Ornithology Level 3

Course code: ABC1160
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Explore the world of birds in this Ornithology Level 3 course, from home!

  • 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 and the importance and structure of the egg
  • Explore family dynamics and the use of nests in the nurturing of the young
  • Describe mating systems found in birds and various courtship rituals
  • Differentiate between different diets, foraging and predator avoidance methods

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, we are encouraging learners to select online study as the delivery of study packs is likely to be delayed. For those students who still wish to select study pack, we are providing free e-learning access, where available, to avoid any interruption of study. These students will receive access to our e-learning platform within 24 hours, and their study pack will follow in due course. Students who wish to study online only, are unaffected and will receive their e-learning access within 24 hours.

Course Overview

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

All of the materials will be delivered to you by post or email, 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.

Course Duration

Up to 1 year.

Course Outcome

You will receive a Certificate of Achievement in Ornithology Level 3.

Entry Requirements

There are no specific entry requirements for this course.

Assessment

Tutor-marked assignments.

Course Content
  • Types of feathers found in birds
  • Implications and benefits of feather damage and moulting
  • Physics and biology of avian flight
  • Why some birds have adapted in a way that means they have lost the ability to fly
  • 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
  • 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
  • Four main mating systems witnessed in birds
  • Selection of courtship strategies in birds
  • Importance and functions of birdsong
  • Family dynamics of a typical bird nest
  • Diets found in different bird species
  • Species of bird and predation
  • Feeding territories and other methods that optimise foraging
  • Variety of methods utilised by birds to avoid predators
  • Factors affecting the size of bird populations
  • Ecological concept of community
  • Variety of methods by which communities diversify
  • Conservation with respect to bird populations and species
Extra Info

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

You will have a full year from enrolment to complete this course. This is enough time to study at your own pace.

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 email. You will also get tutor support by email.

Course Outcomes

At the end of this course successful learners will receive a Certificate of Achievement from ABC Awards and Certa Awards and a Learner Unit Summary (which lists the components the learner has completed as part of the course).

Awarding Body

This course has been endorsed by ABC Awards and Certa Awards for its high-quality. This course is not regulated by Ofqual and is not an accredited qualification. We will be able to advise you on any further recognition, for example progression routes into further and/or higher education. For further information please visit the Learner FAQs on the ABC Awards and Certa Awards website.

This course has been benchmarked at Level 3 against level descriptors published by Ofqual, to indicate the depth of knowledge and understanding that you would expect at this level.

Q&As

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 equivalent.

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. 

  • Dedicated personal tutor support
  • Dedicated student support
  • Assignment marking and feedback
  • FREE CV writing service
  • FREE employability guide to help you impress future employers
  • FREE XO Student Discounts card
  • * Comprehensive study guide
  • * Open Study College pen and highlighter
  • * Student study planner
  • * Student notebook
  • * Document wallet

* Not included with the online study option

It's not a problem. We offer a course replacement service, so if you get into trouble and your course pack is lost or damaged, our Student Support Team can provide you with a new set of materials for a one-time additional fee.

That's not a problem. We want to make sure you’re 100% confident about enrolling on the course and starting your study. So, just give our Student Adviser Team a call on 03300 563 100 and they’ll do their best to help.

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