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1Course Overview

Ornithology Level 3

Course code: ABC1160

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Explore the world of birds in this Ornithology Level 3 course, from home!

This course enables you to:

  • Understand the form and function of feathers
  • Describe the physics and biology of flight in birds
  • Recognise different modes of bird flight
  • Understand the reasons behind migration
  • Summarise how birds are physically able to undertake vast migrations
  • Understand how different birds are able to navigate incredibly long distances
  • Analyse the sex organs of birds & the importance and structure of the egg
  • Explain family dynamics and the use of nests in the nurturing of young
  • Describe mating systems found in birds and various courtship rituals
  • Differentiate between different diets, foraging and predator avoidance methods

This course will allow you to study when and where you want, at your own pace. All coursework can be submitted by email making it simple and hassle-free.

All of the materials will be delivered to you or received online, so it couldn’t be easier. Our experienced and friendly tutors are always a click away by email, giving you advice and helping you through your course.

Join over 50,000 people that have studied with us and enrol with us today. Home learning couldn’t be easier!

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2Course Content
Unit 1: The Gift of Flight
  • Types of feathers found in birds
  • Implications and benefits of feather damage & moulting
  • Physics and biology of avian flight
  • Why some birds have adapted in a way that means they have lost the ability to fly
Unit 2: Migration
  • Evaluate why some species of bird choose to migrate
  • Impact of migration on genetics
  • How birds are physiologically equipped for migration
  • Methods of navigation employed by migratory birds
Unit 3: Eggs & Nests
  • Reproductive system of male and female birds
  • General structure and production of the egg
  • Reasons for specific egg shell patterns
  • Variety of nesting strategies and their importance in incubation
Unit 4: Mating & Courtship
  • Four main mating systems witnessed in birds
  • Selection of courtship strategies in birds
  • Importance and functions of bird song
  • Family dynamics of a typical bird nest
Unit 5: Feeding & Predation
  • Diets found in different bird species
  • Species of bird track down food or prey
  • Feeding territories and other methods that optimise foraging
  • Variety of methods utilised by birds to avoid predators
Unit 6: Populations & Conservation
  • Various factors can affect the size of bird populations
  • Ecological concept of community
  • Variety of methods by which communities diversify
  • Conservation with respect to bird populations and species
3Other Information
Assessment

This course is assessed by a series of assignments, which are submitted to your tutor for marking. No external examination is required.

Course Duration

This course will take you 12 months to complete.

Study Method

This course will allow you to work at home or at work. All materials for the course will be received by post or online. You will also get tutor support by email.

Course Outcomes

At the end of this course successful learners will receive a Certificate of Achievement by ABC Awards and a Learner Unit Summary (This lists details of all the units you have completed as part of your course).

The course itself has been designed by Open Study College to meet specific learners’ or employers’ requirements. The course has been endorsed under the ABC Awards’ Quality Licence Scheme. This means Open Study College have undergone external quality checks to ensure that the organisation and the courses’ it offers meet a high standard. Regular reviews of our courses are carried out as part of the endorsement process.

The completion of this course alone does not lead to an Ofqual regulated qualification, but may be used as evidence of knowledge and skills towards regulated qualifications in the future. The unit summary can be used as evidence towards your Recognition of Prior Learning if you wish to progress your studies in this sector.

The course depth and study has been benchmarked at Level 3 against level descriptors published by Ofqual.

ABC Awards are a national awarding organisation that have years of experience in developing and awarding high quality vocational qualifications across a wide range of industries. They have a comprehensive portfolio of over 650 Ofqual regulated qualifications on the national Qualifications and Credit framework (QCF) for all ages and abilities post-14.

4Q&As

Course Questions & Answers

What skills are needed to enrol in this course?

You do not need any skills or qualifications to enrol onto this course. However it is recommended that you have a GCSE in Biology or similar sciences.

Is there a time limit for the completion of this course?

You may start at any time and have a full year to complete your studies. It is truly flexible and is designed to be adaptable around your lifestyle and other commitments.

What is included in the cost of my course?
  • Dedicated personal tutor support
  • Dedicated student support
  • Assignment marking and feedback
  • FREE CV writing service
  • *Comprehensive study guide
  • *Exclusive Open Study College Pen
  • *Student study planner
  • *Three colour highlighter
  • *Student notebook
  • *Document wallet

* Not included with the online study option

How do I get my work assessed?

You will send your work to your personal course tutor for them to mark and return to you. On successful completion of the course you will be awarded your Ornithology Level 3 Certificate. 

What happens if I lose my course pack?

We offer a course replacement service which ensures that, if your course pack is lost or damaged throughout the duration of your studies, we can issue you with a new set of materials for a one-time additional fee. This is available by calling our Student Support team on 03300 563100.

What do i do if i still have questions?

For further information please contact us.

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