Higher Certificate in Environmental Science with Ecology

  • NFQ Level 6
  • Points Required 222*
  • Course Code AU731 (was SG404)
  • Award Higher Certificate
  • Duration 2

Course Summary


Learn about the environment and the natural world around us in an applied way and make a difference to the future of the plant.

PROGRAMME OVERVIEW 

This two-year programme will equip students to manage our manmade and natural resources. Through a mix of outdoor fieldwork, high-tech laboratory practicals, computer mapping, site visits and classroom learning and activities, students gain a range of skills to thrive in the industry.

Our excellence in teaching is complemented by staff who have experience in the working environment, national and European research and community engagement.  Assessments are planned so as to develop skills that employers value highly, including scientific report writing, presentations, group working and practical skills. Students have the option to study abroad for one semester with our partner university in Sweden. There is also an option to take part in a two-week international summer school in the Netherlands or Sweden.

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

Students undertake modules in Aquatic Ecology, Water Quality, Environmental Regulation, Climate Science, Terrestrial Ecology, Introduction to Geographic Information System, Soils and Environment, Wastewater Enquiry based learning and Sustainable Futures. 

INTERNATIONAL STUDY OPTIONS 

Our students can travel and learn internationally for short or long term periods. We have an excellent international network of colleges and universities partners (e.g. Mid Sweden University, Sweden), who ensure our students have the best educational experience.

Travel and learning can be part or whole funded via EU Erasmus programme. You can study abroad for a semester or year-long exchange, depending on what you want to do.

PROFESSIONAL ACCREDITATION

This is an accredited course with the Chartered Institution of Water and Environmental Management (CIWEM), the largest professional body for chartered environmental scientists. All students on this course are eligible to become student members of this professional body.

 

Entry Requirements

Entry requirements for CAO courses at ATU Sligo are available for download below:

Career Opportunities

Students find careers with many industries, environmental and ecological consultancies, local authorities, state agencies, Inland Fisheries Ireland, NPWS, the energy sector, Irish Water and wastewater management, and fishing or farming sectors. 

Graduates can apply for graduate programmes and pursue a range of careers across Ireland and the world, from field-based, lab-based, and office-based roles such as environmental scientists, ecologists and environmental protection officers.

 

Further Study

Graduates of the Level 6 can progress to the Level 7 in Environmental Science with Ecology and then onto 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.

Did you know?

We also offer a Level 7  Bachelor of Science in Environmental Science with Ecology and a Level 8 Bachelor of Science (Hons) in Environmental Science with Ecology

This is a hands-on programme where 50% of your coursework includes fieldwork and labs. 

Students have the option to study abroad for one semester with our partner University in Sweden. There is also an option to take part in an International two-week summer school at the end of year 1 or 2 in the Netherlands or Sweden.

This is an accredited course with the Chartered Institution of Water and Environmental Management (CIWEM), the largest professional body for chartered environmental scientists. All students on this course are eligible to become student members of this professional body.

The Employment rate in Environmental Science is extremely high with most of our students securing jobs before they complete their final exams.