Climate Emergency Fundamentals (SCQF level 9) CPD Award

Course code D4CEF

What is special about this course?

With the impacts of climate change and extreme weather becoming ever more severe and urgent as each year passes, this new pathway offers the perfect opportunity to enhance one's knowledge, skills and competency in humanity's greatest challenge - the climate emergency.

This CPD Award Climate Emergency Fundamentals (SCQF level 9) will allow you to study three degree level modules exploring different aspects of the climate emergency, to achieve an accredited continuous professional development award.

Special features

  • Study online from anywhere in the world
  • Delivered by a highly capable team with many years of experience in their fields, as well as online learning and teaching
  • Comprised entirely of continual assessment, no exams

Entry requirements

  • Qualifications and experience will be considered on an individual basis
  • Evidence of being able to study up to SCQF level 8 is desirable
  • You must have regular and reliable access to the internet and a computer for any online degree at UHI in order to take advantage of our full range of online learning services, which include support from your tutors and fellow UHI students as well as access to UHI’s Virtual Learning Environment and vast online learning library. Click here for more information on the minimum requirements

CPD Award

You will study the following core modules:

  • Atmosphere, weather and climate (SCQF 8) (S2)
  • Climate change (SCQF 9) (S1)
  • Climate, land and people (SCQF 7) (S2)

How will I study my course?

  • Part-time (unstructured)
  • You will learn through a combination of video-conference lectures and tutorials, and online study via the university's virtual learning environment (VLE), with support from your tutors

How long will my course last?

  • Part-time (unstructured): 12-18 months - you may choose to study 1 or 2 modules per academic semester @ up to 20 hours per week during term-time

Number of hours per week indicates the total number of hours you should dedicate to the course, which includes time spent in lectures and your own time spent on individual study and research.

Where can I study my course?

  • North, West and Hebrides
  • This fully online course can be studied from anywhere in the world. You will be enrolled and supported by staff at UHI North, West and Hebrides

Start date

  • September
  • January


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


UHI has a number of scholarships, bursaries, awards, and discretionary fund opportunities available to new and current students. Please use the A-Z of funds or use the filter to see which ones may be relevant to you. All students are welcome to apply.

Further information on funding your studies is also available, please see the attached link or contact the relevant UHI partner.

What can I do on completion of my course?

This course offers a recognised academic award showing an understanding of the climate emergency which is of benefit in a range of employment areas, such as: 

  • Government departments 
  • Local authorities 
  • Community enterprises and community energy groups 
  • Natural and rural heritage organisations 
  • International non-governmental organisations
  • Private sector organisations

Can I progress into further study?

You may wish to progress from this CPD Award Climate Emergency Fundamentals (SCQF level 9) to the following courses:

If you have additional experience, or qualifications at level 10 or above, you may also be able to progress to:

Is there more information available online?

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Apply for Climate Emergency Fundamentals (SCQF level 9) CPD Award

I want to start in Aug/Sep 2024 or Jan/Feb 2025

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