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Introduction to Ornithology Diploma Course

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What Will You Learn?

Beautiful, inspiring, fascinating – the difference between species of birds can be subtle or extreme but they are always interesting. You could see several species just looking through your window but if you want to move from birdwatcher to birder, twitcher or even ornithologist one day, this course is for you.

The Introduction to Ornithology Diploma Course is a gentle introduction to avian anatomy, behaviour and migrations and will help you understand how to identify different birds. So, pick up your binoculars, field guide, notebook, and camera and let’s get going.

The course begins with a light introduction to the subject, exploring what ornithology is, the equipment you need to study birds and what ornithology looks like as a career.

From there, we dive right into the anatomy and physiology of birds, from the head and beak to the main body, wings, tail, legs and feet. You’ll be introduced to avian skeletal and muscular systems as well as flight, the process of flapping, and flightless birds.

We’ll look at the different types of birds, how they are classified and how birds have evolved. The course also explores the life cycles of birds, including nest building, incubation and brooding.

You’ll get to know birds, with explanations on feathers, birdsong, their social lives and groupings, and migratory behaviours. We’ll also consider the current threats to bird populations and how ornithology is aiding conservation efforts.

By studying this course, you will:

  • Become familiar with the anatomy and physiology of birds
  • Understand flight, the process of flapping and flightless bird
  • Explores the life cycles of birds
  • Examine bird feathers, communication, social lives and groupings, and migratory behaviours
  • Learn about threats to birds and the role of ornithology in their conservation

Course Syllabus

What will I learn on the course?

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  • Introduction
  • Part 1: What is Ornithology?
  • Part 2: The History of Ornithology
  • Part 3: Studying Birds in Detail
  • Part 4: Recording Birds
  • Module 1 Glossary
  • Test Your Knowledge
  • Key Learning Points Exercise
  • Module 1 Assessment
  • Part 1: The Anatomy of Birds - The Head
  • Part 2: Main Body
  • Part 3: Extremities
  • Module 2 Glossary
  • Test Your Knowledge
  • Key Learning Points Exercise
  • Module 2 Assessment
  • Part 1: Skeletal System
  • Part 2: Flight
  • Module 3 Glossary
  • Test Your Knowledge
  • Key Learning Points Exercise
  • Module 3 Assessment
  • Part 1: A Feathered Family Tree
  • Part 2: Taxa
  • Part 3: Taxonomy and Binomials
  • Part 4: The Evolution of Birds
  • Module 4 Glossary
  • Test Your Knowledge
  • Key Learning Points Exercise
  • Module 4 Assessment
  • Part 1: The Egg
  • Part 2: Hatchlings
  • Part 3: The Next Stages
  • Module 5 Glossary
  • Test Your Knowledge
  • Key Learning Points Exercise
  • Module 5 Assessment
  • Part 1: Feathered Friends
  • Part 2: The Anatomy of a Feather
  • Module 6 Glossary
  • Test Your Knowledge
  • Key Learning Points Exercise
  • Module 6 Assessment
  • Part 1: Calls, Songs and Other Sounds
  • Part 2: Other Communication Types
  • Test Your Knowledge
  • Key Learning Points Exercise
  • Module 7 Assessment
  • Part 1: Social or Solitary?
  • Part 2: Family Life
  • Test Your Knowledge
  • Key Learning Points Exercise
  • Module 8 Assessment
  • Part 1: What is Migration?
  • Part 2: Seasonal and Altitudinal Migration
  • Part 3: Other Types of Migration
  • Module 9 Glossary
  • Test Your Knowledge
  • Key Learning Points Exercise
  • Module 9 Assessment
  • Part 1: Conservation Factors I
  • Part 2: Conservation Factors II
  • Part 3: The Birdwatcher’s Code
  • Test Your Knowledge
  • Key Learning Points Exercise
  • Conclusion
  • Module 10 Assessment
Who Would Benefit from This Course?

If you have done a little birdwatching (even just watching the birds in your garden) and you’d like to gain more knowledge, this course will introduce you to relevant topics in a way that is scientific but also easy to understand for beginners.

You don’t need any prior scientific education as everything is broken down into plain language. This course can also give you foundational knowledge if you wish to progress onto formal qualifications.

Frontal view of a flying Blue Tit bird
Accreditations

The Introduction to Ornithology 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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