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Specialist Marine Studies Program

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Fremantle College’s Specialist Marine Studies Program is one of only two Department of Education Approved Specialist programs in Marine Studies, and offers students the unique opportunity to be a part of the solution for our marine environment.

Available to students from Year 7 through to Year 10, our Specialist Marine Studies Program engages students through both practical and theoretical components, enabling them to make links between their topics of learning and the outside world. Students will challenge themselves, promote best practice, and build character, gaining a greater understanding of the complex issues that impact on our oceans and, in turn, our lives.

The Fremantle College Specialist Marine Studies Program is committed to developing an appreciative awareness of the interdependence of the marine environment and human involvement. The program seeks to encourage respect and concern for the Australian natural and cultural environment, and the continued search for models that are regenerative and sustainable.

With pathways available for both ATAR and General study in Year 11 and Year 12, the Specialist Marine Studies Program supports students to embrace all learning opportunities with a view to better themselves, the environment, and the community.

The Specialist Marine Studies Program curriculum is comprised of two comprehensive components of study that are interrelated throughout the duration of the course.

Specialist Marine Science

In dedicated class sets, students’ study of Science is explicitly linked to a marine context, encouraging curiosity and fostering their appreciation for the concerns, and the possibilities, within the marine environment.

Specialist Marine Practical

The Specialist Marine Practical classes are aligned to the Western Australian Curriculum for Physical Education, offering students a unique, hands-on educational experience with a focus on the marine environment.

Your child will develop strong positive relationships and social, leadership and problem solving skills to give them the edge in their future careers. The Specialist Marine program can lead to a variety of roles across industries including marine environmental management, fisheries, offshore oil and gas, tourism and recreation, marine biotechnology, biodiversity conservation and marine ecology.

Fremantle College is uniquely located on the doorstep of the pristine Indian Ocean, with unparalleled access to the beaches, river, ports and maritime industry. Our connection to this location allows students within the Specialist Marine Studies Program to engage with real-world learning, merging school content with genuine experiences.

To find out more about our Specialist Marine Studies Program, please review our prospectus:

How to apply

Selection into the Specialist Marine Studies Program is highly sought after and competitive. Places are offered on the basis of each applicant’s performance in the selection requirements specific to the program, which include an interview, review of academic achievement and evidence of swimming ability.

Students can apply to be a part of our Specialist Marine Studies Program by completing the Approved Specialist Program Application Form – Marine section.

All applicants should have completed the Department of Education Swimming Certificate to a minimum Level 8 and be able to safely participate in water activities such as swimming, snorkelling and scuba diving.

Applicants will be required to participate in an interview and provide previous school reports.

Applications for 2025 are open.  Applications close 10 May 2024.