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Distance Learning Courses

Information about distance learning courses in countryside, conservation, wildlife and ecology subjects.

It's not always possible to commit to a full or part time college course. Distance learning provides a viable alternative, giving you the option to learn in your own time at home. Also remember to check the providers page.



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African Wildlife Conservation level 4 accredited by UK Rural Skills at Animal Biology and Care Education Ltd

Six units including ecological principles; the biology & ecology of African predators & primates; &, survey & monitoring techniques for their conservation. The course is excellent preparation for volunteering or working in African wildlife conservation. It would also be useful for further education teachers of A Level biology & environmental science. Separate courses available in just African predators, African primates and African elephants.

https://c-js.info/2BQ7vUQ abccoursecontact@gmail.com 01953 600070


Animal Care and Conservation courses at Animal Jobs Direct

Animal Jobs Direct offers accredited Animal Care, Wildlife and Conservation Courses

www.animal-job.co.uk admin@animal-job.co.uk 0208 6269646


Botanical Identification & using Keys at Qualiteach Education and Ecology Training

A flexible online course with mentor support in plant identification and using botanical keys. The course covers identification of plant components such as reproductive organs, stem, leaf, hairs, flowers, seeds, sepals and bracts and also includes identification of trees and ferns. The course also covers using botanical keys.

https://c-js.info/2K8CEHI contact@qualiteach.co.uk 07743712020


Botany and its Role in the Ecosystem at Qualiteach Education and Ecology Training

A modular course in plant science, ecology and botanical identification designed for anyone who is keen to learn how to use plant features for accurate identification. The course helps provide a well rounded view of plant science and symbiosis, botanical identification, naming structures and hierarchies (taxonomy), habitats and habitat indicators

https://c-js.info/2K8CEHI contact@qualiteach.co.uk 07743712020


Bryophyte identification at Ptyxis Ecology Training

A 6 month distance learning course designed to follow-on from an introductory course, to support you with practicing bryophyte identification in the field. We focus on the 'top 100' species useful for ecological surveys. You get detailed individual feedback on your work throughout. Starting 01/10/2019

www.ptyxis.com/courses john@ptyxis.com 01434 321199


Creating an ethical organisation at OpenLearn / The Open University

This course explores the business case for an ethical approach to human resources management, and examines how this more 'human-centred' approach fits within an organisation's strategy for dealing with ethical concerns. 6 hours.

https://c-js.info/2LlMXbL


Creativity and innovation at OpenLearn / The Open University

This course introduces some factors that are important for creativity and innovation at work. It outlines some ideas about the roots of creativity, and different approaches to promoting innovation in organisations. 6 hours.

https://c-js.info/2LoHL74


Data Analysis in Ecology: Statistics for Field Biologists at University of Oxford, Department for Continuing Education

Ten-week short-course taught online starting 19 Feb 2020. Provides a thorough introduction to the key statistical principals and methods used by ecologists and field biologists with the open source software QED statistics and R.

https://c-js.info/2FqThuI est@conted.ox.ac.uk 01865 286960


Data Analysis in Ecology: Statistics for Field Biologists at University of Oxford, Department for Continuing Education

Five-week short-course taught online starting 6 Nov 2019. Provides a thorough introduction to the key statistical principals and methods used by ecologists and field biologists with the open source software QED statistics and R.

https://c-js.info/2L6nP8C est@conted.ox.ac.uk 01865 286960


Delve Deeper at Newcastle University

A great 6 month online course in Marine Biology for all who have a passion for the sea. Completed from the comfort of your own home but with a fieldcourse component in May where you get to explore seals, seabirds, plankton, boat surveys and meet professional marine scientists.

marinecourse@ncl.ac.uk 0191 2083051


Ecological monitoring: How to design a sucessful scheme at Ptyxis Ecology Training

A 6 month distance learning course aimed at people interested in monitoring how their sites are doing. You design a monitoring scheme using your own case study site and our step-by-step instructions. You get detailed individual feedback on your work throughout. Starting 01/10/2019

www.ptyxis.com/courses john@ptyxis.com 01434 321199


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Ecology Level 2 at Animal Biology and Care Education Ltd

New course aimed at new or younger learners, those wanting to change career, anyone who has not studied ecology elsewhere & those who want to do some revision. GCSE Science students would find the course useful to support the ecology section of the specification from AQA, OCR Community level systems, Ecosystems & material cycles in Pearson Edexcel, WJEC Cells, Organ systems & Ecosystems.

https://c-js.info/2GU6XMM abccoursecontact@gmail.com 01953 600070


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Ecology of the UK level 3 accredited by UK Rural Skills at Animal Biology and Care Education Ltd

