Pre-Uni Environmental & Biodiversity Studies -Cathal Brugha Campus

Cost €50

Qualification/Certification                                                                       Duration: 1 year

QQI Level 5 Award in Applied Ecology 5M5028

Mature students (over 21 years) may be entitled to VTOS funding

What will I study?

  • Ecological Field Methods
  • Biodiversity and the Natural Environment
  • Sustainable Water Management
  • Biological Diversity
  • Biology
  • Teamworking
  • Work Experience
  • Permaculture Design
  • Statistics
  • Internships/Work Experience:
    •Our students will have the option to apply for economy and sustainability related opportunities offered by Onnec Group
    Also includes Online Course on Climate Change:
    •Our students will receive certification on completion of an inspiring Rewrite programme, covering the foundations of climate science and exploring the many different touchpoints for climate change in our lives.

Please note the components listed above may vary occasionally

How will I learn?

In this Course students will receive a firm theoretical basis for environmental studies from a micro system to macro system. Students will focus on specific ecological and environmental topics, studying plant science, carbon footprints, biodiversity and the natural environment, greenhouse effect of carbon dioxide and Environmental Impact Assessments. You will learn the fundamentals of Green Building Technology.This Course will focus on “learning by doing”: to include Ecological Field Trips to Bridgefoot Street Park, Ecology Garden, Trinity College,Bull Island & St. Anne’s Park in Dublin 5. Practical sessions will teach students how to assess water quality, study biodiversity, prepare environmental plans, conduct water quality studies of the Tolka, Liffey and Dodder Estuary.Team working and work experience included.
You will have a mixture of classroom-based subjects, laboratory practicals, field work, mandatory work placement and independent study. You will be expected to complete assignments throughout the year. Course work will consist of a combination of onsite & online learning.

How will I be assessed?

A full Award is granted on passing the relevant eight components. You will be assessed throughout and at the end of the year (Continuous Assessment). On successful completion of each component, you will be awarded a Pass, a Merit or a Distinction grade.

What we would like from you!

Are you passionate about saving the planet? Does climate change and sustainability concern you? Do you want to make a difference in your career choice? This is the course for you!

Career/Progression Opportunities

After the Course students will be uniquely positioned to understand and contribute to the biggest issues which face our planet today: climate change and biodiversity protection.

Students may also progress to participating Higher Education Institutions (HEIs) through the QQI Higher Education Links Scheme. This course may link to:

UCD Sustainability (DN240)
DCU Climate and Environmental Sustainability (DC294); Humanities (DC009)(Geography)
TUDublin: Planning & Envir. (TU835); Sustainable Energy Engineering (TU801)
UCD: Arts (DN520) Geography etc.
Maynooth UNI: Arts (MH101) Geography etc.
Dkit: Environmental Science (DK887)
TUS Thurles: Environmental Science & Climate Change (US736)
ATU Sligo: Envir. Sc & Ecology (AU966)etc. Limerick Uni: Environmental Science (LM066) MTU Cork: Environmental Engineering (MT878) SETU Waterford: Engineering(Sustainable Energy)(SE700) etc

Also, Cathal Brugha Fet College Science Students who graduate & meet The Entry Requirements for ATU Sligo  are guaranteed places on most of their Level 6/7 Science courses. The new Laboratory apprenticeships are also an option.

Click this course code 5M5028 to see the list of Third Level courses this Award links with.  You can also select “any award” in the same search box and this will return all courses open to students who have successfully completed a QQI Level 5 course.

Entry Requirements

  • Leaving Certificate/LCA
  • Students who may not have formal academic requirements but who have the ability to successfully participate on the course will be considered. (RPL Recognition of Prior Learning)