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Training Directory: Distance Learning Courses

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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. The Webinars and Online Learning section has details of events and training that is available online, see these here.

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.

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

Arable Broadleaf Crops at LearnHowTo

www.learnhowto.uk hello@learnhowto.co 01384 442 752 (UK)

Arable Cereal Crops at LearnHowTo

www.learnhowto.uk hello@learnhowto.co 01384 442 752 (UK)

Better Online Meetings & Workshops at Dialogue Matters

Dialogue Still Matters! Everything is currently moving online - and so has our line of work! We can now offer our best practice dialogue design, facilitation and training online! Visit our website for more information, plus find free guidance on better online meetings & workshops.

dialoguematters.co.uk/ admin@dialoguematters.co.uk 01233 813875

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.

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

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.

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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.

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Crop Culture Foundation at LearnHowTo

www.learnhowto.uk hello@learnhowto.co 01384 442 752 (UK)

Crop Husbandry Practices at LearnHowTo

www.learnhowto.uk hello@learnhowto.co 01384 442 752 (UK)

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

Ten-week short-course taught online starting Feb 2021. 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.

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 Nov 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.

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

Delve Deeper at Newcastle University

A great 5 month online course in Marine Biology for all who have a passion for the sea. Completed from the comfort of your own home and covering topics such as coral reefs, marine pollution, deep sea ecosystems and marine mammal migrations. Check out our website: http://bit.ly/MarineDistancelearnin

bit.ly/MarineDistancelearning marinecourse@ncl.ac.uk

Ecological monitoring: How to design a successful scheme at Ptyxis Ecology

Starts October 2021: You choose your own site to use as a case study and the course takes you through designing a monitoring scheme, step by step using five key principles. No prior knowledge of scientific monitoring or statistics is needed and the course does not cover how to statistically analyse monitoring data.

www.ptyxis.com/courses.php enquiries@ptyxis.com 01435 321199

Ecology 1 at Aberystwyth University

Ever wondered why some plants won't grow in your garden and why the 'weeds' (and slugs) thrive? Ecology explains the patterns we see in the natural world and the ways in which people have changed them. This is an essential core topic for any field or conservation ecologist.

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Ecology Level 2 accredited by UK Rural Skills 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.

c-js.info/2IZYivy abccoursecontact@gmail.com 01953 600070

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.

c-js.info/3wSwjoJ abccoursecontact@gmail.com 01953 600070

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.

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

Effective Bird Identification Course for Rewilding at Ambios

Course starts:4/10/2021 for 8 weeks (part-time). Starting from your current understanding of birds, this course will enable you to become more effective with your bird I.D., increasing your field and note taking skills and therefore enhancing your employability/CPD. You’ll be given access to an online learning environment with live online workshops and additional learning materials.

c-js.info/3vymcFD info@ambios.net 01803 732747

Effective Camera Trapping for Rewilding at Ambios

Course starts: 4/10/21 for 6 weeks (part-time). This course will enable you to increase your field skills, become confident using camera trapping technology, produce photos fit for purpose and enhance your employability/continuing professional development. Unique to this course is the fact that we lend you the camera trap equipment! £345 + £100 returnable camera trap deposit.

c-js.info/2Qhpv3M info@ambios.net 01803 732747

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.

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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.

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

Five-week short-course taught online starting Feb 2021. 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.

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.

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.

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 Jan 2021. 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.

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 Sept 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.

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

General plant ID support at Ptyxis Ecology

Starts May 2022: This is a general ID support package, rather than a formal course. Suitable for early-career ecologists who could do with ongoing support with their plant ID, or more experienced ecologists who want to develop their ID skills further with more difficult plant groups such as grasses, sedges, ferns or bryophytes

www.ptyxis.com/courses.php enquiries@ptyxis.com 01435 321199

Grass identification & ecology at Ptyxis Ecology

Starts May 2022: This course will enable you to identify grasses in flower and vegetatively by focusing on the key ‘must know’ species for professional ecologists. The course is in 5 units (about 3-4 hours study per unit). Suitable for building experience after an initial face-to-face course, or for complete beginners.

www.ptyxis.com/courses.php enquiries@ptyxis.com 01435 321199

Habitat Management at Ecology Training UK Ltd

A 6 module course covering habitat management for woodland and grassland and specifics for barn owl, great crested newt and dormice, also covers management planning, surveying and monitoring. Self study in your own time.

www.ecologytraining.co.uk ecologytraininguk@gmail.com 07818073660

Habitat Restoration at Ecology Training UK Ltd

A 6 module course covering why we need to create and restore habitats, planning and methods for habitat creation and restoration, management and monitorinig, habitat creation of grassland and living roofs. Self study course in your own time.

www.ecologytraining.co.uk ecologytraininguk@gmail.com 07818073660

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.

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

Harvesting at LearnHowTo

www.learnhowto.uk hello@learnhowto.co 01384 442 752 (UK)

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.