Ecology of the UK introduces the wide & varied ecology of the British Isles. It includes the unique habitat of Ancient woodlands, the man-made habitat of the Norfolk Broads & the Arctic-Alpine environment of the Scottish Highlands. You will also learn about concepts of ecology & species distribution as underpinning knowledge of how ecology works.

https://c-js.info/2qwCy07 abccoursecontact@gmail.com 01953 600070


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Ecology Training Course level 3 accredited by UK Rural Skills at Animal Biology and Care Education Ltd

A Level 3 ecology course of six units including training exercises for ecological surveys, analysis of results and presentation. Ecological concepts, Tropical rainforest and marine ecology, diversity and species distribution are investigated. This course is suitable for those already working in UK conservation and requiring CPD; local government environment officers; local wildlife trusts and their volunteers.

https://c-js.info/2BTSUIa abccoursecontact@gmail.com 01953 600070


Employment relations and employee engagement at OpenLearn / The Open University

This course looks at the business strategy of raising employee engagement, and aligning this aim more closely with managerial goals. This is a mutually beneficial situation in which employees and organisations can thrive. 10 hours.

https://c-js.info/2LhH3bV


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Environmental Science at Animal Biology and Care Education Ltd

Environmental science looks into interactions of the atmosphere, hydrosphere, lithosphere and biosphere. Human interference and use of the planet’s resources are investigated. This course is set at level 3 (A-level standard) and is aimed at e.g. A-level students; environmental officers and wildlife trusts.

https://c-js.info/2L4pMlX abccoursecontact@gmail.com 01953 600070


Field Techniques for Surveying Birds at University of Oxford, Department for Continuing Education

Five-week short-course taught online starting 12 Feb 2020. Expert training for professionals, practitioners and researchers seeking to enhance their surveying skills and knowledge. Can be taken with or without academic accreditation, a special student rate is also available.

https://c-js.info/1UA8xqt est@conted.ox.ac.uk 01865 286960


Field Techniques for Surveying Fish and Amphibians at University of Oxford, Department for Continuing Education

Five-week short-course taught online starting 18 Mar 2020. Expert training for professionals, practitioners and researchers seeking to enhance their surveying skills and knowledge. Can be taken with or without academic accreditation, a special student rate is also available.

https://c-js.info/1tu3zRR est@conted.ox.ac.uk 01865 286960


Field Techniques for Surveying Invertebrates at University of Oxford, Department for Continuing Education

Five-week short-course taught online starting 29 April 2020. Expert for professionals, practitioners and researchers seeking to enhance their surveying skills and knowledge. Can be taken with or without academic accreditation, a special student rate is also available.

https://c-js.info/2FuQPTX est@conted.ox.ac.uk 01865 286960


Field Techniques for Surveying Mammals and Reptiles at University of Oxford, Department for Continuing Education

Five-week short-course taught online starting 08 Jan 2020. Expert training for professionals, practitioners and researchers seeking to enhance their surveying skills and knowledge. Can be taken with or without academic accreditation, a special student rate is also available.

https://c-js.info/1tu37my est@conted.ox.ac.uk 01865 286960


Field Techniques for Surveying Vegetation at University of Oxford, Department for Continuing Education

Five-week short-course taught online starting 25 Sept 2019. Expert training for professionals, practitioners and researchers seeking to enhance their surveying skills and knowledge. Can be taken with or without academic accreditation, a special student rate is also available.

https://c-js.info/2cxEBwS est@conted.ox.ac.uk 01865 286960


General plant identification support at Ptyxis Ecology Training

This is a general ID support package, rather than a formal course. You choose which groups of plants you want help with. You can send up to 40 specimens with your identification notes and we give you detailed individual feedback on your work. Starting 01/05/2019

www.ptyxis.com/courses john@ptyxis.com 01434 321199


Grass identification & ecology at Ptyxis Ecology Training

A 6 month distance learning course focussing on 'must know' common grasses for ecological surveys. You will develop identification skills using both vegetative and flowering parts. You get detailed individual feedback on your work throughout. There are 5 course units, each about 3-4 hours study. Starting 01/05/2019

www.ptyxis.com/courses john@ptyxis.com 01434 321199


Habitats and Habitat Indicators at Qualiteach Education and Ecology Training

This short online course covers habitat types in the UK, soil types and indicator plants, as well as exploring effects of pollution on freshwater habitats (eutrophication). The course looks at environmental conditions for growth, habitat types (freshwater, coastal, mountainous, bog, fen, woodland), habitat Indicators and plants for phytoremediation.

https://c-js.info/2K8CEHI contact@qualiteach.co.uk 07743712020


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HNC Countryside & Environmental Management at SRUC

