Foundation Degree (FD) Energy, Environment and Sustainability (FT/PT) (UCAS Code: D444)
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For students whose first language is not English
An IELTS score of 6.5 with a minimum of 5.5 in each test component or an equivalent qualification acceptable to the University. Further information on other acceptable English Language qualifications is available here
If you are an international student and you do not meet the English Language requirements, you should consider a preparation course at INTO Queen's University Belfast, which will develop the language skills you need to progress. INTO Queen's University Belfast is based on the University campus and offers a range of courses. For a full list click hereBack to top
With the increasing costs associated with fossil fuel, the focus of the energy sector is moving steadily to renewable energy applications. As well as gaining an understanding of the renewable energy sector, students will also be able to develop a sound understanding of current waste management systems, their future development and the legislation surrounding changes in farming practice.
Foundation degrees (FD) are distinctive in that they integrate employer involvement, accessibility, articulation and progression, flexibility and partnership into a single award. The FD in Energy, Environment and Sustainability meets all these attributes through the provision of work placement, real-life case studies, an articulation route to the BSc Honours Land Use and Environmental Management degree within Queen's and partnership with South West College, Omagh Campus, where the programme is delivered.
This foundation degree develops and improves participants' environmental knowledge and rural sustainability practices aimed at increasing diversification of economies in rural areas. Through consideration of up-to-date environmental issues, a focus on economic and social renewal and knowledge transfer from best practice and demonstration models, graduates will be provided with a qualification to benefit rural business communities, their support workers and the public.Back to top
The rural sector is currently undergoing rapid change with the decline in importance and profitability of traditional livestock and arable production, environmental pressures and new opportunities in diversification activities and technologies such as application of renewable energy, production of energy crops and industrial or business applications.
This foundation degree aims to provide students with the technological and business skills that will increasingly be required in the rural sector to meet these challenges and to support growth of the rural economy.
Biomass and Biofuel Technology
Business and Management
Environment and Sustainability
Renewable Energy Applications
Wind Turbine Technology
Business Improvement Techniques
Economics of Renewable Energy Technology
Environmental Enterprise Planning
At Queen’s, we aim to deliver a high quality learning environment that embeds intellectual curiosity, innovation and best practice in learning, teaching and student support to enable student to achieve their full academic potential.
On the Foundation Degree in Energy, Environment and Sustainability we do this by providing a range of learning experiences which enable our students to engage with subject experts, develop attributes and perspectives that will equip them for life and work in a global society and make use of innovative technologies and a world class library that enhances their development as independent, lifelong learners. Examples of the opportunities provided for learning on this course are:
Tutor Support: Students on this foundation degree will have the opportunity to regularly meet with their tutors and course co-ordinator to discuss their academic progress. Small class sizes mean that all students will have ample opportunity for dedicated tutor support, should this be required. Student support information and further advice are highlighted in the Student Handbook provided to all students.Back to top
Assessment: The way in which students are assessed will vary according to the Learning objectives of each module. Some modules are assessed solely through project work or written assignments. Others are assessed through a combination of coursework and end of semester examinations. There are also oral examinations which enable students to demonstrate their ability to analyse and present material in Irish and pursue high-level discussion in the target language. Details of how each module is assessed are shown in the Student Handbook which is provided to all students during their first year induction.
Feedback (general): As students progress through their course at Queen’s they will receive general and specific feedback about their work from a variety of sources including lecturers, module co-ordinators, placement supervisors, personal tutors, advisers of study and peers. University students are expected to engage with reflective practice and to use this approach to improve the quality of their work. Feedback may be provided in a variety of forms including:
· Feedback provided via formal written comments and marks relating to work that students, as individuals or as part of a group, have submitted.
· Face to face comment. This may include occasions when students make use of the lecturers’ advertised “office hours” to help you to address a specific query.
· Placement employer comments or references.
· Online or emailed comment.
· General comments or question and answer opportunities at the end of a lecture, seminar or tutorial.
· Pre-submission advice regarding the standards students should aim for and common pitfalls to avoid. In some instances, this may be provided in the form of model answers or exemplars which students can review in their own time.
· Feedback and outcomes from practical classes.
· Comment and guidance provided by staff from specialist support services such as, Careers, Employability and Skills or the Learning Development Service.
Once students have reviewed their feedback, they will be encouraged to identify and implement further improvements to the quality of their work.Back to top
Studying for an Energy, Environment and Sustainability foundationdegree at Queen’s and South West College will assist students in developing the core skills and employment-related experiences that are valued by employers, professional organisations and academic institutions. Graduates from this degree are well regarded by many employers (local, national and international) and over half of all graduate jobs are now open to graduates of any discipline, including Energy, Environment and Sustainability.
Although the majority of our graduates are interested in pursuing careers in renewable energy applications and environmental management significant numbers develop careers in a wide range of other sectors. The following is a list of the major career sectors that have attracted our graduates in recent years:
· Management consultancy
· Evironmental consultancies
· Education sector
· Civil Service
Employer Links – Consultations: We regularly consult and develop links with a large number of employers including, for example, Camphill Communities NI, Rural Generation Ltd, ReCyCo Ltd, Omagh and Fermanagh District Councils who are members of the employer liaison panel for the course.
Placement Employers: Our past students have also gained work placement with organisations such as:
· Armagh District Council
· Cavan County Council
· Terex Finlay Ltd
· SynErgy NI Ltd
· Dept of Agriculture and Rural Development
· Future Renewables Ltd
Other Employer Links: The Technology Department has unique employer interface through the South West College InnoTech Centre and Centre for Renewable Energy and Sustainable Technologies.
Students should take a look at www.prospects.ac.uk for further information concerning the types of jobs that attract FdSc Energy Environment and Sustainability Graduates.
Further study is also an option open to FdSc Energy Environment and Sustainability graduates. Students may articulate to the pre-honours year of the Land Use and Environment Management programme at Queen’s University.
Other Career-related information: Queen’s is a member of the Russell Group and, therefore, one of the 20 universities most-targeted by leading graduate employers. Queen’s students will be advised and guided about career choice and, through the Degree Plus initiative, will have an opportunity to seek accreditation for skills development and experience gained through the wide range of extra-curricular activities on offer. See Queen’s University Belfast full Employability Statement for further information.
Degree Plus and other related initiatives: Recognising student diversity, as well as promoting employability enhancements and other interests, is part of the developmental experience at Queen’s. Students are encouraged to plan and build their own, personal skill and experiential profile through a range of activities including; recognised Queen’s Certificates, placements and other work experiences (at home or overseas), Erasmus study options elsewhere in Europe, learning development opportunities and involvement in wider university life through activities, such as clubs, societies, and sports.
Queen’s actively encourages this type of activity by offering students an additional qualification, the Degree Plus Award (and the related Researcher Plus Award for PhD and MPhil students). Degree Plus accredits wider experiential and skill development gained through extra-curricular activities that promote the enhancement of academic, career management, personal and employability skills in a variety of contexts. As part of the Award, students are also trained on how to reflect on the experience(s) and make the link between academic achievement, extracurricular activities, transferable skills and graduate employment. Participating students will also be trained in how to reflect on their skills and experiences and can gain an understanding of how to articulate the significance of these to others, e.g. employers.
Overall, these initiatives, and Degree Plus in particular, reward the energy, drive, determination and enthusiasm shown by students engaging in activities over-and-above the requirements of their academic studies. These qualities are amongst those valued highly by graduate employers.Back to top
Placement: this degree is suitable for all those interested in increasing their knowledge of renewable energies, diversification or rural business development and the integral work placement ensures that students are able to fully apply their knowledge gained on the programme.Back to top