Climate & Carbon Literacy: Learn How to Reduce your Carbon Footprint at work and home Microcredential

This course will open for registration in early 2023.

Creating a low carbon, sustainable future is one of the key challenges facing organisations and individuals worldwide. Sustainability skills and understanding are increasingly needed at all levels within the workplace. Whether you've been asked to take on a sustainability role in your organisation, or you are just curious about how to be part of the solution, this microcredential course will provide you with key skills to implement sustainability practices within your organisation, community or household. Using real-world cases, you’ll see how various forms of action lead to sustainable practice. The course offers an active approach to learning allowing you to practice and reflect on opportunities to be an agent for change in your life and/or your workplace.

  • Microcredential: 10 weeks, time commitment: 8-10 hours per week
    Fully flexible, online learning with content available 24/7
    Course cost: £799

Why this course

This course provides you with key resources to understand where does a business or an individual start with respect to assessing and improving their sustainable practices that are relevant to a wide range business sectors from manufacturing to the service industry. The course will familiarise you with strategies, action plans, and models to help you and your organisation to take practical steps toward sustainable change.

By the end of this course, you will be able to:

  • Critically reflect on the environmental and societal consequences that climate change creates locally and globally.
  • Communicate effectively basic knowledge of climate change and carbon literacy, including understanding keywords, jargon, and terminology.
  • Critically analyse the validity of information from various sources, such as social media, news feeds, and blogs to develop a repository of trusted sources for future reference.
  • Conduct individual and/or organisational level carbon footprint analysis and explain ways to reduce personal or organisation’s carbon footprint through changing practices/behaviours.
  • Discuss and evaluate case studies of organisational practice that bring sustainability into the workplace.
  • Assess different approaches of reflective practice at an individual, group and/or organisational level.
  • Reflect on your individual role and take action toward a sustainable future.

Course structure

This course is delivered using methods including videos, presentations, quizzes, course text, academic articles, case studies and activities. On a weekly basis, participants will learn using a combination of these methods and have the opportunity to discuss the content with fellow students in on-line forums, as well as, have a weekly Q&A with the instructors and/or tutors.

The course is broken down into 10 weekly sessions that build on each week so that knowledge grows as the course progresses and each component is linked. In each week, Weeks 5 and 6, students are required to attend a 90-minute peer learning activity (action learning set) that is a key component of assessments for the course.


There two formal assessments, one is a proposal that demonstrates your ability to think through and develop an approach to taking action toward becoming more sustainable and will be due in the fourth week of class. The second, formal assessment is due in the final week of the course that assesses your attempt at making a change toward sustainability and reflects on how the approach could be modified or enhanced in the future. The form of report can be in the style of a workplace report, or a reflective essay, depending on the participant’s interest. Full instructions will be given during the course.

Course alteration or discontinuation
The University of Glasgow endeavours to run all courses as advertised. In exceptional circumstances, however, the University may withdraw or alter a course. For more information, please see: Student contract.

Career prospects

This course is for anyone who has an interest in becoming more aware of how to become part of the solution to the climate emergency problem by influencing choices within their immediate control. This includes practical skills on assessing the sustainability of current practices in your home, community or workplace. The course will help extend your professional network to include a cohort of like-minded individuals and enhance your skills at communicating with this cohort about issues that you face related to sustainability to create viable solutions with peer feedback.

Entry requirements

Participants should have a first degree or equivalent and an IELTS score of at least 6.5. No previous experience in climate change or sustainability is required. This course is specially designed for those new to the discipline.

How to apply

The next run of this course will begin in April 2023. 

Bookings will open in 2023

This course costs £799. Learners will get full access to course content, plus UofG Student resources and support. All learners will receive a HEAR Transcript to use to evidence their Continued Professional Development. Learners who successfully pass the course assessment will also gain 10 credits (this is optional).

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