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Identifying bryophytes in the field at Ptyxis Ecology

Starts October 2021: This course works best as a follow-on to an introductory bryophyte course and assumes that you have had some practice with observing features of bryophytes using a hand lens. The course concentrates on the 'top 100' common indicator species for BAP priority habitats and NVC communities.

www.ptyxis.com/courses.php enquiries@ptyxis.com 01435 321199

Introduction To Agronomy at LearnHowTo

www.learnhowto.uk hello@learnhowto.co 01384 442 752 (UK)

Introduction to Ecology at Ecology Training UK Ltd

Interested in ecology but have no scientific or theoretical knowledge? This is the course for you! 10 module course covering what ecology is, biodiversity, ecosystems, biotic and abiotic factors, behaviour, evolution, genetics, populations and communities, conservation, history of the British countryside. Self study course with core textbook. 

www.ecologytraining.co.uk ecologytraininguk@gmail.com 07818073660

Introduction to Permaculture at Aberystwyth University

This course is a wide-ranging introduction to permaculture as an approach to designing sustainable ways of living and working. It will give a grounding in the core elements of a permaculture design approach including the ethical framework that underpins it and the principles from nature that it draws on.

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Introduction to Poultry Breeds at LearnHowTo

www.learnhowto.uk hello@learnhowto.co 01384 442 752 (UK)

Invasive Species at Ecology Training UK Ltd

A 9 module course covering what is an invasive species; impacts; treaties, strategies and legislation; plants; animals and the worst 10 in the world. A thorough and interesting course. A must for all ecologists and land managers. Self study in your own time.

www.ecologytraining.co.uk ecologytraininguk@gmail.com 07818073660

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.

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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.

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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

Microcourses - LHT at Learn How To

www.learnhowto.co/ hello@learnhowto.co 01384442752

MSc Wildlife & Conservation Management at Scotland's Rural College (SRUC)

This programme 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 either 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. The MSc/PgDip/PgCert Wildlife and Conservation Management is awarded by the University of Glasgow. This is an on-line distance learning programme which can be completed over a maximum of six years;

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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.

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.

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.

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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.

c-js.info/2rroRDv a.moore@ulster.ac.uk

PgCert/PgDip/MSc in Remote Sensing and GIS at Ulster University

A course ideal for both new graduates and professionals who either want to enhance their employability in geospatial sector or intend to broaden and deepen their remote sensing and GIS skills. A fully online part-time course delivered by tutors experienced in e-learning.

c-js.info/38sm5Cm s.bhatti@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.

c-js.info/2rTswqG jag.cooper@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.

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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).

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.

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

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.

c-js.info/3d9fFJX abccoursecontact@gmail.com 01953 600070

RHS Master of Horticulture at Royal Horticultural Society (RHS)

The RHS Master of Horticulture (MHort) is a degree-level award designed for those who wish to grow their career in a flexible way. Studied over three years, it provides an affordable and high-quality study experience, linking candidates to a range of professional networks and provides improved business and managerial skills.

c-js.info/3rKg49U masterofhorticulture@rhs.org.uk

Sedge identification & ecology at Ptyxis Ecology

Starts May 2022: This course is largely based around a new, user-friendly key to the 56 most common species from the sedge family in Britain. The course has five units with structured field assignments encouraging you to seek out and identify a wide range of common sedge species.

www.ptyxis.com/courses.php enquiries@ptyxis.com 01435 321199

Seed Management at LearnHowTo

www.learnhowto.uk hello@learnhowto.co 01384 442 752 (UK)

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.

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Sphagnum identification & ecology: Field & microscopic identification at Ptyxis Ecology

Starts October 2021: This course works best as a follow-on from an introductory Sphagnum course and assumes that you have practiced observing Sphagnum stem leaves in the field, using a hand lens. This version of the course includes two field-based units, plus two microscope units

www.ptyxis.com/courses.php enquiries@ptyxis.com 01435 321199

Sphagnum identification & ecology: Field identification only at Ptyxis Ecology

Starts October 2021: This course also works best as a follow-on from an introductory Sphagnum course. This version of the course is for those who do not have access to microscopes and only includes the two field-based units from the longer course

www.ptyxis.com/courses.php enquiries@ptyxis.com 01435 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.

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

Understanding & using the NVC at Ptyxis Ecology

Starts May 2022: This course is designed to follow-on from an introductory NVC course to support you with using the NVC system. We concentrate on how to analyse quadrat data and work with floristic tables to work out what NVC types you have, rather than on how to do a field survey.

www.ptyxis.com/courses.php enquiries@ptyxis.com 01435 321199

Woodland Management for Biodiversity at Ecology Training UK

10-module self-study course is delivered weekly and covers a range of subjects including management techniques, management plans and specific woodland management for birds, bats, dormice, invertebrates and plants. There are plenty of references for further study and some book suggestions too.

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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.

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