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Ecology training

Course fee: £425.00

grassland habitat
UKRS Rural Skills

Accredited by UK Rural Skills

Course content

Our Ecology training course offers a comprehensive overview of the study of ecology. With a strong theoretical foundation, as well as hands-on practical experience, this course provides the tools you need to succeed in the field.


In-depth topics cover species distribution, tropical rainforest and marine ecology. You will also learn how to conduct practical ecological investigations and to present information to ecological standards.

The course is aimed at anyone seeking to further their studies in ecology and wildlife conservation and habitat management or to prepare for a career in these fields.


The course also offers valuable CPD for local authority conservation officers, environmental officers as well local Wildlife Trust workers and volunteers.

The ecology training course is challenging because its aim is to provide knowledge and understanding beyond school level (e.g. GCSE equivalent) studies. 

Practical work is involved in this course (see unit 6). This does not have to be difficult as you could do some research into the ecology of your own back garden or nearby open space.

The assignments are set at pass, merit and distinction levels where you have a choice to move onto the next level of demand. There is one assignment per unit.


Please refer to the how our courses work page in relation to how long you have to complete the course.

Course fee: £350.00 start this course for £35.00


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Instalments: these are made by standing order at £35.00 p.c.m.


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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.

Caribbean Trunkfish
local nature reserve
local wetland Norfolk
soil food web

Unit 1 Concepts of Ecology


*Habitat, ecosystem, nutrient cycles, biomes

*Abiotic biotic factors, food chain food webs, niches

*Keystone species, pyramids: number, biomass

​​​​*Populations, communities, succession, zonation

*Producers, consumers, trophic levels

diversity and distribution

Unit 2 Diversity and Distribution


*Genetic diversity, variation, species richness  *Distribution of species *Factors affecting distribution

​​​​​*Population change - Biston betularia

*Investigations into habitat choice

rainforest mosaic

Unit 3 Tropical Rainforests


*Tropical rainforest dynamics

*Canopy layers - stratified habitat types

*Species adaptations to environment

​​​​​*Tropical rainforest distribution

*Nutrient cycles in rainforests

*Rainforest fragility

Chain Moray eel

Unit 4 Marine Ecology


*Marine habitats: shoreline, deep ocean, mangroves, seagrasses

*Coral reefs, nutrient cycles, fragility

​​​​​​*Saltwater dynamics: salinity, photic zone, ocean currents, thermocline

*Marine life and adaptations

quadrat sampling method

Unit 5 Survey and Sampling Methods: Virtual Field Work & Self-Directed investigation


*Species recognition (dichotomous keys)

*Sampling techniques: plants, animals

*Virtual field study and report

​​​​​*Simple statistics for ecological studies

*Own investigation

sampling area

Unit 6 Using & Presenting Information for Ecology


*Data collection, analysis, presentation, conclusions

​​​​​​*Virtual survey results, own survey results

*Use of statistics for ecological results and conclusions

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