Ecology Foundations course

About the course

​Accredited by UK Rural Skills


This is a new course aimed at new learners, those wanting to change career, anyone who has not studied ecology elsewhere as well as those who want to do some revision in the subject. GCSE Science students would find the course useful to support the ecology section of the specification from AQA, OCR Community level systems, Ecosystems and material cycles in Pearson Edexcel, WJEC Cells, Organ systems and Ecosystems.

Set at the equivalent to level 2 school study, the assignments are straightforward with multiple-choice questions and the whole course could be completed within a couple of months. There is no time limit though for completing the course.

The course starts with ecosystems and energy flow and has two units for that area. You will find out about primary productivity, how energy is said to flow through an ecosystem, autotrophs, heterotrophs and be introduced to nutrient cycling.


Other units cover food chains and food webs, populations and communities, patterns and distributions of organisms and collecting and sampling for ecology. 

Course fee (introductory):


Full fee £260.00


Instalments: these are made by standing order at  £26.00 p.c.m. International transactions will incur additional fees. Click here for payment options including PayPal, card, instalments and bank transfer. You can try unit 1 before committing to the whole course.


Course materials are sent via email but paper copies are available for an additional fee of £15 per unit. Postage charges may need to be added depending on your location.

Call 01953 600070 or 07936536823

International bank transfers incur a minimum £25.00 fee to cover currency exchange and bank charges
grassland habitat

Course content

Unit 1

Unit 1 Energy and Chemical Cycling in Ecosystems (1)

​Ecosystems, energy and energy transfer, autotrophs, heterotrophs, introduction to nutrient cycles, pyramids of number, biomass, trophic levels

Unit 2

Unit 2 Energy and Chemical Cycling in Ecosystems (2)

​Energy: photosynthetic light, gross and net primary productivity, nutrient cycles, limiting factors for productivity

Unit 3

Unit 3 Food chains and food webs

​Explaining food chains versus food webs, interdependence between organisms

Unit 4

Unit 4 Populations and Communities

Species populations, species assemblages, communities of organisms in different ecosystems, species' niche

Unit 5

Unit 5 Patterns and Distributions

Why species are distributed and patterns of distribution

Unit 6

Unit 6 Collecting and Sampling

What to collect and how to sample

Please reload