Higher Certificate in Environmental Science with Ecology

What is Environmental Science with Ecology? Learn about the environment and the natural world around us in an applied way and make a difference to the future of the plant. Environmental Science with Ecology equips students with the learning to manage our manmade and natural resources. With a mix of outdoor field work, high tech laboratory experiments, computer mapping, site visits and classroom activities, students gain a range of skills to become Environmental Scientists, Ecologists, Environmental Protection Officers.

Year One: Students immediately spend three days on field trips to explore the natural environment, and to build friendships in the class. Students develop core competencies in Maths,Biology, Chemistry, IT and communications.

Year Two: Techniques in Ecology and Environmental Science; Aquatic Ecology and Water Quality Source to Tap; Climate Science and Environmental Regulation; Terrestrial Ecology; GIS; Soils; Environmental Microbiological monitoring; Wastewater Enquiry Based Learning. 


Environmental Science SG404 Higher Certificate

*New Common Points Scale

The new Leaving Certificate Common Points Scale from 2017 is not directly comparable with the scale that was in existence from 1992 to 2016.

Download the Grading Scale from www.transition.ie.

Applicants should list their CAO course choices in genuine order of preference and they will be offered the course highest up on their list that they are deemed eligible for, if any.

Entry Requirements

Entry requirements for CAO 2019 courses at ITSligo are available for download below:

Career Opportunities

Students find careers with environmental and ecological consultancies, Local Authorities, state agencies e.g EPA Inland Fisheries Ireland and Irish Water. Graduates can apply for graduate programmes pursue a range of careers, from field based ,lab based, and office based roles.

Professional Accreditation: Students become student members of Chartered Institution of Water and Environmental Management (CIWEM). All graduates can join the Environmental Sciences Association of Ireland.

What are my further study opportunities?

Graduates of the Level 6 can progress to the Level 7 in Environmental Science with Ecology or transfer to similar Level 7 Programmes. Graduates of the Level 7 can progress to the Level 8 in Environmental Science with Ecology. Graduates of the Level 8 can progress to a range of Level 9 Postgraduate diplomas and/ or taught Masters in Environmental Health and Safety, Water Services Management or an applied Research masters or PhD in the Centre for Environmental Research Innovation and Sustainability (CERIS) in the Science Faculty.

What subjects will I study?

Did you know?

This is a hands-on programme, students get to perform practical work in the field and in the lab. We use ‘state-of the art equipment,’ e.g drones, computer apps and biomolecular tools during the four years.