredible ecosystem. Developed by experts in the field, this comprehensive program covers everything from marine habitats and ecosystems to human impact and conservation. With access to state-of-the-art learning tools and a wealth of resources, this course provides an immersive and engaging online experience, allowing you to delve into the fascinating world of marine science from the comfort of your home.

Join us as we explore the wonders of this incredible discipline and learn how you, too, can become a part of this important field of studying online.

IGCSE Marine Science Course

Enrolment Fee:


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This IGCSE Marine Science Course delves into the vast and mysterious realm of the seas, investigating everything from the biology of marine organisms to the geology of the ocean floor.

Whilst studying IGCSE Marine Science, you may also find other subjects add value, such as IGCSE Mathematics or IGCSE Biology. You can also view our other IGCSE courses for more information.


The course will be delivered online including Tutor Support for two years. All assignments are marked by one of our professional Tutors who will offer regular feedback and guide you through your course. Postal assignments cannot be accepted without prior permission from the tutor and you must have access to email in order to contact your Tutor.

Throughout your course, you'll have the support of a Tutor to guide you. Additionally, you can reach out to the Student Support Team for help with any other questions you may have. You can be assured that you will receive unlimited support for your home study course, so there is no need to struggle or feel isolated during your studies.


The course contains a number of assignments which your tutor will mark and give you valuable feedback on. You will also have access to a range of online resources.

Students will be required to arrange and pay for their examinations at an approved centre when an examination forms part of the course. We can provide an extensive list of these centres for you.


Course fees for payment in full include:

  • Assessment and feedback on all assignments.
  • Access to your personal Tutor via our online portal.
  • Access to a range of online resources, student materials, assessments, assignments, eBooks etc
  • Practice exam papers to prepare you for the real thing.
  • Tutor references and predicted grades once a satisfactory amount of work has been completed.
  • Help finding an exam centre for you to sit your exam


Cambridge Course Code:

IGCSE Marine Science: 0697 (A* – G)

Cambridge Exams: June & November

Cambridge Study Hours: 130 Hours

Cambridge IGCSE Marine Science stimulates learners’ interest in science of the marine world and enhances their understanding of its relevance to society.

Cambridge Modules

The Earth and its oceans

  • Structure of the Earth
  • Plate tectonics
  • Oceans and seas
  • Tides and currents

Sea water

  • The water cycle
  • pH and salinity
  • Dissolved gases
  • Density
  • Effects of increasing depth
  • Upwelling

Marine organisms

  • Cell structure and function
  • Reproduction
  • Classification
  • The animal kingdom
  • Plant and protoctist kingdoms
  • Animal life cycles
  • Migration

Nutrients and energy

  • Nutrients
  • Respiration
  • Photosynthesis
  • Feeding relationships

Marine ecology

  • Components of ecosystems
  • Investigating ecosystems
  • Open-ocean ecosystem
  • Rocky shores
  • Sedimentary shores
  • Mangrove forest
  • Tropical coral reefs

Human influences on the marine environment

  • Overview of human interactions with marine ecosystems
  • Tourism
  • Fisheries
  • Aquaculture
  • Energy from the oceans
  • Plastic pollution
  • Eutrophication
  • Understanding climate change
  • Conservation strategies

Paper 1 – Theory and Data Handling Written paper, 1 hour 45 minutes, 80 marks

This paper contains compulsory short-answer and structured questions.

Paper 1 tests assessment objectives AO1 and AO2.

Externally assessed.

Paper 2 – Theory and Practical Skills Written paper, 1 hour 45 minutes, 80 marks

This paper contains compulsory short-answer and structured questions.

Paper 2 tests assessment objectives AO1, AO2 and AO3.

Externally assessed.


You do not need any prior learning knowledge or experience to take this course. This course is openly available to anyone who wishes to take part in a highly rewarding home study course, although you would be expected to have a reasonable standard of literacy.

You have the freedom to start the course at any time and continue your studies at your own pace for a period of up to 2 years from initial registration with the full support of your Tutor. You do not have to wait until September, when a traditional school starts. 

Once you enrol, you will be asked to fill in an enrolment form. On the form it will ask when you wish to complete by, so we can ensure you are supported right up to when you take your exams.

Once you enrol, you will have access to our online portal 24/7. Here you will find study materials that have been specially prepared by your tutor, there will be assessments, study notes, eBooks and assignments all relating to your course. Everything in this course is structured to follow the course specification, so all topics and units cover everything you need to learn. Your tutor will mark your work and give you written feedback on areas you need to improve or explain what you have done well. You can also ask your tutor questions if you get stuck on a topic or need something explaining a little more. 

When you approach the exams, your tutor will set you a series of practise exam papers so that you can know what to expect in your exam, and you can go into them feeling confident.

You will be provided with eBooks for this course. If you want to purchase physical books in addition, then we can provide you with the book ISBN numbers.

Students will be required to arrange and pay for their examinations (including any practicals they wish to take) at an approved centre. We can provide an extensive list of these centres for you.

All of our IGCSEs are available world wide. Meaning you can study with us from anywhere.

Cambridge, and Edexcel both have international exam centres, so you may be able to take the exams locally to you. Should you need any help finding a centre, then please do get in touch and we can assist you on this. 

We recommend that you are able to dedicate between 120 and 130 hours’ study time, plus additional time for completing assignments.

Yes, you can work at your own pace to complete this course. Despite having 24 months Tutor Support, once you enrol you will be asked when you wish to complete, and your tutor can work along side you to achieve this.

With online learning, having the flexibility is a real advantage. This allows you to set the pace. Take your time or Fast-track, get the qualification when you need it.

Cambridge and Edexcel IGCSEs are international qualifications. Cambridge and Edexcel IGCSEs can be taken worldwide including the United Kingdom. Both exam boards offer a similar specification however different courses can have a different structure. Both the Cambridge and Edexcel courses are full International GCSE qualifications.

It is recommended that you aim to book your examinations 4/6 month prior to sitting them to avoid late entry fee charges.  Additionally, we would advise that you contact a few exam centres and find out the best price, as they can fluctuate greatly. 

You will sit the same exam as thousands of students across the country in an exam centre, and achieve the same qualification as everyone else. IGCSE qualifications are recognised by universities employers, colleges and sixth form colleges, giving students a wide range of options in their education and career.

Just like sitting your IGCSEs in a school, your tutor will be able to provide you with predicted grades, transcripts, certificate of graduation, and references for further education applications. 

Of course, all of our courses are tailored to cover the entire specification and are split into topics. You will have assignments to complete on every topic where your tutor will give you feedback. If you are struggling with an aspect then you can message your tutor and they can provide more information for you.

As your exams approach, your tutor will set a series of exam papers for you to take, so you can get a feel for the real thing.

If you complete all of your assignments, and your practise exam papers then there is no reason why you shouldn’t achieve a top grade.