MCAST Advanced Diploma in Environmental Sustainability

MCAST Advanced Diploma in Environmental Sustainability

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MCAST Advanced Diploma in Environmental Sustainability
Course Code AS4-A3-14
MQF Level Level 4
Duration 2 years on Apprenticeship
Awarding Body MCAST
Entry Requirements MCAST Diploma in Applied Science


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MCAST Diploma in Engineering (Electronics) or 4 SEC/O-Level/SSC&P (Level 3) passes Compulsory: at least 3 from English, Mathematics, Physics, Chemistry, Biology, Design and Technology, Computer Studies, Environmental Studies

Other Entry Requirements
Course Description Awareness of environmental sustainability and related environmentally-based sectors are growing rapidly in Europe, with the Maltese government recently introducing various laws and standards on reducing global warming, climate change, low carbon emissions and the need for conservation in general.

This course includes topics related to environmental monitoring and resources management that are fundamental to the development of environmental awareness, and provides practical skills and techniques that support environmental understanding. This programme prepares you for employment within environmental sustainability sector-based organizations, as well as within medium to large organizations that face many environmental challenges on a daily basis.

Study/Course Delivery During this two-year programme students will follow 19 units of study. Students will follow a structured taught programme that will consist of class-based lectures. This will be complemented with a period of work-related experience in the environmental sector and a comprehensive environmental project.
Assessment All units within this programme are locally assessed through a number of formal assessments. For each unit of study a limited number of assessments (between 2 to 4) will also be carried out by learners to provide evidence of their learning. Learners will be assesed on their knowledge, skills and compenteces they have attained through various modes of assessments which include practical assessments. Furthermore, learners will be assessed by designated mentors whilst on apprenticeship.
Programme Learning Outcomes 1. Understand and apply the principles of sustainable development.

2. Carry out justification exercises and feasibility studies leading to the efficient and effective utilization of resources.

3. Understand current legislation and best practice relevant to waste, pollution and efficiency in resources utilisation.

4. Implement an investigative environmental sustainability project.

Core Study Units
  • Understanding the Principles of Sustainable Development
  • Basic Environmental Impact Assessment and Water/Energy Auditing
  • Basic Chemistry for Environmental Technicians
  • Energy Management
  • Basic Waste Management
  • Understanding the Principles of Wildlife Populations, Ecology and Conservation
  • Understanding the Principles of Physical and Biological Environmental Processes
  • Sustainable Transport
  • Work-related Experience in the Environmental Sustainability Sector
  • Understanding Water Quality
  • Pollution Control and Management
  • Scientific Practical Techniques
  • Undertaking an Extended Investigative Project in the Environmental Sustainability Sector
Specialist Units (Choice of either Option A or Option B)

Option A; Resource Management (2 Units)

Sustainable Construction

Geology of Natural Resources

Option B; Fish Management (2 Units)

Fish Biology and behaviour

Understanding Aquaculture Systems

Supplementary Units
Supporting Units Key Skills
Optional Units
Progress After Completion Bachelor of Science (Honours) in Environmental Engineering
Career Opportunities
  • Technical project manager
  • Environmental technologist
  • Environmental analyst