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What Will You Learn?

Grab your binoculars, field guide and notebook!

Whether your interest in birds lies with their songs and calls, their beauty and diversity, or you’re seeking a connection with nature, the Birdwatching Diploma Course will guide you in this enriching hobby and engaging with the birdwatching community.

Beginning with an introduction to the subject, you’ll explore some of the important features of birds that birdwatchers look out for, the history of the pastime, birdwatching communities, and the equipment you’ll need and how to use it.

It’s then on to the various methods of bird identification – visual indicators, such as size and colour patterns, and variations of behaviour and sound. We’ll look at birds that are commonly found in the UK and the various classifications of birds and the species within them.

You’ll receive valuable strategies to familiarise yourself with the birds local to your area, including how best to use feeders and birdbaths, and how to plan birdwatching trips to get the most out of them. We’ll also take a deeper look at the birds you can see in the UK during the year depending on the season.

The course concludes with an exploration of the role birds play in our ecosystem, and how you can contribute to bird conservation efforts.

Please note: while this course focuses on UK birds, the knowledge contained within can be used globally.

By studying this course, you will:

  • Understand the equipment you’ll need and how to use it
  • Explore bird identification methods
  • Learn how to use your outdoor space to attract local birds
  • Discover how to plan a birdwatching trip
  • Become aware of how birdwatching changes with seasonal migration
  • Understand the importance of birds for our ecosystems and how to aid conservation
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Course Syllabus

What will I learn on the course?

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  • Introduction
  • Part 1: Introduction to Birds
  • Part 2: The History of Birdwatching
  • Part 3: Birdwatching Benefits and Communities
  • Part 4: Starting Your Birdwatching Journey
  • Module 1 Assessment
  • Part 1: Binoculars
  • Part 2: Field Guides, Digital Guides and Apps
  • Part 3: Bird Listing
  • Module 2 Assessment
  • Part 1: Range and Season
  • Part 2: Size and Body Parts
  • Part 3: Identification by Colour Patterns and Markings
  • Module 3 Assessment
  • Part 1: Bird Identification by Behaviour
  • Part 2: Bird Identification Through Calls and Songs
  • Module 4 Assessment
  • Part 1: Common Birds in the UK
  • Part 2: Rare Birds in the UK
  • Module 5 Assessment
  • Part 1: Passerines
  • Part 2: Raptors
  • Part 3: Corvids
  • Module 6 Assessment
  • Part 1: Feeders
  • Part 2: Birdbaths, Nest Boxes and Bird-Friendly Plants
  • Part 3: Recording Your Findings
  • Module 7 Assessment
  • Part 1: Introduction to Birdwatching Trips
  • Part 2: Planning Your Trip
  • Part 3: Equipment
  • Module 8 Assessment
  • Part 1: Migrations
  • Part 2: Spring
  • Part 3: Summer
  • Part 4: Autumn
  • Part 5: Winter
  • Module 9 Assessment
  • Part 1: How Birds Contribute to the Ecosystem
  • Part 2: Bird Conservation Efforts
  • Part 3: How Can You Help?
  • Conclusion
  • Module 10 Assessment
Who Would Benefit from This Course?

If you find yourself captivated by birds, the Birdwatching Diploma Course will help you to discover more about them and help you to further understand and engage with these fascinating creatures.

An inexpensive hobby with a welcoming community, birdwatching is also great for reducing stress levels, as you can enjoy all the benefits of the outdoors or a welcome break in your daily routine by attracting birds to your garden.

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Accreditations

The Birdwatching Diploma Course will take you up to 150 hours to complete, working from home. There is no time limit for completing this course, it can be studied in your own time at your own pace.

This is a Level 3 course and will give you 150 CPD (Continued Professional Development) points.

Upon completion of your course assessments, you receive 2 certificates. A certificate from the Centre of Excellence and a CPD certificate displaying the number of CPD points earned from the course.

This course is endorsed by the Quality Licence Scheme. Therefore, upon successful completion of this course, learners can also receive a certificate of achievement from Quality Licence Scheme and a Learner Unit Summary, which lists the details of all the units the learner has completed as part of the course. (This certificate is optional and costs an additional £25).

The Quality Licence Scheme is part of the Skills and Education Group, a charitable organisation that unites education and skills-orientated organisations that share similar values and objectives. With more than 100 years of collective experience, the Skills and Education Group’s strategic partnerships create opportunities to inform, influence and represent the wider education and skills sector.

The Skills and Education Group also includes two nationally recognised awarding organisations; Skills and Education Group Awards and Skills and Education Group Access. Through their awarding organisations they have developed a reputation for providing high-quality qualifications and assessments for the education and skills sector. They are committed to helping employers, organisations and learners cultivate the relevant skills for learning, skills for employment, and skills for life.

Their knowledge and experience of working within the awarding sector enables them to work with training providers, through the Quality Licence Scheme, to help them develop high-quality courses and/or training programmes for the non-regulated market.

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