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What Will You Learn?

Palaeontology is the scientific study of ancient or prehistoric life forms, using the analysis of preserved remains, known as fossils, to classify ancient organisms and uncover how they have either disappeared or adapted to the changing conditions of the Earth. The Palaeontology Diploma Course is your introduction to the subject.

Discover Palaeontology’s main objectives, subfields,  interrelationship with other disciplines, and the main roles of palaeontologists. We’ll look at the first scientific figures that contributed to the systematic study of fossils and how the documentation and analysis of fossils became accepted as scientific evidence.

You’ll learn how scientists used geologic processes to create the Geologic Time Scale and how this system of chronological dating works. We’ll explore the development of life on Earth and the influence of palaeontology in the scientific area of evolution.

In the Palaeontology Diploma Course, we’ll consider the science of taphonomy and the processes of fossilisation. You’ll learn about a wide range of invertebrate and vertebrate organisms, plant fossils, and microfossils, and what they can tell us about how they and our world has changed.

The course concludes with a look at the methods and tools used to collect, curate, and study fossils and describes the impact of palaeontology in other areas such as environmental sciences, petroleum geology, and global change.

By studying this course, you will:

  • Become familiar with the objectives and history of palaeontology
  • Understand the Geologic Time Scale
  • Explore the development of life on Earth
  • Gain in-depth knowledge on invertebrate and vertebrate organism fossils, plant fossils, and microfossils
  • Understand the methods and tools used to collect, curate, and study fossils
Paleontologist leaning on the ground, gently cleaning a fossil with a brush

Course Syllabus

What will I learn on the course?

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  • Introduction
  • Part 1: What is Palaeontology?
  • Part 2: Subfields of Palaeontology
  • Part 3: What Does a Palaeontologist Do?
  • Part 4: Challenges and Opportunities
  • Module 1 Assessment
  • Part 1: The Beginnings of Palaeontology
  • Part 2: The First Fossil Evidence
  • Part 3: The Modern Study of Palaeontology
  • Module 2 Assessment
  • Part 1: The Creation of the Geologic Time Scale
  • Part 2: Eons
  • Part 3: Eras
  • Part 4: Periods
  • Part 5: Epochs
  • Module 3 Assessment
  • Part 1: Evolution
  • Part 2: Extinction
  • Module 4 Assessment
  • Part 1: Fossils
  • Part 2: The Formation of Fossils
  • Part 3: Bias in the Fossil Record
  • Part 4: What Do Fossils Tell Us?
  • Module 5 Assessment
  • Part 1: Characteristics of Invertebrates
  • Part 2: Classification of Invertebrates
  • Part 3: Invertebrates in the Fossil Record
  • Part 4: Invertebrate Palaeontology
  • Module 6 Assessment
  • Part 1: Classification and Characteristics of Vertebrates
  • Part 2: Vertebrates in the Fossil Record
  • Part 3: Vertebrate Palaeontology
  • Module 7 Assessment
  • Part 1: Characteristics of Plants
  • Part 2: Classification of Plants
  • Part 3: Plants in the Fossil Record
  • Part 4: Palaeobotany
  • Module 8 Assessment
  • Part 1: Classification and Characteristics of Microfossils
  • Part 2: Microfossils in the Fossil Record
  • Part 3: Micropalaeontology
  • Module 9 Assessment
  • Part 1: Palaeontological Techniques
  • Part 2: Method for Small Fossils
  • Part 3: Method for Medium-to-Large Fossils
  • Part 4: Storage and Preservation of Specimens
  • Part 5: Applications of Palaeontology
  • Part 6: Trends and Future Directions
  • Module 10 Assessment
Who Would Benefit from This Course?

Whether you are interested in animals and other organisms, plants or climate change, the Palaeontology Diploma Course will guide you through the history of life.

You’ll gain a comprehension of evolutionary timescales and the origins of key features that enable organisms to thrive in present environments. In addition, the course covers the Earth’s past environmental conditions – enabling us to comprehend how the climate has changed over millions of years and continues to change today.

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The Palaeontology 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.

Upon successful completion of this course, learners can also receive a certificate of achievement from ABC Awards 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 £15).

ABC Awards is a leading national Awarding Organisation, regulated by Ofqual, and the Welsh Government. It has a long-established reputation for developing and awarding high-quality vocational qualifications across a wide range of industries.

This course has been endorsed under the ABC Awards and Certa Awards Quality Licence Scheme.

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