Throughout the course you will develop an understanding of Scotland's landscape & how it is managed. You will have an opportunity to study a wide range of subjects including biodiversity conservation, classification & identification of organisms, conservation skills & countryside recreation access. Successful completion of the HNC allows you to progress to HND.

https://c-js.info/2HPer7Z recruitment@sruc.ac.uk 0800269453


HNC Countryside Management at SRUC

Study in your own home, supported by experienced and knowledgeable staff, this course will give you the opportunity to study a wide range of subjects including biodiversity conservation, classification and identification skills, conservation skills and countryside recreation and access.

https://c-js.info/2HPer7Z denise.ronald@sruc.ac.uk 01224 711078


Human resources: recruitment and selection at OpenLearn / The Open University

This course provides a straightforward guide to the entire process of recruitment, from writing job descriptions to deciding who to appoint. It also explores the legislation that needs to be considered when recruiting. 12 hours.

https://c-js.info/2NpWRXy


Identification of NVC communities at Ptyxis Ecology Training

A 6 month distance learning course designed to follow on from an introductory course, to support you as you practise using the NVC system. We focus a lot on analysing quadrat data and reading and constructing floristic tables. You get detailed individual feedback on your work throughout. Starting 01/05/2019

www.ptyxis.com/courses john@ptyxis.com 01434 321199


Investment risk at OpenLearn / The Open University

In a financial context, risk is a synonym for uncertainty. This course explores investment risk. It examines how and why investors are risk-averse and looks at the factors involved in deciding whether to invest. 6 hours.

https://c-js.info/2NoHjmP


Involving Volunteers at OpenLearn / The Open University

From the Open University’s OpenLearn, this course shows you how to best support your volunteers. Learn to ensure a positive experience for volunteers by communicating their achievements and getting to know and understand them. In short, this course is essential for anyone involved in volunteer management and community engagement.

https://c-js.info/2L1VyQl openlearn@open.ac.uk


Lone Wolf Learning Course at Lone Wolf Administration

Distance learning course on the wolf. Aimed at people with very little knowledge of wolves. This eight month long course is a chance to learn more about wolves at a basic level, with the added opportunity to support wolves in the wild. This course is not accredited.

www.lone-wolf.co.uk course@lone-wolf.co.uk


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MSc Countryside Management at SRUC

this programme and the degree programme from which it has developed the term countryside management encompasses a broad range of topics and land uses ranging from conservation management to rural land use planning and interpretation to land use history. Applications are accepted from those both with or without specifically related previous qualifications - previous students have included graduates of History, Education, Business Management and Engineering, as well as Biological and Natural Sciences. Non-graduate entrants have included students with significant experience in aspects such as countryside rangering, town & country planning and ecology. Degree awarded by the University of Glasgow. This is a part-time course delivered by distance learning but also includes study weekends in Aberdeen

https://c-js.info/2HSOynP recruitment@sruc.ac.uk 0800269453


MSc/PGDip/PGCert Forestry Course delivered part-time by distance learning at Bangor University

Fully accredited by the ICF. Modules can also be taken individually for CPD. High quality courses with an outstanding reputation. We utilise a wide range of learning technologies, including online forums, group projects, podcasts, vodcasts, management plans and study tours.

https://c-js.info/2Foptid distance@bangor.ac.uk 01248 382351


MSc/PGDip/PGCert Tropical Forestry Course at Bangor University

Fully accredited by the ICF. Modules can also be taken individually for CPD. High quality courses with an outstanding reputation. We utilise a wide range of learning technologies, including online forums, group projects, podcasts, vodcasts, and study tours.

https://c-js.info/2Foptid distance@bangor.ac.uk 01248 382351


Nature & Environment courses at OpenLearn / The Open University

A range of short courses related to nature and the environment, with topics ranging from conservation to climate change, environmental management to sustainability.

https://c-js.info/2LlsQuA


Online training workshop: Project Management for Wildlife Conservation at WildTeam

This is an online training workshop, run over 6 weeks, with weekly live teaching sessions and pre-recorded training videos to work through in your own time. Developed specifically for wildlife conservationists, the workshop will provide you with the project management skills to run any conservation project efficiently and effectively. 30th September to 4th November 2019 (6 weeks), 3 hours learning per week.

www.wildteam.org.uk/online beth@wildteam.org.uk


Online training workshop: Strategy Development for Wildlife Conservation at WildTeam

This is an online training workshop with weekly live teaching sessions and pre-recorded training videos to work through in your own time. Over 6 weeks (3 hours/week) you will be guided through each step in designing an effective and comprehensive strategy for achieving your conservation goals. 6th November to 11th December 2019 (6 weeks), 3 hours learning per week.

