Certificate in Environment, Sustainability and Climate (Certificate in Environment, Sustainability and Climate)

University College Cork (CESC)
Key Programme Details
Award

Certificate (Special Purpose Award)

NFQ Level

Level 7 About NFQ

Delivery Method

Online, Blended

Mode

Part Time

ECTS Credits

30

Department

ACE

General Information
Contact

Lorna Moloney

Email

Ace.Springboard@ucc.ie

Phone

0876931100

Address

Adult Continuing Education (ACE),
University College Cork,
The Laurels,
Western Road,
Cork.

Role

Senior Skills Programme Coordinator

Important Dates
Application Deadline

29/07/2022

Start Date

15/09/2022

End Date

11/05/2023

About this Course

With Ireland's Climate Action Bill 2020 setting out the country's commitment to be a net-zero greenhouse gas admitter by 2050, job stimulation in new and existing sectors such as retrofitting and renewable energy, the circular economy, clean mobility, green and blue infrastructure, sustainable agriculture and the bio-economy will be critical. IRELAND’S ENTERPRISE POLICY 2015-2025 stated that "education will be crucial to underpin future growth as environmental considerations are increasingly embedded in not only what business does, but how it does it”. IRELAND’S NATIONAL SKILLS STRATEGY 2025 also argued that education will be needed to supply a well-trained, highly skilled labour force in the green sectors which will meet the needs of changing skills and knowledge for a changing world. This programme can help companies in our region to achieve this goal.

It will introduce students to key theories and skills related to the environment, sustainability, societal issues, and the United Nations' Sustainable Development Goals. EU and Government focus on these issues is resulting in more stringent regulations and standards which in turn has created a greater need for an environmentally aware, knowledgeable, and appropriately trained workforce. The programme is designed to introduce participants to key environmental principles, best practices, and practical ready-to-apply tools to help students build their own skillset, while delivering immediate improvements to their organisation or future employer. This course can provide up-skilling/re-skilling which will benefit students from construction, engineering, retail, agriculture, health and safety, tourism, and biopharma. Lectures and practicals will be delivered by a team of academic experts in the fields of environmental and social sciences, as well as several highly experienced practitioners.

The programme covers geology, soils and hydrogeology in the first module before moving on to the role of climate change and the role of sustainable development and how society can adapt and mitigate the impacts through different environmental approaches, strategies for renewable energies and influences of green financing for the business. Students also study environmental monitoring techniques for water, air, and soils thorough risk assessment for the overall health of the environment. The green economy requires a multidisciplinary approach, an open mind, and the problem-solving skills acquired through engagement in-class discussion, case study analysis, report writing and practical field application. This programme is wholly assessed by continuous assessment and all assessments have a real-world focus where students must complete tasks associated with the practical skills learned on the programme. This allows for the rapid transference of learning from the classroom to the workplace in areas such as field reporting, best practice case studies, data interpretation, presentations (oral and PowerPoint), e-portfolios and laboratory techniques.

Demand for this programme to date has been very high among all Springboard+ target cohorts with each delivery of the course being vastly over-subscribed. Outcomes for graduates of the course have been very positive with 70% of 20/21 graduates now in employment or self-employment, 25% of graduates gaining promotion, and 60% of graduates who entered as unemployed or returners having secured employment or self-employment.

Entry Requirements

Candidates must be at least 21 years of age by 1 January of the year of application and hold a Leaving Certificate (or equivalent qualification)/QQI Level 5 qualification.

Candidates who do not have Leaving Certificate or QQI Level 5 but are over 21 years of age and have a minimum of years relevant experience may be deemed suitable, subject to the approval of the programme team.

Candidates may be called for an interview.

Long Description

With Ireland's Climate Action Bill 2020 setting out the country's commitment to be a net-zero greenhouse gas admitter by 2050, job stimulation in new and existing sectors such as retrofitting and renewable energy, the circular economy, clean mobility, green and blue infrastructure, sustainable agriculture and the bio-economy will be critical. IRELAND’S ENTERPRISE POLICY 2015-2025 stated that "education will be crucial to underpin future growth as environmental considerations are increasingly embedded in not only what business does, but how it does it”. IRELAND’S NATIONAL SKILLS STRATEGY 2025 also argued that education will be needed to supply a well-trained, highly skilled labour force in the green sectors which will meet the needs of changing skills and knowledge for a changing world. This programme can help companies in our region to achieve this goal.

