Course Information

Queens University Belfast Foundation Degree (FdSc) in Energy, Environment and Sustainability

Queen's University Belfast

Below are the sessions that are available for this course.

Campus: Omagh
Week Starting: 15 September 2021
Day: Wednesday
Time: 09:00–20:00
Duration: 3 Year(s)
Number of Weeks: 30
Hours per Week: 13
Total Hours: 390
Fee: 1000
Places Available: 16
Course Coordinator:


*All applications to this course must be made through UCAS.** This course has a broad application, from school leavers and National Diploma students with a science or business studies background to skilled labour employees wanting to up-skill in the fields of Sustainability and Renewable Energy. This course is accredited by the UK Institution of Environmental Sciences (IES) and students are eligible for student membership of the IES. Skills Focus funding available towards course fees for eligible employers to up skill staff or for self employed students. Please ask for further details.

Additional Information

*All applications to this course must be made through UCAS.* Sustainability, energy and the environment are at the forefront of current business and policy priority areas and this course offers the opportunity to:

  • Learn about renewable energy technologies and energy efficiency
  • Investigate strategies for waste and resource management.
  • Develop the business skills necessary to apply this knowledge in a practical working environment.
  • Gain entrepreneurial skills relevant to environmental business development, all presented in a highly accessible format with an emphasis on hands-on project work and relevant up-to-date information
  • Fees are payable annually.

    Terms & Conditions

    *All applications to this course must be made through UCAS.*Students are required to

  • Comply with College Policies and procedures, rules and regulations (available in your Student Diary/Higher Education Handbook, on-line: and on the College VLE)
  • Submit all coursework and assessments by specified dates, coursework submitted without consent after the deadline shall not normally be accepted.
  • The minimum overall pass mark of 40% is required to be achieved in all modules.
  • Course Content

    The FdSc in Energy Environment and Sustainability is a practical course with a strong emphasis on renewable energy applications, environmental management and employability. It can be studied either full-time over two years or part-time over three years, or as part of the SWC Higher Level Apprenticeship in Renewable Technologies. The Foundation Degree is suitable for students who have a keen interest in the environment, sustainable development and in learning about clean technology. It is accredited by the UK Institution of Environmental Sciences (IES) and students are eligible for student membership of the IES. The course will equip you with the knowledge and skills to understand and apply: Core Principles of social, economic and environmental sustainability; Good environmental business practice; Efficient resource, waste and energy management; the Principles underpinning sustainable and renewable energy technologies.

    Core Modules

  • Sustainability and the Environment – learners will explore the wider impact of sustainability on the environment and world economy.
  • Renewable Energy Applications – an introduction to the study of energy production, with an emphasis on clean energy, energy efficiency and renewable energy.
  • Biomass and Biofuels Technology – an overview from site selection through to processing and end uses for Biomass and Biofuel products.
  • Business and Management
  • Engineering Principles – provides the basic knowledge underpinning mechanics and engineering.
  • Waste Management –includes agricultural, construction and municipal waste. Students will also gain practical knowledge of waste as a source of energy.
  • Environmental Science – students will explore the underpinning principles of Earth Systems to identify and understand the basics of environmental systems at various scales, from global to the local.
  • Wind Turbine Technology –provides the knowledge and skills to analyse sites for suitability for a wind turbine, calculate economic return, and gain knowledge of turbine types.
  • Environmental Business Planning – enables learners to extend their knowledge gained in other modules into managing a specialist field of their own choosing.
  • Energy Assessment – students will develop the necessary skills to assess energy demands and usage in domestic and commercial buildings.
  • Economics of Renewable Energy – explores the economic and environmental aspects of energy use, both renewable and non-renewable.
  • Business Improvement Techniques - this module will be delivered by a series of practical interactive lectures with an emphasis on team-work, innovation and problem solving skills.
  • Work Based learning – students will apply all of the technical, management and business knowledge gained in their course to work experience in a real life situation with a view to permanent employment.
  • Assessment Method

    The course is modular and assessments usually take place in January and May. Assessment is by a variety of means – coursework and assignments; project work and written examination.

    Progression Opportunities

    Graduates of the Foundation Degree in Energy, Environment and Sustainability can progress directly to the pre-honours year on the Honours Degree programme in Environmental Management at Queen’s University Belfast, or can opt to continue their studies in Energy Environment and Sustainability to BSc Hons level at South West College. Graduates can also progress onto a range of Higher Education programmes in applied and environmental sciences or enter the workplace directly at higher technician level or equivalent.

    Entry Requirements

    *All applications to this course must be made through UCAS.*A-Levels - normally CC, or CD with a relevant science. Relevant sciences are biology, chemistry, maths, physics, geography or computer science. BTEC National Diploma in a relevant subject with majority of passes at Merit level. Relevant subjects include Business, Computing, Building Studies, Science or Engineering. Plus GCSE passes in English, maths and Double-Award science (or biology and chemistry) at Grade C or above. Irish Leaving Certificate - five subjects including a minimum BCCC at higher Level in relevant subjects. English and maths Ordinary Level Grade C would be necessary if not offered at Higher Level. Access Course containing significant science with overall average of 55% or an average of 60% in a non-relevant science course plus GCSE Double award Science. (Or biology or chemistry). Other qualifications as deemed acceptable by the admissions committee for the Foundation Degree. OR Mature candidates who cannot offer any of the above will be assessed for admission on the basis of their appropriate skills and knowledge.All candidates must be aged at least 18 years at the date of entry and will be interviewed prior to admission.