Sustainability Environmental Management Foundation Degree

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Who is this course for?

It is designed for people working in areas of sustainability/environmental management within the public or private sector, or those with an interest in these subjects who would like to further their knowledge and career prospects in these areas.

What will I do on the course?

The three year course will involve studying one day a week and the two year fast track will involve five full week workshops in each of the two years. Study will also take place in your place of work or an additional day in an arranged work placement. The following modules will be completed over the three years:
  • Environmental Issues
  • Environmental Management in the Workplace
  • Sustainable Lifestyle…

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Who is this course for?

It is designed for people working in areas of sustainability/environmental management within the public or private sector, or those with an interest in these subjects who would like to further their knowledge and career prospects in these areas.

What will I do on the course?

The three year course will involve studying one day a week and the two year fast track will involve five full week workshops in each of the two years. Study will also take place in your place of work or an additional day in an arranged work placement. The following modules will be completed over the three years:
  • Environmental Issues
  • Environmental Management in the Workplace
  • Sustainable Lifestyles and Communities
  • Pollution and Control
  • Information and Research Skills
  • Workplace Project
  • Waste Management
  • Environmental Management Systems
  • Energy Management
  • Water Management
  • Environmental Legislation and Regulation
  • Tools for Evaluating Environmental Performance and Sustainability
  • Sustainable Business Development
  • Leadership and Management


What qualifications do I need?

The entry requirements for students under 21 are normally a Level 3 qualification such as:
  • GCE 'A' Level
  • BTEC National
  • GNVQ Advanced AVCE
  • VCE
  • NVQ 3
For mature students over the age of 21 we have a flexible approach to their admissions. Qualifications and experiences are likely to be very different from those of an 18 year old. Each applicant will be considered individually based on their qualifications and suitable supporting statement.

When does the course start?

September

Where is it held?

Tamworth Campus

How long does the course last?

The degree will take three years of part time study or two years part time fast track.

What does it cost?

TBC

What could I do after completing the course?

Students may then progress into suitable employment or further study. Successful students may be eligible for entry to the third year of the Environment and Sustainability Degree at Staffordshire University.

How will I be assessed?

Assessment strategies include: Environmental audits and reviews; drafting environmental policies; tests and exams; strategy reviews; employee awareness programmes; essays; employers network conference; poster presentations; PowerPoint presentations; case studies, reflective journals; illustrated portfolios

What equipment will I need?

Access to a personal laptop is preferable and suitable outdoor clothing for any site assessments.

Are there any additional costs?

None

Employability

The Award is designed for people working in areas of sustainability/environmental management within an organisation, be it in public or private sector, or those with an interest in these subjects who would like to further their knowledge and career prospects in these areas. Careers in the environmental sector are growing as a consequence of the drive towards sustainability through improved environmental management and the associated increasing technological and legislative impact. Positions range from technician level, through supervisory up to management and may involve testing, monitoring, auditing, training, managing and regulating the environment. Many job opportunities lie in specialist areas such as waste, energy and water Many organisations have adopted environmental management systems (e.g. ISO 41001, EMAS). With such standards there is a requirement for staff to undertake environmental awareness training. Environmental management is a highly complex business requiring a new generation of skilled personnel to lead, direct and work with some of the most important issues facing businesses. Consequently there is a higher demand for general employee understanding and supervisory roles in this sector and a demand for business development managers with the right mix of environmental and sales experience. This programme that bridges the gap between vocational practice and academic skills, knowledge and understanding. At present most of the learners on the course are already in relevant employment. If learners wish to change their career path and access such employment we assist them in obtaining relevant work placements as learners are expected to have relevant work experience of at least one day a week. There is also the opportunity to progress on to a third year with Staffordshire University in order to achieve a BSc in Sustainability and Environmental Management.

Accreditation

The Foundation degree is accredited by Staffordshire University. The grade points that you receive for each individual assessment will be used to determine the overall grade point that you are awarded for each module by the appropriate Assessment Board. As well as being marked by the module tutor, students' work at Level 5 is also 'internally moderated' (sample second marked, including all fails and firsts) as well as 'externally moderated' by a subject based 'external examiner' – always someone who is an expert in the field, and usually a senior academic at another university. The external examiner is responsible for ensuring that the marking is appropriate across the range of modules comprising a particular subject area, and that the standards achieved by students on those modules are comparable with those of students on similar awards at other universities, as well as with the level and subject benchmarks established at national level. Assessment Boards, attended by the relevant external examiner(s), confirm the marks for all modules in the programme. The Progress Review Board looks at credit profiles by individual students, and may invite students who have failed any modules at that point of the academic year to resubmit/resit the assessment(s) in due course. The Award Board confirms the module marks achieved by each student and determines the date by which any failed modules must be recovered.