It will introduce students to key theories and skills related to the environment, sustainability, societal issues, and the United Nations' Sustainable Development Goals. EU and Government focus on these issues is resulting in more stringent regulations and standards which in turn has created a greater need for an environmentally aware, knowledgeable, and appropriately trained workforce. The programme is designed to introduce participants to key environmental principles, best practices, and practical ready-to-apply tools to help students build their own skillset while delivering immediate improvements to their organisation or future employer. This course can provide up-skilling/re-skilling which will benefit students from construction, engineering, retail, agriculture, health and safety, tourism, and biopharma. Lectures and practicals will be delivered by a team of academic experts in the fields of environmental and social sciences, as well as several highly experienced practitioners.

The programme covers geology, soils and hydrogeology in the first module before moving on to the role of climate change and the role of sustainable development and on how society can adapt and mitigate the impacts through different environmental approaches, and strategies for renewable energies and influences of green financing for the business. Students also study environmental monitoring techniques for water, air, and soils thorough risk assessment for the overall health of the environment. The green economy requires a multidisciplinary approach, an open mind, and the problem-solving skills acquired through engagement in-class discussion, case study analysis, report writing and practical field application. This programme is wholly assessed by continuous assessment and all assessments have a real-world focus where students must complete tasks associated with the practical skills learned on the programme. This allows for the rapid transference of learning from the classroom to the workplace in areas such as field reporting, best practice case studies, data interpretation, presentations (oral and PowerPoint), e-portfolios and laboratory techniques.

Demand for this programme to date has been very high among all Springboard+ target cohorts with each delivery of the course being vastly over-subscribed. Outcomes for graduates of the course have been very positive with 70% of 20/21 graduates now in employment or self-employment, 25% of graduates gaining promotion, and 60% of graduates who entered as unemployed or returners having secured employment or self-employment.

Timetable Info

Online Classes with pre-recorded material & in person workshops. Some optional face to face workshops.

Delivery Notes

Lectures will be delivered entirely online via UCC’s Canvas virtual learning environment. Lectures will be delivered using a blended online approach with pre-recorded material released on a weekly basis prior to a live interactive discussion class with the subject lecturer. Lectures can be viewed at any time, from anywhere, and as often as desired. Detailed lecture notes will accompany each lecture as well as recommended reading. Weekly learning activities will be provided to the learner which will focus and foster active learning directly relevant to the weekly topic and the discussion forums enable peer-to-peer engagement which ensures collaborative and enhanced learning for all. Field work will resume when guidelines allow.

Course commitment: An ability to manage and allocate time to course content each week is necessary. Students are expected to participate in the weekly live class and to engage with the discussion forum to interact with course lecturers, tutors, and other students, where they can discuss content and engage in module material.

Applicants need to be aware of the IT student checklist below before applying:
* You will need access to a laptop or desktop computer running a modern supported operating system with all software updates.
* Some of UCC’s services (e.g. the Canvas Virtual Learning Environment) link to an external site and also have mobile apps for iOS and Android Devices that you may wish to use as part of your studies. However, we recommend using your desktop web browser for submission of assessments.
* You should always use the most current version of your preferred browser. In general, we recommend the Chrome Web browser (Important Note: Internet Explorer will not work with Canvas).
* We recommend a reliable broadband connection with at least 2Mbps or more.
* You will require an Office suite of software (Microsoft Office or equivalent) and a PDF reader. You should always use the latest version of this software. All UCC students will have access to Office 365 which includes software such as Word/Excel/Powerpoint etc. once registered.

Should you have any queries on this, please contact Programme Coordinator Samantha Sullivan ssullivan@ucc.ie

Admissions Contact Details
Contact Person

Lorna Moloney

Address

ACE (Adult Continuing Education)
The Laurels,
University College Cork
Cork

Phone

0876931100

Email

Ace.springboard@ucc.ie

Application Procedures

CV - Please upload an up-to-date CV.
Academic transcripts (results) or parchment (if results are included) - Please upload evidence of your previous educational qualifications in 1 file. If you do not have your UCC transcript(s) on hand, there is no need to order one, we can view your results on our internal system.

Personal / Motivational Statement - Please upload a document. In 500 words or less, please state: 1) Why you wish to study this programme at University College Cork and 2) How you meet the programme entry requirements.

Transcripts showing educational evidence for course.





Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL)? - If applying via Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) – (meaning you do not meet the minimum entry requirements of an NFQ Level Degree but wish to apply based on experience) please provide a work, personal or academic reference to support your application.