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

University College Cork (CENVSSC)
Key Programme Details


NFQ Level

Level 7 About NFQ

Delivery Method

Online, Classroom


Part Time

ECTS Credits



Adult Continuing Education (ACE)

General Information

Lorna Moloney






Adult Continuing Education,
University College Cork,
The Laurels,
Western Road,



UCC Springboard+ Programme Coordinator

Important Dates
Application Deadline


Start Date


End Date


About this Course

Today's world is one which is rapidly changing: global warming and the related environmental and social issues raise serious concerns for the welfare of our current and future generations. Such changing developments requires business to be responsive, agile and capable of developing new approaches and solutions to address these key issues in order for their businesses to remain sustainable. The Certificate in Environmental Science, Sustainability and Climate will introduce students to key theories and skills related to the environmental and related sustainable and societal issues within their own organisations. Environmental issues such as climate change, sustainable development and planning, use and misuse of natural resources, environmental conditions and the protection of human health are now high on the agenda of all governments, resulting in more stringent regulations and standards. This in turn has created a greater need for an environmentally aware, knowledgeable and appropriately trained workforce.

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)/FETAC Level 5 qualification.

Candidates who do not have Leaving Certificate or FETAC Level 5 but are over 21 years of age and have a minimum of 2 years relevant experience may be deemed suitable, subject to the approval of the ACE Committee. These applicants will be considered under RPL and assessed on the following factors:
* Academic achievement
* Prior Work Experience
* Letter of Reference
* Personal Statement

Places are limited and will be awarded on a competitive basis. Candidates may be invited to interview by the programme team to assess their suitability for the programme.

Long Description

This programme is designed to introduce participants to key environmental principles, best practises and practical ready-to-apply tools in order to help students build their own skill-set, while delivering immediate improvements to their organisation. This course can provide up-skilling/re-skilling in environmental science, sustainable development and adaptation and mitigation of climate change for students from other disciplines, in particular; construction, retail, agriculture, health and safety, and bio-pharma. This is a hands-on practical course requiring attendance at both theory and practical classes which offers a broad knowledge of earth science, environmental monitoring and assessment and sustainable development for adaptation and mitigation for climate change and their impacts on society.

Students will complete 30 credits as follows:
AD 1084 Introduction to Earth Science (10 credits)
AD 1085 Climate Change and Sustainable Development (10 credits)
AD 1086 Environmental Monitoring, Assessment and Social Impact (10 Credits)

This is an interdisciplinary programme across science and social studies as well as linking UN SDGs across all its teaching.

Why Choose This Course

This is an in-depth introduction to the environment and related social policy, as a stand-alone qualification or as a springboard to further study and employment. The course gives students the knowledge and experience of the key inter-related concepts of environmental science, sustainable development, climate change, environmental monitoring, assessment and society and the connection with the role of the UN Sustainable Development Goals that will help shape the world we live in. This programme is part of a long established and highly regarded programme that UCC currently run offering the skills needed by team members and supervisors namely:
• Communication and interpersonal skills;
• Problem-solving and decision-making skills;
• Report writing and research skills:
• Understanding of key environmental and social policy related principles;
• Practical field and technology skills.

Career Opportunities

A dedicated UCC EMPLOYABILITY AND WORK PLACEMENT COACH will work with the students and provide a tiered approach to supporting the participants with the development of their job readiness and their transition into employment. The activities of the Coach will be structured to meet the differing needs of the 3 categories of eligible applicants for the 2020 Springboard+ call: those unemployed and previously self-employed; returners; and those in employment. Main activities will include:

1. ONE-TO-ONE CAREER COACHING to formulate Individual CAREER ACTION PLANS leading to employment: Individual career coaching will be provided for each participant to reflect on:
* Where they are now in their careers;
* Where they want to be;
* Strategies for gaining employment on completion of their Springboard+ course.
These individual coaching sessions will be customised to the needs of the student within the three categories of Springboard+ 2020 applicants.

2. JOB READINESS WORKSHOPS to complement individual coaching sessions will be built into the programme as outlined below:
* Positioning oneself for job readiness (4 workshops): Setting realistic career objectives; Understanding strengths and skills; Learning from successful role models; Developing a career management strategy.
* Moving forward into a job (4 workshops): Taking action by developing career goals and implementing them;
* Creative job-hunting both on-line and off-line; Written applications, CVs and interview preparation and Implementing career plans.
* Small Group Workplace skills training will also be delivered to help individuals with barriers to employment to gain confidence, develop the people skills and the insights needed to transition to the world of work.

3. Participants will be given the opportunity to MEET EMPLOYERS by:
* Attending UCC organised recruitment fairs, jobs roadshows and other events where employers will be invited on campus to meet students;
*Attending employer-led events on building workplace competencies.
*Meet with employers for informational interviews.

Delivery Location

UCC & Online

Delivery Notes

* Given the current public health advice around social distancing, this programme will likely be delivered in a blended manner comprising live online classes, online recordings, and face-to-face teaching where possible.

Admissions Contact Details
Contact Person

Lorna Moloney





RPL Information

RPL may be used by Springboard participants applying to this course to gain admission to the programme where an applicant many not otherwise reach the standard educational qualification entry requirements.

Application Procedures

Apply online at www.springboardcourses.ie.

Candidates are advised to apply early as high demand is anticipated and places are limited.

Applications will NOT be assessed until all supporting documentation has been received. Please ensure that you have the following documentation available at the time of application.

* Copies of transcripts and parchments for any previous relevant educational qualifications

* Current CV

* References where applicable

* Application Statement (In 500 words or less, please state why you wish to study this programme at University College Cork and explain how you meet the programme entry requirements).

* Copy of IELTS/TOEFL certificate for non-native English speakers

PLEASE NOTE: Documents must be combined into one zip file and uploaded. Uploading of multiple documents is currently not facilitated.


No fee applicable for jobseekers (unemployed and formerly self-employed) and returners (homemakers, carers, etc.).

Fee applicable for those currently in employment - €200. This fee will be collected by UCC prior to the commencement of the course.

**Please note that this course may be closed prior to the application deadline if all places are filled**