Secondary KS4 & Post 16

Biology, Chemistry, Physics, Geography, Environmental Studies…

The Aquarium is an accessible environment, where students can study a number of marine communities in detail. Students will be able to make close observation and understand concepts that may have been theoretical.

Suggested topics we can offer are:

  • Diversity, evolution and classification (The aquarium displays at least five phyla, compared to the one to three at most zoos)
  • Ecology and ecological principles
  • The role of captive animal collections in conservation
  • Fisheries, aquaculture and fisheries management
  • Ecology of coral reefs, with particular emphasis on the problems facing them and their conservation
  • Animal Care

We can offer sessions on:

  • Animal care
  • Animal husbandry
  • Animal behaviour
  • Management of animal collections
  • Animal and conservation psychology

These sessions include ‘Behind the Scenes’ visits.

Leisure, Tourism and Business

The National Marine Aquarium is also an ideal case study for students of business and tourism covering many issues relevant to the leisure and tourism industry today.

We can offer sessions on:

  • Leisure and RecreationTravel and Tourism
  • Business Studies
  • Hospitality
  • Arts – Spend a day with one of resident artists. Learn the techniques required to draw moving marine creatures and then create a piece of observational or sculptural work to take away. Students can upgrade and purchase a 6 week pass to carry on gathering visual information in their sketch books.

Please contact us to discuss your specific requirements.

Work Experience

Here at the National Marine Aquarium, we pride ourselves in providing the opportunity for young people to experience working in our Discovery and Learning Team, supporting us in achieving our aim of ‘Driving Marine Conservation through Engagement’. Pupils get the opportunity to communicate with members of the public, teach them about a wide variety of marine life and to educate visitors on marine conservation issues. They are also provided with the opportunity to shadow the teaching of school groups and to carry out some independent project work suited to their area of interest. Through such activities students are able to improve their presentation skills, gain confidence in communicating with others and experience working as part of a team. The placement also allows pupils to become more aware of the variety of careers open to someone with a Marine Biology/Zoology qualification.

Please note: The work experience placements we have on offer are only designed for pupils who have been requested to find a placement by their school and who are between the ages of 14-17. We only take on one student per placement so that we can dedicate time to ensuring they get the most out of their time with us. The placements take place during term time and last one week only.

If this sounds like an opportunity you would be interested in, please send us a CV and letter stating why you would like a placement here. You can email these documents to, or alternatively you can post them to the following address:

Karen Willcocks
National Marine Aquarium
Rope Walk

Challenge Us

Why not challenge us to create a session for your class? We are able to create a bespoke session across the curriculum, including: Science, Art, Maths, English, Geography, Media, Business Studies or even PE!

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