Marine Science is a brand new IGCSE from Cambridge and an absolute must for anyone interested in sea life.
Up for first examination in 2024, the course ranges over the diversity of life in our oceans, from leatherback turtles to delicate corals, exploring the amazing wonders of the deep. The great global conveyor belt, why the alignment of the moon and the sun affect our tides, how whales navigate - all are part of this fascinating study. We explore this vast eco system and examine the impact we have on it as we harvest its fish and seaweed, plunder its mineral wealth, exploit it for our leisure activities and utilise it as the world’s giant dustbin. We consider how we could, instead, protect this dynamic environment, so essential to dealing with the big issues of our day, like global warming.
The course consists of 15 tutor marked assignments and involves some 100-150 hours of study. It is assessed by two exam papers available in the summer or autumn sessions. No specific prior learning is necessary but students will need basic maths skills.