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Cambridge International AS and 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 and its ecosystems, while the A Level part concentrates on human activities that depend on the sea and have an impact on it. No prior study at Cambridge IGCSE or Cambridge O Level is assumed.
The emphasis throughout is on the understanding of concepts and the application of ideas to new contexts as well as on the acquisition of knowledge, and the course encourages creative thinking and problem-solving skills which are transferable to any future career path. It is expected that practical activities will underpin the teaching of the whole course, and learners may be asked about practical activities in examination questions, but there is no practical paper and no coursework.
Cambridge International AS and A Level Marine Science can form part of an ideal subject combination for learners who want to study Marine Biology or Environmental Science at university or to follow a career in shipping, fisheries, tourism or aquaculture.
Cambridge International A Level Marine Science (9693) is available in the June series for all Cambridge schools. It is also available in the November exam series for schools in Mauritius and New Zealand only.
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