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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.



African Elephant Conservation level 4 Accredited course at Animal Biology and Care Ltd

Three units including ecological principles, the biology and ecology of African elephants and monitoring techniques for their conservation. Excellent preparation for volunteering or working in African wildlife conservation. Tutored by a founding member of Cheetah Outreach and accredited by the CPD Standards Office.

https://c-js.info/1UA76bR abccoursecontact@gmail.com 01953 600070


African Predator Conservation level 4 Accredited course at Animal Biology and Care Ltd

Three units including ecological principles, the biology and ecology of African predators and monitoring techniques for their conservation. Excellent preparation for volunteering or working in African wildlife conservation. Tutored by a founding member of Cheetah Outreach and accredited by the CPD Standards Office.

https://c-js.info/1UA76bR abccoursecontact@gmail.com 01953 600070


African Wildlife Conservation level 4 Accredited course at Animal Biology and Care Ltd

Six units including ecological principles, the biology and ecology of African predators and primates plus survey and monitoring techniques for their conservation. Excellent preparation for volunteering or working in African wildlife conservation. Accredited by UK Rural Skills.

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


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 20 Feb 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.

www.conted.ox.ac.uk/dataanalysis est@conted.ox.ac.uk 01865 286945


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

Five-week short-course taught online starting 31 Oct 2018 with Dr Thomas Hesselberg. 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.

www.conted.ox.ac.uk/dataanalysis est@conted.ox.ac.uk 01865 286952


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


Ecology Level 2 at Animal Biology and Care Ltd

New course aimed at new 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


Ecology level 3 Accredited course at Animal Biology and Care Ltd

An ecology course with 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. Excellent for anyone wanting to pursue a career in habitat and wildlife conservation. Accredited by the CPD Standards Office.

https://c-js.info/2i6wNp8 abccoursecontact@gmail.com 01953 600070


Ecology of the UK level 3 at Animal Biology and Care Ltd.

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

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


Ecology Training Course at Animal Biology and Care Ltd.

Level 3 ecology course including virtual and practical survey work, tropical rainforest and marine ecology plus ecological concepts and principles all through distance learning. Accredited by UK Rural Skills

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


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

Five-week short-course taught online starting 6 Feb 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.

www.conted.ox.ac.uk/birds est@conted.ox.ac.uk 01865 286945


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

Five-week short-course taught online starting 20 Mar 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.

www.conted.ox.ac.uk/fish est@conted.ox.ac.uk 01865 286945


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

Five-week short-course taught online starting 01 May 2019. 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.

www.conted.ox.ac.uk/invertebrates est@conted.ox.ac.uk 01865 286945


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

Five-week short-course taught online starting 09 Jan 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.

www.conted.ox.ac.uk/mammals est@conted.ox.ac.uk 01865286952


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

Five-week short-course taught online starting 19 Sept 2018 with Dr Jocelyne Hughes. 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.

www.conted.ox.ac.uk/vegetation est@conted.ox.ac.uk 01865286945


Habitat Management - Self Study course at Acorn Ecology Ltd

Self-study course designed to give foundation knowledge of habitat management in the UK - an ideal starting point if you are considering working in the conservation/reserve management sector. Course covers the reasons for habitat management, surveying and monitoring, management planning and management prescriptions for some specific habitats and species.

https://c-js.info/2j1bimG training@acornecology.co.uk 01392 366512


Habitat Restoration at Acorn Ecology Ltd

Self-study course designed to provide knowledge about various habitat creation and restoration objectives and techniques, starting with a background to habitat types and the benefits of habitat creation and restoration to protected species. Suitable for ecological consultants conservationists.

https://c-js.info/2j1bimG training@acornecology.co.uk 01392 366512


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


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


Introduction to Ecology at Acorn Ecology Ltd

Self-study course comprising ten modules e-mailed out on a weekly basis. You will gain foundation knowledge of ecological principles including ecosystems, biodiversity, biotic and abiotic interactions, behavioural ecology, evolution, genetics, conservation, surveying and habitat management. A useful course if you are new to ecology or if you need a refresher.

https://c-js.info/2j1bimG training@acornecology.co.uk 01392 366512


Invasive Species at Acorn Ecology Ltd

Introductory level self-study course covering identification and control of commonly occurring invasive species found in the UK. Topics include the reason why some species are invasive, environmental impacts of invasive species, legislation, ID of key species and treatment.

https://c-js.info/2j1bimG training@acornecology.co.uk 01392 366512


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


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. Next course starts 01/02/2019.

