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What Will You Learn?

A low rumbling. A deep, guttural growl. The sound distant, yet all-encompassing – close but far. The giant awakes – roaring into life. The eruption is violent, almost malevolent, but there is peace to it also. It is still, yet in full motion.

Their destructive force is known but there is beauty to the eruption of a volcano. An understanding that we are still in the hands of nature. The top of the food chain but still we are mere inhabitants of Earth, not its owners. While we may not be able to control volcanoes, we can study and understand them – learn how to live alongside them.

Take the Volcanology Diploma Course and you’ll learn about the history of volcanoes, what they are and the process they go through before, during and after an eruption, and the work volcanologists do to monitor and predict future volcanic activity.

In order to understand volcanoes, the course first explains the structures of the Earth and ocean that facilitate volcanic activity, the developmental process of Earth’s interior and exterior structures, and plate tectonics and seismology.

You’ll learn about the structural foundations of volcanoes, examine subsurface plumbing system mechanisms and explore various internal volcanic structures. The course also explains the types of volcanoes, eruptions, lava, and tephra produced from eruptions.

We’ll explore the methods used by volcanologists to quantify and model eruption size and intensity, and examine the various tools utilised at seismic stations to observe eruptions. You’ll become familiar with the phases volcanoes undergo before an eruption, and how scientists use key indicators to develop the best determination of a potential eruption.

We’ll explore the volcanic chemistry and biological domains of Earth’s volcanoes, including magmatic emissions, environmental effects, and lives of the various organisms that live in or around volcanoes. Hydrothermal vents and their effects on biodiversity throughout the oceans is also covered.

You’ll discover both local and global volcanic hazards, such as Snowball Earth, atmospheric modification, acid rain, lava dangers, resource pollution, and tsunamis.

The course concludes with examples of some of the largest volcanic eruptions in Earth’s history, the largest event to be recorded by humans, a look at the most notable eruption events in the last 10 years and a list of the most dangerous impending events in Earth’s future geological forecast.

By studying this course, you will:

  • Understand the study of volcanoes
  • Learn how volcanoes form, develop, and erupt
  • Be familiar with the work of volcanologists
  • Be aware of past and future volcanic events
  • Understand the environmental and biological effects of volcanic eruptions
Volcano eruption at night - Volcano Fuego in Antigua, Guatemala

Course Syllabus

What will I learn on the course?

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  • Introduction
  • Part 1: The Study of Volcanology
  • Part 2: Oceans and Volcanology
  • Part 3: The Earth's Geometric Shape
  • Part 4: How The Earth Was Formed
  • Part 5: The Earth's Geological Time Scale
  • Test Your Knowledge
  • Key Learning Points Exercise
  • Module 1 Assessment
  • Part 1: Seafloor Morphological Features
  • Part 2: The Earth's Interior
  • Test Your Knowledge
  • Key Learning Points Exercise
  • Module 2 Assessment
  • Part 1: Plate Equilibriums
  • Part 2: Subduction Zones
  • Part 3: Plate Tectonic Mechanisms
  • Test Your Knowledge
  • Key Learning Points Exercise
  • Module 3 Assessment
  • Part 1: Seismology
  • Part 2: Seismic Stations
  • Part 3: Quantifying Earthquakes and Long-Term Prediction
  • Test Your Knowledge
  • Key Learning Points Exercise
  • Module 4 Assessment
  • Part 1: Volcanic Features
  • Part 2: Types of Volcanoes
  • Part 3: Types of Eruptions
  • Part 4: Plumbing Systems
  • Test Your Knowledge
  • Key Learning Points Exercise
  • Module 5 Assessment
  • Part 1: Volcano Status
  • Part 2: Instrumentation
  • Part 3: Modelling Volcanoes
  • Part 4: Early Eruption Warning
  • Test Your Knowledge
  • Key Learning Points Exercise
  • Module 6 Assessment
  • Part 1: Chemical Composition of Gas and Magmatic Emissions
  • Part 2: Measuring Magmatic Concentration
  • Part 3: Lava Composition
  • Test Your Knowledge
  • Key Learning Points Exercise
  • Module 7 Assessment
  • Part 1: Life Near Volcanoes
  • Part 2: Life After Eruptions
  • Part 3: Mortality Potentials
  • Test Your Knowledge
  • Key Learning Points Exercise
  • Module 8 Assessment
  • Part 1: Global Effects
  • Part 2: Local Hazards
  • Test Your Knowledge
  • Key Learning Points Exercise
  • Module 9 Assessment
  • Part 1: Most Explosive Volcanoes
  • Part 2: Most Effusive Volcanoes
  • Part 3: Largest Recorded Event
  • Test Your Knowledge
  • Key Learning Points Exercise
  • Module 10 Assessment
  • Conclusion
Who Would Benefit from This Course?

An introduction to the constantly evolving geographic field, volcanology, this course is suitable for those with a passion for Earth sciences and beginners with an interest in how these titans of the landscape form, develop, and erupt, and the work volcanologists do in monitoring active sites.

Illustration of the Earth split in half to expose its core
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The Volcanology 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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