www.wildteam.org.uk/online beth@wildteam.org.uk


PgCert/PgDip/MSc in Geographic Information Systems at Ulster University

We offer a fully online distance learning Masters-level programme in GIS. With over 20 years’ experience in teaching GIS and 15 years via e-learning, we have a significant track record in GIS education and receive excellent feedback from both students and employers.

https://c-js.info/2rroRDv s.cook@ulster.ac.uk


PgDip/MSc Environmental Management at Ulster University

This course has been taught for 18 years by a leading provider of distance learning in the UK. This part-time course is offered by distance learning and consists of core modules in Environmental Impact Assessment, Biodiversity Management, Pollution Monitoring and Environmental Data Analysis. For full details see website.

https://c-js.info/2rTswqG w.hunter@ulster.ac.uk


PgDip/MSc Environmental Toxicology & Pollution Monitoring at Ulster University

The course is ideal if you already work in the environmental field or wish to pursue a career in this area as it fulfils demand for trained personnel in the environmental regulatory agencies, in companies subject to regulation, and companies involved in providing support services such as monitoring and consultancy.

https://c-js.info/2rroRDv rw.douglas@ulster.ac.uk


Plant Science: biology, physiology and symbiosis at Qualiteach Education and Ecology Training

This short online course covers the importance of botany, including plant structure, biology and physiology, growth and reproduction and its role within an ecosystem, exploring symbiosis between plants and fungi, bacteria and insects. The course also covers the food web and plant transport systems (xylem, phloem, transpiration and photosynthesis).

https://c-js.info/2K8CEHI contact@qualiteach.co.uk 07743712020


Postgraduate Certificate in Ecological Survey Techniques at University of Oxford, Department for Continuing Education

Part-time, postgraduate and professional skills training in ecology and environmental science. Join our online course at Oxford University.

https://c-js.info/2JDHTyZ est@conted.ox.ac.uk 01865 286960


Postgraduate Certificate in Ecological Survey Techniques at University of Oxford

Part-time, postgraduate and professional skills training in ecology and environmental science. Join our online course at Oxford University.

www.conted.ox.ac.uk/est18 est@conted.ox.ac.uk +441865 286945


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Red Squirrel Conservation Level 6 accredited by UK Rural Skills at Animal Biology and Care Education Ltd

Two parts consisting of seven units. This degree level course covers practical survey techniques for preparing a management plan for ex or in situ conservation as well as underpinning knowledge of ecology. The course is ideal for those wanting to work in Red Squirrel conservation, government officers responsible for particular habitats & for wildlife trusts.

https://c-js.info/1tu2QjD abccoursecontact@gmail.com 01953 600070


Sedge identification & ecology at Ptyxis Ecology Training

A 6 month distance learning course largely based around a new user-friendly key to the 56 most common species from the sedge family. The field assignments encourage you to seek out sedge species in a range of habitats. You get detailed individual feedback on your work throughout. Starting 01/05/2019

www.ptyxis.com/courses john@ptyxis.com 01434 321199


Social marketing at OpenLearn / The Open University

This course examines the nature of social marketing, and considers the role that commercial marketing concepts, frameworks and techniques can play in addressing the social issues at the centre of public and private debate. 8 hours.

https://c-js.info/2uKkhPG


Sphagnum identification: full course (field & microscope) at Ptyxis Ecology Training

A 6 month distance learning course designed to follow on from an introductory course, to support you with Sphagnum identification both in the field and using a microscope. You get detailed individual feedback on your work throughout. Starting 01/10/2019

www.ptyxis.com/courses john@ptyxis.com 01434 321199


Sphagnum identification: short course (field ID only) at Ptyxis Ecology Training

A 6 month distance learning course designed to follow on from an introductory course, to support you with Sphagnum identification in the field. You collect and identify samples from a range of wetland habitats. You get detailed individual feedback on your work throughout. Starting 01/10/2019

www.ptyxis.com/courses john@ptyxis.com 01434 321199


Taxonomy: Plant Naming Rules and Structure at Qualiteach Education and Ecology Training

A short online course in plant naming rules (taxonomy) and hierarchical structure (family, genus and species) covering binomials, subspecies and hybrids and the meaning behind scientific names.

https://c-js.info/2K8CEHI contact@qualiteach.co.uk 07743712020


Workplace learning with coaching and mentoring at OpenLearn / The Open University

This course considers theoretical and practical issues in the topic of workplace learning. It also explores coaching and mentoring, which are prominent tools for learning and development in organisational programmes. 9 hours.

https://c-js.info/2uGvYqq


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