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The environment, sustainability and resource and energy management are at the forefront of current business and policy priority areas and this course offers the opportunity to:
Learn about renewable energy technologies and energy efficiency
Investigate strategies for waste and resource management.
Develop the business skills necessary to apply this knowledge in a practical working environment.
Gain knowledge and skills relevant to environmental management
All presented in a highly accessible format with an emphasis on hands-on project work and relevant up-to-date information.
This course is accredited by the UK Institution of Environmental Sciences (IES) and students are eligible for student membership of the IES.
The course will equip you with the knowledge and skills to understand and apply: Core Principles of social, economic and environmental sustainability; Good environmental practice; Efficient resource, waste and energy management; the Principles underpinning sustainable and renewable energy technologies.
A-Levels - normally CC, or CD with a relevant science. Relevant sciences are biology, chemistry, maths, physics, geography or computer science.
BTEC National Diploma in a relevant subject with majority of passes at Merit level. Relevant subjects include Business, Computing, Building Studies, Science or Engineering.
GCSE passes in English, maths and Double-Award science (or biology and chemistry) at Grade C or above.
Irish Leaving Certificate - five subjects including a minimum BCCC at higher Level in relevant subjects. English and maths Ordinary Level Grade C would be necessary if not offered at Higher Level.
Access Course containing significant science with overall average of 55% or an average of 60% in a non-relevant science course plus GCSE Double award Science. (Or biology or chemistry)
Other qualifications as deemed acceptable by the admissions committee for the Foundation Degree.
Mature candidates who cannot offer any of the above will be assessed for admission on the basis of their appropriate skills and knowledge.
All candidates must be aged at least 18 years at the date of entry and will be interviewed prior to admission.
The course is modular and assessments usually take place in January and May. Assessment is by a variety of means – coursework and assignments; project work and written examination.
Graduates of the Foundation Degree in Environmental Management can progress directly to the pre-honours year on the Honours Degree programme in Environmental Management at Queen’s University Belfast, or can opt to continue their studies in Energy Environment and Sustainability to BSc Hons level at South West College.
Graduates can also progress onto a range of Higher Education programmes in applied and environmental sciences or enter the workplace directly at higher technician level or equivalent.
The FdSc in Environmental Management is a practical course with a strong emphasis on renewable energy applications, environmental management and employability. It can be studied either full-time over two years or part-time over three years, or as part of the SWC Higher Level Apprenticeship in Renewable Technologies. The Foundation Degree is suitable for students who have a keen interest in the environment, sustainable development and in learning about clean technology. It is accredited by the UK Institution of Environmental Sciences (IES) and students are eligible for student membership of the IES.
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