Reptiles are secretive, fast-moving animals that can be incredibly hard to spot. The UK is home to several species of reptile, which you may be lucky to find.

Increase your knowledge of reptiles in this introductory course from leading Amphibian and Reptile conservation charity, ARC. The course begins with an overview of the key characteristics of reptiles, with later topics focussing specifically on identifying UK species and explaining their basic ecology.

Our easy to use online portal will help lead you through each topic, giving you time to study at your own pace, and fit the lessons around your own schedule.

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

This is a 3-week course covering 3 topics, for which you will complete a variety of online resources and activities. Topics are either concluded with an interactive Zoom workshop or marked assignment to complement the content.
More details of dates and time commitments can be found below.

Increase your knowledge of UK reptiles through these topics:

      • Introduction to Reptiles*
      • UK Reptile Identification
      • UK Reptile Ecology

    *Please note: Introduction to Reptiles is also covered in our combined Discovering Amphibians and Reptiles course

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

    • Explain Reptile taxonomy, anatomy, and main ID features and how they differ from other animals.
    • Identify UK Reptile species and their defining features
    • Describe the different habitats, ranges and life cycles of UK Reptiles.
    • Share this knowledge with friends, family and fellow volunteers.

This is an online training course from the FSC EcoSkills, including online course materials, expert tuition and a flexible learning style. After attending this course, you may like to progress your learning about reptiles with further relevant FSC courses or branch out into other areas of the animal kingdom. FSC offers both online and in-person courses, so you can choose the learning style that suits you best.

This course is run in association with the Amphibian and Reptile Conservation Trust, a charity that is dedicated to studying and protecting these species in the UK.

Please note that bookings will close at 9 am on Wednesday 29th of September 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 £25 discount thanks to the Generation Green project, click here to find out more.

About our partner, ARC

The Amphibian and Reptile Conservation Trust (ARC) was established in June 2009. ARC was created around the core of the Herpetological Conservation Trust (HCT), in response to the wider needs of herpetofauna conservation, providing the UK focus for all aspects of reptile and amphibian conservation. ARC continues to focus on the UK Biodiversity Action Plan, creating an extensive network of nature reserves, coordinating monitoring programmes and volunteer networks and developing an effective role in advocacy both within the UK and Europe.

Tutor: Dr Rob Ward

Dr Rob Ward is a conservation biologist who has been working with amphibians and reptiles for 15 years and completed his PhD on the ecology and conservation of grass snakes. He is currently the Data and GIS Officer for the Amphibian and Reptile Conservation Trust (ARC) where his work includes developing reptile and amphibian monitoring programmes and managing the organisation’s data and mapping.  

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

      • Friday 8th October 2021 at 1:00 pm – 1:45 pm
      • Friday 15th October 2021 at 1:00 pm – 1:45 pm

    For Week 3 there will be a marked assignment in which the course tutor will provide feedback on your submission.

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

Example Timetable

Week 1: Introduction to Reptiles
Self-study material available: 01/10/2021
Week 1 live webinar: 08/10/2021 at 1:00 pm

Week 2: UK Reptile Identification
Self-study material available: 08/10/2021
Week 2 live webinar: 15/10/2021 at 1:00 pm

Week 3: UK Reptile Ecology
Self-study material available: 15/10/2021
Week 3 Marked assignment due: 22/10/2021*

* For Week 3 there will be a marked assignment in which the course tutor will provide feedback on your submission, rather than a live webinar.

The final deadline to complete any outstanding activities and self-study components is 05/11/2021.

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.

Accrediting Agency

Amphibian and Reptile Conservation Trust (ARC)

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 Zoom workshops to connect with the tutor and other participants
    • Personalised feedback on a marked assignment
    • 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 £25 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

Please note that bookings will close on Wednesday 29th of September at 9 am to allow for all participants to be enrolled to the online platform.