Qualification Details

Certificate IV in Science (Biology) Animal & Marine Biology


This course is science-based. You’ll explore everything from ecology (environment), cells and DNA, Anatomy & physiology, dissections, as well as learning how to communicate at university standard. This includes writing reports, APA referencing, presenting information and more. By the time you get to university - you’ll hit the ground running!

The animal and marine science stream provides skills and knowledge in biodiversity, water environments, and animal anatomy. 

If you have an interest in land and marine animals and aim to move onto university study in this area, then this qualification will be a perfect stepping stone for you. Scientifically focused, students will be led through anatomy and physiology of both humans and animals, as well as a focus on cells and genetics. You’ll look at multiple different environmental concerns and research ideas on how to manage different environments across the globe. 

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VU22088 - Investigate ecology
VU22085 - Investigate cell biology 
VU22087 - Investigate introductory genetics
VU22086 - Investigate anatomy and physiology

MSL943002 - Participate in laboratory/field workplace safety
MSL973004 - Perform aseptic technique

VU22072 - Apply essential further study skills for science
VU22073 - Research scientific fields of study
ICTICT102 - Operate word-processing applications
BSBIN S401 - Analyse and present research information

VU22074 - Use a range of techniques to solve mathematical problems
VU22075 - Apply mathematical techniques to scientific contexts

Animal & Marine Biology Stream:
SFIAQU403 - Manage water quality and environmental monitoring in enclosed systems
AHCECR502 - Conduct biological surveys
ACMATE511 - Carry out post-mortem examination of a research animal

Important Note for WA school students: The Cert IV as a standalone qualification will not contribute to your WACE. We recommend combining Cert III and Cert IV so that you will gain WACE points for your Cert III completion. Please ensure that you are able to gather the minimum amount of WACE points for your graduation before committing to this program. 

Upon completing this qualification, students are able to use their Certificate IV completion to gain entry into university. A completed Certificate IV evidence of English competency will provide you with the equivalent of a 70 ATAR. This means that you would be able to use this as a stepping stone to any of the following (and more!):

Marine & Animal Biology: 
Bachelor of Agricultural Science (BSc) in Animal Health
Bachelor of Agricultural Science (BSc) in Animal Science
Bachelor of Science (BSc) in Biological Sciences
Bachelor of Science (Medical, Molecular & Forensic Sciences) (BSc) in Biomedical Science
Bachelor of Science (Medical, Molecular & Forensic Sciences) (BSc) in Clinical Laboratory Science
Bachelor of Science (BSc) in Conservation and Wildlife Biology
Bachelor of Science (BSc) in Environmental Management and Sustainability
Bachelor of Science (BSc) in Environmental Science
Bachelor of Science (BSc) in Marine Biology
Bachelor of Science (BSc) in Marine Science
Bachelor of Science (BSc) in Mathematics and Statistics
Bachelor of Science
Bachelor of Science (Environmental Management)
Bachelor of Science (Marine and Freshwater Biology)
Bachelor of Sustainability

Minimum Requirements
Students can choose to do this Cert IV qualification as a standalone, however, we see the benefit in completing a Cert III prior. We have linked up the ideal qualifications to enable students to have the best chance of success:

Cert III in Animal Care Services  Cert IV in Science (Biology) Animal & Marine 

Maths units will be matched against your year 10 school report. This is why you must have passed year 10 maths to gain entry into this Cert IV program. 

Students will be provided content, videos, podcasts, activities, excursions, incursions as well as case studies and scenarios in our online environment, followed by time in the classroom to put their knowledge and skills into practice. We are a Bring Your Own Device (BYOD) classroom, so you must have access to your own laptop/tablet to access the course. You must bring this with you to class each week. 

Students wishing to study with us MUST HAVE achieved a C grade minimum in Science, Maths and English in year 10, and also have passed their NAPLAN/OLNA requirements. To start the process, you will need to get in contact with your school's VET Coordinator to request their support for you to complete this qualification. You will need to complete the Student Application Pack and get their signature on it and then forward it to us for approval. We run our programs on either a Thursday or Friday during school terms. If your school does not release students on these days - please get in contact to discuss your situation and hopefully we can help find a solution!
  • This certificate on its own is $2400. 
  • If you enrol for a dual qualification (Cert III followed by a Cert IV) there is a $300 discount at the end of your second year ($4100 for both). 
How to apply:
  1. Complete the Student application Pack and gather all supporting documentation and signatures. 
  2. Come back to this webpage and click APPLY. 
  3. Complete the requested information and upload your supporting documentation. You'll need your recent school report showing grades, your OLNA, and your vaccination status. 
  4. You’ll receive a confirmation email that your application has been received. Please make sure you receive this as it may be an indication that you have input your email address incorrectly. Make sure you check spam/junk. 
  5. Letters of offer will be sent out in September with instructions on how to enrol into the course.