Assessment

The programme employs a broad range of assessments including essays, examinations, poster presentations, reports, log-books, portfolios, data worksheets, audits and reviews, case studies, reflective journals. This is to:
  • ensure that learning outcomes are tested in the most appropriate way;
  • reflect the sorts of materials graduates will be asked to prepare in future careers;
  • recognise that students have different abilities and demonstrate their competencies in differing ways.
Although the vocational and skills-based nature of the programme and its delivery means that the emphasis is on coursework, formal examinations and class-tests are also used to assess knowledge-based modules across both levels. The grade points that you receive for each individual assessment will be used to determine the overall grade point that you are awarded for each module by the appropriate Assessment Board. As well as being marked by the module tutor, students' work at Level 5 is also 'internally moderated' (sample second marked, including all fails and firsts) as well as 'externally moderated' by a subject based 'external examiner' – always someone who is an expert in the field, and usually a senior academic at another university. Evidence is tracked on e-tracker and Blackboard. Monitoring takes place via the College's and University's quality process systems. All learners are expected to have a work based mentor. The role of a mentor is crucial to the success of a work based learning programme. Mentoring can provide an opportunity for employee development which is both motivating and challenging. A mentor may facilitate the students' work based experience and activities, for example, by providing access to necessary documentation and resources or negotiating and/or liaising with other colleagues, managers and/or agencies as appropriate. MODULE CREDIT VALUE AND (LEVEL) ASSESSMENT METHODS
  • Environmental Issues 15 (4) 1250 word ESSAY & 1 hour CLASS TEST
  • Environmental Management in the Workplace 15 (4) 2 hour EXAM & 1000 word REPORT
  • Pollution and Control 15 (4) 1250 word ESSAY & illustrated PORTFOLIO
  • Information and Research Skills 30 (4) PORTFOLIO covering a presentation, personal development plan, essay action plan and data analysis report.
  • Sustainable L
  • ifestyles and Communities 15 (4) A PORTFOLIO & 1 hour CLASS TEST
  • Workplace Project in Environmental Management 30 (4) 2000 word REPORT & POSTER presentation
  • Environmental Management Systems 15 (5) 1500 to 2000 word REPORT & 1.5 hour EXAM Water Management 15 (5) 1500 to 1750 word REPORT& PORTFOLIO
  • Waste Management 15 (5) PORTFOLIO & PRESENTATION
  • Energy Management 15 (5) 1500 to 1750 word ESSAY & 1500 to 1750 word CASE STUDY
  • Environmental Policy, Legislation and Regulation 15 (5) 1750-2000 word ESSAY & 1 hour CLASS TEST
  • Tools for Evaluating Environmental Performance and Sustainability 15 (5) 1 hour EXAM & PORTFOLIO
  • Leadership and Management 15 (5) 1500 to 1750 word REFLECTIVE JOURNAL & 1500 to 1750 word CASE STUDY
  • Sustainable Business Development 15 (5) A PORTFOLIO & PRESENTATION

Teaching and Learning

The programme deploys an integrated learning, teaching and assessment strategy that:
  • builds environmental knowledge, techniques and transferable skills progressively over the 2 levels;
  • matches appropriate and effective modes of teaching and assessment to learning outcomes to foster an innovative and supportive learning environment;
  • provides prompt and responsive feedback so that students can adapt their learning to maximise their achievements.
A two year fast track programme involving five, five day workshops per year; each workshop being interspersed with distance learning via a Virtual Learning Environment (VLE) for example, the College's STEPS and University's Blackboard. Most workshops are delivered at the College's Tamworth campus and some in the second year take place at the University's Stoke Campus. Delivery and independent study should cover 150 hours per fifteen credit module. Fifteen credit modules generally take up two days of workshop. Learners are encouraged to recognise and reflect on their individual learning styles and develop a number of strategies to promote all learning styles in all modules but particularly in the module on Information and Research Skills. Delivery involves lecture summaries, PowerPoint presentations, discussions and videos. There are also various formative assessments including on site audits, discussion forums, paper presentations, case studies involving individual and group activities. Each module has its own individual handbook. As well as developing subject specialist knowledge and skills the awards also provide a coherent and structured programme of transferable skills and personal development planning (PDP). These generic skills are embedded and delivered through the sustainability and environmental management modules alongside information and research skills. The award curricula progressively introduce new key skills at the most appropriate level and in the most appropriate learning contexts e.g. tutorial, seminar, one-to-one appraisal, formative task. Once the key skills are gained through the first year modules then they can be extended and enhanced during the second and third years of study. The embedded nature of the PDP delivery means that the 'tasks' are mainly formative but they do directly contribute to specific assessments within the modules. One to one tutorials are conducted every workshop and there is regular weekly contact time via the VLE's, email and telephone. There is the opportunity to submit assessed coursework for formative feedback and the final submitted work involves both written and verbal feedback with the emphasis on areas of improvement. Additional support materials are also available on the VLE's and University website and electronic library.

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