Marine Science A-Level


UPDATE January 2020 intakes are now OPEN!
(16-Aug-2019 - 6 places remain for January 2020)

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TRACC's Marine Science A level runs over four months, during which time you will be at our conservation centre on Pom Pom Island. Here you can spend your days working with like-minded people from around the world, learning about the ocean and tropical ecosystems while participating in scuba diving and conservation.

Our Cambridge Marine Science intensive A-Level course is recognised world wide, and allows you to complete an entire A-level in approximately 14 weeks. The 360 hours of study required are all undertaken consecutively so that you eat, breathe and sleep marine science, until you walk away from the examinations in early May. Nothing in your head is more than three months old. Your real life can’t get in the way. There are no other subjects competing for your brain power. It’s just you, the marine environment on our doorstep, and TRACC’s team of professional scientists behind you.

For more information on the Cambridge International A Level Marine Science (9693) please click here.

This course has been running since 2012 and our results speak for themselves. 83% of our students obtain a B grade or higher. 33% of our students obtain an A* and a further 31% obtain an A. We are proud to report that our candidates scored Best in the World scores in 2015, 2016 and 2018.


Course Overview

The Marine science A-level is split into two parts, the first part; the AS-level and the second; the A2 level. The AS level investigates the scientific study of the sea and its related ecosystems whilst the A2-Level looks at human activities and how we impact and rely upon the ocean.

The topics are as follows;


AS level modules

  1. Scientific method

  2. Marine ecosystems and biodiversity

  3. Energetics of marine ecosystems

  4. Nutrient cycles in marine ecosystems

  5. Coral reefs and lagoons

  6. The ocean floor and the coast

  7. Physical and Chemical oceanography


A2 Level

  1. Physiology of marine primary producers

  2. Aspects of marine animal physiology

  3. Marine animal reproductive behaviour

  4. Fisheries management

  5. Aquaculture

  6. Human impact on marine conservation

  7. Marine conservation and ecotourism

  8. Marine biotechnology



  • 8am – 9am: Breakfast

  • 9am – 12pm: Classroom presentations and practicals

  • 12pm -1pm: Lunch

  • 1pm – 3pm: Science Dive / Field study / PADI Training

  • 4pm – 5pm: Review on days lessons

  • Evening: Free time and dinner


How you will be taught.

As shown in the sample itinerary classes will be held in the morning. Between 9am – 12pm students will be actively taught their modules by teaching professionals. Classes and teaching techniques vary depending on module. Most classes are taught using computer presentations to explain the theory, followed by hands on experience to reinforce lessons learnt.

Between 12pm and 4pm students will have lunch followed by more hands on experience. Students will participate in either a science practical dive, learn to dive with a PADI instructor or go on a field trip adventure with one of the A-level instructors.

Between 4 and 6 pm students will review the lessons of the day. Depending on the module this may require them to give a presentation, write an essay, take a quiz, have a discussion or simply re-read their notes. At the end of a long day we recommend watching a beautiful sunset on our jetty.

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The course will commence on the 13th of January and will be taught in 2 teaching blocks.

  • 13th Jan – 2nd March AS-level modules 1-7

  • 2nd March – 12th March Field trip, including A-level modules 13-14

  • 12th March – 20th April A-level modules 8-12 & 15

  • 20th April – 27th April Revision Week (dependent upon CIE timetable confirmation)

  • 27th April – 4th May Exam Week (dependent upon CIE timetable confirmation)



During your A level you will participate in practical assignments and experiments.

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. The course encourages creative thinking and problem-solving skills which are transferable to any future career path.






During the A level you will have the opportunity to go on various field trips to learn about different ecosystems. 

Whether it be hiking up an extinct volcano to study atoll formation or visiting neighbouring Islands to compare marine life found in intertidal zones, the field trips are certainly unique.



The 10 day road trip is a unique opportunity to traverse Borneo, well off the beaten track, from Semporna to Brunei and back again. Over these 10 days we visit the major fishing ports of North Borneo and compare the differences in ecosystems, fishing and aquaculture techniques, catch and conservation. We also use this as an opportunity to study conservation and human impacts on the marine environment.

To learn more about our road trip click HERE



The complete cost for the A-Level is €5,250 for our all-inclusive package . 
(A comparable program at a British college is approximately €10,000.)



  • 16 weeks glamping accommodation

  • 16 weeks full board (self made breakfast, buffet style lunch and dinner)

  • 16 weeks unlimited diving including equipment scuba rental (dive computer excluded)

  • Practical classes equipment

  • Comprehensive teaching

  • Two PADI dive courses- all instruction, tuition and materials

  • Airport pick up and drop off + boat transfers

  • 10 day field trip across Borneo (for more details see here)

  • Two weeks in Kota Kinabalu for revision and exams

  • Food, accommodation and transportation for field trip, revision and exam weeks


what's not included

  • Flights from home country to Tawau, Sabah (TWU).

  • Visa (Free Visa on arrival for UK, Australian, Canadian and US Citizens). Depending on your destination country and your country of origin, you might require a visa. Please see the appropriate country consular website for details.

  • Dive computer, MANDATORY which can be rented for MYR 10 per day, we can also help you buy your own for approximately MYR 1,000.

  • Alcoholic beverages and soft drink

Insurance. You’ll need to buy appropriate travel insurance covering your participation in the Marine Science A-level. This will require additional coverage for scuba diving up to 30 meters, including hyperbaric therapy treatment.


If you would like any more information please do not hesitate to contact us.