Petroc is recruiting students for the Foundation Degree in Environmental Management course which starts in September.  This course in association with Plymouth University is ideal for those based in North Devon who wish to train locally for work in the environmental sector.  It lasts two years when studied full time, although there is the option to study part time.  Students who successfully complete the FdSc course can obtain a full BSc(Hons) from Plymouth University by completing a third year on the appropriate course at Cornwall College or Plymouth University.

The course focuses on sustainability in the UK and abroad.  Much of the work is practical and includes visits, project work and development of skills for use in the workplace.  There is the opportunity to make contact with projects in Africa and the United States.  Closer to home, the course makes use of the North Devon Biosphere Reserve and studies the Transition Town movement, with its base nearby in Totnes.  North Devon is also well placed to study a wide range of low carbon technologies. There are visits to a solar farm and Hinkley Point nuclear power station.  Students will also work on practical projects which benefit the local community and help organise events like environmental debates and an Energy Fair.  Among the teaching staff are 361 Energy CIC directors, Nicola Corrigan and Paul Rogers who bring their practical experience from working in the environmental sector.

In the first year the students cover

  • Graduate Skills
  • Sustainable Development
  • Managing Change towards Sustainable Development
  • Understanding Sustainable Communities
  • Introduction to Renewable Energies
  • Low Carbon Futures

The second year modules are more project based and cover

  • Research and Design methods
  • Sustainable Issues – an international perspective
  • Sustainability and the Built Environment
  • Application of renewable energy solutions
  • Sustainable materials and products
  • Environmental Consultancy

This is an update to the course previously known as the Foundation Degree in Sustainable Resource Management.

For more information contact Annemarie O’Brien.