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


Mammal ID at Acorn Ecology Ltd

Self-study short course designed to take you though how to identify UK mammals (excluding bats).  It covers physical apperance and ID features, feeding signs, footprints, burrows and droppings. Thirty-six mammals are covered including all the common and rare species from deer and wild boar to the small mammals.

https://c-js.info/2j1bimG training@acornecology.co.uk 01392 366512


Marine Mammals level 3 at Animal Biology and Care Ltd

A six-unit course set at level 3 studying the Earth's marine mammals. Learn about their origins, classification, anatomy and physiology, adaptations for marine life, their ecology which differs significantly across different environments. Investigate their conservation to be able to understand their needs. ​Accredited by UK Rural Skills

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


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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.

www.bangor.ac.uk/senrgy//courses/distancelearning 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.

www.bangor.ac.uk/senrgy//courses/distancelearning 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


Pg Cert in Ecological Survey Techniques at University of Oxford, Department for Continuing Education at University of Oxford, Department for Continuing Education

Part-time, postgraduate & professional skills training in ecology & environmental science. The course aims to provide the knowledge, understanding & skills needed to conduct effective ecological field surveys for a range of key taxa, & to analyse field survey data with confidence. It is designed for a wide range of professionals needing to up-skill in: Environmental management; Environmental assessment; Biodiversity monitoring.

https://c-js.info/2JDHTyZ est@conted.ox.ac.uk 01865 286945


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 sjp.mckenzie@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


PgDip/MSc Marine Spatial Planning at Ulster University

This two year, part-time distance learning course explores current debates about the appropriate governance and regulation of marine resources and the coastal zone interface. The course comprises four taught modules to PGDip level and a research project to complete the MSc.

https://c-js.info/2rroRDv w.forsythe@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

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


Project Management for Wildlife Conservation - Advanced at WildTeam UK

Boost your conservation career: Get certified skills in designing, implementing and monitoring conservation projects.  Join other conservationists from around the world learning how to run a real conservation project. Courses are free but, to cover the costs of making this training available to all, the (optional) exams cost £50.

https://c-js.info/2m3gziN


Project Management for Wildlife Conservation - Foundation at WildTeam UK

Boost your conservation career: Get certified skills in designing, implementing and monitoring conservation projects.  Join other conservationists from around the world learning how to run a real conservation project. Courses are free but, to cover the costs of making this training available to all, the (optional) exams cost £50.

https://c-js.info/2m3gziN


Project Management for Wildlife Conservation - Intermediate at WildTeam UK

Boost your conservation career: Get certified skills in designing, implementing and monitoring conservation projects.  Join other conservationists from around the world learning how to run a real conservation project. Courses are free but, to cover the costs of making this training available to all, the (optional) exams cost £50.

https://c-js.info/2m3gziN


Red Squirrel Conservation level 6 Accredited course at Animal Biology and Care Ltd

Red Squirrel Conservation level 6 Accredited course at Animal Biology and Care Ltd A six unit, demanding course separated into parts 1 and 2, this degree level course covers practical survey techniques for preparing a management plan for ex or in situ conservation. Designed by an expert in this species' conservation and educated to Doctorate level. Accredited by the CPD Standards Office.

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


Reptile and Amphibian ID and Surveying at Acorn Ecology Ltd

Self-study short course designed to take you through how to identify all the UK native species of Reptiles and Amphibians. It covers physical appearance and ID features, ecology, distribution, legal protection and survey techniques.

https://c-js.info/2j1bimG training@acornecology.co.uk 01392 366512


RHS Level 2 Certificate in the Principles of Horticulture at Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh

The RHS Certificate in the Principles of Horticulture is a great entry-level qualification. Whether you are starting a career in horticulture, or just want to take your love of plants and gardening further, this online course gives you a broad-based understanding of horticulture, garden design and how plants work.

https://c-js.info/2eohGFf rhslevel2@rbge.org.uk 0131 248 2937


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


Sustainable Deer Management course (online) at University of the Highlands and Islands

Fully online postgraduate module in sustainable deer management starts 28/1/19. Covers a range of areas: policy/institutional context for deer management in Scotland; deer ecology and behaviour, deer management planning; a review of the science behind deer management.

https://c-js.info/2JUNqRC info.cms@perth.uhi.ac.uk


Sustainable Land Use and Renewable Energy (online) at University of Highlands and Islands

Fully online postgraduate module in Sustainable Land Use, starts 10/9/18. Covers and overview of land use and renewable energy concepts and activities relating to sustainable development in rural communities.

https://c-js.info/2LONFuI info.cms@perth.uhi.ac.uk


Sustainable Mountain Development MSc/PGDip/PGCert (online and part-time) at University of Highlands and Islands

Fully online postgraduate course covering the latest thinking on complex mountain issues by studying modules on advanced theory/practice relating to environmental, social, economic and professional development. Starts 10/9/18.

https://c-js.info/2ta3PY8 info.cms@perth.uhi.ac.uk


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


Trackers and Reports Use - Project Management for Wildlife Conservation at WildTeam UK

  This learning plan is totally free and includes both the learning materials and an assessment. The learning plan will give you guidance on how to use the PMWC Trackers and Reports in your everyday work.  

https://c-js.info/2m3gziN


Water Management Course (online) at University of the Highlands and Islandspg

Fully online postgraduate module in Water Management starts 29/1/19.  Introduces key concepts of water management, from natural physical processes to examining the ways water is used as a resource from source to sea.

https://c-js.info/2JVfyEg info.cms@perth.uhi.ac.uk


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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