Geographical Information Systems (GIS) underpin much of our modern life, from navigation to social media. The ability to utilise GIS is becoming essential for many jobs, including ecologists, engineers, educators, emergency services, and many more.

The possibilities of what you can achieve with GIS are endless. In this course, we discover the basics of using QGIS in the context of environmental information. The course is aimed at beginners who want to learn about how to use the QGIS interface and begin to build, style, and present maps.

For this course you will need QGIS software, this is free to download. The latest release is always available from this web page.

QGIS is a technical subject and we particularly recommend this course content for working professionals or career starters.  This is a remote course designed for those who are happy in a self-led learning environment.  We will be limited to the amount of remote IT support we can provide. Tutor interaction is limited to the Zoom tutorials and course forums.

This is a training course from the FSC Eco-Skills, including online course materials, expert tuition, and a flexible learning style. After attending this course, you may like to progress your learning within QGIS with further relevant FSC courses or branch out into other areas of field skills. The FSC offers both online and in person courses, so you can choose the learning style that suits you best.

Level descriptors can be found on the following webpage: Eco-Skills Framework and Course Level Descriptors

This is a 4-week online course covering 4 topics, for which you will complete a variety of online resources and activities. Each topic is then concluded with an interactive Zoom workshop to complement the content.
More details of dates and time commitments can be found below.

Topics covered include:

    • Introduction to Using QGIS
    • Building and Viewing Maps
    • Sourcing and Styling Map Layers and Presenting Maps
    • Creating New Data

By the end of the course, you will be able to:

    • Set up QGIS, navigate the interface, and use basic functions
    • Understand and use vector and raster data, and different coordinate reference systems
    • Change data styles present data in the most appropriate way and create a shareable map
    • Create point, line, and polygon data as well as input GPS data
    • Share this knowledge with friends, family, and fellow volunteers.
Please note that bookings will close at 9 am on Wednesday 9th February to allow for all participants to be enrolled to the online platform – booking will not be taken after this time.

Each individual needs to place their own order to ensure we can sign you up to the learning platform and give you access to resources.

If you are aged 18-25, you are eligible for a £50 discount thanks to the Generation Green project, click here to find out more.

Tutor: Ben Deed

Ben is passionate about the natural environment and wildlife conservation. With a background as a conservation volunteer and biological recorder he currently runs the Local Environmental Records Centre for North Merseyside delivering GIS and technical services around biodiversity data, raising awareness of natural history and providing training to volunteers. It is here that has developed an interest in empowering others with the knowledge and technical skills to better understand, value and take action for the natural environment. 

The webinars will take place on the following dates at 1:00 pm (BST):

    • Friday 18th February at 1:00 pm
    • Friday 25th February at 1:00 pm
    • Friday 4th March at 1:00 pm
    • Friday 11th March at 1:00 pm

Please note - webinars will be recorded and uploaded to the virtual learning platform for learners unable to attend.

Example Timetable

Week 1: GIS03 - Introduction to Using QGIS 
Self-study material available: 11/02/2021
Week 1 live webinar: 18/02/2021 at 1:00 pm

Week 2: GIS04 - Building and Viewing Maps 
Self-study material available: 18/02/2021
Week 2 live webinar: 25/02/2021 at 1:00 pm

Week 3: GIS05 - Sourcing and Styling Map Layers and Presenting Maps 
Self-study material available: 25/02/2021
Week 3 live webinar: 04/03/2021 at 1:00 pm

Week 4: GIS06 - Creating New Data 
Self-study material available: 04/03/2021
Week 4 live webinar: 11/03/2021 at 1:00 pm

The final deadline to complete any outstanding activities and self-study components is 25/03/2021.

Time commitment: This course will require approximately 2-3 hours of your time each week. This includes covering course materials on our Moodle learning platform and the Zoom session.

What's Included

  • Expert Tuition

The course has been carefully created to help you constantly build on your knowledge as the course progresses. With content crafted to the online Moodle Platform and bespoke to the FSC.

The course includes:

    • 45-minute interactive weekly Zoom workshops to connect with the tutor and other participants.
    • Expert tuition for which the FSC is renowned.
    • Activities to work on independently in advance of each Zoom workshop.

Once registered, you will follow well-illustrated, user-friendly ’books’ to pick up knowledge. Quizzes and skill-checks will give you instant feedback on your learning. Forums give students the chance to interact with each other as well as a place to share work. Unique to the FSC, there are also Mindful Moments: a chance to stop, step away from your screen and interact with nature and enjoy a personal moment.

You can rest assured that the absolute best content from an expert in environmental education will be at your fingertips. In choosing an FSC course, you will be joining thousands of people who learn with us each year.

Bursaries and Subsidies

If you are aged 18-25, you are eligible for a £50 discount thanks to the Generation Green project, click here to find out more.

Before You Attend

Once you sign up you’ll receive an email at least 48 hours in advance of the course opening with details of how to access our easy-to-use platform, Moodle.

Webinars are via Zoom so you won’t need any new software to attend.

For this course you will need QGIS software, this is free to download. The latest release is always available from this web page.

Please note that bookings will close at 9 am on Wednesday 9th February to allow for all participants to be enrolled to the online platform - booking will not be taken after this time.

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