Sustainability and the Environment SCQF 5 (Online Self-directed) College Certificate

What is special about this course?

Climate change, carbon neutral, circular economy - is it all getting a bit confusing?

This course provides a straightforward introduction to sustainable development and why it is important for the safe future of our world and its inhabitants.

The course content will teach you about the basics and help you become familiar with climate issues, as well as having a chance to apply your learning to your chosen career area and in your personal life. You will learn about how environmental impacts apply to you personally and your area of study, and you will be challenged to make changes to help achieve a global goal of less than 1.5’C warming and net zero by 2050.

This course is essential for your future.

Entry requirements

There are no formal entry requirements for this course.

  • Course introduction
  • Relevant terminology
  • Approaches to environmental sustainability
  • The circular economy
  • Make a change to our planet’s future
  • Feedback


You will need an internet connection and a suitable device with speaker/headphones, microphone and camera (minimum spec) is required.

How will I study my course?

  • Part Time
  • Online

This course is fully online, and you will be learning at your own pace. There are no set time attendance requirements.

How long will my course last?

Variable - learn at your own pace

Where can I study my course?

    • Study from anywhere including your local campus or centre

Start date

This course can be started at anytime throughout the year.


Find out more about fees, fee waivers and funding options.

What can I do on completion of my course?

Sustainability is a cross-sector discipline. It is relevant to almost every sector and as such you have a variety of progression routes open to you.

Take the skills you've learned into employment sectors such as; government agencies, industrial sector, renewable energy sector, sustainability media, tourism and food sectors.

Further study


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Apply for Sustainability and the Environment SCQF 5 (Online Self-directed) College Certificate

I want to start in 2024/25

We are delighted that you are thinking about studying at UHI North, West and Hebrides. UHI North, West and Hebrides operates a fair and open admissions system committed to equality of opportunity and non-discrimination. We consider all applications on merit and on the basis of ability to achieve, without discrimination on grounds of age, disability, gender identity, marriage and civil partnership, pregnancy and maternity status, race, religion and/or belief, sex, sexual orientation or socio-economic background. We welcome applications from all prospective students and aim to provide appropriate and efficient services to students with disabilities.