Sustainable Development (SCQF level 7) CPD Award

Course code D4SU

What is special about this course?

Do you want to learn about current thinking on sustainable development, climate change, economics and globalisation, and the role they all play when planning for present and future development needs? If your answer is yes, then this CPD Award Sustainable Development (SCQF level 7) is the course for you. With fellow students from across Scotland and beyond, you will discuss the climate emergency, the need to move to a wellbeing economy, and the solutions required to tackle the issues our communities and the wider world are facing.

Understanding the principles of how to sustain our communities is vitally important. Rural and urban community activists, graduates, practitioners, and professionals, with a role in implementing sustainable development in our communities, can:

  • Gain a unique and up-to-date short course qualification, online from home over a period of 12-18 months
  • Access the latest thinking and approaches to sustainable development
  • Develop key scientific knowledge and policy skills

Special features

  • Study from anywhere in the world with a PC and broadband connection
  • Delivered by a team with many years of experience in online learning and teaching
  • Comprised entirely of continual assessment, no exams

Entry requirements

  • Qualifications and experience will be considered on an individual basis
  • 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 module:

  • Understanding sustainable development

You will also study two of the following optional modules:

  • Economics in a changing world
  • Climate, land and people
  • Globalisation and sustainable development
  • Geo-political development issues
  • Climate change

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 @ 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?

  • Argyll
  • North, West and Hebrides
  • This fully online course can be studied from anywhere in the world
  • Students based near to one of the listed campuses may choose to apply to, and be enrolled and supported by, their local campus
  • All other students should apply to, and will be enrolled and supported by, UHI North, West and Hebrides

Start date

  • September
  • January


For students normally domiciled in Scotland, with a term-time address in Scotland, the following fees apply:

This includes

  • EU nationals with settled or pre-settled status in the UK,
  • EEA/Swiss nationals with settled status in the UK
  • EEA/Swiss nationals with pre-settled status who are self-employed or migrant workers in the UK.
Level 2023-24 2024-25
3CPD award (3 x 20 credit modules) £915 £915

Rest of UK students

For students normally domiciled in the rest of the UK (England, Wales and N. Ireland) or assessed as rest of the UK for fee status, the following fees apply:

Level 2023-24 2024-25
CPD award (3 x 20 credit modules) £3,060 £3,060

Fees are payable in advance each academic year unless otherwise agreed.

International students (including EU/EEA and Swiss nationals without settled or pre-settled status in the UK):

For students who do not normally reside in the UK, studying online from their home country, or assessed as international for fee status, the following fees apply:

Level 2023-24 2024-25
CPD award (3 x 20 credit modules) £3,270 £3,480

This includes EEA/Swiss nationals with pre-settled status who are not self-employed or migrant workers in the UK.

A no fee increase guarantee is available for self-funding full-time and structured part-time rest of the UK and international students for continuous study for the same award, up to the permitted standard time limit for the relevant award.

This course is not available for international students requiring Student Route visa sponsorship to study in the UK.

What can I do on completion of my course?

This course offers a recognised academic award which would be of benefit in a range of employment areas, such as: 

  • Government departments and development agencies 
  • Economic development departments of local authorities 
  • Community enterprises and community energy groups 
  • Community land initiatives 
  • Natural and rural heritage organisations 
  • Voluntary sector development posts
  • International non-governmental organisations

Can I progress into further study?

You may wish to progress from the CPD Award Sustainable Development (SCQF level 7) to the following courses:

If you have additional experience/qualifications, you may be able to progress to our MSc Sustainability and Rural Regeneration.

Is there more information available online?

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Apply for Sustainable Development (SCQF level 7) CPD Award

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

We are delighted that you are thinking about studying at the University of the Highlands and Islands. We operate 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 gender, age, disability, ethnicity and socio-economic background. We welcome applications from all prospective students and aim to provide appropriate and efficient services to students with disabilities.