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Palaeontology Level 3

Course Code: ABC1099
Course Level: 3

Course Overview

Boost your knowledge and understanding of the fascinating subject of palaeontology, from home!

This course will enable you to:

  • Discuss how life evolved on Earth
  • Explain how and why fossils were formed
  • Describe the methods required to recover fossils
  • Summarise the history of palaeontology
  • Classify the different types of fossils that can be found
  • Evaluate what we can learn from studying palaeontology

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 a full years worth of support and advice to help get you through your course!

Want a CV that stands out from the crowd? Don’t worry we’ll even take care of that for you with our FREE CV re-writing service! In addition you will also be able to get the best discounts around with a FREE NUS card.

Enrol now and receive a £25 gift voucher towards your next course.

Course Content

  • Unit 1: Introduction to palaeontology
    • Describe what palaeontology is
    • The main events in the history of palaeontology
    • Key early palaeontologists
    • Why we study palaeontology
    Unit 2: Evolution of life on Earth
    • Formation of the earth
    • Main stages in geological evolution
    • Theories behind the evolution of life
    • Why explosions of life and mass extinctions have occurred throughout history
    Unit 3: What are fossils?
    • Explain what a fossil is
    • Fossilisation
    • Different modes of preservation
    • Main fossil bearing rock types
  • Unit 4: Types of fossils
    • Invertebrates
    • Vertebrates
    • Plants
    • Trace fossils
    Unit 5: Recovery and recording of fossil evidence
    • Equipment and methods
    • Ethics of fossil collecting
    • How fossils are prepared and cleaned
    • How fossil finds are recorded
    Unit 6: Paleontological discoveries and what they have taught us
    • Darwin’s theory of evolution and the fossil record
    • Fossil record and what it has taught us
    • Development of modern techniques
    • ‘Ancient survivors’ and ‘living fossils’

Other 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 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 by ABC Awards and a Learner Unit Summary (which lists the details of all the units you have completed as part of your course).

    The course has been endorsed under the ABC Awards’ Quality Licence Scheme.  This means that Open Study College has undergone an external quality check to ensure that the organisation and the courses it offers, meet certain quality criteria.  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 Recognition of Prior Learning if you wish to progress your studies in this sector. To this end the learning outcomes of the course have been benchmarked at Level 3 against level descriptors published by Ofqual, to indicate the depth of study and level of difficulty involved in successful completion by the learner.

    The course itself has been designed by Open Study College to meet specific learners’ or employers’ requirements.  ABC Awards’ endorsement involves a robust and rigorous quality audit by external inspectors to ensure quality is consistently met.  A regular review of courses is carried out as part of the endorsement process.

    ABC Awards is a leading national Awarding Organisation, regulated by Ofqual, and the Welsh Government. They have a comprehensive portfolio of over 650 Ofqual regulated qualifications on the national Qualifications and Credit framework (QCF). It has a long-established reputation for developing and awarding high quality vocational qualifications across a wide range of industries.   As a registered charity, ABC Awards combines 180 years of examination and assessment expertise but also implements a responsive, flexible and innovative approach to the needs of our customers.

    Renowned for excellent customer service, and quality standards, ABC Awards also offers over 600 Ofqual regulated qualifications for all ages and abilities post-14; all are developed with the support of relevant stakeholders to ensure that they meet the needs and standards of employers across the UK.

course questions & answers

What skills are needed to enrol in this course?

No qualifications or skills are needed to enrol onto this course.

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 NUS Extra card worth £12.00
  • FREE CV writing service
  • *Comprehensive study guide
  • *Exclusive Open Study College Pen
  • *Student study planner
  • *Three colour highlighter
  • *Student notebook
  • *Document wallet
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  • * 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 Palaeontology Level 3 Certificate.

What do i do if i still have questions?

For further information please contact us.

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